For example, if you’re planning to visit an EU country with intentions to leave the UK on July 5, 2022, your passport must be valid until at least October 5, 2022.
Other countries outside of Europe may have similar rules in place for UK citizens, so make sure to check the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s (FCDO) exact travel advice for your destination before you book.
However, ome airlines have different rules. One of Europe’s biggest budget airlines, easyJet, insists travellers must have at least six months left till expiry; so make sure to check the regulations provided by your airline, too.
How to get an urgent passport renewal
There is also an option to get an urgent passport renewal – this is in place for those who need to change details such as marital surnames, replace a lost or stolen passport, or if you need to travel urgently.
In order to apply for this, you’ll need to go to your local Post Office to get hold of an application.
You’ll then need to book an appointment at the Passport Office, either online or by phone – you’ll have to pay when you book.