Original article from Kent Live
Brits with burgundy EU passports are being urged to check their old passports are still valid before they head abroad.
Brexit brought an end to the red passports being issued in the UK, being replaced by a new blue passport design, labelled 'British Passport', replacing the old version's reference to being part of the European Union.
Since the middle of 2020, anyone renewing or applying for a new passport has been issued the new, blue one.
However, thousands of people are still able to use their burgundy passports if they're in date, but they must pay careful attention to a rule change surrounding expiry dates, reports PlymouthLive.
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Passports are now only valid for 10 years exactly – additional months on anyone's red passports (passports issued before the UK left the EU) are no longer valid.
As reported by Plymouth Live, leading travel agency Hays Travel has now issued an urgent warning to anyone wanting to travel abroad with an 'old-style' UK passport.
A statement from Hays Travel Plympton, a Plymouth branch of the UK's largest independent travel agent, explains:
"Important passport update changes: due to changes in validity since leaving Europe, your passport is now only valid for 10 years from the issue date on your passport.
"If your passport was issued prior to the UK leaving the EU with additional months on, those extra months are no longer valid."
The statement, shared on social media, continues: "Example: passport issue date 21st Jun 2012, passport expiry date 21st Dec 2022.
"Your passport expiry date is now the 21st Jun 2022.
"Most countries in the EU require that your passport is valid for six months on the date of return from your holiday, some countries it’s three months, meaning the last date you could return on the above example would be the 21st Dec 2021."