The UK government has reminded British nationals living in Spain that if Britain leaves the EU without a deal new passport validity rules will apply.
For travel from the UK to most EU countries (including Spain) British citizens will need to have at least six months left on their passports from the date of arrival in the EU country. This means that anyone whose passport is nearing expiry should check its validity before travel.
The government website now offers a useful checker tool to allow people to see whether their passport will be valid when they make their travel arrangements. The tool confirms validity taking into account travel plans and passport expiry dates.
The passport office also points out that if a passport has been renewed months ahead of its expiry date and those months have been added to the new document, that additional period may not be included in the six-month rule.
The passport checker tool can be located at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport