How will Brexit affect my passport?

UK passports issued before the UK leaves the EU will retain the current burgundy design, while those issued after 31 January 2020 will retain the same overall design but with all references to the European Union removed. Beginning October 2019, British passports will have a completely new design with a blue and gold cover. Passports issued prior to Brexit will still be valid for travel throughout the world, provided they are not damaged or expired.

Beyond design, the new blue and gold passports will have additional security features including a stronger, polycarbonate photo page - replacing the current paper photo page - to prevent damage and to make doctoring the document more difficult.

While free movement for UK passport holders throughout the EU will continue up until 31 January 2020, in the event of no deal being reached, the rules for UK citizens concerning post-Brexit travel in Europe could change once the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. Travel processes to all other non-EU countries will be unaffected, as will the cost of a UK passport after Brexit.

Although precise details are yet to be finalised, including the details on whether a travel visa will be required, all valid UK passports will still be useable for international travel to and from the EU after Brexit.

However, as with the current rules on travel from many non-EU countries to the EU, it is advisable to ensure that your adult British passport is compliant with the European Union's Schengen Border Code prior to travelling.

In practice, this means that from 31 January 2020, to travel from the UK to an EU nation, your passport should have at least six months remaining before expiry (therefore be no older than nine years and six month) on your day of travel to the EU.

In real terms, if you are looking to travel from the UK to the EU on a British passport on 6th April 2019, your British passport will need to have an issue date no earlier than 1st October 2009.

These new rules will apply to all passports issued in the UK, Gibraltar, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey, so if you are planning travel to the EU around the time of Brexit and your passport was issued on or before 1st October 2009, it may be prudent to renew your passport before your travel date, which can be done easily online. The same applies to child passports, which, following Brexit on 31 January 2020, will need to have at least six months of validity remaining on them on the day of travel from the UK to the EU.

The sooner you begin the process, the sooner it will be taken care of.