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Visiting Malta from the UK? Be warned, British passports may not be valid post-Brexit
Passport Office warns that Brexit changes may affect upcoming holidays in EU countries.

Vanessa Conneely

We all know it’s coming. Friday 29th March is when the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union. What we don’t know yet is how exactly that’s going to happen.

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The looming deadline has many British bureaucrats scrambling, including in passport offices. And here's the latest - staff have begun contacting people via text message to warn them that their passports may no longer be valid for upcoming trips within Europe (that's right, including Malta!). Initially, some took to social media calling the texts a scam, but passport office officials have confirmed that the messages were real.

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With so many problems still to be ironed out between London and Brussels, it’s looking likely that the UK will crash out of the EU without a deal in place. If that happens, British passport holders will lose their ability to travel for free in the EU and Schengen zone. They’ll also have to make sure there are at least six months left on their passport before entering the EU, with the only exception being Ireland.

So if you, family or friends are planning to visit our fair isles after 29th March, do make sure to check your passport. We’d hate to see you disappointed!

12th February 2019


Vanessa  Conneely
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Vanessa Conneely
Vanessa is an Irish writer whose travel lust has led her to Malta. She loves running, reading and finding new restaurants, as well as trawling Malta for vintage furniture and home décor.

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