Warning issued as Brits don’t know how long they need on passport for EU travel

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The Post Office has issued a warning after research found 22 million Brits don’t know how long they need left on their passport to travel to Europe.

Key tourist destinations like Spain and Greece are hoping to welcome UK tourists when coronavirus restrictions lift.

However, a new study from the Post Office reveals many people are unaware of the new rules for visiting Europe following the UK’s exit from the European Union.

In fact, 42% of people surveyed couldn’t correctly identify the rule.

You need at least six months validity on your passport to travel to the EU.

The Post Office offers a digital and paper Check & Send service, which guides you through the process and helps ensure all your paperwork is correctly filled out. Visit here to find out more.

Almost half (49%) of people said they are considering taking a trip abroad once Covid restrictions lift, with more than a third (36%) already planning to head to Europe.

Despite this, 37% admitted they don’t feel confident booking a holiday to Europe, with one in five (17%) of those who are unconfident attributing their nervousness to the changes since the UK’s exit.

It isn’t just passports British travellers are not sure of, 37% of people don’t know when their EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) expires.

Whilst an EHIC covers basic healthcare over two fifths (43%) of those surveyed were unable to correctly identify factors that the EHIC covers, with 9% believing it covers cancelled flights, 9% lost luggage, and 8% damaged personal goods.

Additionally, 34% claim they never or only sometimes purchase travel insurance when they go on holiday to Europe.

For many people, the risks of Covid-19 are still a top concern when considering holidaying. However, holidaymakers also need to be aware of new rules in the wake of the UK’s exit from the European Union and plan ahead to avoid disruption to their holiday plans.

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Ed Dutton, Post Office Spokesperson, said: "It’s not surprising that almost of third of us are keen to get away to Europe once Covid-19 restrictions allow, but this hotly anticipated summer is the first time holidaymakers will face new rules since the UK’s exit from the European Union.

"The key thing is to plan ahead, renewing your passport can take a few weeks, so check its expiration now before you even think about booking a trip to avoid any last minute disappointments."

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