The free passport checker you can use to see if you need a new one before travelling to Europe after Brexit

AFTER Brexit, Brits travelling to European countries for holidays or for work may need to have a new passport as there will be new rules in place.

Fortunately, there's a free tool you can use to check if you need to renew your travel documents before you go.

The free passport checker from the government, which is still being trialled, allows Brits to check entry requirements for different countries in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

You simply fill out the country you're going to, pick whether you're travelling before or after October 31 this year, your date of birth as well as the passport's issue and expiry dates.

And once you plug in the details, the passport checker will tell you whether or not your travel documents are still valid for travel, and if so, until when.

A recent campaign has warned Brits to renew their passport before travelling in case of a no-deal Brexit.

You need at least six months left on your passport, and sometimes up to 15 months.

Why do I need 15 months left on my passport?

At the moment, Brits who renew their passport before it's expired can carry up to nine months over to their new passport.

So a new passport can have the maximum validity of 10 years and nine months.

In a No Deal Brexit scenario, Brits visiting Schengen Area countries, including Spain, France and Greece, will be governed by the same rules as visitors from non-EU countries.

This means that they will need at least six months left on their passport to enter the EU, and their passport must have been issued in the last ten years.

It creates a loophole that makes the extra nine months that were carried over invalid in the Schengen Area.

That's why Brits who carried over the full nine months when they last renewed would need at least 15 months left on the passport after Brexit – nine months to account for the now-invalid time carried over, plus six months for the required validity.

This is because the established rules governing British citizens in Continental Europe will no longer apply.

Brits could also need additional documentation before they travel to Europe after Brexit.

The European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) is a visa waiver – costing £7 and lasting three years – that Brits may need to purchase before travelling.

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