FAMILIES wanting to go abroad this summer are being warned to check their passports, with new rules in place since Brexit.

Brits were previously urged to have at least six months on their passports due to leaving the EU, following their new regulations.

However, this has since been deemed incorrect, with Brits only needing three months left on their passport to travel.

The Foreign Office has updated their travel advice for 26 countries in the Schengen zone which includes Spain, Greece, France and Italy.

This means families can have longer on their passports before they renew them.

Despite this, the new rules which are still in place are those regarding extra months no longer being allowed on passports.

Pre-Brexit, Brits could renew a passport and roll over up to 10 months left on the old passport – taking it to 10 years and 10 months.

The new rules do not allow the extra 10 months to be valid, and cannot use those 10 months to travel.

The new rules state on the government website many of the European holiday destinations: "Make sure your passport is:

  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave
  • less than 10 years old

"The 3 months you need when leaving a country must be within 10 years of the passport issue date.

"If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date.

"Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum 3 months needed."

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