My passport is nearly six months away from its renewal deadline, should I renew it?

The FCDO has advised it’s taking longer than usual to process applications, and some destinations across the globe require at least six month’s validity on your passport while many EU countries have reduced the minimum validity to three months, so it’s worth submitting your renewal for an adult or child passport sooner rather than later. 

Please also check the latest travel advice for the country you’re travelling to, and in particular your country’s government guidance. For example, UK passport holders may be granted access to countries exempt from the ban on all but essential travel, but Irish passport holders may not, and vice versa. Your Travel Counsellor will always help you to ensure you have the correct documentation for travel. 

Your passport must also be less than 10 years old on the day after you leave. 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 period needed.

These rules do not apply to travel to Ireland. You can continue to use your passport as long as it’s valid for the length of your stay.

Please remember we are here for you. Should your plans change for any reason, you can always rely on your Travel Counsellor to provide personal travel advice – whether that’s to amend a booking or ensure you return home quickly and safely when needed. 

For any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact your Travel Counsellor. 

* Travel Counsellors will not be liable for any losses suffered if customers decide to travel against FCDO advice, and you are advised to check your travel insurance policy to ensure you have adequate cover and that you are able to quarantine upon return if required. 

We advise you to check your travel insurance policies regardless of your destination and ensure you would be able to quarantine upon return if you are required to do so, and/or adhere to any revised government-mandated protocols. 

If your original return travel arrangements remain unaffected then any changes to return travel arrangements will be at your own cost. 

** Insurance Terms and Conditions: 

Please see Policy Wordings for full details: Classic, Premier & Ultimate  

This is a travel insurance policy and not a private medical insurance. This means there is no cover for any medical expenses incurred in private medical facilities if it has been confirmed that medically capable public facilities are available. 

Travel Counsellors Limited is an appointed representative of Rock Insurance Services Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority