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The Home Office will send out one million text messages in the coming days in a bid to make sure no British passport holder is left stranded by a No Deal Brexit.
Passport rules will become tighter for travel to most European countries if the UK splits from Brussels without an agreement on October 31.
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Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, wants people to check to see if their passports will meet the stricter validity rules so they can still travel in the immediate aftermath of the Halloween deadline.
The text messages will stress the importance of checking to make sure passports meet the new criteria, especially if someone intends on travelling to the continent in November and beyond.
There are two main rules which passports will have to comply with.
Firstly, every passport will have to have at least six months of validity left before the stated expiry date in order for people to be allowed to travel.
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The second rule applies to people who renewed their old passport before it expired and they were given 'extra months' of validity as a result.
In that scenario, any 'extra months' on a passport over 10 years old will likely not be allowed to count towards the six months needed under the first rule.
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The new rules will apply to travel to and from most countries in Europe including: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Holland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.
But the new rules do not apply...
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