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The no-deal Brexit passport warning that could affect your travel plans

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a group of people standing in front of a building: LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 28:  Border Force check the passports of passengers arriving at Gatwick Airport on May 28, 2014 in London, England. Border Force is the law enforcement command within the Home Office responsible for the security of the UK border by enforcing immigration and customs controls on people and goods entering the UK. Border Force officers work at 140 sea and airports across the UK and overseas.  (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images) © Getty Images LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 28: Border Force check the passports of passengers arriving at Gatwick Airport on May 28, 2014 in London, England. Border Force is the law enforcement command within the Home Office responsible for the security of the UK border by enforcing immigration and customs controls on people and goods entering the UK. Border Force officers work at 140 sea and airports across the UK and overseas. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

A leading travel agent has started warning its customers about the effect a no-deal Brexit could have on their holiday.

Emails have been sent to holidaymakers by Tui warning that they need to have at least six months left on their passports if they are travelling anywhere in the EU.

The move came after the Government started posting similar advice on its websites, and as Prime Minister Theresa May continued her desperate scramble to secure an exit deal before Britain’s legally binding departure date  on March 29.

Tui told customers: “At the moment, UK passport holders can travel to the EU as long as their passport is valid for the length of their stay.

a close up of text on a black background: TUI say holidaymakers need at least six months left on their passport before travelling to the EU © Getty Images TUI say holidaymakers need at least six months left on their passport before travelling to the EU

“In a no-deal scenario, these rules will change, and you may need to renew your passport earlier than planned.

“Starting from March 29 2019, you should have six months left on your UK passport from your arrival date in your EU destination – this applies to both adults and children.

“It’s also worth bearing in mind that if you renewed your last passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your new passport’s expiry date.

"These extra months may not count towards the six-month minimum.”

The Government was forced to introduce new guidance as the prospect of a no deal crash-out became increasingly likely.

At present a British passport allows the holder to travel and stay in any EU country.

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But after March 29 and a no-deal Brexit, UK travellers would be known as “third-country nationals” and subjected to the same checks and rules as people from countries such as the US, Japan and Australia.

That means there would no longer be an automatic right to entry and stays would be limited to 90 days within a 180-day period.

British tourists might also find tougher checks at borders.

The Government advice in the event of a no-deal Brexit says: “After March 29, 2019 you should have at least six months left on your passport from your date of arrival.

"This applies to adult and child passports.”

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