Can I travel back to the UK from Middle East with transit in Amsterdam with 4 months left on my British passport ?

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    Is it a single ticket or separate? – Crazydre Aug 20 '20 at 12:26

Assuming you're travelling on a single ticket, UK entry requirements is what matters - the Netherlands doesn't impose any document requirements of its own for transit.

TIMATIC, the database used by airlines, states:

Passengers with a British passport with nationality British Citizen are allowed to enter with an expired passport.

Now, the Middle Eastern country likely won't let you exit on an expired passport, but no country imposes a 3/6-month requirement for foreigners exiting.

As such, you're all good, before and after the "definite" Brexit.

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    (+1) That's an important point but what about the situation after January? – Relaxed Aug 20 '20 at 13:23
  • @Relaxed Won't affect a thing, as again, it's a mere connection at AMS, unless it's on separate tickets – Crazydre Aug 20 '20 at 16:39
  • That may very well be but mentioning it improved the answer IMO, as it is not self-evident. – Relaxed Aug 20 '20 at 18:46

Providing you travel on or before 31 December 2020, your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you do not need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.

Source: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/netherlands/entry-requirements

From 1 January 2021, on the day you travel, you’ll need your passport to both:

  • have at least 6 months left

  • be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)

Source: https://www.gov.uk/visit-europe-1-january-2021

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    (-1) Transit in the Netherlands isn't subject to Dutch entry requirements. Were it not for Middle Eastern exit immigration, OP could travel with an expired passport. This is unless the trip is on separate tickets – Crazydre Aug 20 '20 at 12:25
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    @Crazydre That's a good point and the article I cited doesn't apply to airside transit but transit in the Netherlands is definitely subject to Dutch and EU law (case in point: the airport transit visa requirement). It's not true that UK entry requirements are all that matters in principle. Will airside transit still be possible with an expired passport after January 2021? – Relaxed Aug 20 '20 at 13:23
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    @Relaxed If 1) the airport has a transit corridor and 2) no airport transit visa is required and 3) the trip is in a single reservation, then only the destination's entry requirements are relevant. This applies worldwide except in Canada, China, Mauritius and South Africa. So no, the definite Brexit won't change OPs case. – Crazydre Aug 20 '20 at 16:41
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    @Relaxed Both yes and no. As a related example, I can transit airports (with a transit corridor) in e.g. Belarus, Russia and Qatar on my EU ID card, and those countries certainly don't have any rules allowing this; rather it's allowed because, with an onward flight in the same booking, only the destination's rules are relevant. Some countries can have specific transit rules, as I've mentioned, but the majority don't (other than connection time limits) – Crazydre Aug 21 '20 at 9:35
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    @Relaxed TIMATIC states whenever a country does impose particular transit requirements. Whenever it only says e.g. "Visa not required, except for passengers with a confirmed onward ticket for a flight to a third country within 24 hours." then in terms of identity/travel documents, only the destination's requirements apply (again, provided it's on a single ticket). – Crazydre Aug 21 '20 at 17:55

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