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The answer is almost certainly #1: it's extraordinarily unlikely that existing British passports would be completely invalidated by Brexit. A British passport states that you're a British citizen, which will continue to be the case even if Britain leaves the EU. While I can't point to any official sources, I can note that a) passports of European countries ...


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While there is a huge level of uncertainty about what will happen after Brexit, or even if Brexit will actually occur, guidance for people visiting the UK after Brexit (thanks @MichaelHampton) would indicate that visa free entry for citizens of an EU country (and Switzerland) is built into British law, and not dependent on EU membership. In other words an ...


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Strictly speaking, this is in the hands of the EU, which maintains two lists, Annex I (countries whose nationals requiring a visa for a short stay, labelled A in the link above) and Annex II (countries whose nationals do not require a visa, labelled B). As a member state, the UK is not on either list, and it falls between two stools in terms of automatically ...


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Because of your dual citizenship, you are in the position of being able to effectively ignore the border control aspects of Brexit. No matter what happens, you will still have the right to enter both the UK and the EU without restrictions. The only thing that could change this is if Ireland chooses to leave the EU, too. This does not seem likely at this ...


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In your comment, you linked to an official source that (rather understatedly) answers your question: To save the taxpayer money, the newly designed passports will be introduced in a phased approach. After the UK leaves the EU, burgundy passports will continue to be issued but with no reference to the European Union. New blue and gold passports ...


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Nothing is certain about Brexit. May's deal which would have resulting in a transition period just got voted down in Parliament. This was followed by a confidence vote which the government passed, but it's still far from clear where we go from here. What I think can be said is. The UK is not a country that normally gets in the business of stopping people ...


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You will certainly¹ not need a visa. The UK has declared it will not require visas for any EU nationals for short stays, and the EU has declared the same for the UK (see European Commission press release and Brexit preparedness document). However, from 2021 you will most likely need to apply for ETIAS (an electronic authorisation similar to US ESTA). ...


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The UK Government has posted Advice for British passport holders if the UK leaves the EU without a deal After 29 March 2019: You should have at least 6 months left on your passport from your date of arrival. This applies to adult and child passports. If you renewed a passport before it expired, up to 9 extra months may have been added to your ...


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Yes you can. Per a policy paper, in case of no-deal, EU IDs will be accepted until at least 2021. After that, it depends on what the government deicdes then.


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The only thing you can know for sure right now is that you currently can't get a Schengen visa. There is no point in applying for one to be on the safe side. Schengen visas are only issued to nationals, who actually require a visa to enter. Visas are not issued to EEA citizens and citizens of visa exempt countries. On the list of visa exempt countries, you ...


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If you don't need it soon, leave it until it's about to expire. This is because the government have recently changed the rules and no longer add the additional time to the expiry - so if you applied now (October 2018), your new passport will expire in October 2028, not March 2029 as it would have under the old rules. They've done this because the Schengen ...


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Edited to include link and quote of EC press release on the topic. The problem with visa policies is that they are very often governed by reciprocity: if you don't let my citizens come to your country visa-free, I won't let yours come to mine visa-free (of course this usually does not apply to countries which depend on tourists, for instance). So, even ...


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It’s quite amazing I am having to say this two months from the end of what was meant to be a two year period in which everything was sorted but…..nobody knows. By default, if nothing further happens, then a 'no deal Brexit' is where the country is heading. Though many of the more enthusiastic pro-brexit people like to say that this is all good and fine and ...


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According to this piece, written by a staffer at the House of Commons Library, the Immigration Bill currently passing through the House of Commons will repeal the existing EU legislation on a date to be decided by regulation (i.e. when the Home Secretary decides to do so). It also says that the new immigration arrangements will be decided and implemented by ...


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It has been confirmed that, in a no-deal scenario, EU ID cards will remain valid for entry at least until 2021. So just bring your ID card as usual.


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My car came with the "EU flag and GB" on the number plates many years ago. When recently, after the Brexit referendum, I needed one replacement plate (the other wasn't damaged) I specifically asked for one with the "EU flag and GB". The garage struggled to locate the correct blank template, but eventually found one for me - apparently they were no longer ...


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Even after Brexit, you will be an EU citizen because of your Irish citizenship, so you have all the rights that an EU citizen has. When you enter the EU, you should do so using your Irish passport. There are more details in the answers to our reference question about using two passports.


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What's more of an issue is the possibilty of needing some number of months' validity for visits to Europe in the future (unlike now). Many countries require 6 months from date of entry, or something similar. This applies in particular to the EU (gov.uk). This doesn't affect you directly as your passport runs out almost exactly on brexit day. the rule does ...


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I'm going to give a kind of meta answer. Is there anything I should be worried about considering that the UK is scheduled to leave the EU exactly on the 29th of March If this is your question, the answer is yes. If at all possible I would avoid flying into or out of the UK in the time directly following Brexit. People will argue that it's going to be ...


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I'm afraid that this falls into the category of "we don't know at the present." If free movement persists under the Immigration (EEA) Regulations 2016 or successor legislation, the landing cards will not be required. But the timing of the repeal of that legislation appears uncertain in the event of a no-deal departure. If there is a deal, the timing will ...


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The rule arises from article six of the Schengen Borders Code: Article 6 Entry conditions for third-country nationals For intended stays on the territory of the Member States of a duration of no more than 90 days in any 180-day period, which entails considering the 180-day period preceding each day of stay, the entry conditions for third-...


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The most likely candidate is the Regulation on common rules ensuring basic air connectivity with regard to the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Union. This sets out the EU's position over air travel in the case of a no deal Brexit, which amounts to freezing the situation at the state in 2018 for at least 7 months, with most provisions holding until ...


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The situation is unfortunately unclear. If the withdrawal agreement is adopted or the Brexit deadline is extended If the UK's EU withdrawal agreement gets adopted, then 29 March onwards is a transition period and things are basically unchanged from now and there's nothing more to say. But given the current political situation (in particular, that the UK ...


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While the other answers talk about the official requirements I would add that you should be prepared for a dynamic situation leading up to and in the days following Brexit. It's possible requirements could change with little notice. If at all possible bring a passport as it's your best bet to get home smoothly. Edit - Updated based on Crazydre response.


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I renewed my British passport just a few weeks ago using the online service. A few days later, my new burgundy passport arrived with an expiry date in Sept 2028. I have no doubt that it will remain valid for all travel even after 29 March 2019. The only change that I am aware of, is sometime after Brexit the UK passport office intends to start issuing ...


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I don't think anyone knows how yet how this will all work out. One link suggests that there will be free-movement transition period until 2021 https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-latest-visas-travel-free-movement-eu-commission-france-schengen-a8595991.html On the other hand, some British airlines are nervous and Ryan Air has already warned ...


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You'll be able to visit without a visa for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. Can't prove it in the strictest sense, but although the EU may threaten with something else as part of the political game (the US has done this to the EU as well) there's simply no way it's actually going to happen when other low-risk nationalities are visa-exempt. It would be ...


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You are making life difficult for yourself. Use another mode of transport. I had friends who tried exactly this. Used to North America, where the default option going anywhere is to fly to the nearest airport, they tried to get to Exeter airport (from Toronto) and found that the routing was extremely convoluted. They asked my advice. My advice was that ...


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Membership in the EU is not a requirement for accepting identity cards. As an example, Turkey accepts Belgian identity cards despite not being an EU member. The UK itself likewise accepts ID cards from Monaco, which is not an EU member. So there is an extremely high probability that you'll be fine at least until the end of the year. There's absolutely no ...


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I think everybody wants it to be simple for EU citizens to travel to the UK (and the other way), but as far as I have heard they haven't made any official agreements yet (I'm sure there's not a complete solution to all of the issues brexit raises, but not if any agreements have been made that would cover this or other small areas, to prevent some chaos), and ...


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