Europe Airports witnesses hike in passengers without valid signed passport

Europe: An increase in the number of passengers has been noticed turning up at the airport without a valid signed passport, claimed Kerry Latham, Personal Travel Counsellor. 

Following the departure from the EU, it is a requirement for all passports issued by HM Passport Office to be signed. Passports are now only valid once they have been signed.

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Along with this, for the validation of the passport, it is imperative to have a valid signature. According to the Government of the United Kingdom, the passport holder cannot use the document until it is signed with a black ball pen. 

There are two exceptions when the passport holder does not require to sign, if

  • The person is aged 11 or under
  • The person is not able to sign because of a disability

In these instances, the passport will outline that ‘the holder is not needed to sign’ on the page with the name as well as a photo on it.

If the passport is not signed, the State Department won’t consider it a valid document.

Additionally, the validity of the passport depends on the nation. There is further travel advice for each European county one want to travel to. On the other hand, a British passport needs to renew before a person is travelling if there is not enough time. 

Travel rules do not apply while travelling to Ireland

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