Burgundy passports will soon be a thing of the past, from March 19th 2019 the passport as we know it today will be phased out and replaced with the traditional blue and gold colours; which were last seen in 1988.

The return of the blue passport will represent Britain’s independence following Brexit; so, what do you need to do to obtain the new passport?

The change will be implemented from October 2019 when the contract with the current manufacturer expires; those who need to renew their passport beforehand will be issued a burgundy passport without the European Union emblem. Any passport renewed after October 2019 will be replaced with the iconic blue edition.

New passports will still cost around £70.00 and can be renewed by post or online.
Your passport is possibly your most important travel document so make sure it is kept clean and dry in-between holidays; a damaged passport may not be accepted at customs. In addition, your passport should be kept in a safe place i.e. a locked safe or on your person when travelling – although your travel insurance may cover the cost of an emergency travel document the insurer is unlikely to pay for a replacement flight or additional accommodation if you miss your original flight because you are travelling to the embassy.