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A Brit has been left annoyed after being blocked when boarding his flight to Spain regardless of his passport being legitimate. Ryanair workers had wrongly concluded the other – and will have been left confused by a Brexit-induced alteration to the rule.

Mark Starkey was about to step onto his flight to Alicante however was denied entry. Post-Brexit guidelines dictate that UK passports have to be lower than ten years outdated on the day of journey, and have no less than three months left after your return to the UK.

Plenty of individuals have been caught out by this rule change, however Mr Starkey shouldn’t have been. Travelling on December 8, his passport had three days till its tenth ‘birthday’, however was additionally not as a consequence of expire till 11 July 2024 – nicely over three months after his would-be return date.

He informed The Mirror that when the girl stopped him, she identified that he “only had three days left on my passport from the day it was issued for the ten year rule”. He responded saying that he knew and this could be his “last trip of the year before I got my passport renewed”.

After initially being let by, Starkey was known as again as she wished to examine with the Ryanair immigration crew. After a dialog with them, she knowledgeable him his passport was not legitimate, leaving him “stunned that I was completely stonewalled” – particularly after he was not allowed to plead with the immigration crew.

After returning house he booked an easyJet flight the subsequent day as a substitute – and was boarded utilizing the identical passport.

A Ryanair spokesperson mentioned: “We sincerely regret that this passenger was incorrectly denied travel by the handling agent at Luton airport, who wrongly believed that this passenger’s passport was not valid for travel to the EU. All UK nationals travelling to the EU must comply with the following entry requirements:

“Passports have to be issued inside 10 years of the date of arrival into the EU. The passport have to be legitimate for no less than 3 months from the return date of journey from the EU. A member of our Customer Service Department will contact this passenger relating to the error made by our dealing with agent at Luton airport.”