“My current 10-year passport included the unexpired period from the previous one,” Mr Moxton said.
“It is dated as valid until September 2022 however I was told that Spain would not accept it as it was nearly 10 years old, and I needed to travel with three months spare.
“Spain won’t accept more than 10 years, but less than three months, from the date of issue, despite it being a valid passport with over a year left on it.”
Mr Moxton as also left confused by the Government advice on the use of burgundy passports, now that newly issues UK passports are blue.
He was under the impression the new rules only applied to burgundy passports and claims the Government’s wording of this advice is “misleading”.
According to the Government website: “If your passport is burgundy or has ‘European Union’ on the cover, you can continue to use it until it expires.”
However, as of January 1, all passports regardless of colour are subject to the new EU expiry date rules.
“Stricken with grief and upset of my wife’s death and the emotions of a pending goodbye it seems like bureaucracy has gone mad and forgotten how to be a good neighbour,” he said.