When Brits book a holiday abroad, the first thing they check is whether their passport is up to date.
But the number of pages in the passport could also cause major problems – and even result in you being banned from your flight at the airport.
Many vacationers may not be aware that you need to leave at least a few pages blank in your passport.
A blank page is a page without a passport stamp or ink stains.
Most countries in Europe only require one page, although places like Portugal andrequire two blank pages.
But there are some destinations that require Brits to have at least three blank pages, and there must beto each other.
Brits traveling to Namibia must leave three pages completely blank.
Even if you don’t travel often, you may find that the airport staff often runs out and stamps a new page every time.
And since Brits receive two stamps every time they enter and leave Europe, you could quickly get a full passport.
The NamibiaThe UK Foreign Office website states: “If you are also traveling in South Africa, you should be aware that although the South African authorities state that they require a blank passport page for entry, some officials insist on two blank pages .”
“If you want to go this route, make sure you have a total of 3 blank pages.”
flies via Johannesburg Airport to Windhoek Airport, the capital of Namibia, and takes approximately 15 hours.
Most Brits travel to Namibia for a safari holiday, while tourists travel to Etoshi National Park.
Claire Farley from 2By2said: “South Africa and Namibia currently offer the most cost-effective safaris as prices are calculated in South African Rand, a weak currency.”
The best time to visit is November to January when it is less crowded, although October is the warmest with an average of 24°C per day.
If you fancy a different, more accessible safari holiday, give Senegal a try.
Andlaunched all-inclusive trips to the destination last year for just £800 per person.
And from next month, TUI will launch all-inclusive holidays in Kenya.
Includes return flights, one of the cheapestStay at Bamburi Beach Hotel from £1,042 per person for a week’s stay.
Here’s how to go on an African safari vacation on a budget.
However, Brits should not just check their passports for blank pages.
Rules introduced laterBrits are no longer allowed to hold passports that are valid for more than 10 months.
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Older passports that are still burgundy can be valid for up to 10 years and 10 months.
These additional months no longer count – many vacationers are affected by them.