Martin Lewis is warning holiday-makers to renew their passports if they have six months validity left on them.
The Money Saving Expert issued the stark warning on ITV's This Morning to say people shouldn’t neglect to check whether their passport have enough expiry time on them for travelling.
He recalled one case when parents had to return home from their planned trip because their child only had two months left on their passport, the MEN reports.
Most countries require that passports should have at least six months of validity when traveling internationally and will not permit a traveller to enter the country unless their passport is set to expire at least six months after the final day of travel.
Martin said: “Check the expiry date and if it’s less than six months you need to go about renewing it.”
The new navy passports introduced after Brexit will be phased in slowly, but current British passport holders will able to continue using their burgundy passports until they expire.
Martin also urged people to check the expiry on their European Health Insurance Card, which gives travellers the right to access state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in another European Economic Area country or Switzerland.
The EHIC covers treatment that is medically necessary and covers the treatment of pre-existing medical conditions and routine maternity care.
Travellers can apply for or renew an EHIC online free of charge at ehic.org.uk .