Truck driver Christian Young and his wife Emily were due to spend the week in Santorini, but the “disappointed” couple was forced to give up their honeymoon dream at TUI when East Midlands Airport staff told them to leave the airport. Ever since the UK left the EU, Britons have needed their passport issued for the last 10 years.
It must also be valid for at least three months after the date you plan to leave the EU country you are visiting, and some reports advise six months just to be safe.
Christian’s passport expires on December 22, but the date of issue is April 2012, which means it exceeds the 10-year deadline.
Having never heard of the passport rule change before he faced it, the groom was devastated, Nottinghamshire Live reports.
Christian, from Melbourne, Derbyshire, said: “Even if I knew it, I could not fly and that’s the problem.
“It can take up to ten weeks to get a new passport, and this rule was recently introduced, almost overnight.”
“There was no mercy, they just told me no and then they told us to leave the airport. I’m so disappointed – my wife has not been missing for six years.”
The couple fell in love at first sight after they met on the Bumble dating app in September last year.
Mr Young said they “just clicked” from the start, with the couple moving in together at Christmas.
They got married in April this year. Mr Young: “I felt natural. I felt right. We became very comfortable with each other very quickly.”
Now that they have neither a honeymoon on the horizon nor an exotic vacation to look forward to, the couple hopes to at least receive compensation.
“There is the financial aspect, but also the fact that I will not be able to book another break this summer,” he said.
“I booked it for ten days just to be told I could not go. It is ridiculous and frustrating. It completely ruined the honeymoon.”
He said they have taken security but does not cover changing passport rule.
“It just looks like it came out of the blue and there’s nothing we can do about it.”
A TUI spokesman said: “We are saddened to learn of Mr Yang’s experience and understand his frustration that he could not go on his honeymoon as planned.
“As we informed him about the changes in the passport validity rules and reminded him to check his passport at the time of booking, again at the booking confirmation, the normal terms and conditions apply.
“We advised Mr. Yang to contact the travel insurance provider and offer him a goodwill gesture if he is unable to support it.”