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Do I need a passport?

Yes, you must make sure you have valid, acceptable passports and any required visas or other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en-route.

Visit our Visa and Passport guide to find out what the minimum time period is recommended for the counrty you're travelling to.


  • British Citizens holding a 10-year UK passport (five years for children), issued in the UK should note that some countries require a passport to remain valid for a minimum period after the date of entry to that country (usually six months).
  • If you’re travelling within the EU your passport just needs to be valid for the duration of your stay and you don’t need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.
  • Non-British Citizen passport holders or British Citizens holding a UK Passport issued abroad or holders of British Subject Passports should contact the appropriate consulate or embassy for advice.
  • If you need to apply for a passport or  to renew one, you should do this well in advance of travel and at least four weeks before. If you are 16 years or over and have never had a passport in your own name, you should apply for one at least six weeks before your holiday. The UK passport service confirms your identity before issuing your first passport and will ask you to attend an interview in order to protect your identity. 
  • You may not be able to travel (and insurance may be invalid) if the names on passports and travel documents don’t match. If any member of your party changes their name, you must tell us immediately so that we can change booking documentation. Name changes are not always possible on scheduled airlines.

• How to contact the Passport Office: For customers who’re thinking about travel it’s important to be aware that renewing or applying for a passport in person at one of the Passport Offices is  by appointment only. It’s no longer possible to simply turn up and queue.  To book an appointment, you should call the Passport Adviceline (calls are charged at a local call rate).

Passport Advice line:

Telephone: 0300 222 0000
Textphone: 18001 0300 222 0222

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm; Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 9am to 5:30pm