Passport & Essential Information

Passports and Visas

It is your responsibility to check and fulfill the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We can only provide general information about this. You must check requirements for your own specific circumstances with the relevant Embassies and/or Consulates and your own doctor as applicable. Requirements do change and you must check the up to
date position in good time before departure.

Most countries now require passports to be valid for at least 6 months after your return date. If your passport is in its final year, you should check with the Embassy of the country you are visiting. For further information contact the Passport Office on 0870 5210410 or visit http://www.passport.gov.uk

Special conditions apply for travel to the USA, and all passengers must have individual machine readable passports. Please check www.usembassy.org.uk. For European holidays you should obtain a completed and issued form EHIC prior to departure.

Up to date travel advice can be obtained from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, http://www.fco.gov.uk

Non British passport holders, including other EU nationals, should obtain up to date advice on passport and visa requirements from the Embassy, High Commission or Consulate of your destination or country(ies) through which you are travelling.

We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. 

Travel from 1st January 2021

Travelling to Europe from 1 January 2021 Following the UK leaving the EU, and the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, it's important that you're aware of the changes in requirements that come into place when travelling to Europe from 1 January 2021, and how these may impact you if you're a British passport holder if you've got a trip booked or just planning ahead. 

Here you'll find some key things to consider, along with links to the UK Government websites where you can find out more information.

Check your passport 
You may need to renew your passport earlier if you're travelling from 1 January 2021. On your day of travel you'll need your passport to both:
• have at least 6 months left on it
• be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left on it)

For more information see here. (Please note this does not apply where travel is to Ireland).

If your passport is burgundy or has ‘European Union’ on the cover, you can still use it after 1 January 2021 as long as it has enough time left on it. Otherwise you may not be able to travel to most EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. To check your passport is valid for travel for where you're planning to visit, click here. If you need to renew or replace your passport click here

Other things to consider:

  • If you're travelling for business there may be extra requirements to consider, find out more.
  • The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), is valid up to 31 December 2020 (If you’re on a trip to Europe that starts before 1 January 2021, you’ll be able to keep using your UK issued EHIC until the trip ends). So it's more important than ever to make sure you're covered by reviewing your travel insurance/healthcare cover before you go, particularly where you have any pre-existing medical conditions.
  • You may also need extra documents if you're driving while you're away, find out more. Check if you need an International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive to some EU and EEA countries, this can be purchased for £5.50 at the Post Office with a full UK driving licence.
  • If you're travelling with a recognised guide or assistance dog, there are specific requirements to consider too. Find out more. For further information on travelling with a guide or assistance dog visit our website.
  • Additionally, always check the latest 'Foreign travel advice' in advance and just before you travel. When these new changes come into place, we recommend you allow enough time at the airport to get through security and passport controls. Biosecurity measures and local government requirements.Your safety and wellbeing is important to us. During these challenging times, it's particularly important in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic that you check local government and public health websites for the relevant information on travel requirements and restrictions and follow their advice. For further information to help prepare you for travel, see our biosecurity measures and country-specific travel information pages.

Health Advice

Before you travel you should take advice about your specific needs as early as
possible. The Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit has up-to-date information for
most destinations - https://www.gov.uk/foreign-tra... select the destination you require and click on ‘health’.

Further travel health advice can be found on https://travelhealthpro.org.uk... and www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk. 

Vaccinations:
You should consider having any vaccinations at least 6 weeks before you travel as
some take time to have effect.

For more information on vaccinations visit the National Travel Health Network
Centre http://nathnac.net/ 

Remember, if you are at all unsure please check with us and we are more than happy to help you.