British Citizens holding a 10-year UK passport (5 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 6 months).

However, 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  (at least 4 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 6 weeks before you travel)

You may not be able to travel & your insurance may be invalid, if the names on passports & travel documents don’t match.

If any member of your party changes their name, you must tell the airline (Charter airline/flights) you are travelling with immediately with so that they can change any booking documentation

Please note, Name changes are not always possible on scheduled airlines/flights.


For all current and up-to-date information on passport eligibility, fees, applying, renewing and updating your passport, please visit The Government website.

Passport Adviceline:

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

How to contact the Passport Office:

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).

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