Passport and identity cards

What travel documents do you need to travel on Eurostar? Find the answers you need.

We can’t offer advice regarding passport validity or visa requirements, so please always check with your local embassy or consulate before making a booking. 

Passports and identity cards

To travel on Eurostar you need either:

  • a valid passport, or
  • a national identity card  (EEA citizens and Swiss nationals)

Babies and children must have their own valid travel documents.

If you are married but your passport is in your maiden name, it shouldn’t normally cause any difficulties, but please take a copy of your marriage certificate with you when you travel, just in case.

A bit about UK station exit checks

Why the new checks?
We’re now legally required to do extra passport checks for everyone travelling from our UK stations, starting from April 2015.

Where are these checks?
In St Pancras, they’ll be between the x-ray machines and French passport control. In Ashford and Ebbsfleet, they’ll be just before you get to the x-ray machines.

What do they involve?
Our security staff (the same ones who run our x-ray machines) will scan your passport with a handheld gadget and check that the photo in the passport is you. This should only take a few seconds.

Entry Visas

To find out more about visa requirements, please contact the relevant embassy or consulate.

Information on visa requirements for France:
French Consulate General, London (English)
21-23 Cromwell Rd, London, SW7 2EN

French Consulate General, Brussels (French)
Boulevard du Régent 42, 1000 Brussels

Information on visa requirements for Belgium:
Belgian Embassy, London (English)
103-105 Eaton Square, London, SW1W 9AB

Belgian Embassy, Paris (French)
9 Rue de Tilsitt, 75840 Cedex 17, Paris

Information on visa requirements for the UK:
British Visa Application Centre, Paris (English)
18 rue de Prony, 92600 Asnières Sur Seine

British Mobile Biometric Clinic, Brussels (English)
Park Atrium, WorldBridge, Floor 2, Rue des Colonies 11, 1000 Brussels

British Mobile Biometric Clinic, Amsterdam (English)
Floor 3, Atrium Building, Strawinskylaan 3051, Amsterdam

Information on visa requirements for Netherlands:
Dutch Embassy, London (English)
38 Hyde Park Gate, London, SW7 5DP

Dutch Embassy, Paris (French)
7-9, rue Eblé, 75007 Paris

Dutch Embassy, Brussels (Dutch)
Kortenberglaan 4-10, 1040 Brussels

Information on visa requirements for Germany:
German Embassy, London (English)
21-23 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8PZ

German Consulate General, Paris (French)
28 rue Marbeau, 75116 Paris

German Embassy, Brussels (Dutch)
J. de Lalaingstraat 8-14, 1040 Brussels