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TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

Everything you need to know about travel documents, visas and unaccompanied minors requirements. 

Which documents do I need to travel?

Before you travel, please check you have the relevant valid travel documents. We strongly recommend checking the latest government advice before you travel – from both the country you’re departing from, and the country you’re travelling to. 

Babies and children must have their own valid travel documents.

 

Documents you’ll need for travel

Non-UK and non-EU citizens travelling between UK and the EU

Passports

You need a valid passport to travel between the UK and the EU.

Visas 

Please read the information from the embassy of your country of residence before you travel. 

COVID-19 requirements 

There are additional COVID-19 measures you’ll need to take before travelling. Please see our COVID-19 travel requirements page for the latest details. 
 

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens travelling to the UK

Passports and national ID cards

From 01 October 2021 EU, EEA or Swiss national ID cards will no longer be valid for travel to the UK, unless you live in the UK and have settled or pre-settled status. Passports will be mandatory for all other passengers including children. Read more information. 

Passengers with settled or pre-settled status can continue to use national ID cards until 31 December 2025. 

Proving immigration status

If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen living in the UK with settled or pre-settled status, you may be asked to provide proof when entering the UK. You can generate a code here, which you may need to show to UK Border Force officers. This code will confirm your immigration status.

Visas from 01 January 2021

You can continue to travel to the UK for holidays or short trips without a visa. For longer stays, EU citizens may need a visa.


COVID-19 requirements 

There are additional COVID-19 measures you’ll need to take before travelling. Please see our COVID-19 travel requirements page for the latest details.
 

UK passport holders travelling to and from Europe

Passports 

On the day you travel, your British passport must:

  • Have 6 months validity minimum left
  • Be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months validity or more left). See if your passport needs renewing
  • Check that you have a clear page in your passport as it will need to be stamped with your travel date when you’re travelling to and from the EU.


Visas 

You don’t need a visa for short trips to EU countries of up to 90 days in any 180-day period. If you visit more than one of these countries within a 180-day period, check that you do not spend more than 90 days in total across all the countries that you visit. That is because most of these countries apply the 90-day limit as a group.

UK citizens living in the EU

If you're UK citizen, but your main residency is in the EU, your passport will not need to be stamped. However, you will need to carry evidence that you are resident in the EU. You should carry your EU residence permit as well as your valid passport when you travel. If you cannot prove that you are resident in the EU, you may be asked additional questions at the border to enter the Schengen area, and your passport may be stamped.

Travel & European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC)

Now that the UK has left the EU, UK citizens will no longer be entitled to apply for a new European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC). If you have an existing EHIC card, your card will continue to be valid until its expiry date. However, past the expiry date, you will need to apply for the alternative Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) which launched in January 2021 and provides access to publicly available medical treatment in the EU. However, it is always recommended that you have travel insurance with healthcare cover before you travel abroad.

COVID-19 requirements 

There are additional COVID-19 measures you’ll need to take before travelling. Please see our COVID-19 travel requirements page for the latest details.
 

Unaccompanied children

Unaccompanied minors (up to the age of 18) will require additional documentation for travel. Please read the relevant section below and we also strongly recommend checking the latest government advice before you travel – from both the country you’re departing from, and the country you are travelling to.


Children under 12 years old:

Children under 12 must travel with a responsible person aged 16 or older.

 

Children under 12 to 15 years old (inclusive):

Children 12 to 15 (inclusive) can travel on their own, as long as they’ve got a fully completed Eurostar unaccompanied minor form. This must be signed by their parent or legal guardian (or by a responsible adult given consent by the parent or legal guardian) at the station in the presence of a member of the Eurostar team. The child will need to keep this signed form with them throughout their journey and show it to the onboard team if they’re asked. 

Please note: Children under 16 years of age cannot travel unaccompanied on the direct route between London or Ashford and Lyon, Avignon and Marseille, on our direct ski trains to the French Alps, or on our direct route between London/Brussels and the Netherlands. 



Minors 16 to 18-year-olds:

16 to 18-year-olds can travel by themselves, as long as they’ve got all the usual travel documents and meet all the legal requirements.

  • Documents your child will need:
    • Eurostar ticket
    • Identity card or passport
       
  • Additional requirements for French citizens, or foreigner living in France who is leaving France

 


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