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TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

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

Save time by using our ePasseport Gates if you have a passport.

 

  • Departing from St Pancras International:

UK Exit Checks:

All passengers must show a valid passport or ID card (for EEA citizens and Swiss nationals) at one of our manned passport desks after they’ve passed through security.

 

French Controls:

EU and EEA passport holders and passengers from Andorra, San Marino and Monaco aged 12 and over can then pass through the ePassport gates.

All other passengers must go to one of the manned passport booths instead.

 

  • Departing from Paris Gare du Nord:

French-controlled ePassport gates (the first set of gates in departures)

These gates can be used by:

  • EU and EEA passport holders aged 18 and over
  • and passport holders from Andorra, San Marino and Monaco aged 18 and over

All other passengers must go to one of the manned passport booths instead.

 

UK-controlled ePassport gates (the second set of gates in departures)

These gates can be used by:

  • all EU and EEA passport holders aged 12 and over
  • and passport holders from the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, and South Korea aged 12 and over

All other passengers must go to one of the manned passport booths instead.

 

  • Departing from Brussels-Midi/Zuid:

Belgian Controls:

All passengers must show a valid passport or ID card (for EEA citizens and Swiss nationals) to Belgian authorities at one of our manned passport booths after they’ve passed through security.

 

UK-controlled ePassport gates:

  • All EU and EEA passport holders aged 12 and over
  • and passport holders from the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, and South Korea aged 12 and over

All other passengers must go to one of the manned passport booths instead.

Unaccompanied children

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

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.

Children 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 from London to the Netherlands, and between Brussels and the Netherlands.

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 (see Documents your child will need).

 

Documents your child will need

Up to 16 years old

All unaccompanied minors:

  • Eurostar ticket
  • Identity card or passport
  • Eurostar unaccompanied minors form signed by parent

 

French citizen or a foreigner living in France who is leaving France

As above, plus:

Up to 18 years old

All unaccompanied minors:

  • Eurostar ticket
  • Identity card or passport

 

French citizen or a foreigner living in France who is leaving France

As above, plus: