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.

See the UK government’s latest advice

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 destination country before you travel. 

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. 

  • School groups

Children who are neither UK nationals, nor EU, EEA or Swiss nationals need a visa to travel to the UK as part of a school group. Find out more

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens travelling to the UK

  • Passports are mandatory for all passengers travelling to the UK (including children). 

Your passport doesn’t need to be valid for a minimum number of months to travel, as long as it’s valid for the length of your stay in the UK. If you don’t have a passport yet or your passport needs renewing, please ensure you submit your application well ahead of your intended journey. You won't be allowed to travel if you haven't received your passport in time for your journey.

  • Do you live in the UK with settled or pre-settled status ?

You can continue to use your national ID card to travel until 31 December 2025. If you have both a valid passport and a valid identity card, it’s a good idea to travel with the document linked to your settled or pre-settled status. And if you have a new passport and your pre-settled or settled status is linked to your previous ID document, remember to update your passport details in your UK Visa and Immigration account. It will speed up the process at border control, by removing the need for additional checks. Find out more.

  • School groups

The List of Travellers scheme is no longer available for school groups travelling from the EU to the UK. All EU children need to carry their own valid passport to be able to travel.

  • Visas

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 

Your British passport must:

  • be valid for the length of your stay in Europe
  • have at least three months validity left from the date you intend to leave the EU
  • be less than 10 years old

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.

If you don’t have a passport yet or your passport needs renewing, please ensure you submit your application well ahead of your intended journey. You can check passport processing times on the UK government website. You won't be allowed to travel if you haven't received your passport in time for your journey.

See if your passport needs renewing.

  • 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. You may need a visa for longer stays or when travelling for work or business. Find out more. 

  • Additional border information for UK citizens living in the EU

If your main residence is in the EU, you won't need to get your passport stamped as long as you carry your EU residence permit when you travel. If you cannot prove that you are an EU resident, you may be asked additional questions by border authorities and your passport may be stamped before you enter the Schengen area. 

  • Travel & European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC)

UK citizens can no longer 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. Once it expires, you'll need to apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) which provides access to state healthcare in the EU. EHIC and GHIC do not replace travel insurance. It is strongly recommended to take travel insurance with medical cover when travelling 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 under 18s

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 to some Eurostar destinations, 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/Netherlands and between Brussels/ Netherlands.

16 to 17-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
    • Passport
       
  • Additional requirements for French residents


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