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Passports, visas & health requirements

Please check the requirements in terms of travel documents and health for your chosen destination in good time before your holiday. 
 

Your responsibilities

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of all necessary travel and health documents and that you have complied with all compulsory passport, visa, immigration and health requirements before departure. All costs incurred in obtaining such documentation and complying with all requirements must be paid by you. We can only provide general information about this, and we regret we cannot accept any liability if you are refused entry onto any transport or into any country due to failure on your part to carry correct documentation. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration or health formalities.
  • British citizens must have a full British passport to visit the countries featured on our website, but no visas are required for any country other than India and Nepal.

    You should ensure that your passport has at least 6 months’ validity beyond the date of your return to the UK. For European travel, if you hold a British passport you must also check that it will be less than 10 years old when you travel (even if it has 6 months or more left – extra months that may have been added if you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired will not count towards the 6 months needed). Entry requirements do change and you must check the up-to-date position in good time before departure.

    Some airlines may require passengers to have two blank facing pages in order to travel; you should check this directly with the airline if you are concerned.

    Renewal of a British passport currently takes about 3 weeks for online applications, but longer for postal applications (see the UK government website, www.gov.uk/browse/abroad/passports). You should allow considerably longer if any members of your party are applying for their first adult passport (it normally takes 6 weeks but, due to Covid, applications are currently taking longer to process). Babies and children must have their own passport, and cannot be included on a parent’s passport. Children’s passports are valid for 5 years.

    If any member of your party is not a British citizen or holds a non-British passport, you must check passport and visa requirements with the Embassy or Consulate of the country(ies) to or through which you are intending to travel. Note that many European countries now require that passports issued by non-EEA (European Economic Area) countries must be valid for 3 months beyond the period of intended stay.
  • Information on health is given on the Travel Health Pro website (https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/).

    UK residents should obtain a free Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC – a replacement for the European Health Insurance Card, or EHIC) if you are travelling to a European country other than Switzerland or Norway and do not have an EHIC. If you already have an EHIC, you can continue to use this until it expires (except in Switzerland and Norway). Your EHIC/GHIC may entitle you free or reduced-cost state-provided medical treatment while abroad. You can apply at www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/healthcare-abroad/apply-for-a-free-uk-global-health-insurance-card-ghic/. If you are holidaying in Norway and require medical care, you can present your UK passport at the medical facility and treatment will be provided on the same terms as for Norwegian nationals.

    The EHIC/GHIC does not cover all health-related costs and should not be relied upon as a substitute for comprehensive travel insurance, so it is essential that you take out either our recommended policy or an equivalent one (all the more so if you are travelling to a destination with no reciprocal health agreement with the UK). You should ensure that it covers any existing medical conditions. Since the GHIC and still-current EHICs are not valid in Norway and Switzerland, it is important that, if you already have travel insurance, you check that the terms do not exclude medical cover – especially for existing conditions – in the absence of an EHIC.

    Another consideration at the present time is Covid tests. Our country entry requirements page provides more information about each destination's testing regime.

    If you are travelling to India or Nepal please see our travelling outside Europe page for further information.
  • The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office produces up-to-date travel information to help British travellers make informed decisions about travelling abroad. For further information, please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice and www.gov.uk/travelaware (you can also download a copy of the FCDO’s Plan.Pack.Explore leaflet which gives general advice on how to ensure you have a trouble-free holiday).

    Most other governments provide similar information relevant to their own citizens. See our essential travel information page for useful links.
  • Having adequate travel insurance is absolutely essential. We will ask you to provide us with details of the policy you have in place (insurer, policy number and medical emergency telephone number) so that we can assist if the need arises while you are on holiday.

    Please see our travel insurance page for more information and for details of our recommended travel insurance provider, Campbell Irvine.
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