British citizens must have a full British passport to visit the countries featured on our website. Visas are not required by British citizens for any country other than India and Nepal
. (British citizens used to need a visa for Turkey, but this is no longer required for holidays of fewer than 90 days.)
If your passport is in its final year, please check the requirements of the country you are visiting – some nations will not allow you entry unless your passport is valid for a further 3 or 6 months after your return date. The UK government website has a useful tool to check if your passport has sufficient validity: www.gov.uk/check-a-passport-for-travel-to-europe
. Entry requirements do change and you must check the up-to-date position in good time before departure. Please note that, following the transition period of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU (which is likely to last until December 2020), all British citizens may require up to 6 months’ remaining validity to enter EU and other Schengen countries (including Norway and Switzerland), and 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.
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 (see the UK government website, www.gov.uk/browse/abroad/passports
). You should allow at least 6 weeks if any members of your party are applying for their first adult passport. 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.