Passports and visas

You will need a full ten year passport if you want to travel abroad. Depending on which country you visit, and your reason for travelling, you may also need to get a visa.


A passport must be valid throughout the whole of a trip. Applications for passports can be made to the Identity and Passport Service.

Some countries insist that your passport is valid for at least six months after the date you enter the country. If you have any questions about this requirement, ask the country’s consulate or embassy in the UK.

Before and during your journey:

  • keep a note of your passport number, date and place of issue in a safe place separate from your passport
  • if there is a protected hotel safe, leave your passport there during your stay and carry a photocopy with you
  • check your passport expiry date
  • take contact details for your next of kin and leave a copy with a friend or relative
  • carry another identity document which has your picture on it
  • immediately contact the nearest British consulate or embassy if your passport is lost or stolen overseas

How much does a passport cost?

The cost of a UK passport will vary depending on how you apply. For example:

  • £66 for a basic postal application
  • £91 for a fast-track, one-week service
  • £45 for a child’s passport

Find full details of passport fees on the Identity and Passport Service website or call the Passport Fee Information Line on 0800 056 6654 or the Textphone service on 0808 156 1559.

Applying for a passport

There are four different ways to apply for a passport:

  • online on the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) website
  • through one of the 2,300 high street partners
  • by post using a form (either from the post office or from the IPS)
  • in person at a local office