Passports are required for all overseas holidays or as identification when boarding a UK domestic flight or cruise ship on an international voyage.
Many countries now require that your passport be valid for 3–6 months beyond your stay. Please check the expiry date of your passport, and if travelling to or through the US, the type of passport required (see below). If you do not hold a British passport, please check your destination’s entry regulations and any visa application procedures before booking.
Check that it’s yours, it’s valid and that you’ve packed it before you travel. It is not uncommon for a traveller to arrive at an airport with a passport belonging to another family member and find them self unable to travel as planned. We strongly recommend you carry a photocopy of your passport separately from your main travel documents.
If you do not hold a British passport, please check your destination’s entry regulations and any visa application procedures before booking.
In some destinations you are required to carry your passport at all times.
Details of any current visa requirements will be sent to you with your confirmation of booking.
If your passport is not a British Citizen passport you may require a further visa(s) or be subject to different application procedures. Please check with us, or the appropriate consulate, before booking and don’t obtain an expensive visa more than 3 months before departure without reference to us.
The cost of visas is not included in your holiday charge unless otherwise stated. If your holiday is one for which we include visa processing, please be aware that we will require your passport in plenty of time to enable us to process your visa without additional cost.
Please note that visa requirements, application procedures and charges are subject to change without warning.
If your holiday is one for which we include visa processing, please be aware that we will require your passport in plenty of time to enable us to process your visa without additional cost.
The UK Government Foreign Office produces and maintains travel advice including current passport and visa information for British Citizens travelling overseas.
If you need to apply for a new passport, please do so in good time as issuing delays can occur, particularly around peak travel times.
Information is available on the UK government website regarding passports and general foreign travel advice.
Please note that if you are entering or transiting the USA you should familiarise yourself with the current entry requirements for the US. Please also note that these requirements are subject to change as short notice.
More information is available through the US Embassy in the United Kingdom.
The US Customs and Border Protection website has a list of responses to frequently asked questions regarding travel to the US under the Visa Waiver Programme and the US Electronic System for Travel Authorisation.
It is vital that those wishing to travel to, or transit, the US under the Visa Waiver Programme have a machine readable passport which also contains an electronic chip containing biometric information about the passport holder.
On holidays involving the party travelling on a group visa, should you be making your own travel arrangements and not checking-in for travel with the main party, you will need to make your own independent visa arrangements which may involve additional cost and lengthy visa application procedures.