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Passports and visas

International travel

If you are travelling internationally, a valid passport is normally required.

For some countries your passport will need to be valid for at least six months after your intended return and you may also need a visa.

Before travelling you should always check your destination country's entry requirements and allow enough time to renew your passport and/or apply for a visa at the relevant embassy or consulate.

Confirm the entry requirements of the country you are visiting in our destination guides.

Travel to the USA from a visa waiver country

All travellers from visa waiver countries now require travel authorisation in advance, in addition to having a machine readable passport. The system is referred to as ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization). The process is run by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and should be completed in advance online.

Apply for ESTA authorisation

Keep it safe!

Passports do get lost and although it will take time getting a replacement, it may be helpful to take photocopies with you. It may also be worth carrying additional photographic ID separate from your passport.

If your UK passport is lost or stolen you must report it – you'll find advice at www.gov.uk/report-a-lost-or-stolen-passport.

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