Check a passport for travel to Europe

Use this service to check if you need to renew your passport before travelling to an EU country, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein.

If you’re travelling to another country, check the entry requirements of the country you’re visiting to find out if you need to renew your passport.

If you’re using your passport as ID to visit Ireland, you do not need to renew it as long as it’s valid for the whole of your stay.

To use this service, you’ll need to know:

  • when your passport was issued
  • when your passport expires

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  1. Step 1 Plan your trip

  2. Step 2 Get your passport, visas and permits ready

    How much time you need on your passport depends on the country you're visiting. Check the entry requirements for the country you want to travel to.

    1. Check your passport has enough time left on it for the country you're visiting
    2. Renew or replace your passport
    3. Get a passport for your child

    You may also need a visa to enter some countries.

    1. Check if you need a visa or permit
  3. Step 3 Get travel insurance and check if you need vaccinations or inoculations

  4. Step 4 Travel safely during COVID-19

  5. Step 5 Going through border control

    You may need to show paperwork such as your passport or visa. You may also need a negative COVID-19 test result or to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status at the point of entry.

    1. Check the entry requirements for the country you are travelling to or transiting through
  6. Step 6 When you're abroad

  7. Step 7 Before you return to the UK

  8. Step 8 After you arrive in the UK