1. Overview

The Identity and Passport Service is now called Her Majesty’s Passport Office.

A collective (or group) passport is a way for organised groups of young people to make trips to certain European countries.

The passport isn’t intended for families - it’s for groups like:

  • schools and sixth form colleges
  • scouts
  • guides
  • other recognised youth organisations

Collective passports are for between 5 and 50 children. If there are more than 50 in the group you can split it up and apply for 2 or more passports.

A collective passport costs £39 and applications take about 6 weeks. The rules are:

  • everyone on the passport must be a British national and under 18 by the end of the trip
  • there must be a group leader over 21 with a valid 10-year British passport

You should also have a deputy group leader. The passport will become invalid if the group leader can’t travel, but if a deputy is named on the application, they could take over.

Deputy leaders must be over 21 years old and hold a valid 10-year British passport.

A ‘British national’ is someone who is a:

  • British citizen
  • British overseas territories citizen
  • British overseas citizen
  • British subject
  • British national (overseas)
  • British protected person

There’s no guarantee that collective passports will be accepted or rejected in any country - wherever possible, young people should travel on their own passports.