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
- 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.