Get an emergency travel document

2. How to apply

You can apply online if you’re a British citizen abroad and meet the eligibility requirements.

It costs £100 (or the equivalent in local currency) to apply for an emergency travel document. The fee isn’t refundable.

You’ll need to attend an appointment at your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate after you apply online. You can pay online or at your appointment.

What to bring to your appointment

You must bring:

  • a recent passport-quality photo
  • proof of your travel plans, such as booking confirmations (or detailed written travel plans if you can’t book ahead)
  • your passport if you have it
  • a police report if your passport has been stolen

If you’re applying for a child under 16, both parents should attend the appointment with the child if possible.

How long it will take

In most cases you’ll get your emergency travel document on the day of your appointment. It can take longer if your situation is complicated, for example if the embassy needs more documents to prove your identity.

Apply on behalf of someone else

You can apply for an emergency travel document and book an appointment for someone else if they’re a British citizen. They must attend their appointment and collect their travel document in person.

You usually can’t get an emergency travel document if you’ve never had a British passport. Contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate if you need to travel urgently and don’t have time to apply for a passport before you travel.