Get an emergency travel document

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How to apply

You can apply online.

It costs £100 to apply for an emergency travel document. The fee is not refundable. You can pay online as part of your application. If you do not, you’ll be asked to pay over the phone.

You might need to attend an appointment at your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate after you apply online. You’ll be told after you’ve submitted your application whether you need an appointment.

You’ll need to give a contact telephone number and email address as part of your application.

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How long it will take

Your emergency travel document will normally be ready 2 working days after you apply. It may take longer because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

It can also take longer, for example if you have:

  • applied for a child under 16
  • not paid or given the right supporting documents
  • not given enough or correct information

You’ll be told after you’ve applied how and when you’ll get your emergency travel document.

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 or British national (overseas). They might have to attend an appointment and they must collect their emergency travel document in person.

If you apply for a child under 16, they’ll need to attend an appointment. Both parents should go with them if possible. If neither parent can attend, they’ll need to send a signed consent letter.