Get an emergency travel document

2. How to apply

You can apply online.

It costs £100 to apply for an emergency travel document. The fee isn’t refundable. You can pay online as part of your application. If you don’t, 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.

Documents you’ll need to send or bring to an appointment

You’ll need:

  • 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
  • proof of residency if your final destination is outside the EU

You can bring these to an appointment if you have one. If not, you’ll need to send copies by email or by post after you make your application.

How long it will take

Your emergency travel document will normally be ready in 2 working days.

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. 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.