The rules for passports, driving, EHIC cards, pet travel and more may change from 1 January 2021. Act now so you can travel as planned.
If your passport’s expired, you must renew it before you can travel. You can renew your passport at any time.
Time left on your old passport will not be added to your new one.
You must replace your passport if it’s been lost, stolen or damaged rather than renew it.
If your passport is burgundy or has ‘European Union’ on the cover, you can continue to use it until it expires.
You can renew your passport online. It costs £75.50.
You’ll need to get a digital photo. Your application can be delayed if your photo does not meet the rules for digital passport photos.
It is taking longer than usual to process applications because of coronavirus (COVID-19). Do not apply unless you need a passport urgently for compassionate reasons, for example if a family member has died, or for government business. Phone the Passport Adviceline to find out what to do.
Renew using a paper application form
You can get a paper application form by either:
It costs £85.
You’ll need 2 identical new photos of yourself. Your application can be delayed if your photos do not meet the rules for printed passport photos.
How to pay
You’ll need a credit or debit card to apply online.
If you apply by post, you can either pay by:
- debit or credit card - fill in the form in the application pack
- cheque - made payable to ‘Her Majesty’s Passport Office’
Renewing your passport before you travel
If your passport will expire soon you might need to renew it before travelling. Check the entry requirements of the countries you’re visiting before booking travel.
Travelling to the EU from 1 January 2021
From 1 January 2021 you might need:
- at least 6 months left on your passport
- a passport that’s less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)
Send your previous passport with the visa attached to it with your application. Your previous passport will be returned to you.
You’ll be able to use the visa if you carry both passports.
The rules are different if you’re travelling to Russia.