- Check now that your passport is valid. It's advisable
to ensure your passport has at least 6 months left before expiry
at the date of your travel. Some countries will not let you in if
your passport is close to expiry.
- If you need to renew, check with your passport
office for an estimated time for processing to ensure there is enough
time to receive your new passport before travel, and remember, passport
offices can get very busy high season causing delays - allow enough
- Check your children's ages. From 5 October 1998
children under 16 have been required to hold their own passport.
If they are on your current valid passport and are under 16 they
will be allowed to travel. However, they will need their own passport
at 16 even if the passport they are on is current and valid, and
be aware that if they turn 16 whilst away, they will not be allowed
to travel without a passport.
- If you have to renew or amend your passport you
will have to apply for separate passports for all your children
whatever their age. (See the passport office website using the link
below in the Visa's section.)
- Ensure your passport is not damaged or defaced.
- Store out of harms way in a secure location to
avoid any last minute problems.
- Keep a separate note of all passport numbers
and issue dates.
- Whilst away, do not carry your passport with
you, carry a photocopy and keep the original in a safe place within
your holiday accommodation. Check with the owner if they have a
- It is advisable to take another means of identification
on holiday with you, preferably with a photo.
- If you can, scan all your important documents,
tickets etc and e-mail them to yourself as attachments just before
you leave. If you end up losing everything you can always access
and print them at a cybercafe.
Some countries need visas to
enter, which should be applied for well in advance of travel. As this
website is viewed all around the world, we cannot supply information
pertaining to visa requirements from each country.
Visa information is usually available
from your local passport office, most of which have a web site (use
a Search Engine and enter "passport office").
For UK residents, information can be
obtained in the Travel Advice section of the UK passport office website
British citizens travelling to the USA may not need a visa under the
Visa Waiver Program providing their stay is under 90 days and they are
in possession of a valid return ticket - YOU MUST CHECK as there are
other criteria required. More details can be found at: http://travel.state.gov/ or http://london.usembassy.gov/visas.html
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