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Passports & Visas

At the directive of the tour party leader passengers may be travelling on group collective passport OR may be required to travel with their own individual passports. Please make sure you are clear regarding the schools requirements.

Individual Passports
Where schools require that students travel with individual passports ALL passengers must be in possession of their own valid, standard 10yr passport.

We advise that passengers check well in advance of the tour that all travel documents are valid. To assist with preparation of this please consider the following:

•  The passport office recommendations state that the expiry date on the passport is at least 6 months after the return date into the United Kingdom.
•  Passengers who are not British Nationals should consult with their embassy for advice with respect to any visa requirements for travel to from and within the country of their destination
•  For assistance with visa requirements for your destination refer to the website of the Foreign Commonwealth office at www.fco.gov.uk  
• Non EU nationals are required by officials to be identified at entry and exit ports
• Please allow at least 4 to 6 weeks if applying for a new individual passport
• Premium 1 day services are NOT available for NEW passport applications and the fast track service requires a week to deliver the passport after the date of submission and can be costly
• Contact www.ukpa.gov.uk or www.ips.gov.uk for further information on renewal of passports

Collective Passports
School party leaders may elect for members of the touring party to travel on a collective passport where the following conditions apply:

• Students are under 18 yrs of age and are members of an educational or recognized youth group
• All students listed as travelling are British nationals
• The group leader must hold a full and valid UK passport

Please be aware of the following where collective passports are used:

• Allow at least 6 weeks for applications to be processed.
• Collective passports should be applied for by the party leader and are obtained from any UK passport agency
• Repatriation of a member of the party unable to return to the UK with the group (for reasons of injury/ illness)  will be required to provide an original copy of the collective passport and associated documents. Party leaders are recommended to organize at least 3 original copies of the documentation for use in such circumstances. Airlines and ports will not accept photocopies.

For further details contact:  The Home office Identity and passport service : www.ips.gov.uk