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Passports & Visas - FAQ's

Got a question regarding your passport or visa? Then the answer might be here. If you still can't find what you're looking for after you've searched these FAQs, you can contact us and we'll get back to you as soon as we possible.

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Do I need a visa? Answer

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You should check visa and entry requirements for the country you are travelling to on the FCO website - http://www.fco.gov.uk. It is your responsibility to ensure that you meet any visa, passport or inoculation requirements of the country you plan to visit. Failure to do so may result in being refused to travel, which will in turn void any claims against your insurance cover.

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I am not a British citizen, do I need a visa? Answer

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You should consult the Embassy belonging to the country you are planning to travel to. It is your responsibility to ensure that you meet any visa, passport or inoculation requirements of the country you plan to visit. Failure to do so may result in being refused to travel, which will in turn void any claims against your insurance cover.

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How long does my passport need to be valid for? Answer

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All passengers must have a 10-year British Citizen passport (5 year for children). Please note that some countries require that your passport is valid for a minimum period after the return date to the UK (typically 6 months), you can check this on the FCO website - http://www.fco.gov.uk. If your passport is in its final year of validity, then you must check with the embassy of the country you are visiting, otherwise travel may be denied. It is your responsibility to ensure that you meet any visa, passport or inoculation requirements of the country you plan to visit. Failure to do so may result in being refused to travel, which will in turn void any claims against your insurance cover.

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What is ESTA requirement for the USA? Answer

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ESTA stands for Electronic System for Travel Authorisaton. If you are seeking to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) you are now subject to enhanced security requirements and will be required to pay an administrative fee. You can apply for this online here - https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/esta.html

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How do I renew or apply for a passport? Answer

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Renewing or applying for a passport can take some time, so make sure you do this well in advance of your date of departure. More information can be found here - http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Passports/

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Do children need their own passports? Answer

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Yes. All children under 16 years of age need their own passport. More information can be found here - http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Passports/

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