Can we travel on a passport with less than 6 months validity?

At current, yes, it is possible to travel on a passport with less than 6 months validity, providing the passport is valid for both the outward and return leg of the journey.

Until 1 January 2021, you can continue to travel to Europe with your UK passport as normal, until it expires. However, new rules will apply for travel to Europe from 1 January 2021. For more information and to check if you need to update your passport for travel to Europe ahead of the 1st Jan 2021, please visit the government site here.

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Irish Sea

For travel between Eire and England, photographic identification is required for all passengers (including children and infants) as they may be asked to prove citizenship at any time.

For travel to Northern Ireland on our Larne - Cairnryan & Larne - Troon routes, photographic ID is not required.

On all POIS routes, senior citizens and students must provide proof at check-in (eg student ID card) so as not to incur an increase in fare.

All Other Routes

Valid full 10-year passport or National Identity Card is required.

From 17Jun09, all members of the EU must have a valid national identity card or passport (with photo) to travel into the UK.

Driving licenses, "Livrets de Famille" for infants will no longer be accepted.  Members out of the EU must have a valid passport.

For French nationals, the extension to an expired ID card will not be accepted for entry into Belgium.


Non-EU members are advised to speak to their embassy regarding other relevant information, such as Visas.

Useful Visa Services information can be found at

For passport and visa enquiries, passengers can contact the UK Border Force helpline: 0843 308 8259

ID Cards

UK identity cards ceased to be legal documents on 21 January 2011. For more information please visit

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