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

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 after the 1st Jan 2021, please visit the government site here.

As always, you will need a passport in order to visit the EU after Brexit, your passport now needs to be valid for at least 6 months from your departure date. From 1st January 2021, your passport will need to be less than 10 years old in order to visit an EU country – no matter how long it is valid for. You will still be able to travel with a burgundy or ‘European Union’ passport after Brexit. New blue passports are being issued, so you can expect to be sent one of these when you renew your current passport.

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Irish Sea

For travel between Ireland 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, however we do advise you take photographic ID in case you are asked to prove your citizenship by Irish immigration officers.

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

For more advice on entry into Ireland please visit the site.

All Other Routes

Valid passport or National Identity Card is required. All members of the EU must have a valid national identity card or passport (with photo) to travel into the UK.

Your passport or identity card will be checked when you arrive at a UK port or airport to make sure you’re allowed to come into the country. It should be valid for the whole of your stay. You may also need a visa to come into or travel through the UK, depending on your nationality. For more information visit the site here.

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

Our phone lines are currently very busy

Due to the recent UK and EU government announcements regarding changes to COVID-19 travel restrictions, we are currently dealing with an unprecedented number of calls to our contact centre team.

We kindly ask that in order to gain answers to your travel queries quicker, please first consider using our Help Centre above to find the latest travel requirements, entry rules and testing information needed prior to your departure.

If you wish to speak to an advisor regarding your booking, any amendments or cancellations you can contact us via the methods below. If your query relates to travel in more than 7 days time, please try contacting us again closer to your travel date. We’re working hard to assist those with immediate travel requirements. We thank you for your co-operation and patience at this busy time.


If you do prefer to contact us in writing, our postal adress is:

P&O Ferries
Channel House
Channel View Road
CT17 9TJ


Please send any questions or comments to: or submit an enquiry.


Contact our call centre on 01304 44 88 88 between 09:00 and 17:00 Monday to Sunday.

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