Travelling With Children

Need a UK Passport?


Travelling with a child who needs a passport? Every UK citizen, including infants, must possess his or her own passport. You are not allowed to represent other members of the family inside your passport. Your child must be 15 years old or younger to apply for a Child Passport and be recognized as a British citizen.

Important Information for Obtaining a Child Passport

  1. How long will a Child Passport be valid? If the child passport was issued when your child was 16 years of age or older, it will be valid for 10 years. If the child passport was issued when your child was 15 years of age or younger, it will be valid for 5 years.
  2. How long will it take VisaCentral to process my child’s passport?

     For most passport services VisaCentral has two processing times: Same Day - if available and Fast Track - 1 week.

  3. Do my children need travel visas?

     Travel visa requirements are the same for all travellers, regardless of age. Visit Visas and select the destination to see the travel visa requirements for your children.

  4. My spouse and I are divorced.  Do our children have to meet special passport requirements since we are no longer married?

     The passport application requirements for children of divorced parents vary depending upon the details outlined in the custody arrangement.  As a result, each application may be subject to different processing requirements.  For more information regarding your specific parental responsibility requirements,  contact a VisaCentral specialist by email [email protected].

  5. What are the passport requirements for children who reside with guardians other than their natural parents?

     There are additional legal requirements for children who are in the care of, or are placed with, foster parents or legal guardians.  All children under the age of 15 must have an adult sign their child passport application, regardless of circumstance.  Contact a VisaCentral specialist for specific guardianship information by email [email protected].

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Get a Second Passport

Are you a frequent traveller?   Tired of the planning your trips based on the location of your passport?  If you had a second passport you could travel on one passport while the second passport is used to secure visas for future travel.  VisaCentral can help.

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