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How long should my passport be valid for?

If you are a British Citizen, a full passport is required for all cruises. If you do not hold a British Citizen passport, your passport/travel documentation/visa requirements may be different. 

The following passport and visa information is for British Citizens only. Non British Citizen passport holder requirements may differ. Please check with the Embassies of the countries you are travelling to for the most up to date information. You will need to have 6 months validity in your passport after your date of return and we recommend that you have some blank pages in your passport for entry/exit stamps.

Children need their own passports.

Please note that British Visitor Passports are no longer valid. British Subject passport holder requirements may differ so please check them before travelling.

Passport validity must be based on the strictest requirements which are in place for the cruise, as validity and defintions vary across destinations.

All passports should have sufficient blank pages for entry and exit stamps (applicable to the length and ports of call in your itinerary).

Cruising to EU Countries*

P&O Cruises guests can board and travel to EU countries* if their passport was issued less than 10 years before the day of embarkation and still has at least three months left before the date of expiry of the passport, as at the date of disembarkation (regardless of whether or not the passport has an extension period).

EU countries include: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. *In addition to Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. 

The above also applies to Vatican City, San Marino and Monaco, who are not part of the EU, but follow the same rules.

For cruises that travel outside the EU and in line with the requirements of many of these countries, guests are required to have six months validity left on their passports.

Applying for a new passport

If you are applying for a new passport, please leave adequate time to action your application. Please be aware that if you are applying for your first British Citizen passport, you may be required to attend interviews prior to the passport being issued. For this reason we would advise all guests in this situation to allow a minimum of six weeks to obtain their passports. If you are applying for a new passport, please leave adequate time to action your application. 

For further information

  • Please contact the Identity and Passport Service Adviceline on (+44) 0300 222 00 00 or visit the website at or use the on line contact form on Please note British Visitor Passports are no longer valid. British Subject* passport holder requirements may differ, please check them before travelling. At times it may be necessary for the ship’s staff to hold your passport for a short time to be able to complete immigration formalities on your behalf.  
  • For visa requirements you should check with your travel agent or our preferred visa supplier, CIBT, on 0207 620 6487, to ensure you have the correct documentation. You may find the following question useful - Will I need a visa?

*British Subject passport holders are mostly people who were born in British India before 01/01/49 and did not become citizens of India, or who were citizens of Eire and British subjects before 01/01/49 and have made a claim to retain British Subject status.

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