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How long should my passport be valid for?

If you are a British Citizen, you will need to have a valid biometric (E-passport) or machine-readable passport to travel. Cunard guests can board and travel to EU countries* if your 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.

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.

Blank page requirements

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

Children are required to have their own passports.  It is important that names and initials on the passport exactly match those on your tickets.

Please note that British Visitor Passports are no longer valid.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

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 visa requirements

You should check with your travel agent or our preferred visa supplier, CIBT, on 0207 620 6998, to ensure you have the correct documentation.  You may find the following question useful - Will I need a visa?

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0300 222 00 00 or visit the website at or use the online contact form on Please note British Visitor Passports are no longer valid.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.  

* 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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