Passports and Identification: Dover – Calais route
Dover / Calais route:
It is compulsory for all passengers (including babies) to have their own valid passport or officially recognised European Union I.D. card when travelling to and from Britain or France. In some cases, a visa may also be required. If you are driving a vehicle you will also need a valid driving licence.
Holders of UK passports travelling to France should note the following travel requirements:
Your passport should have at least 6 months validity left, and be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)
No visa is required if your whole visit is within the permitted 90-day limit for tourists. Stays of longer than 90 days within a 180 day period require a visa.
Non-EU nationals should check with the relevant embassy before travelling as they may need a visa as well as a passport.
EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can travel to the UK for holidays or short trips without needing a visa. You can cross the UK border using a valid passport which should be valid for the whole time you are in the UK. You will not be able to use an EU, EEA or Swiss national ID card to enter the UK from 1 October 2021, unless you:
have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme
have an EU Settlement Scheme family permit
have a frontier worker permit
are an S2 Healthcare Visitor
are a Swiss Service Provider
In these cases, you can continue to use your national ID card to enter the UK until at least 31 December 2025.
Passengers who turn up at our ports without a valid passport or an officially recognised European Union ID card (and a visa if required) will not be allowed to travel and / or enter either France or Ireland.
Please visit the relevant government / embassy website for the most up-to-date information and to ensure you comply with the requirements: