Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a passport?
- Do I need a passport to travel?
- How do I obtain a passport?
- How long is my UK passport valid for?
- Do children require passports?
- I hold a non-UK passport. Do I need a visa?
- I am a British Subject. Does that mean I have the same rights of entry as a British Citizen?
- I have recently changed my name how do I change the name on the passport?
- My passport was stolen and/or lost. How do I obtain another passport?
- When applying for a passport renewal, will I receive my old passport back?
- What is a visa?
- How to obtain a visa?
- I am a British Subject. Does that mean same requirements apply to me as to a British Citizen?
- Do I need to send my passport to apply for a visa?
- How long does my passport have to be valid to apply for a visa?
- What is a ‘blank’ passport page and how many blank passport pages are required to apply for a visa?
- My passport is valid but I do not have any blank pages. Can I still apply for a visa?
- Do I need vaccinations for my trip?
- Does the photo in my passport count as one passport photo?
- Can I submit digitally produced passport photographs?
- What is a visa invitation?
- Can I fax my passport copy and application form to get a visa?
- What forms of payment does Anyvisa accept?
- What is included in the cost paid to AnyVisa?
- Why is the service fee higher for some countries than it is for others?
- How can I get my application documents to you?
- How do I check the status of my application?
- Can I apply for a visa if my passport is damaged?
A passport is a legal document issued by the national government, which serves a purpose of international travel, the identity and nationality of its holder.
The passport is needed for entrance and exit from any country in the world. The travellers are responsible for carrying the correct identification during their travel at all times.
In UK passports are issued by the Identity & Passport Service, which has several offices across the UK. Outside the country passports are issued by UK Embassies, Consulates and High Commissions. If you need to renew your passport, to replace a lost or stolen passport or to apply for a second passport please check our UK passport service page. If you are a non-UK citizen please consult your home country's Consulate for information.
Passports issued to citizens of 16 years of age or older your passport will normally be valid for 10 years. Passports issued to citizens under 16 years old are valid for 5 years.
Yes. All UK citizens including infants must possess their own passport.
It is essential that you to check the visa requirements specific to your citizenship.
No. All British citizens are British nationals, but not all British nationals are British citizens. If your passport states anything other than ‘British citizen’ please contact us to check your visa requirements.
You are able to change the name in your passport by providing appropriate documentation. Please see our UK passport service page for details.
You are able to obtain another passport by providing appropriate documentation. Please see our UK passport service page for details.
Yes, you will receive your old passport back, unless it is deemed to be damaged by the Identity & Passport Service. Please note that some of your valid visas may automatically become invalid once the passport is cancelled.
A visa is a document issued by the official embassy or consulate which gives someone permission to travel to a specific country and stay there for a certain period of time. In most cases the visa will be stamped inside your passport.
Only the official embassies and consulates of the countries are authorised to grant visas and appropriate documentation must be presented to the embassy/consulate for the visa to be issued. AnyVisa is authorised to obtain visas on traveller’s behalf from most embassies and consulates in London.
No. All British citizens are British nationals, but not all British nationals are British citizens. If your passport states anything other than ‘British citizen’ please email email@example.com to check your visa requirements.
It is essential to send the original passport as the visa is being stamped on a visa page inside your passport.
For most applications the passport has to be valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip.
A ‘blank’ passport page is page that is clean, clear and does show any signs of ink or stains. All visa applications require at least 1 and often 2 blank pages and information and amendment pages cannot be used.
You must apply for a passport renewal as all visa applications require at least 1 and often 2 blank pages.
To apply for a visa to certain countries you may have to show proof of International Certificate of Vaccinations for various diseases. This requirement will be listed on the visa requirements page where applicable.
No. Please send the correct number of photos.
Some consulates may accept photos printed on photo quality paper providing they comply with all requirements (colour, size etc.) however in most cases you will be required to submit professionally produced photos. We recommend professional photos for all applications to avoid delays.
Visa invitation is a document that supports your application and proves your purpose of travel. Depending on the destination it may be a letter from host company or friends, confirmation from a hotel or a document approved by the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Please check individual visa requirements to make sure you have the correct documentation.
No. Some consulates may accept copies of supporting documentation but passport, photos and application forms are always required in original. Please check visa requirements information for details.
AnyVisa accepts payment by cheque, cash, bank transfer, most major debit and credit cards (a 3% charge will apply).
We operate a transparent fees policy. The cost of every service you choose (visa, delivery, transfer etc) will be clearly stated on the relevant page of this website or by the consultant if the quote is given over the phone.
Certain visa applications require additional administrative processing, extended queuing or lengthy waiting times at the consulate. Where this may be the case, a higher fee is applied.
You can drop off your application in person (Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.), send it by courier, post it or ask us to organise a courier to collect the documents from you (please click here for a quote). If posting please use Royal Mail Special Delivery before 1p. m. Please do not use ‘before 9am’ service as there will be no one in the office to sign for the package. It will be returned to delivery office which will delay your application by 1-3 days.
To track the status of your application please visit our tracking page. Your account number will be e-mailed to you automatically once we have received your documents and your password is the e-mail provided on your application. You can also e-mail or call us.
Seriously damaged UK passports are deemed invalid by UK government and therefore won't be accepted by foreign consulates. Insignificant damage may be acceptable but if in doubt please contact Identity and Passport Service to check if you need to obtain a new passport.