Collective (or group) passports allow groups of young people to travel together to certain European countries, as part of a school field trip or as part of a youth group, without having to worry about the expense of applying for individual passports. Are you eligible to apply for a collective passport on behalf of your group?
When Collective Passports Are Permitted
The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) recommends that each individual child in the group should travel on his or her own passport in order to comply with the entry requirements of other countries. However, as Group Leader, you will need to check the entry requirements and follow the directions when applying for a collective passport. Group passports can only be used within Europe.
Do Collective Passports Allow for non-European Travel?
Excursions that will be taking place outside of Europe are not covered by collective passports issued in the UK. This is in line with the 1962 Treaty – European Agreement on Travel by Young Persons on Collective Passports between the Member Counties of the Council of Europe, which only allows collective passports to be used for travel within Europe.
Countries that Allow Collective Passports
According to the IPS, countries that allow travel based on collective passports include Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
Countries that Do Not Accept Collective Passports
Group Leaders who wish to apply for a collective passport for their group cannot do so if they plan to travel to Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia or Slovakia. If you try to apply for a collective passport for travel to any of these countries, IPS will not issue you with a collective passport.
If your group wishes to travel on a collective passport to a country that has not been listed, contact the Passport Adviceline on 0300 222 0000, where you will be advised further on all your available options.
Collective passports can save a lot of time, and money spent on individual passports, which makes this a cost-effective way to travel to parts of Europe. However, IPS advises that each child in the group should be in possession of his or her own passport.
Directgov, The collective passport and who can use it.