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What If You Need To Travel Abroad Urgently?

There is no facility to obtain a temporary or emergency passport if you are in the UK. In order to get a passport urgently, you will need to use the 1 Day or 1 Week Priority services available when applying for a passport.

If you are overseas, need to travel within 5 days and either your passport is lost or stolen or has expired, you can apply at the nearest British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate for an Emergency Travel Document. An ETA is only available to British citizens who already hold a UK passport, and the application must be supported by travel documents, 2 passport-quality photographs and a police report if the passport was stolen.

The cost of an ETA is £100 and is non-refundable. It is valid for travel through a maximum of 5 countries and will have a final travel date stated on it as decided by the travel documents used when applying.

If you require a visa for any country you are travelling through, you may be able to apply for an ETA more than 5 days before travelling.

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