Updates on travelling to Turkey
We are aware of a small number of British Citizens holding an Isle of Man variant British Passport experiencing difficulties in Istanbul, Turkey. As a Crown Dependency the Isle of Man is represented internationally by the United Kingdom. The British Embassy in Ankara has been in communication with the Turkish Government on this matter to reinforce the message that Isle of Man variant British Passports are valid documents and the holders are British Citizens.
The British Embassy has now advised that assurance has been provided from the Turkish Government to the UK Government that IoM variant passport holders will be considered to have the same status as other BCs holding standard UK passports in terms of consideration for visa free entry into Turkey.
The Isle of Man Passport Office cannot provide travel advice.
Travel to the UK
You do not need to hold a passport to travel within the common travel area (between the Isle of Man and UK/Jersey/Guernsey and Ireland). However, you will need to check with your airline/ferry service you are travelling with to ensure you comply with their policies for photographic ID.
Travelling to other countries
It is an individual’s responsibility to make sure they have the correct documentation for travel, including a passport that complies with the validity rules of whichever country they are travelling to.
You should check the Foreign & Commonwealth Office FCO Travel Advice for entry requirements and make sure you are aware of the immigration and customs controls of the country or countries you are travelling to/through, by contacting the relevant embassy or consulate for information about that country’s immigration requirements. See also the UK Government's information on passports.
If your British passport is not valid for travel or you have not applied for or hold the correct documentation to meet an international county’s entry requirements, there is a risk that you could be refused entry to that country. If you are refused entry at an international border, you may be required to make alternative arrangements to return home at your own expense.
FCO Consular Services cannot get involved in another country’s immigration requirements and are therefore unable to help a traveller enter a country.
Note: Please ensure that you have checked with your airline/travel agent prior to travelling to ensure that they do not have additional requirements.
Identity and Travel Documents Online
If you are travelling and the authenticity of the Isle of Man variant British Passport is called into question, the Public Register or Authentic Identity and Travel Documents Online (PRADO) website provides full information.
Applying for an E-Visa
HM Passport Office is aware that some British citizens are experiencing difficulties when applying for e-visas to countries such as India and Egypt.
HM Passport Office have no control over how a country operates their entry requirements and whether they have an e-visa option for British Citizens holding an Isle of Man variant British Passport.
HM Passport Office will continue to support the work of the relevant United Kingdom and Foreign Authorities to help resolve this matter as quickly as possible.
In the meantime, for those wishing to apply for an e-visa to India and Egypt, people are advised they make their application direct with the relevant Embassy in the United Kingdom following the process they set out.
Allow as much time as possible for your application. Don't apply for an e-visa or through a third-party supplier on your behalf.
How to apply for an Indian visa
To apply for an Indian visa please contact:
Indian Visa and Consular Application Centre
Indian Visa and Consular Application Centre,
The Vista Centre,
First Floor - Part A Block 50 Salisbury Road,
Website: Indian Visa and Consular Application Centre
Telephone: +44 (020) 3793 8629 or +44 (020) 3788 4666 if you have any difficulties or to make payment over the phone.
Current working days / hours: Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 3:30pm.
How to apply for an Egypt visa
To apply for an Egypt visa:
- Go to Egypt's Consulate in the UK website
- Go to Visas
- You can either use the 'Contact Us' option on Egypt's electronic visa portal and complete your personal details OR contact the Embassy directly using the details provided below
Egypt Consulate UK
2 Lowndes Street,
Telephone: +44 (0) 2072359777
Current working days / hours: From Monday till Friday (except public holidays) from 10:30am to 2pm for submissions and 2:30pm to 3:30 pm for collections.