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Collective Passports

Discussion in 'School trips' started by mrfabs, Aug 25, 2016.

  1. mrfabs

    mrfabs New commenter

    The Passport Office are reviewing Collective Passports, with a view to remove them.

    Do many of you use one?

    What do you think would be the effect of removing them?

  2. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    You won't be able to get one any more ...
  3. mrfabs

    mrfabs New commenter

    The question is do you think it would affect the decision of the parents to let their child going on a trip if they also have to pay and apply for a passport. I am thinking for depraved area.
  4. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    If a parent has to add the cost and faff of getting a passport onto the trip then it may dissuade some. Is it still £72 to apply?
  5. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    I would like to live in a depraved area (I hope you are blaming this on predictive text)!
  6. Geoff Thomas

    Geoff Thomas Star commenter

    Under-16 is £46, 16 and over, £72.50

    And if that is to be added on to the price of a tour, then I agree with you, Blazer - it could be very off-putting.
  7. Skeoch

    Skeoch Lead commenter

    Potential drawbacks: only works to 16 European countries; all on the passport have to be British nationals; if the named leader doesn't travel, the passport becomes invalid (unless a deputy is named on the passport). Also a what-if issue: medical or other repatriation of one or more people on the passport?
  8. ellieinfrance

    ellieinfrance New commenter

    We always use them, and have never had any problems (why would you not name a deputy?!?). However if the passport office remove them, the only option will be for children to have their own before travelling. Agree that the cost of a passport - and having to complete the form for some - will be a real problem for some. Unfortunately these kids will then miss out. As a reply to above, if you need to repatriate someone, the British Consul will issue a temporary travel document for those coming home. Yes this would be a hassle, but not impossible to do.

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