What is a temporary passport
The Jersey island variant temporary passport can be issued to allow British citizens in Jersey to undertake urgent international travel. A temporary passport is issued with a restricted validity of up to 12 months and is printed in an 8-page booklet.
Border agencies have been advised that the Crown Dependencies (CDs) and Gibraltar will issue non-biometric temporary passports using this design for emergency travel purposes. The Passport Office accepts no responsibility for travel booked by applicants that cannot be fulfilled due to non-acceptance of the temporary passport.
Important: Those requiring to travel urgently should satisfy themselves that the country they are visiting will accept non-biometric passports prior to making their application.
When a Temporary Passport can be requested
A temporary passport may be issued where an eligible applicant meets all of the following:
- has to travel internationally (not just between Jersey and the UK) for a genuine emergency (treatment of a serious illness or a life or death situation)
- can provide evidence of their pre-paid travel
- cannot wait for a full validity Jersey variant British passport to be issued
- can explain why their full validity passport is not available (for example, lost/stolen, expired, expiring, unavailable or submitted for renewal)
- is able to pay the appropriate fee
The applicant will be required to provide documentation at the time of application to demonstrate the above criteria before the temporary passport can be approved.
The applicant should contact the Passport Office before making an application.
Important: The applicant should be satisfied that they have all the required information before submitting their application to the Passport Office. We recommend that you telephone the Passport Office to explain your circumstances to avoid any unnecessary delays. If we require additional information in support of your application, an Officer will contact you directly however this may delay the application.
A Temporary Passport can be issued in Jersey to:
- Adult British citizens
- Child British citizens
In most cases establishing eligibility will be straightforward if the temporary passport will replace a previously issued full validity Jersey variant British passport held by the applicant.
Temporary passports are not ordinarily issued to people applying for a passport for the first time. Where exceptional circumstances prevail and the issuing of a Temporary Passport is approved, a first time interview must take place and all relevant supporting information must be provided.
The Passport Office retains the right to refuse an application for a temporary passport in cases where it is established that an applicant has a track record of losing previous passports.
An application for a full validity passport will need to be made at the same time as a temporary passport, except in exceptional circumstances.
The cost of the temporary & full validity passport is as follows:
Adult born before 02/09/1929