Why a passport or travel document is needed and what constitutes one

The Immigration Rules state that persons seeking entry to the UK are to be refused entry by an Immigration Officer if they fail to produce a valid national passport or other document satisfactorily establishing their identity and nationality (Rules paragraph 320(3)).

This applies equally to applicants requesting entry clearance from an ECO.

A bona fide passport or travel document should:

  • contain the photograph, name and date of birth of the holder;
  • state the holder’s nationality (or disclaimer if the holder is stateless or of undetermined nationality);
  • be valid for travel to the UK.

To enable a UK visa to be placed in a passport, there needs to be at least one full page available which is blank on both sides.