1. Application for Foreign Office Passports must be made on a special form which will be supplied on application. Husband and wife, and children under 16, can be included on one Passport if travelling together.
2. Passports are issued in London between the hours of 10 and 4 (Saturdays, 10 to 1), and in Liverpool between the hours of 9.30 and 4 (Saturdays, 9.30 to 1). The Passport Offices are closed on Sundays and Public Holidays (except in London between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon for cases of special emergency only). Applications should, if possible, reach the Passport Office not less than four days before that on which the Passport is required.
3. Foreign Office Passports are granted—
i. To natural-born British subjects, and to British subjects by naturalisation in the United Kingdom, in the British Dominions or Colonies, or in India.
ii. To the wives and widows of the above persons.
iii. (a) To married women who were British subjects at the time of their marriage and have not, by reason of marriage to an alien, acquired the nationality of their husbands.
(b) To married women whose husbands have, during the continuance of the marriage, ceased to be British subjects, unless by reason of the acquisition by their husbands of a new nationality they also have acquired that nationality.
4. Passports are available for five years, in the first instance, unless otherwise stated. They may be renewed from time to time for further consecutive periods of one to five years from the date of expiry, provided the total period of validity of ten years from the original date of issue is not exceeded.
5. (a) British Passports are not available beyond ten years from the original date of issue. Thereafter, or if at any time the Passport contains no further space for visas, a new Passport must be obtained.
(b) A Passport including particulars of the holder’s wife is not available for the wife’s use when travelling alone.
(c) Children who have reached the age of 16 years require separate Passports. When applying for a Passport they should send with their application the written consent of parent or guardian.
6. (i) The Passport declaration of the applicant must be verified by a declaration made by a member or official of any Banking Firm established in the United Kingdom, or by a Mayor, Magistrate, Provost, Justice of the Peace, Minister of Religion, Barrister-at-Law, Notary, Solicitor, Physician, Surgeon, etc., resident in the United Kingdom and being himself a British subject. The applicant’s Certificate of Birth and other evidence may also be required. Applicants serving in His Majesty’s Forces may have their declarations verified by their Commanding Officer.
(ii) In the case of children under the age of 16 years requiring a separate Passport, a declaration must be made by the child’s parent or guardian in a Form (B).
(iii) In the case of persons naturalised in any of the British self-governing Dominions, a recommendation should be produced from the High Commissioner or Agent-General in London of the State concerned. Persons naturalised or ordinarily resident in any of the Crown Colonies may be required to obtain a letter of recommendation from the Colonial Office.
7. If the applicant for a Passport be a British subject by naturalisation, the Certificate of Naturalisation must be forwarded to the Passport Office with the declaration or letter of recommendation.
British subjects by naturalisation will be described as such in the Passports.
8. British Passports are only available for travel to the countries named thereon, but may be endorsed for additional countries. The possession of a Passport so endorsed does not, however, exempt the holder from compliance with any immigration regulations in force in British or foreign countries, or from the necessity of obtaining a visa where required.
9. Passports endorsed as valid for the British Empire are also available for travelling to territory under British protection or mandate, not, however, including Palestine, for which a special endorsement must be obtained.
10. A Passport cannot be issued or renewed by the Foreign Office on behalf of a person already abroad; such person should apply, in a foreign country, to the nearest British Mission or Consulate, or, within the British Empire, to the nearest Passport-issuing authority.
11. Persons resident in the Irish Free State should make application for their Passports to the Passport Department, Ministry of External Affairs, Dublin.
|AUSTRIA.—No visa required for British subjects.|
|BELGIUM.—No visa required for British subjects.|
|BULGARIA.—Passengers must report to Police within 24 hours of arrival.|
|Visa only valid 45 days from date of issue, and for one journey only.|
|Transit visa valid 45 days for one journey only||20||4|
|Transit visa valid 3 months for two journeys||40||8|
|Passengers remaining longer than seven days must obtain identity cards supplying three photographs.|
|CZECHOSLOVAKIA.—No visa required for British subjects.|
|DANZIG.—British subjects entering by sea do not require visas. Entering or leaving overland, Polish visa necessary (see Poland).|
|DENMARK.—No visa required for British subjects.|
|ESTONIA.—Visa valid one journey, but given for one year repeated journeys in special cases||13||4|
|FINLAND.—One form and photograph required.|
|If passport bears a previous visa given by the Finnish Consul in London, it is not necessary for form or photograph to be submitted. Passengers should state reason of journey and length of stay.|
|Visa valid up to one year||12||10|
|Transit, allowing 5 days’ stay||0||11|
|FRANCE.—No visa required for British subjects.|
|GERMANY.—No visa required for British subjects.|
|GREECE.—For stay of more than 30 days a sojourn permit must be obtained from the Police. Passengers in transit must leave at the first opportunity, otherwise they will be called upon to pay double fee for consular visa when leaving.|
|Visa valid one year, repeated journeys (reason of journey to be stated)||13||10|
|Transit visa, valid 3 months, one journey||1||6|
|HOLLAND.—No visa required for British subjects.|
|HUNGARY.—Until October 1st, 1936, holders of British Passports require no visa.|
|ITALY.—No visa required for British subjects.|
|Persons visiting Italy must, within three days of arrival, register with the Police||11||2|
|JUGOSLAVIA.—One form required.|
|Transit visa valid single journey, 30 days||1||3|
|Return transit visa valid 60 days||2||6|
|Visa valid for 3 months, one journey||6||6|
|Visa valid for 6 months, repeated journeys||13||0|
|Tourists visiting Jugo-Slavia can obtain a special visa valid for 3 months, aller et retour, providing that they stay a minimum of three days in one place in Jugoslavia. Cost of special visa||1||0|
|LATVIA.—Bona-fide business travellers may be granted visa on a letter of reference from firm. Visa valid for repeated journeys during one year for business people, and one month one journey pleasure visits||14||2|
|Transit visa allowing four days’ stay in Latvia granted on production of visa of country of destination.|
|LITHUANIA.—Valid up to one year||14||4|
|One form required.|
|Passports to be stamped by Police within 24 hours of arrival. Transit visas can be issued by Frontier Police on train, but such visas do not allow break of journey.|
|LUXEMBOURG.—No visa required for British subjects.|
|NORWAY.—No visa required for British subjects.|
|POLAND.—One form required.|
|Visa valid for 12 months for one journey only||20||10|
|Visa valid 12 months for repeated journeys, each journey not exceeding two to three months’ stay in Poland||33||4|
|Return transit visa||4||2|
|In the case of a joint passport, when both passengers are travelling, 50 per cent. extra fee charged; persons must report to the Police within 24 hours of arrival in Poland and effect registration with authorities within 8 days.|
|PORTUGAL.—No visa required by holders of British Passports issued in Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Irish Free State, Canada, Newfoundland, New Zealand and Samoa for visiting Portugal, Madeira and Azores. Visa required for other Portuguese possessions, one form required||14||9½|
|Or if more than one person mentioned on passport||21||9|
|ROUMANIA.—Persons must report to Police within 24 hours of arrival, and if staying more than 8 days must obtain a permit from Police authorities.|
|Visa valid for one year for repeated journeys. One form required||11||11|
|SPAIN.—No visa required for British subjects. Travellers must have their passports endorsed by Spanish Police within 48 hours of arrival in Spain.|
|(Balearic Islands, 24 hours.)|
|SWEDEN.—No visa required for British subjects.|
|SWITZERLAND.—No visa required for British subjects.|
|TURKEY.—One journey valid 2 months||19||0|
|Transit valid 2 months allowing 15 days’ stay||7||7|
|UNION OF SOVIET SOCIALIST REPUBLICS.—Georgia, Ukraine, White Russia, Transcaucasia and Russia.|
|Two application forms to be filled up and two signed photographs required||15||2|
|Application forms, each||0||3|
Examinations are generally made at the station nearest the frontier. Passengers must always be present at the Custom House Examinations, and hand their keys to the examining officer.
As a general rule, passengers have to descend from the train at the frontier and go through the Customs’ House, but in the case of a number of expresses the examination takes place in the train.
At Calais, Boulogne and Dieppe, licensed facteurs can be engaged to assist in passing hand baggage through the Customs at a fixed charge per package.
Travellers should condense their luggage as much as possible, for a passenger cannot claim more space for his hand baggage than the space in the netting overhead. On the mountain railways there are frequently no racks. All luggage should be marked with the owner’s name and place of destination in full, and fastened with locks. Canvas coverings are also undesirable.
CHARGES AND FREE ALLOWANCE.—Free allowance on ordinary tickets in France, 30 kilos (66 lb.). In Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Italy all luggage is charged for, except small packages carried in the hand. In Italy, handbags or parcels conveyed free with passengers must not exceed 20 kilos in weight, or 18 in. by 9 in. by 12 in. in measurement.
(By Rail and Steamer)
|To AJACCIO||via Marseilles or Nice, thence by|
|(Corsica)||steamer of Fraissinet Co. (39 h.)|
|To AMSTERDAM||via Harwich, Flushing. (11¾ h.)|
|(Holland)||via Harwich, Hook of Holland. (11¼ h.)|
|To ATHENS||via Brindisi (see Brindisi), thence by|
|(Greece)||Lloyd Trestino to Piraeus. (3 d. 6 h.)|
|”||via Calais, Paris, Simplon, Belgrade and Nisch, Simplon-Orient Express. (71½ h.)|
|”||via Brindisi (see Brindisi), thence to Piraeus by Hellenic Line. (3 d. 21 h.)|
|”||via Marseilles and M.M. Steamer. (6 d.)|
|To BALE||via Calais or Boulogne, Paris. (16½ h.)|
|(Switzerland)||via Newhaven, Dieppe to Paris. (19 h.)|
|”||via Calais (Boulogne), Laon. (13½ h.)|
|”||via Dover, Ostend and Brussels. (18¼ h.)|
|”||via Folkestone, Dunkerque, Lille. (18 h.)|
|”||via Flushing, Cologne. (25½ h.)|
|”||via Hook of Holland, Cologne. (23 h.)|
|To BALEARIC ISLANDS||via Barcelona, thence Transmediterranea S.S. Co. (1 d. 20 h.)|
|To BARCELONA||via Paris, Toulouse, Pt. Bou. (27 h.)|
|To BELGRADE||via Calais, Paris and train de luxe. (45 h.)|
|”||via Ostend, Vienna, Budapest. (41 h.)|
|”||via Calais, Paris and train de luxe. (52 h.)|
|To BERLIN||via Calais and Nord Express. (18¾ h.)|
|(Germany)||via Ostend, Brussels, Cologne (luxe). (18¾ h.)|
|”||via Harwich, Flushing. (21½ h.)|
|”||via Harwich, Hook of Holland. (20½ h.)|
|To BORDEAUX||via Paris, or to Paris. (18 h.)|
|To BRINDISI||via Paris, Simplon. (44 h.)|
|(Italy)||via Paris, Mt. Cenis, Turin. (43¼ h.)|
|”||via Calais or Boulogne, Laon, Bale, St. Gothard to Milan. (42 h.)|
|To BRUSSELS||via Dover, Calais, Lille. (6½ h.)|
|(Belgium)||via Dover, Ostend. (6¾ h.)|
|”||via Harwich, Zeebrugge. (12½ h.)|
|”||via Folkestone, Dunkerque, Lille. (11½ h.)|
|To BUCHAREST||via Trieste and train de luxe. (60½ h.)|
|(Roumania)||via Nord Express to Berlin, thence Cracow. (50½ h.)|
|”||via Strasbourg and train de luxe. (52 h.)|
|”||via Ostend, Vienna and Budapest (luxe). (51 h.)|
|To BUDAPEST||via Calais and trains de luxe. (32 h.)|
|To COLOGNE||via Dover, Calais. (11½ h.)|
|(Prussia)||via Dover, Ostend. (11½ h.)|
|”||via Harwich, Flushing. (13 h.)|
|”||via Harwich, Hook of Holland. (13¼ h.)|
|”||via Harwich, Antwerp, Brussels. (15½ h.)|
|To COPENHAGEN||via Calais or Ostend to Hamburg or Berlin. (33 h.)|
|”||via Harwich, Flushing. (32¾ h.)|
|”||via Hook of Holland. (33½ h.)|
|”||via Harwich and Esbjerg. (33¾ h.)|
|To DRESDEN||via Calais or Ostend to Cologne. (28¼ h.)|
|”||via Harwich, Flushing. (25½ h.)|
|”||via Hook of Holland. (20 h.)|
|To GENEVA||via Paris. (19½ h.)|
|To HAMBURG||via Calais (or Ostend), Cologne (luxe). (21 h.)|
|”||via Harwich, Flushing. (20 h.)|
|”||via Harwich, Hook of Holland. (19 h.)|
|To INTERLAKEN||via Boulogne, Laon, Delle. (17½ h.)|
|To ISTANBUL||via Calais, Paris and train de luxe. (69 h.)|
|”||via Ostend, Vienna, Budapest. (65 h.)|
|To LISBON||via Salamanca or to Paris. (61 h.)|
|(Portugal)||via Madrid. (52 h.)|
|To MADRID||via Calais or Boulogne, Paris. (32 h.)|
|(Spain)||via Dieppe to Paris. (33 h.)|
|To MARSEILLES||via Calais or Boulogne, Paris. (20½ h.)|
|(France)||via Dieppe, Paris. (21½ h.)|
|To MILAN||via Mt. Cenis or to Paris. (25 h.)|
|(Italy)||via Paris, Bale, St. Gothard. (25 h.)|
|”||via Paris, Lausanne, Simplon. (23 h.)|
|”||via Calais or Boulogne, Laon. (21 h.)|
|”||via Ostend, Luxemburg to Bale. (26½ h.)|
|To MUNICH||via Ostend, Cologne, Nuremberg. (23½ h.)|
|”||via Flushing to Cologne. (22 h.)|
|”||via Hook to Cologne. (24 h.)|
|”||via Calais and Strasbourg (luxe service). (19 h.)|
|To NAPLES||via Calais, Paris. (35 h.)|
|To OSLO||via Newcastle and Bergen. (43 h.)|
|(Norway)||via direct steamer Fred Olsen Line. (46 h.)|
|To PARIS||via Dover, Calais, or Folkestone, Boulogne. (6½ h.)|
|”||via Newhaven, Dieppe. (8 h.)|
|”||via Southampton, Havre. (12¾ h.)|
|”||via Folkestone, Dunkerque. (11 h.)|
|To PRAGUE||via Boulogne, Paris and Strasbourg. (31 h.)|
|To ROME||via Calais, Paris, Mt. Cenis. (34 h.)|
|”||via Calais or Boulogne, Lausanne, Simplon. (33½ h.)|
|”||via Paris, Bale, Milan. (36½ h.)|
|”||via Laon, Bale, Milan. (31½ h.)|
|”||via Luxemburg, Bale, Milan. (36¼ h.)|
|To SOFIA||via Ostend, Vienna, Budapest. (50 h.)|
|To STOCKHOLM||via Bergen and Oslo. (54½ h.)|
|”||via Svenska Lloyd Steamer from London or Newcastle; to Gothenburg and thence by rail. (44½ h.)|
|”||via Harwich, Esbjerg. (48½ h.)|
|”||via Harwich, Hook, Berlin, Sassnitz, Trälleborg. (43 h.)|
|To STUTTGART||via Paris. (16 h.)|
|”||via Cologne. (20¾ h.)|
|To TRIESTE||via Calais, Paris, Milan. (30¼ h.)|
|To VENICE||via Paris. (27 h.)|
|To VIENNA||via Cologne. (26¼ h.)|
|”||via Calais and trains de luxe. (26¼ h.)|
|To WARSAW||via Calais or Ostend, Berlin and train de luxe. (27½ h.)|
|To ZÜRICH||via Calais, Laon, Bale. (16 h.)|
|”||via Calais, Paris, Bale. (16 h.)|
|”||via Brussels, Luxemburg. (22 h.)|
Below we give a list of Continental Air Services, together with the names and addresses of the air companies who run them.
We give no detailed time-table, for the reason that such a time-table would be sure to be modified long before the next issue of our Annual was due to appear, and the intending traveller is therefore advised to apply for all necessary information to the companies as and when the occasion arises.
LONDON-PARIS, Dally (2¼ h)
Victoria Station, London, S.W.1.
Tel.: Victoria 2211.
LONDON-PARIS (Smoking Permitted) (1½ h.)
Terminal House, Grosvenor Gardens, London, S.W.1.
Tel.: Sloane 0091.
LONDON-PARIS, Weekdays (1½ h.)
Tel.: Croydon 5122.
LONDON-PARIS, Daily (1½h.)
52 Haymarket, London, S.W.1.
Tel.: Whitehall 9671.
LONDON-BASLE-ZÜRICH, Weekdays only (3¼ h.-½ h.)
Imperial Airways; Swissair
LONDON-BRUSSELS-ANTWERP, Weekdays only (1½ h.-20m.)
Imperial Airways; Sabena
Victoria Station, London, S.W.1.
Tel.: Victoria 2211.
LONDON-BRUSSELS, Weekdays, only (2 h.)
British Continental, Airways
Tel.: Croydon 6101.
LONDON-LILLE, Weekdays only (1¾ h.)
British Continental Airways
LONDON ANTWERP-AMSTERDAM, Weekdays only (2 h.-10 m.)
British Continental Airways
LONDON-ROTTERDAM-AMSTERDAM-BERLIN (2 h.-2½ h.)
Horseferry House, Horseferry Road,
Tel.: Victoria 6971-4
Victoria Station, London, S.W.1.
Tel.: Victoria 2211.
LONDON-AMSTERDAM-HAMBURG-COPENHAGENMALMö, Weekdays only (1½ h.-3 h.-1½ h.-15 m.)
British Continental Airways; British Airways
LONDON-GERMANY-AUSTRIA, etc., ISTANBUL
Sabena; Imperial Airways; D.L.H., etc.
The following services are run by two or more Companies in association:
In most towns, surface transport is provided by the Air Company inclusive in the fare.
Seats should be reserved in advance at the offices of the different Companies or at the principal booking offices.
In the event of the passenger wishing to cancel (or transfer) a reservation giving less than 24 hours’ notice (in some cases 48 hours or even two weeks according to the service), the full fare may be forfeited or a transfer fee charged. The regulations covering a cancellation of a ticket on long-distance bookings are indicated in the time-tables of the Company concerned.
Return tickets are issued at reduced rates, but the holder of such ticket does not receive any preferential claim to accommodation. Reservation for the return journey must be effected in the same way as for the outward journey.
Validity of return tickets varies. As a rule such tickets ire valid for 60 or 15 days on the Continent and for one nonth on the English services.
On most services each passenger is entitled to a free baggage allowance of 33 lbs. or 15 kilogrammes. (Any deviation from this rule is indicated in the time-tables.) Excess baggage can accompany passengers, but is charged for at the rates shown in the tables. Passengers’ baggage must contain personal effects only. Other articles must be declared as merchandise and carried as freight. Arrangements are made by all Companies to send heavy baggage in advance at cheap rates. No free baggage allowance is granted to children.
Passengers should see that their luggage is distinctly labelled. It will be registered and a receipt issued before departure. Passengers must present this receipt when claiming their baggage.
In most countries passengers are not allowed to carry cameras in the cabin, and if necessary they must be handed over to an official of the Company. Enquiries should be made before commencing a flight.
Most Assurance Companies will include air travel on a life policy without extra charge. Personal and baggage insurance may be arranged at a low premium when booking or at station of departure.
Passengers are reminded that passports endorsed for all countries through which they intend to travel, and containing visas where necessary, should be carried on the person. In some cases passports are not required for week-end or short visits. Operating companies cannot accept any responsibility for the correctness of passports or visas. Passengers are therefore advised to verify the validity and accuracy of their passports, endorsements and visas when booking their passage.
Many air liners are provided with a fully equipped restaurant and bar or buffet. On services where such facilities are not obtainable, refreshment baskets will be provided if ordered at time of booking.
Smoking as a general rule is not allowed.
Passengers may send or receive telegrams during flight on many Continental and on the long-distance services. Enquiries should be made at Companies’ offices.
The cabins of the air liners are enclosed and heated, therefore no special clothing is required, similar clothing to that worn for rail or boat travel being sufficient.
Or Vice-Consuls are stationed at all important towns, and will gladly help travellers in case of difficulty or misunderstanding with foreign officials.
|Present rate in |
|relation to the £|
In some cases foreign currency may be obtained at favourable rates in the form of travellers’ or tourists’ cheques. Such cheques are supplied in London by any of the well-known travel agencies for the following countries:
|Travellers’ Cheques||Official Rate|
|GERMANY||20-24 marks (50 marks only may be drawn daily In Germany)||12|