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General information


General information


The biometric passport is an identity document with a microchip which contains the holder’s personal data as well as their photograph and fingerprints.

Children under 12 and persons suffering from a medical condition - certified in the manners prescribed by law - that renders them permanently unable to travel are exempted from fingerprinting. Persons permanently unable to travel wishing to apply for a passport may find the relevant information here.

Validity of a biometric passport:

  • 3 years for children aged from 0 to 3 years;
  • 5 years for children aged from 3 to 18 years;
  • 10 years for adults (aged 18 or above).

Fees and methods of payment

The passport fee is subject to the quarterly exchange rate euro – British pound (EUR/GBP).

To check the correct fees, please visit the Consular fees section.

Accepted payment methods

  • DEBIT CARD issued by a British bank or building society (morning appointments)
  • POSTAL ORDER you may purchase at any British post office, made payable to Italian Consulate General.

Priority fees cannot be applied to Passport applications sent by post. Do not include payment for Priority fees if you apply for the Passport by post.


With a view to making the service provided more efficient, this Consulate General receives by appointment only, except in cases of proven emergency (for information on emergency passports click here).

To book an appointment you need to create an account on Prenot@MI and proceed autonomously to book an appointment. Every day new slots will be added at 11 pm (UK time).

Alternatively you can call for an appointment through the passport' call center.

Those who live far from the London Consulate General may book an appointment with one of the honorary consular offices (Bedford, Bristol, Cardiff, Peterborough). Click here for further information.


The booking service through the honorary Consuls/Consular Agents is only for:

  • Capturing the applicant’s biometric data and submitting the relevant supporting documentation;
  • Italian nationals registered in the AIRE and residing within the London consular district.

The passport is not issued immediately but it will be sent to your home address subsequently.

Booking through the honorary Consuls/Consular Agents in Bedford, Bristol, Cardiff, Peterborough.

To use this service, you need to make an appointment by calling the relevant honorary consular office. For the phone line opening hours, the functions performed by the honorary consuls and consular agents and their consular districts, please visit the page containing their contact details.