Passenger Exit Checks Introduced for Ferry & Eurotunnel Passengers

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Published by Erna Low on Thu, 04/02/2015 - 12:00

Boarding a Eurotunnel carriage

For some time now, passengers flying out of the UK have been required to provide Advance Passenger Information (API) to the airline prior to travel and from April 2015 the same information will now be required from passengers exiting the UK via ferry or Eurotunnel.

What is API?

API is information relating to the identity of a person wishing to exit the UK and includes the following details:

  • Name
  • Surname
  • Gender
  • Date of birth
  • Nationality
  • Document type
  • Document number
  • Issuing state
  • Expiry date

How is this information collected?

If you have booked a Eurotunnel crossing through Erna Low, you can provide your API over the phone prior to travel, in order to minimise any potential delays at check-in. Please call 0330 1233207, making sure you have your Eurotunnel booking reference and passport or identity card to hand, and the Eurotunnel team will add the relevant information to you booking.

If you are travelling by ferry, please allow plenty of time for check-in and ensure that you have your identity documents with you at all times.

Will my journey be delayed?

Although the Government have worked with ports and carriers to find the most suitable way to deliver exit checks with the least impact on passengers, we still recommend that you give yourself enough time to reach your destination. Have your passport or travel document to hand and ready to be checked. If you have any specific questions, contact your carrier or port operator in advance.

For more information on the new exit check procedure, please visit 

For more information on self-drive ski holidays in general, please visit our self-drive ski holidays section.

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