Written Answers - Passport Applications

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 709 No. 4

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  56.  Deputy Seymour Crawford  Information on Seymour Crawford  Zoom on Seymour Crawford   asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs  Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin   if he will make representations to the airlines serving the UK market to accept driving licences or other means of identity instead of a passport in view of the ongoing work to rule at the passport office; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20859/10]

Minister for Foreign Affairs (Deputy Micheál Martin): Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin  As the Deputy is aware there is no legal requirement for Irish citizens to have a passport for travel from Ireland to Britain. The Common Travel Area is a passport-free zone between the two islands. The area’s internal borders are subject to minimal or non-existent border controls and can normally be crossed by Irish and British citizens with only minimal identity documents. The maintenance of the area involves considerable co-operation on immigration matters between the British and the Irish authorities.

[887]In light of the present delays in the issuing of Irish passports, officials of my Department made contact with the airlines flying between Ireland and Britain and all but one, Ryanair will accept a driver’s licence, as evidence of identity for travel to Britain. Ryanair informed my Department that this is their policy for travel on all of their routes across Europe and that they will not be relaxing this policy. They said that they have received representations from other EU Member States in the past to change this requirement and that they had refused these requests and therefore will not change their policy for flights between Ireland and Britain.

In respect of flights between Ireland and Britain, carriers other than Ryanair will accept documents such as:

Driver’s licence with photo

International student card

National ID card / Government issued photo ID cards

Health Insurance cards with photo / Social security cards with photo

Bus pass with photo

Work ID with photo.

Aer Lingus

Travel between Ireland and the UK or UK Domestic travel

Citizens of Ireland and the UK must carry some form of official photo identification. The following forms of photo identification are acceptable:

Valid Passport

Driver’s licence with photo

International student card

National ID card / Government issued photo ID cards

Health Insurance cards with photo / Social security cards with photo

Bus pass with photo

Work ID with photo

Citizens of Ireland and the UK under the age of 16, do not need a photo ID, if travelling with their parent/guardian.

Citizens of countries other than Ireland and the UK must produce a valid passport and visa where applicable, for travel between Ireland and the United Kingdom.

British Midland

Acceptable forms of photographic ID

British or Irish customers under the age of 16 who are travelling with an adult on the same booking do not need photographic identification to travel to/from the Republic of Ireland but it is advisable that they have some form of identification for example a birth certificate, bus pass or student ID.

Acceptable forms of photographic ID include:

[888]Valid passport

Valid photographic driver’s licence

Valid photographic EU/EEA or Swiss national identity card

Valid armed forces identity card

Valid police warrant card/badge

Valid airport employees security identity pass

Valid business photographic ID (Dublin only)

If making an e-ticket booking on behalf of someone else, the traveller will need to present an acceptable form of photographic ID at the Check-in Desk.


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