ID and Passport Check

Good things to know when preparing for your flight: ID and Passport Check

ID and Passport Check

ID and Passport Check

UK laws regarding cross-border travel for its citizens as well as foreign visitors to its shores require that such persons be in possession of a valid means of identification which also certifies nationality. Passports are necessary for everyone flying either internationally or, in some cases, within the United Kingdom and Ireland. Airline policies differ and it would be wise for prospective domestic passengers to inquire from their chosen airline what form of identification will be required. Even in instances where a passport is not required for a domestic flight, some form of identification may be requested: a valid driver’s licence should usually then be sufficient. Passengers on incoming or outbound international flights will need to comply with passport controls both in the country of destination and the country of origin. Laws regarding travel for children up to the age of 18 require similar valid travel documentation to be available. Failure to comply with the exact travel documentation required will result in long delays at checkpoints and possible denial of entry to or exit from a country. Airlines can offer no assistance if passengers encounter problems due to invalid or unavailable travel documentation.

What documentation to provide when flying domestically:

For UK passengers on domestic flights, it usually only requires an acceptable form of ID to be produced; this could however vary depending on the airline involved. The use of passports that have expired may be allowed for domestic flights if the document has not been expired for more than two years. EU member travellers may submit their national identity cards, while other foreign travellers will require a valid passport when booking flights within the UK. Infants and children under the age of 16 do not generally require ID documents when accompanied by an adult. Passengers should note that while Northern Ireland is considered a domestic destination within the UK the Republic of Ireland is classified as an international destination.

Travelling Internationally:

Valid passports with an expiry date of 3 months after the date of a return flight are required for entry into most countries in the world. Barring EU nationals, the UK is no exception and for all non EU travellers, a valid entry visa must also be produced. International travel regulations also require that children under the age of 16 years be in possession of their own passport. Any children entered on the passport of a parent, where that passport was issued prior to October 1998, may still travel on that document; visa requirements remain unchanged. It is always wise to check current requirements with an agent or embassy prior to departure.

CitizenCard as ID:

A CitizenCard should be recognised as a valid form of ID for young people as it has been endorsed by both the government and the police. Originally intended as a proof of age, the card simplifies travel for the young who may otherwise experience difficulties getting into pubs or clubs. For younger children, it is a convenient way to obtain some form of independence when travelling. Parents can load the child’s travel allowance onto the CitizenCard while blocking access to any adult forms of entertainment. The child may also make purchases aboard a flight or at duty-free shops at airports, but be restricted from purchasing alcohol or any age-restricted product.

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