Your passport is a valuable document, without it you may be prevented from travelling to another country. It is each passenger's personal responsibility to ensure that they have valid documentation, which meets the requirements of Aer Lingus, immigration and other government authorities at each destination/departure Airport.
To check general passport, visa and health requirements visit the IATA Travel Centre.
All EU passport holders of countries participating in the U.S. Visa Waiver Programme who are visiting the United States are required to have an individual machine readable passport and a return onward ticket to avail of the U.S. Visa Waiver Programme. Otherwise an advance visa is required from a U.S. Diplomatic or Consular Mission.
Since 26 October 2004, all persons, irrespective of age, require an individual machine readable passport for entry into the United States. Further details are available from the U.S. Embassy: http://dublin.usembassy.gov/mrpassports.html
Most passports issued by the Passport Offices in Dublin and Cork and the Irish Embassy in London are machine readable, however there are still some hand-written passports and passports endorsing a minor that will be affected.
Note: If you are a British National travelling to the USA and your passport was issued in the British Embassy in Dublin prior to 2001 then please contact the British Embassy in Dublin for advice. http://www.britishembassy.ie
If you are in any doubt as to whether or not your passport is machine readable, please contact your nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate or local passport office:
Tel. 01-671-1633 or
LoCall 1890 426 888
1a South Mall
Tel. 021-494-4700 / 276-964 or
LoCall 1890 426 900
For further information see the Irish Government website: http://foreignaffairs.gov.ie
Under the U.S. Visa Waiver Programme, passport holders from 34 countries, including Ireland and the UK, may enter the U.S. without a visa for travel or business purposes for a maximum period of 90 days. Passengers seeking to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program are now subject to enhanced security requirements.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced that beginning January 12, 2009, eligible citizens or nationals from all Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries must obtain approval through the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) prior to travelling to the United States under the Visa Waiver Programme.
All eligible passengers who wish to travel under the Visa Waiver Program must apply for authorization using the ESTA website: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov
It is each passenger's responsibility to know what the health, passport and travel visa requirements are for the countries that you will be travelling to.The IATA Travel Centre website has up-to-the-minute information about what you will need for where you are going. You will be able to find out what your health, passport and visa needs will be for each country that you will be visiting. You can also find out customs, currency and airport information for your destination.
EC Regulation 444/2009 states that as of 26 June 2012, children travelling from, to or through all Schengen countries plus Bulgaria, Cyprus and Romania are no longer permitted to travel on their parent’s passport and are required to hold their own individual travel documentation.
Entries on one of their parent's passports are no longer valid - irrespective of the age of the child and shall not be accepted as a valid form of documentation.
Henceforth, children travelling to/from any Aer Lingus destination other than those listed below require their own travel documentation, with a passport photo, when travelling.
Children travelling to the following Aer Lingus destinations are currently not bound by this regulation: