Visas / Passports
Your passport is a valuable document, without it you will be prevented from travelling to another country. It is the passenger's personal responsibility to ensure they have valid documentation, which meets the requirements of Aer Lingus, immigration and other government authorities at each destination/departure Airport.
To check passport, visa and health requirements visit the IATA Travel Centre or click on the relevant link below.
*Please note: 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. See below.
Travel from Ireland or the UK to the USA
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
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.
If you are in any doubt as to whether or not your passport is machine readable, please contact your nearest Irish Embassy, Consulate or local passport office:
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.
Passengers travelling to the United States in advance of travel must also:
- Provide Advance Passenger Information (API) to their airline.
- Obtain approval through the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) prior to travelling to the United States under the Visa Waiver Programme.
Travel from the USA to Ireland and Europe
Ireland: US citizens require a valid passport (valid until after completion of their scheduled trip) for travel to Ireland, but a visa is not required for tourist or business stays of up to three months. Visit the Embassy of Ireland for the most current visa information, or contact the embassy at 2234 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008, tel: (202) 462-3939, or the nearest Irish consulate in Boston, Chicago, New York or San Francisco. For citizens of all other countries travelling from the USA, requirements vary and passengers are advised to check with the nearest Irish consulate for the correct information.
Europe: A valid passport is required for travel to other E.U. member states, for ALL US citizens, although a visa is NOT needed for tourist or business stays. Please comply with all government travel requirements. View specific documentation requirements on the U.S. Department of State's website. US Citizens do not require transit visas to connect through Ireland into Europe. For citizens of all other countries travelling from the USA, requirements vary. It is the passenger’s personal responsibility to ensure they are in compliance with all relevant requirements, and passengers are advised to check with the Irish consulate for the correct information.
Passengers travelling from the United States in advance of travel must also:
- Provide Advance Passenger Information (API) to their airline.
Travel between Ireland and the UK or UK Domestic travel
Citizens of Ireland and the UK must carry some form of official photo identification.
Note: In order to travel between Ireland and the UK with photo identification other than a passport, passengers must have been born in Ireland or the UK and also be a citizen of either country.
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.
Travel within Europe
The following are the only forms of identification acceptable by Aer Lingus:
- Valid Passport
- National Identity Card (For travel within the EU)
Passengers travelling to Spain or Portugal are required to provide Advance Passenger Information. This information is compulsory and is required for the purposes of ensuring aviation safety and security. Below is a list of the information required:
- Full given names
- Date of birth
- Passport number
- Passport expiry date
You can add APIS information to your booking by clicking here: Add APIS Information.
Immigration Offices in some countries insist that passports must remain valid for a certain time AFTER your departure from their country. Please contact the relevant embassy for further details.
Minors under 18 years of age travelling to Portugal on their own, who do not have anyone in Portugal taking responsibility for their stay, may be refused entry to the country.
All minors (under 18 years of age) departing Portugal may be prevented from leaving the country if he/she is travelling unaccompanied and is not carrying a notarised letter of authority from a parent or guardian. Similarly, a minor (under 18 years of age) travelling with just one of his/her parents, must have a notarised letter of authority to leave the country from the parent who is staying behind. A letter stamped by the local police station will also be accepted.
Minors under 18 years of age departing France on their own, must also have a letter from the French police if they are travelling on a French national ID card. The letter from the police is not required if they are travelling using their passport.
Unaccompanied minors under the age of 14 departing Italy will not be accepted for travel.
Nationals of Algeria transiting at Barcelona must hold a valid Schengen VISA to go from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 (and vice versa). Failure to Hold a Transit Schengen VISA will result in refusal of carriage. Passengers Transiting to or from Spanair Flights (Terminal 1) require a Transit Schengen Visa.
*NEW* Children Travelling on Parents Passport
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:
- All Irish Destinations
- All UK Destinations
Travel between Ireland and the UAE
- Irish and UK passports must be valid for three months after your arrival date into the UAE.
- Further information about passport/visa requirements for travelling to Abu Dhabi can be found at the UAE Interact website, which is the official website of the Ministry of Information and Culture in the UAE. Alternatively passengers can contact the UAE embassy:
UAE embassy United Arab emirates
30 Prince Gate
Tel: 0044 171 581 1281
Fax: 0044 171 581 9616
- If travelling from Abu Dhabi to Ireland you can check passport, visa and health requirements at the IATA Travel Centre.
Travel between Ireland and the Middle East, Far East and Australia
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.
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