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Document Advice | Advance Passenger Information (API) | Passports & Visas | Photographic Identification

Document Advice

  • On routes outside the UK - Passports will be required for adults (age 16 and over), children and infants.
  • Republic of Ireland passengers must have a form of ID which proves their nationality/citizenship.
  • On UK domestic routes - Photographic Identification will be required for all adults.
  • Booking confirmation will be required for inspection at check-in or the security search area. 
  • Boarding Cards will be required for inspection at the security search area and before boarding.
  • European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) entitles UK travellers to reduced-cost, sometimes free, medical treatment that becomes necessary while in a European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland. (EHIC replaced the E111 from 1 Jan 2006) 
  • Travel insurance is recommended for all journeys and insurance documents should be carried at all times.

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Advance Passenger Information (API)

  • An advance passenger information programme (API) or e-Borders collects and stores information on passengers entering and leaving the United Kingdom.
  • For security reasons most EU States and other countries now require airlines to provide details about their passengers before they travel.
  • All the required API information (full name, nationality, date of birth, passport number) is on the traveller's passport.
  • Passengers need only present their passport at airport check-in and the airline's representative will then be responsible forwarding the information.
  • Airlines may also may also offer passengers the opportunity to register the required API information before arrival at the airport either through their websites or travel agents.

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Passports & Visas

Passengers flying to destinations outside the UK must a hold a full ten-year passport, in good condition and valid for a minimum period (usually at least six months) beyond the date of re-entry to the country.  For visa requirements, contact the Consulate or Embassy of the country you are planning to visit.

It is a legal requirement for a lost passport to be returned to the passport office and Found Passports will therefore be handed to the police. 

UK Border Control officers will scan passports of all passengers who have been outside the UK.  Only those people who have the right to enter the United Kingdom are allowed to do so.

The UK Passport Office has tips and full details of immigration requirements.

Passengers travelling to the Republic of Ireland or the Channel Islands do not need passports but must have a form of Photo ID which proves their nationality/citizenship.
see below

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Photographic Identification

Passengers travelling to airports in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland or the Channel Islands do not need passports but must have a form of Photo ID which proves their nationality/citizenship.

The following are examples of Photo ID that may be accepted by the airline:

  • A valid passport 
  • An expired passport (up to two years)
  • Valid photographic driving licence (or provisional)
  • Valid photographic EU or Swiss national ID
  • Valid armed forces or police ID
  • Photographic disabled badge
  • University/college ID or National Union of Students photo card 
  • Council issued bus pass (senior citizens only)
  • Citizen Card

ID for Children
On International routes a passport will be required for children under the age of 16 but ID is not required on Domestic routes. The adult they are travelling with can vouch for the infant's/child's identification, providing the relevant photo ID is shown (by the adult).

Passengers are advised to check the airline's requirements
e.g. Flybe