Passengers who have booked on Ryanair with UK passports that comply with valid European rules will no longer be denied boarding.

Europe’s largest budget airline told The Independent that airport handlers have been briefed to follow two conditions for UK passport holders to the EU:

  • Date of issue: less than 10 years from the date of EU accession.
  • Expiry date: at least three months from the intended departure date.

The Irish airline previously stated: “If you are using a UK passport for travel, that passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the date of entry into any EU member state.

“If your passport is valid for more than 10 years, an excess validity period will not help meet the requirements needed to travel to an EU member state.”

Ryanair now accepts incorrect regulations.

In addition, the carrier retracted its assertion that “children’s passports must be no more than five years old on the date of travel”.

The airline kicked off 15-year-old Zak Schoneville at Glasgow Prestwick Airport on Sunday. He has a valid UK passport issued just over five years ago, with five months to go.

The Schoneville family was booked to fly with his family on Ryanair to Tenerife. Then they fly by Jet2.

A Ryanair spokesperson has now told The Independent: “Our Immigration Department has now clarified this case with the EU Commission.

“We now accept that our handlers at Glasgow Prestwick airport mistakenly believed this teenager’s passport was not valid for travel because they mistakenly believed that the child’s passport must be no more than five years old on the date of travel, when in practice all UK Citizens traveling to the EU, regardless of age, must meet the same entry requirements to enter the EU, which are:

  1. Passports must be issued within 10 years of arrival in the EU.
  2. Passports must be valid for at least three months from the date of return from the EU, unless the passenger holds a Schengen residence permit or a long-stay Schengen visa.

“On our part, because of this glaring error, we have written to his family and refunded the full amount of £413.24 to them and as a gesture of goodwill we have also given them another £415 travel voucher that we hope they will use to book more family Ryanair flights in the near future.

“We sincerely apologize for the error we made in this case and we have updated our summary notes for all of our airport handlers.”

November ago The Independent have informed all the top airlines flying from the UK to Europe about the exact rules for UK passport holders after Brexit, but some have imposed stricter policies on them. their own.

Last week, easyJet complied with European rules and is now compensating passengers who were denied boarding the wrong way. It is expected that Ryanair will face more legal requirements.

Under airline passenger rights rules, passengers with valid documents who refuse flights to Europe must pay £220 or £350 cash (depending on distance) in addition to an alternative ticket and other costs.

The current spike in passport applications is partly due to airlines and holiday companies misrepresenting the European requirements – prompting many travelers to apply for an extension unnecessarily early.


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