Ryanair tourist denied boarding plane despite one year left on his passport

The journey loophole left Ian Glover, 66, annoyed as he was initially unable be a part of his household on their vacation in Faro, Portugal. Ryanair employees defined to the retired chartered surveyor that to journey he wanted to be inside least three months earlier than the expiry of the date of concern – however his is July this yr, simply two months away. 

However Jet2 follows totally different guidelines so Ian was capable of ebook a flight the following day with that airline from the identical hub – East Midlands Airport.

Chatting with Derbyshire Dwell, he warned different holidaymakers of restrictions of passport validity.

Ian, from Allestree, Derby, stated: “As I used to be going by the Ryanair check-in desk, she stated that your passport isn’t legitimate. I stated it was as a result of I regarded on the Authorities web site and it stated that it shouldn’t have been issued greater than ten years in the past, and it was issued in July 2012, which suggests the ten years is July this yr, and it additionally said you wanted to have three months from expiry, and the expiry is the sixth April 2023.

“I’d learn tales about individuals having issues so I’d regarded into it however thought I used to be effective. What Ryanair have been saying was that the expiry date is irrelevant, it’s the difficulty date that issues.

“What they’re saying is that 10 years after the passport expires clearly, however in addition they need three months from the expiry of the date of concern. That’s not being made clear in any respect.”

Ian stated the Authorities web site that doesn’t make these journey restrictions clear sufficient.

“The Ryanair woman stated she was so sorry however she actually couldn’t allow us to by, so she stated go and speak with Jet2, which I didn’t actually perceive, however they stated they didn’t comply with the identical guidelines and I may purchase a ticket from them,” Ian continued.

“I requested them to examine my passport in depth and so they stated that’s all okay and I purchased the ticket.

“Now studying this info, I’m pondering if I get to that border in Portugal, I haven’t learn anybody who has been banned from getting in Portugal, however it’s very complicated what Ryanair are doing, and I can now perceive why, however that Jet2 aren’t. What bothers me most is that it doesn’t make it clear.

“The language the Authorities web site makes use of – ‘it could want’, ‘it is perhaps’ – I’ve simply gone on the passport validity. I had a great deal of time left on my passport, and I used to be effectively throughout the six months.”

The Authorities web site states that to be able to enter Portugal, a UK citizen’s passport should fulfill two situations – be lower than ten years from the date of concern, and be legitimate for a minimum of three months after the date you permit. It additionally provides that for some nations within the Schengen space of Europe, this further three month rule may apply.

Mr Glover was inspired by the Ryanair assistant to ask the Jet2 desk if the identical guidelines utilized to them and if he was capable of purchase a ticket from them so he may be a part of his household on vacation. They checked his passport and stated he would have the ability to fly with them the following day (Apr 26) as they didn’t have the identical passport restrictions.

“Jet2 regarded by all the pieces and stated their flight to Portugal had simply gone however there was a flight tomorrow. They stated I used to be effective to return again on my unique ticket as a result of I’d be coming again into the UK and so they’re okay with passports being like that,” Mr Glover stated.

“I believe individuals ought to simply pay attention to it as a result of once I left the airport and spoke to a lady behind the bar, she informed her passport was precisely the identical and even much less time, so I don’t assume she’ll have the ability to get a brand new one in time for her vacation. I believe there are going to be lots of people turning up at airports in the summertime, who’re pondering ‘nice, right here we go’, I believe there ought to simply be extra info to be sincere.

“To be honest the woman on the Ryanair desk was nice and he or she did advocate options like Jet2. After I went off to get a espresso at arrivals, she’d completed her shift and got here operating as much as me and requested how I acquired on, and was so happy once I informed her I acquired one other ticket.

“She was most useful and did the perfect she may, and I used to be happy she informed me I used to be nice as effectively. After the day I’d had I simply felt as flat as a pancake to be sincere, however then I did depend my blessings having the ability to come again right here and play my golf and play my tennis.

“I’m very fortunate actually. It was a proper blow speeding around the hospital, after which we rushed off pondering we’d made it, just for that to occur, we felt very flat.”

A spokesperson for Ryanair stated: “Ryanair complies with all European Fee journey laws and passengers travelling between the EU and the UK after the tip of the transition interval will need to have a passport that isn’t legitimate for greater than 10 years. These T&C’s can be found right here on

“The Schengen Borders Code Article 6, Part 1 (A), states that any non-EU nationals who need to journey into Schengen might want to adjust to passport validity of three months throughout the 10 yr rule. The one exemption of this rule is when British (or different non-EU) nationals are in possession of a residence allow for an EU Member State.

“The Passport Workplace provides further months on high of the ten years when passengers renew the doc early, nonetheless as per the above Article, the EU doesn’t recognise the additional months added to the ten years.

“Within the occasion of Mr. Glover – he was appropriately denied boarding to his flight to Faro. Contemplating the ten yr rule, his passport can be expiring on 06 July 2022. Because the passenger was getting back from the Schengen Space on 4th Could 2022, we calculate three months from this date – which is 4th August 2022, and sadly his passport would have been expired.”

For a full clarification on passport guidelines when travelling in Europe go to the UK Authorities web site.

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