Passport expired - travelling Saturday

(102 Posts)
inarightstatetonight Tue 19-May-15 23:11:26

Sorry, posting here for traffic. NC as have a number of people now know about this situation.

Can anyone advise?

My dc's passport expired last year - I thought it was this year and it was only when I was checking in online with airline that I realised.

We're planning to travel to Southern Ireland with Ryanair on Saturday. It seems that it's not possible to renew a child's passport in a day and that Ryanair insists on passports for all travellers.

A few people have told me that they've renewed child passports in recent years at a premium, one day appointment, but everything i've read online suggests that this isn't possible.

Has anyone been in a similar situation? I'll call the passport office first thing, but I'm not holding out much hope.

TIA

Jenda Tue 19-May-15 23:12:52

I have heard of people doing this, with a visit to a passport office and a fee! Ring them and see what they say. Be prepared for a rushed journey and lots of paperwork. Good luck, really hope it gets sorted.

Jenda Tue 19-May-15 23:13:51

Sorry, admittedly not heard of it for a child. But i'm crossing everything for you anyway

WireCat Tue 19-May-15 23:16:22

Blimey, this is the 2nd person this has happened to today. Exactly the same situation.

General consensus is make an appt with the passport office & hope you get a sympathetic person.

Good luck,

sharonthewaspandthewineywall Tue 19-May-15 23:20:36

Unfortunately I don't think you can
https://www.gov.uk/get-a-passport-urgently

SoonToBeSix Tue 19-May-15 23:20:43

No , but check just in case. Ring Ryanair because you just need ID to fly so they may accept an expired passport. You don't need a passport for a Ireland.

Soapysuds64 Tue 19-May-15 23:21:13

I did it 3 years ago - 3 passports renewed in a day in Glasgow, mine and two children. Expensive though. When I booked the appointment, it wasn't guaranteed to be done in a day, but they did it (just). The only problem was that they were not sure if the photo would be OK, so I would advise taking DD with you in case you need to get new photos quickly (we were lucky - ours were ok).

TheFallenMadonna Tue 19-May-15 23:22:45

I think the rules changed in the last couple of years. Not that I'm at all disorganised, but 6 years ago, dd's passport ran out and I got a next day appointment and renewed in a day. Last year blush the same happened, but it took over two weeks to get an appointment and it was the week service (back in 4 days). All you can do is ring and ask tomorrow.

knittingdad Tue 19-May-15 23:23:29

You don't need a passport for travel to Ireland, so it might be that the least hassle option is to rebook your travel with a different airline, or by rail and ferry, if they will let you travel with, say, your child's birth certificate as ID (if required for the child).

Have never had my passport checked when taking a car to Ireland on a ferry, for example.

inarightstatetonight Tue 19-May-15 23:23:32

Thanks for your prompt responses.

I actually can't believe that I've done this. I had his photos done a few months ago with a view to renewing his passport after this holiday as I know that spring is the busy time in the passport office.

I honestly thought it said 2015 as an expiry date.

It does seem very clear that you can't do the one day service for a child renewal even with both parents there, no change in circumstances etc.

I don't know how to break this to my children. I usually such an organised person, doing something so fundamentally idiotic is so out of character for me.

inarightstatetonight Tue 19-May-15 23:25:41

That's a point, Knittingdad. Ireland does ask for photographic ID, but he doesn't have any other photographic ID.

It seems that Ryanair insist on passports for all passengers.

I'll have a look at ferries now. We're supposed to be going with a big group of friends and he will be absolutely heart-broken.

SoonToBeSix Tue 19-May-15 23:29:32

Op this may be out of date but Ryanair used to let children travel without a passport to other parts if the UK and Ireland if travelling with parents. However you can't use online check in . I would check if this is still the case.

inarightstatetonight Tue 19-May-15 23:32:24

Thanks. I realised too late to do the online chat thing with Ryanair tonight, but I'll do it first thing in the morning.

Everything I could find online indicates that they've thoroughly tightened up, and all passengers need passports.

SoonToBeSix Tue 19-May-15 23:32:27

www.mssl.ucl.ac.uk/~drw/ryanair.txt

Scroll down the page to NB

SoonToBeSix Tue 19-May-15 23:33:58

Sorry op that was 2004 I linked too, really hope you can get it sorted.

inarightstatetonight Tue 19-May-15 23:36:37

Thanks soontobe.

I think airlines/borders have tightened up considerably.

SoonToBeSix Tue 19-May-15 23:37:17

Yes of course , didn't really it was so old x

Purplepoodle Tue 19-May-15 23:38:27

Get a flight to belfast? Then train down perhaps?

inarightstatetonight Tue 19-May-15 23:46:50

That might be one option, just going to look at ferries.

Only silver lining at the moment is that we can get a full refund on the car hire if we do manage to get a ferry....

thegreylady Wed 20-May-15 07:46:41

Last year we took a car ferry to Southern Ireland and no one asked to see passports. Even if you can't get a new passport you might be able to sort out something acceptable. I hope so.

DrSethHazlittMD Wed 20-May-15 08:27:44

Well until two years ago, I could never have flown Ryanair then, because I'm 41 and only got my first passport two years ago. But I'd driven to southern Ireland umpteen times by car ferry and there's no problem. So your answer is to drive.

mulberrybag Wed 20-May-15 08:34:57

Oh no good luck op, I'm sitting in Liverpool after discovering mine had run out last week and we travel on Friday a.m! I really feel for you. The passport people were so incredibly helpful on the phone so good luck & fingers crossed for you flowers

gabsdot45 Wed 20-May-15 08:38:40

Although there is freedom of movement between Britain and Ireland, Ryanair insist on every passenger having a current passport. I think other airlines will accept other forms of ID, like a drivers licence but a child wouldn't have any of those, so even flying into Northern Ireland would require some kind of a ID.

SoupDragon Wed 20-May-15 09:00:29

so even flying into Northern Ireland would require some kind of a ID.

NI is part of the UK isn't it? Children don't require photo ID for travel within the UK according to the Ryanair website.

madreloco Wed 20-May-15 09:23:06

Ryanair will only accept valid passports. Other airlines have different requirements.
And please stop calling it Southern Ireland. That's Cork. It's just Ireland.

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