By Alex Glenn • 05 May 2022 • 7:43
On May 5, The Mirror reported that Ryanair is insisting that children’s passports should be less than five years old according to EU law. The Independent revealed that the European Commission and other airlines do not know anything about this rule.
As reported by The Mirror: “The European Commission says that, on the day of travel to EU member nations, British passports must have been issued less than 10 years ago. A British passport must also have at least three months remaining before its expiry date on the day its owner plans to leave the EU.”
One family has already complained that Ryanair’s passport guidelines have ruined their holiday. Zak and his family were denied boarding by Ryanair on May 2, due to Ryanair’s rule. The family were able to fly to Tenerife with Jet2 though.
Zak’s family finally made it on holiday and had no issues at Spanish border control.
Ryanair commented on Zak’s situation and told The Independent: “This UK passenger was correctly denied boarding in Glasgow Prestwick because his passport was not valid for travel to the EU.
“This teenager’s passport was issued in March 2017, and therefore exceeded its permitted five years validity for entry to the EU in March 2022, and was no longer valid for travel on 2 May 2022.”
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Originally from the UK, Alex is based in Almeria and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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