Ryanair introduces the “five-year” law for children’s passports

 Europe's largest budget airline is blocking passengers from flights from the UK to Europe by enforcing non-existent rules.



Since the British exit from the European Union (Brexit), British passports must meet two conditions to travel to the European Union, namely:


  • No more than 10 years have passed since the passport was issued from the date of travel
  • Leave the European Union three months before the expiration of the passport

All children’s passports that are automatically valid go through an initial test, being issued for a maximum of five years and nine months, but Ryanair insisted, under “current EU rules applicable, a child’s passport must be no more than five years old on the date of travel.”


The European Commission confirmed to The Independent that “there are no such rules, and that the conditions stipulated in Article 6 (1) (a) of the Schengen Borders Act (that is, the validity of the passport must extend at least three months after the date of departure from the territory of the Member States, and that the passport must have been issued within the previous ten years) must be adhered to at the time of entry.


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The European Commission said, “The condition that the passport has been issued within the past 10 years is not extended for the duration of the intended stay, and this condition is sufficient at the moment of entry. To provide a practical example, a non-EU traveler who arrives on December 1, 2021 for a 20-day stay in the EU will be allowed entry on a passport issued on December 2, 2011 and valid until April 2, 2022.


Ryanair was contacted by The Independent after 15-year-old Zach Schoeneville was denied a flight at Glasgow Prestwick Airport for a holiday in Tenerife. He had a valid passport issued five years and two months ago, and valid for five months. The family flew without problems the next day from Edinburgh to Tenerife on a Jet 2, which applied the system correctly.


Ryanair has now provided a statement that reads: “The British passenger was properly refused to travel from Glasgow Prestwick Airport because his passport was not valid for travel to the European Union, as his passport was issued in March 2017, thus exceeding its validity period. , which is "five years" for entry to the European Union in March 2022, and is no longer valid for travel on May 2, 2022.


To prove this claim is unfounded, Zach Schoeneville's passport was accepted without question by Jet2 staff in Edinburgh and Spanish border officials upon their arrival in Tenerife.


Ryanair has also misapplied European passport rules for adults, denying many passengers with valid passports boarding.


The Independent newspaper asked Ryanair to hold a meeting to discuss its policies, and also asked the Civil Aviation Authority to take some measures to convince the airline to apply the system correctly.

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