Travel to Eire

  interzone55 11:59 07 Sep 2010

Anyone know if you need a passport to go across to Eire by boat?

I don't have a passport as it expired about 5 years ago, but I do have a photo card driving licence...

  anchor 12:05 07 Sep 2010

Have a look here:

click here

A photo driving licence should suffice.

  interzone55 12:12 07 Sep 2010


I thought that was the case, but wanted to make sure...

  MAJ 12:13 07 Sep 2010

No, nothing needed, unless the ferry operators require something as a security measure.

  spuds 15:16 07 Sep 2010

The travel to Eire might be the problem, depending on the airline or ferry company you use, and some form of established ID might be required. If you are a UK citizen and resident then travel between 'the border' is relatively simple.

One difference to the rule is if you arrive on your own yacht, then the formalities on arrival and exit are required.

  interzone55 15:28 07 Sep 2010

I'm a UK citizen and resident. I no longer have a valid passport, but do have a current valid photo-card driving licence.

If I could afford my own yacht I could afford a passport - unfortunately neither item is on my current shopping list...

  birdface 15:58 07 Sep 2010

Well I would not trust it.
photo card driving licence may be Ok but I would enquire first.
I was going to go in the summer and thought cheaper to upgrade my driving licence with a photo than getting a passport and on further enquiries I needed a passport.
So went to sunny scotland for 10 days instead and it rained for 9 of them.

  birdface 16:02 07 Sep 2010

That was 3 year old and things have changed .
My advice would be to get a passport.
And if from South of the border deffinitely get a passport.

  birdface 16:10 07 Sep 2010

On second thought I was going south of the border so it may have been different.

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