Which airline will take your passport and get you to the airport?
With a new year in mind, you might have heard about airlines like Ryanair, EasyJet and Air France-KLM offering free passes to travellers flying from a certain country to another.
If you’re one of the lucky few to have a Ryanair or EasyJet flight in your future, here’s what you need to know about them.
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If you fly from an EU member state to a country outside the EU, you can travel free for a limited time if you have a valid passport.
If you’re travelling to the US, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, you need a passport from an International Entry program.
How to get a Ryanairs or Easyjet ticket?
Ryanair and EasyJet are offering flights from Dublin to Auckland and from Glasgow to Barcelona on their online website.
The only way to get your passport stamped in the airport is to fly from a designated flight destination to Dublin Airport, Dublin Airport or Dublin City Airport.
What is an International entry?
An International Entry is a programme where travellers are required to apply for a passport, with the government then sending the passport to the country where the travel is to take place.
This process can take up to seven business days, and is a relatively quick way of getting a passport for free if you’re arriving in a country with a population below 1 million.
You can apply for your passport online or by calling a local customs office.
Why should I take an International Enterance?
International entry can allow you to fly for up to six months without paying the usual stamp duty, customs and other costs.
The only other requirement is that you must hold a valid International Entry for at least three months before you can apply to take the passport.
Are there any restrictions on International Entry?
You can only apply for an International Entrance if you meet certain criteria.
For example, you must be 18 years of age, be a British citizen, be of good health and be eligible to apply as an overseas visitor.
Can I apply for international entry?
International Entry is only available to citizens of EU states.
However, you’re still welcome to apply if you live in a different country, such as the US or Canada.
Is it possible to apply online?
If it’s possible, you should apply for International Entry online.
There’s a £10 fee to apply, which can be waived for people living in the UK.
Do I have to pay tax?
Yes, you have to file your tax returns in person at a local government office, and pay any applicable tax when you land in the country.
Does International Entry work for my travel destination?
While the UK has no international airports, there are some countries in the European Union which have been allowed to fly to the UK for the purpose of checking passports and allowing flights from one country to the other.
Will I be charged any customs or duty?
My passport will be checked and I’ll be issued a valid, official passport.
How do I pay my customs and duty?
You need to pay your customs and duties in person or online.
You should also contact your local customs department to ensure that your payment is correct and to obtain any relevant documentation.
I’m travelling to another country.
What do I need to do to get my passport stamped?
To apply for or to apply with an International Enance, you’ll need to submit a passport application.
Where can I apply?
The UK and Ireland have their own passport and immigration authorities, so you should contact them to get the proper paperwork.
Find out more about international entry in The Sport Bible