Travel Documents

When travelling with Ryanair, we generally accept 2 forms of ID:

  • A valid passport;
  • A valid National Identity Card.

We do not accept a driver's license or birth certificate for travel to any location. It is each passenger’s responsibility to carry Photo ID which meets our requirements and the requirements of the relevant Immigration Authority.

There are different rules for different destinations, so please be sure to check these before you travel.

To streamline your travel experience and maintain a record of the necessary visa documentation, we are introducing an optional feature to upload the required visa documentation during the check-in process via our app. This will demonstrate that you carried the correct documents at the time of departure, to avoid fines or criminal penalties for travelling without the required documents. For further information see our FAQ.

However, if this option is not available for your flight, you must have your travel documents checked at the Ryanair check-in desk.

All personal data uploaded by you and others on your booking will be processed in accordance with the Ryanair Privacy Policy. Visa documents will be available in your account for 24 hours and will be saved by Ryanair for 18 months.

Depending on your nationality and flight destination, a visa may be required to travel. 

All non-EU/EEA citizens must have their travel documents checked and stamped at the Ryanair Visa/Document check desk before going through airport security. Your boarding pass will display the information for routes that require mandatory Visa/Document checks.

Non-EU/EEA citizens must do this to ensure compliance with immigration authority rules. We reserve the right to refuse travel if there is any failure to comply with this requirement.

Citizens from the following countries traveling on Non-Schengen flights, may avail of passport verification during the check-in process via our app instead of via the visa check desk at the airport:

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • New Zealand
  • North Macedonia
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Timor-Leste
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Vatican City

However, if the passport verification process is not available, you must proceed to the visa check desk at the airport.

If you have been denied boarding and require clarification, please return to the visa check desk at the airport. The ticket desk agent will contact the Ryanair Immigration Department for further assistance.

Yes. We advise all passengers to allow more time for visa checks at the airport. The check-in and Visa/Document Check desks are open at least 2 hours before your departure time and close strictly 40 minutes prior to the scheduled time of departure. If you have not had your visa check done before this deadline, you will not be allowed to travel, and you will not be entitled to a refund of the missed flight. 

All visa checks must be done before you travel through airport security. You should check your departure time and ensure you have planned to allow sufficient for all these visa checks.

Each country has specific requirements for minors travelling without their parents or legal guardians and what documentation is required. It is each passenger’s responsibility to ensure that these specific document requirements are fully met.

You can find what documents are needed for minors travelling within the EU here. You can also confirm visa and passport requirements by contacting the consulate or embassy of the country you’re planning to travel to.

If you have lost your passport, you will need a valid temporary passport issued by your country’s embassy or consulate to return home. Please contact your local embassy or consulate for more information.

At the airport, go to the Ryanair check-in desk, and if you have all the required documentation, we will issue you a boarding pass.

No. Once you have checked in, you cannot change your travel documents online. Please contact us to register your new travel documents.

We do not accept different travel documents on your outbound and return flights. The only exception is if a travel document has been lost/stolen and a government-issued temporary document must be used for one of your trips.

For security reasons, the first name and surname on your booking must match the names on your travel document(s). 

We do not require middle name or second/double-barrelled surnames for flights.

For information on how to change a name on your booking, please visit our Name Change FAQs here.