Viewing 17 posts - 1 through 17 (of 17 total)
  • EU Passport control question
  • Premier Icon cb200
    Free Member

    I’m considering getting an Irish passport for me and the kids. The main advantages would be easier work in the EU if needed for the kids, and being able to use the EU queue at passport control.
    Thing is, Mrs CB is English through and through, so is not eligible for an EU Passport.
    What happens at passport control? Can she join us in the EU queue?

    Premier Icon johnners
    Free Member

    Can she join us in the EU queue?

    lol. No.

    Premier Icon mashr
    Free Member

    Sure can. Blue passports, blue lane. Just makes sense

    Premier Icon falkirk-mark
    Full Member

    No but you will be finishing your second pint by the time she gets through. Could be the other way when you get back home though.

    Premier Icon jimmy748
    Free Member

    I’ve been through passport control 6 times in the last 3 weeks and still gone through the EU lane.

    Premier Icon thegeneralist
    Full Member

    The correct answer is: How old are the kids?

    Premier Icon wobbliscott
    Free Member

    Went to France last week…sailed through the passport queue as quick as when we were in the EU. Cursory glance at the passport, a stamp and waved on. As quick as I’ve ever been through an EU queue. Was a small airport though so if you were going through a larger and more international airport then there might be a much longer non EU queue with people from countries that turn up with a dossier of documentation under their arms and take 15 minutes each to process.

    Having said that can’t remember the last time I travelled through or to a major European airport. No need.

    Premier Icon cb200
    Free Member

    The kids are 10 and 13.

    My last Airport experience in August was in Cyprus. Several planes had landed from the UK and the queue was awful, whereas there was no non-EU queue at all.

    A stoned American man told me that if the majority of your party are non-EU then the whole party can go through

    Premier Icon intheborders
    Free Member

    I’m considering getting an Irish passport for me and the kids.

    Are you Andrew Bridgen or have you an actual right for an Irish passport?

    Just the first minute…

    Premier Icon onehundredthidiot
    Free Member

    Parents or you born in the Republic of Ireland before 2005 then you are regarded as Irish citizens and can apply.

    Premier Icon nickc
    Full Member

    As quick as I’ve ever been through an EU queue

    Flew to Bilbao a few weeks ago via Frankfurt (no direct flights) and it was mixed, at Bilbao, and I presume most small regional airports it didn’t seem to be a massive issue. The same can’t be said for places like Frankfurt where both passport gates commiserated with me that I had to wait in a 1/2 hour queue that just didn’t exist for EU travellers.

    Having said that can’t remember the last time I travelled through or to a major European airport.

    There used to be any number of direct flights to Bilbao from Manchester (for example), now there are none. I think we may have to get used to stop overs at major hubs for at least the near future, maybe even for good.

    Premier Icon jimmy748
    Free Member

    Stansted, Aarhus, Heathrow, Helsinki, Gatwick, Gdańsk, Tallin, no one gives a shit, worse case they will say you should have been in the other line and to do so next time.

    Premier Icon Greybeard
    Full Member

    A stoned American man told me that if the majority of your party are non-EU then the whole party can go through

    I’ve never seen a non-EU queue, only EU or Any. Before Brexit, I always chose the shortest.

    Premier Icon olddog
    Full Member

    Parents or you born in the Republic of Ireland before 2005 then you are regarded as Irish citizens and can apply

    It’s the Island of Ireland not just the Republic

    Premier Icon thegeneralist
    Full Member

    The kids are 10 and 13.

    Probably negligible benefit then. Can’t find it on Google, but seem to recall that there’s an age around 12 or 14 below which the kids need to be accompanied.

    But looks like yours will be at/over that age by the time you get the new passport.

    Premier Icon outofbreath
    Free Member

    I always chose the shortest.

    I’ve never thought about it before, but now you mention it, yeah, as a punter it makes no difference.

    I’ve always obsessed about going through the right bit, not quite sure what I feared would happen if I got it wrong – people must get it ‘wrong’ all the time…

    Thanks. Useful tip.

    Premier Icon bob_summers
    Full Member

    There used to be any number of direct flights to Bilbao from Manchester (for example), now there are none.

    I panicked when I read that (live in Pais Vasco, visit family in NWEngand) but afaics there are direct flights twice a week? 6 days a week from April. All the ones I clicked were direct at least.

Viewing 17 posts - 1 through 17 (of 17 total)

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.

Thanks for popping by - why not stay a while?IT'S FREE

Sign up as a Singletrack Member and you can leave comments on stories, use the classified ads, and post in our forums, do quizzes and more.

Join us, join in, it’s free, and fun.