- Travelling in Europe without a passport
I thought I’d try and treat my wife with a weekend away and it would be nice to go somewhere other than the UK for a change. Unfortunately, her passport is expired and she’s not filled out the renewal yet.
Is it possible to travel to the EU, specifically Germany or France, without a valid passport using other photo ID?Posted 4 years agobigblackshedSubscriber
In theory you don’t need it to exit or enter the UK or for travelling within the EU. But it’s nigh on impossible to buy a ticket or get through customs without one. Airports require you to have one to board a plane to confirm you are the ticket holder.
Makes no sense. Without her reapplying there will be no surprise get away. Sorry.Posted 4 years agoCougarSubscriber
Went to Europe last weekend, the woman in front of me had some sort of photocard thing instead of a passport. No idea what it was though.
Airport security has tightened up somewhat since I flew last. In my 42 years on this Earth, I can honestly say that it’s the first time another man has grabbed my willy.Posted 4 years ago
Next weekend? I need to burn three days of carry-over holiday that I have left by the end of March and this is the last opportunity to use them for something decent.
I doubt she’d be up for spending time at the local passport office. Our’s is in Peterborough and ’tis a proper shithole.Posted 4 years agoEdukatorMember
That photocard was probably an EU identity card, Cougar. You don’t have those in the UK. The idea of someone being able to travel on most French photo ID apart for the ID card is not realistic. My driving licence is on pink paper, the adresse hasn’t been valid for 13 years and the photo looks more like my son with a beard – there’s no obligation update it.Posted 4 years agobigblackshedSubscriber
Cougar – Moderator
Airport security has tightened up somewhat since I flew last. In my 42 years on this Earth, I can honestly say that it’s the first time another man has grabbed my willy.
Try working in Holland for 6 months, flying home every weekend out of Amsterdam. They sure do like their latex gloves in Schiphol. 😯Posted 4 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
rwc03 – Member
You can get a passport in half a day:
Cheap! Up to about £200 so far and the forms haven’t got to Liverpool yep. Still the value is there when you call the consulate and get to speak to people who were taught to speak proper 🙂
I was close to making a 3 day return trip to the UK last week to use the 1 day servicePosted 4 years agoTraceySubscriber
We have never had to show ours when going through the tunnel to France. Never had to show it on the Alps crossings. Always had to show them at the tunnel on the way back. Work friend left theirs in the room safe at Euro Disney, got back to crossing and took them six hours and a lot of hassle before they were allowed back in the country without them. Passports were cancelled and they had to buy new ones.Posted 4 years ago
Cheers for all the replies. I had suggested heading somewhere like Manchester or Liverpool, but the travelling (i.e. my driving) would be a bar to that. For some reason, the short drive to Stanstead and flight to somewhere like Berlin would be a better option for her than five hours in a car somewhere else in the UK.
Maybe it’s my driving.
Anyway, London is looking likely.Posted 4 years agorichmtbSubscriber
I got a passport in 4 hours last year.
Was flying on a Tuesday, looked out my passport on Sunday, its expiry date was Monday. Phoned the emergency number for the passport office, got an appointment at 8:30 on Monday morning, had the passport by 12pm.
Cost a few quid more than normal but was a lot cheaper than a cancelled holidayPosted 4 years ago
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