Hiya, Im looking for some advice really, im flying to Shannon Ireland at the end of April but Im worried my passport wont arrive in time so instead of being disappointed when i get to the airport ive phoned passport offices, borders authorities, ryanair and liverpool airport, ryanair told me i can use my provisional driving license but liverpool airport told me i cant, so im looking for a definate answer really, if anyone knows anything it would be helpful thank you.
About the only help I might offer is to suggest you post this on the "Europe" forum.
The Republic of Ireland is not in the UK therefore I am pretty sure you will need your passport.
You'll definitely need your passport.
Sorry I didnt realise where i'd posted it, I thought you'd need a passport too, but ryanair said I dont, thats why im a bit confused but Ill give them another ring thanks
The United Kingdom (including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and Republic of Ireland are in Common Travel Area, a passport-free zone within the British Isles.
Quoting Citizens Information Board, Ireland
The Common Travel Area means that there are no passport controls in operation for Irish and UK citizens travelling between the two countries. Since 1997, some controls are in effect on arrivals in Ireland from the UK but this does not mean that you are required to carry your Irish or UK passport with you when you travel between the countries. You must, however, carry an acceptable form of photo-identification, examples of which are listed below. (On arriving in Ireland you may sometimes be asked for valid official photo-identification such as a passport or driving licence which shows your nationality. This is to prove you are an Irish or UK citizen who is entitled to avail of the Common Travel Area arrangements.)
A valid passport
A driver's licence with photo
An international student card
A national ID card
A bus pass with photo
A Garda ID with photo
A work ID with photo
p/s: Moved this thread to Europe forum.
I can 100% confirm that you can travel to R.O.I. from Liverpool JL on your driving license. I've flown from LJL to Dublin on Ryanair using my driving license, but you must have the paper counterpart to go with your plastic card.