Friday, May 30, 2008

Passport Control

I flew back to London City Airport from Dublin yesterday.

I didn't have to go through passport control.

Is that normal?

7 comments:

Andrew F said...

Yes. AFAIK, there is a long-standing agreement between the UK and the ROI that doesn't require passports for travel. I think there are other privileges too, such as voting in each other's elections etc.

Henry said...

Yes.

It is because there is a non-legislatory agreement that forms the "common travel area".

It was claimed last year (although I've heard nothing since) that eBorders would kill it off -- as, of course, would Ireland (or the UK!) joining Schengen.

Henry said...

Forgot to say -- the Channel Islands are also within the CTA, so you don't need a passport to go there either.

Richard Brown said...

Very interesting... thanks guys.

Does this mean I didn't need to show my passport on the way *in* to Ireland either?

Andrew F said...

Er, theoretically, I think, you're correct. Of course, you probably need some photo ID, and a passport as good as anything...

Andrew F said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Travel_Area

Looks like it might be ending in a few years.

Anonymous said...

Pedantic correction, Irish citizens (and indeed commonwealth citizens) can vote in our elections if they are resident here. We can't vote in Irish national elections though if we are resident in Ireland, people born in Northern Ireland can take Irish Citizenship though.

It is likely come e-borders that passports will be required to travel from Ireland (North and South) to GB, much to the constanation of the unionists :)

Brian