Will my current passport / identification be valid for travel after Brexit?
Travelling between the Republic of Ireland and Britain
Stena Line recommend all passengers to bring a passport with them. However, Irish and British citizens do not strictly require a passport to travel between the two countries but some form of identification is required.
Useful means of identification when travelling between Ireland and Britain are:
- Driving Licence
- European Identity Card
- Bank cards
- Photo ID (school or college)
- Utility Bills
- Birth Certificate
Travelling to/from Ireland is subject to the Common Travel Area agreement, which has remained the same after the UK left the EU. For further details see the Irish Government's advice on travel requirements.
Please note: All nationalities except Irish or British citizens require passports, and they should also check if there are any visa requirements with the British or Irish Embassy before travelling. Passengers who arrive at our ports without valid documentation may not be allowed to enter either Ireland or Britain.
Travelling between Republic of Ireland and France
It is compulsory for all passengers to have their own valid passport or officially recognised European Union I.D. card when travelling to and from France or Ireland. In some cases a visa may also be required. If you are driving a vehicle you will also need a valid driving licence.
It is responsibility of each passenger, parent, guardian or group leader to ensure that the documentation is valid and readily available for inspection at check-in. Stena Line accept no liability in this regard - the onus is on the passenger to ensure that the documentation is correct.
Non-EU nationals should check with the French Embassy or with the Irish Embassy before travelling as they may need a visa as well as a passport. A visa can take several weeks to obtain so please make the necessary arrangements well ahead of your travel date.
Passengers who turn up at our ports without a valid passport or an officially recognised European Union ID card (and a visa if required) will not be allowed to enter either France or Ireland.
Drivers of vehicles must carry and be able to produce a valid driving licence, failure to do so may prevent entry into Ireland or France.
For further information please visit:
Irish Department of Foreign Affairs - advice on travelling to France
Irish Embassy in Paris
British Embassy in Paris
French Embassy in Dublin
The above Q&A is based on latest government advice which may be subject to change.