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Ryanair: Non-EEU passport holder cannot online-checkin

Hi,

I am holding a non-EEU passport and got a B permit. Now I booked the air tickets to Spain from Ryanair company.

But Ryanair says that they only accept EEU passport, but isn't a Swiss B permit is valid to travel to Spain? I am trying to contact them, but there is no customer service contacting number.

Any one here has experience about Ryanair? And how should I check-in ?

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Old 28.01.2013, 12:50
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Re: Ryanair: Non-EEU passport holder cannot online-checkin

B permit is valid in CH.

You need an acceptable Travel Document as airlines will refer to TIMATIC if you can board or not.

http://www.timaticweb.com/
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Re: Ryanair: Non-EEU passport holder cannot online-checkin

Refer to Ryanair's T&C:

http://www.ryanair.com/en/terms-and-conditions

They will accept your passport. Residence permits, regardless of your status, are not valid. Your permit shows your status within Switzerland/Schengen area, but you must travel with your passport.
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Refer to Ryanair's T&C:

http://www.ryanair.com/en/terms-and-conditions

They will accept your passport. Residence permits, regardless of your status, are not valid. Your permit shows your status within Switzerland/Schengen area, but you must travel with your passport.
Thanks very much. So I just need to travel with both my passport and B permit, right? I just want confirm that I would not be charged for unknown additional fees.
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Old 28.01.2013, 13:20
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Re: Ryanair: Non-EEU passport holder cannot online-checkin

If you are non EU/EFTA, be sure you go to their visa check desk (see here) and get their stamp (after check-in - which you will do at home anyway, before security). They will gleefully deny you boarding if you do not.
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If you are non EU/EFTA, be sure you go to their visa check desk (see here) and get their stamp (after check-in - which you will do at home anyway, before security). They will gleefully deny you boarding if you do not.
Thanks for the reply. Actually my visa is now expired, but my B permit is valid, in this case, is it OK to check at RyanAir? Or I still need to require a visa to Spain?
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Old 28.01.2013, 13:31
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Thanks for the reply. Actually my visa is now expired, but my B permit is valid, in this case, is it OK to check at RyanAir? Or I still need to require a visa to Spain?
Legally no idea - but knowing Ryanair I would make sure your passport shows you as able to enter Spain
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Old 28.01.2013, 13:49
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Thanks for the reply. Actually my visa is now expired, but my B permit is valid, in this case, is it OK to check at RyanAir? Or I still need to require a visa to Spain?
If you require a visa to enter Spain then having a B permit will not help. If you do not have a valid visa then you may not be allowed to board the plane or turned back at passport control in Spain. Or am I misunderstanding the situation?

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Old 28.01.2013, 13:53
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Re: Ryanair: Non-EEU passport holder cannot online-checkin

If you are from a country that Spain requires to have visas to visit then yes, you had better make sure you have a valid visa before you travel. As baboon says, "make sure your passport shows you as able to enter Spain." That way you are covered, B-permit or not.
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Old 28.01.2013, 13:55
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Re: Ryanair: Non-EEU passport holder cannot online-checkin

Try this ( as a substitute for TIMATIC ):

http://www.iatatravelcentre.com/

As a non-EU with a Swiss C permit, I can't check-in online with say Wizz Air and have to proceed to the check in desk for a doco check. I do not have this issue with SWISS or some other carriers. Each carrier checks with TIMATIC.
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If you require a visa to enter Spain then having a B permit will not help. If you do not have a valid visa then you may not be allowed to board the plane or turned back at passport control in Spain. Or am I misunderstanding the situation?
Your B permit is a valid visa by itself. So yes you need to travel with your passport and your B permit. Show these at the Ryanair Visa counter and they will stamp your boarding pass.

In case your B permit has gone for renewal or something and you do not have the card then you will need a visa from the canton office (retour visa - that is another topic/thread).

However Non EU residents in Switzerland who have a B permit are legally allowed to travel to Spain and Ryanair cannot deny you boarding.
Just go to the airport early enough so you have time for any of these formalities... Have fun in Spain...
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Your B permit is a valid visa by itself. So yes you need to travel with your passport and your B permit. Show these at the Ryanair Visa counter and they will stamp your boarding pass.

In case your B permit has gone for renewal or something and you do not have the card then you will need a visa from the canton office (retour visa - that is another topic/thread).

However Non EU residents in Switzerland who have a B permit are legally allowed to travel to Spain and Ryanair cannot deny you boarding.
Just go to the airport early enough so you have time for any of these formalities... Have fun in Spain...
Really thank you very much. Now I am clear about these stuffs and will be there early enough to avoid these issues.
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Re: Ryanair: Non-EEU passport holder cannot online-checkin

oh btw - online check in might not work, but the traditional method of check in at the airport will still work. I faced that challenge when I traveled to the US as well last year. Online check in wasn't allowed for Non EU passport holders
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the traditional method of check in at the airport will still work.
I'm guessing that ain't cheap at FR.
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oh btw - online check in might not work, but the traditional method of check in at the airport will still work. I faced that challenge when I traveled to the US as well last year. Online check in wasn't allowed for Non EU passport holders
Thanks for the msg. I've just tried online check-in and succeed. It seems that non-EU can also online check-in for the moment.
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However Non EU residents in Switzerland who have a B permit are legally allowed to travel to Spain and Ryanair cannot deny you boarding.
Just go to the airport early enough so you have time for any of these formalities... Have fun in Spain...
Want to bet? This is Ryanair you're talking about.

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oh btw - online check in might not work, but the traditional method of check in at the airport will still work. I faced that challenge when I traveled to the US as well last year. Online check in wasn't allowed for Non EU passport holders
Airport check-in will cost € 60. Per person. Per segment.
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Want to bet? This is Ryanair you're talking about.


Airport check-in will cost € 60. Per person. Per segment.
Really? But I've already online check-in. It seems that I do not need to check again at the airport, right?
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Old 28.01.2013, 15:37
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Really? But I've already online check-in. It seems that I do not need to check again at the airport, right?
...was answering the earlier message not yours. You are checked in but you do (according to FR) need to go to the visa check desk.

Google "Ryanair visa check" and "denied boarding" to find out what happens otherwise....
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Re: Ryanair: Non-EEU passport holder cannot online-checkin

http://www.ryanair.com/en/questions/...nline-check-in

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL NON EU/EEA PASSENGERS

Irrespective of a passenger's visa requirements, all non EU/EEA citizens must have their travel documents checked and online boarding pass stamped at the Ryanair Visa/Document Check Desk before going through airport security.

All non EU/EEA passengers must do this in order to ensure compliance with immigration authorities.

RYANAIR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CANCEL YOUR RESERVATION WITHOUT REFUND AND TO DENY YOU BOARDING IF YOU DO NOT COMPLY WITH THE ABOVE REQUIREMENT
Much the same with me ( non-EU ) and Wizz Air, online check-in with boarding pass issued but needed to verify documents at airport desk first and get a stamp. Fortunately Wizz Air did not charge for this document security check.
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Denying boarding without a visa check doesn't sound unreasonable.

If you are denied entry at the other end due to invalid visa then the airline is fined.
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