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Old 14.08.2012, 14:04
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Emergency question for any irish forum users

Hi all,
I am Irish and travelling with my kids back home this evening.
We are B permit holders. Just seen that my daughter's passport is out of date. Embassy on lunch break, so can anyone out there tell me is her B Permit enough for travel from Switzerland to Dublin? In major panic.
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Old 14.08.2012, 14:18
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See here: http://europa.eu/travel/doc/index_en.htm

According to the link as Ireland is EU but not full Schengen your child will need his/her own passport or ID card (doesn't look like a Swiss permit will work as the ID needs to be issued bu Ireland).
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Old 14.08.2012, 14:26
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Re: Emergency question for any irish forum users

I am sure the Irish border guards will let her into Ireland on a recently expired passport.
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Old 14.08.2012, 14:40
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Re: Emergency question for any irish forum users

Hi, thanks for the reply. However, I don't think that I can get out of Switzerland through passport control with expired passport?
If I can get out, then I can apply for an emergency passport when home to cme back in.
One totally devasted child if I can't resolve - been waiting for 6 months to get home
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Old 14.08.2012, 14:41
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Re: Emergency question for any irish forum users

You might have issues with the airline / carrier in getting out of CH ( Schengen to non-Schengen Dublin ),
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Old 14.08.2012, 14:55
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Re: Emergency question for any irish forum users

I found myself in a similar situation. Swiss B-permit is not official ID and you will not be permitted to travel on it.

Your best bet is to get in touch with immigration officials at the airport ahead of time. Send them a copy of your child's passport, explain the situation and ask if they will authorize the travel. They normally will, and they'll issue you with a letter that will save you any hassles at immigration / check-in. If you just turn up and take your chances, you risk being disappointed.

I'd start with an email to this address -- they might be able to point you in the right direction:

http://www.zurich-airport.com/deskto...-1404/search-1

You may also need a similar letter from the Irish immigration authorities to say that they'll allow entry on the expired passport. I would secure the letter from the Irish authorities first, then approach the Swiss authorities. I guess that the Irish embassy can probably perform the necessary steps...

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Old 14.08.2012, 14:57
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Re: Emergency question for any irish forum users

If they check, they won't let you fly.

I say if, because a colleague and I once rushed through 3 security checks when trying to catch a connection change and only when we got on the bus to the flight did we realise that I was holding her passport and she was holding mine.

TBH, I think you should contact the passport authorities for a clear answer but even then you may have difficulty with the individual you are dealing with when you try to board the flight.

You could always try...
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Re: Emergency question for any irish forum users

Call the Irish embassy asap and they might be able to issue emergency travel docs. The no. is 00 41 (0)31 352 14 42. Better call quick though!



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Hi all,
I am Irish and travelling with my kids back home this evening.
We are B permit holders. Just seen that my daughter's passport is out of date. Embassy on lunch break, so can anyone out there tell me is her B Permit enough for travel from Switzerland to Dublin? In major panic.
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Old 14.08.2012, 15:25
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Re: Emergency question for any irish forum users

I once realised that my son's Irish passport had expired just before he was flying to Dublin. We chose to ignore it as there was nothing we could do about it on a Sunday afternoon. No-one at Zurich airport noticed but on the way home the checks at Dublin picked it up, they let him fly on the expired passport & his C permit. He only got to fly as he is a Swiss resident.

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