ID requirements

Photographic identification

You must present one of the following forms of identification to board a Flybe aircraft. All identifications are photographic unless stated otherwise.

International travel

All passengers on international flights must be in possession of a valid passport and, where required, a valid visa. Citizens of the European Union, European Economic Area and Switzerland may travel within Europe on presentation of their valid National Identity Card, passport card.

Please see below for full list of EU & EEA countries.

EU Countries:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.

The European Economic Area (EEA) includes EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

Children who are not included on their parent's UK passport will require their own valid passport for travel abroad.

Republic of Ireland travel

British and Irish citizens must have a form of photographic ID which proves their nationality/citizenship for immigration purposes e.g. a valid passport or full/provisional photographic driving licence. Irish public service cards are not a valid form of identification.

British and Irish citizens under the age of 18 do not need a passport when travelling with a parent or guardian but it is highly recommended that they have one. Without a passport, the parent/guardian must be able to prove the relationship with the child, showing birth certificate, marriage certificate etc.

A child of any other nationality must hold a passport which is covered for the period of intended stay.

Domestic travel - all must be photographic unless otherwise stated

  • A valid passport
  • An expired passport (domestic flights only up to two years after expiry)
  • Valid EU or Swiss national identity card
  • Valid driving licence (Full or Provisional are accepted)
  • Valid armed forces identity card
  • Valid police warrant card/badge
  • Valid airport employees security identity pass
  • A child on parent’ s passport is an acceptable form of ID
  • CitizenCard or Civillian Card
  • Valid firearm certificate
  • Valid Government-issued identity card
  • NHS SMART card
  • Electoral identity card
  • NUS card (National Union of Students)
  • University/college ID card
  • Company ID card of nationally recognised company
  • Council issued bus pass
  • Young Scot card
  • Disabled badges which have a photograph of the holder
  • Certificate of Competency issued by the Government (domestic routes only, must be photographic)
  • VALIDATE UK PASS photographic proof of age cards

Children and domestic travel

Children under the age of 16 do not need to show ID on domestic routes. The adult they are travelling with can vouch for the infant's/child's identification, providing the relevant photo ID is shown (by the adult). On International routes a passport will be required.

If the child is traveling unaccompanied and aged between 12-16 years, they will be required to produce photographic ID.

Flybe is legally responsible for ensuring children over the age of one-year-364-days do not travel on the lap of another passenger. When travelling with an infant on a domestic route, therefore, please ensure you bring either a birth certificate or passport to prove date of birth. On International routes a passport will be required.


You can apply for a Citizen card online at

Spanish children under 18 years

Children under 18 travelling without their parents/legal guardians, and with an ID card, must have a form of written authorisation to travel from their parents.

Children must collect the form from their local police station and present it with their ID card at check-in and passport control. Children without this form will be refused travel by passport control.
Children travelling with a valid passport do not require a consent form as a passport acts as parental authority.

The form is required for both international and domestic flights.

Children travelling on Flybe international flights must have either a valid ID card or a passport along with all other necessary documents.

French Children under 18 years

French children under 18, travelling to the UK can travel with their passport or their Identity Card.

The child - whether accompanied or not - can travel abroad with either:

  • A valid National Identity Card, only for E.U. countries, the Schengen Area and Switzerland or
  • A valid passport

On 15th January 2017 a new regulation will enter into force for minors of French citizenship traveling out of France. This regulation imposes minors (below 18 years old) travelling unaccompanied to present an “autorisation de sortie de territoire” (authorization to exit the country) at the exit border controls in France. The original form of the authorization shall be presented together with the identity document of the minors as well as a copy of identity document of the parent who signed the form.

This obligation is based on the french decree : décret n° 2016-1483 du 2 novembre 2016

Please see below the communication published by the French authorities. A link to the form for the authorization can be found here:

Airlines and travel agencies are invited to inform their passengers of this new requirement. There is however no obligation created on the air carriers to verify the authorization before check-in. The controls will be done directly at the exit border controls at French airports

Portuguese children under 18 years

Portuguese nationals and alien residents under 18 years leaving or re-entering Portugal unaccompanied by their father, mother or legal guardian need a travel authorisation. This travel authorisation must be signed by the father, mother or legal guardian; and the signature is notarised if the father, mother or legal guardian reside in Portugal; or the signature is authenticated by a Portuguese embassy or consulate in the country where the father, mother or legal guardian reside.

This travel authorisation is also required when minors that are accompanied by a person other than their father, mother or legal guardian. In such cases the travel authorisation must also clearly show the name of the accompanying person.
Foreign minors under 18 years of age and travelling alone may be refused entry if they do not have anyone in Portugal taking responsibility for their stay.

Italian minors travelling without their parents

If a child under 14yrs of age, holding an Italian passport or identity card, needs to travel with a third party (airline or any other person who is not the child's natural parent), both parents must provide the third party with a declaration whereby they give written mutual consent to do so issued by this Notary Department. The consent form must indicate full personal details of the person or persons taking charge of the child when travelling abroad and/or the name of the airline/s. The declaration has a maximum validity of 6 months, and it is only valid for one trip (outbound and return) with a specific destination.

The declaration of consent is does not incur any consular fee.

Please use this form here to provide your consent to other parties travelling with your child.

The completed form must be presented in person to the Notary Department of this Consulate General by at least one of the parents and must also be accompanied by both their individual identification documents showing photos and signatures (passaport or ID Card) and the passport of the minor, during normal office hours: Monday-Tuesday and Thursday from 9.00am until 12.00 noon. The other parent, who must be an Italian or EU citizen or a non-EU national residing in Italy, is not required to come to the Consulate and may complete and sign the above form, attach a copy of his/her identity document and give it to the parent who will attend this Office.

If one of the parents is NOT a citizen of an EU member state or is not a non-EU national residing in Italy, then his/her presence is required at the Notary Department where he/she will need to sign the consent form in person.

Please note that for the above service no appointment is necessary.

More information can be found here.