Different airlines, countries and governments have many different requirements for passports, ID, visas and other travel documentation, which can also vary depending on your own nationality. Importantly, it is each passenger’s personal responsibility to ensure they have the correct documentation before they travel, so it’s essential that you check these details before booking your flight.
Do I need a passport to make a booking?
This can vary depending on the flight provider (airline or travel agent), and the specific route. Often for domestic flights a passport is not required, and other forms of ID are acceptable – the airline or travel agent with whom you intend to book should be able to provide this detail. Some providers request passport and ID at the time of booking and you won’t be able to complete your booking without these details, while with others may allow you to enter this information post-booking, or when you are doing online check-in a few days before travel.
Can I make a booking if my passport has expired?
If a passport is required to make a booking then in most cases it would be fine to make a booking with your old passport number and then, when you get your new passport, you can contact the airline and they can change it over for you (often you can do this on the 'manage my booking' section of the airline website, depending on the airline). However, the process can vary depending on the airline, so where possible we would recommend checking with the airline or travel agent in advance. We would also always recommend allowing plenty of time if you need to renew your passport, and your local passport office should be able to advise accordingly.
Do I need a visa or transit visa?
Travel documentation requirements do change frequently, so our best advice is to check with your airline or travel agent, as well as your destination country’s local Embassy or Consulate before you book, and certainly before you fly. Remember, it is each passenger’s personal responsibility to ensure they have the correct documentation before they travel.