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Dublin to holyhead boat

  • 02-01-2023 9:58pm
    Registered Users Posts: 7

    Due to travel to holyhead in the morning for work for a few days, had my bag in car and it was broken into tonight bag and ID gone.

    Is there anyway I can get the boat without ID is every passenger checked.


  • Registered Users Posts: 80,522 ✭✭✭✭Atlantic Dawn

    Have you got a photo id from work, leap card with photo id etc, there's a few other options with Irish Ferries...

    • Valid passport
    • Photographic Driving License
    • International Student Card
    • Government issued photographic ID cards
    • Health insurance/social security photographic ID cards
    • Photographic bus/train pass
    • Place of work photographic ID

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  • Registered Users Posts: 118 ✭✭Lastblackdog

    I’ve been travelling that route at least three times per year for many years and have only once been asked for ID. Technically, if you are Irish you don’t need a passport to travel to the uk. Ferry companies don’t ask only the airlines.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7 Peevoy

    Thank **** I'm a notorious member of the Monday club so was terrified I'd be fucked up and sacked

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  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 66,584 Mod ✭✭✭✭L1011

    Are you going as a foot passenger?

    If driving - I would expect to be arrested if stopped at a checkpoint without a licence on me, driving a foreign reg car, in the UK. Really not worth risking.

  • Moderators, Regional South Moderators Posts: 5,682 Mod ✭✭✭✭Quackster

    Travelled over and back by car in the past week.

    No ID check at any stage going over but, on the way back, everyone checked at the new Garda immigration checkpoint just after disembarkation at Dublin Port.

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  • Moderators, Regional South Moderators Posts: 5,682 Mod ✭✭✭✭Quackster

    I arrived into Rosslare from Wales several years ago without ID and there was a Garda checking everyone's ID. There followed a protracted discussion before I was let on.

    So probably that but it's better not to put yourself into that situation if you can avoid it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,784 ✭✭✭thomasj

    I'd say in that situation , you should report it to the local police. And have a copy of the police report to show the Garda so that they can see that you're not fobbing them off with an excuse

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,024 ✭✭✭purplepanda

    Household bills, bank statements are proof of address, medical national insurance cards, also debit / credit cards, photo ID could be work business ID or trades profession / certificate / qualification cards.

    I never bother with passport unless flying, I don't even have a driving licence either. I just use a combination of the above, when traveling via Rosslare Fishguard Dublin Port Holyhead.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,884 ✭✭✭✭Spook_ie

    Whatever ID you use it should be sufficient to prove that you have the right of residency in either the UK or Ireland, any other is liable to lead to delays with checks at boarding/disembarkation if they decide to implement them ( think if Border Force do a work to rule in support of their payclaims! )


    The UK Government advises that this could include:

    -your valid passport or passport card 

    -a copy of your passport or passport card with your identity and nationality clearly visible

    -an expired passport or passport card, which Border Force are satisfied was issued to you originally

    -evidence of having obtained Irish (or British) citizenship

    However, this list will not be treated as exhaustive. Other documents, including providing more than one document, may be acceptedThese will be considered on a case by case basis by the UK Border Force.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,251 ✭✭✭Oops!

    Out of all the times i've traveled through Dublin port, Rosslare, Belfast, and back through either Cairnryan, Holyhead, Pembroke or Fishguard i can only recall being asked once for ID and that was Fishguard, i just showed him my drivers licence. Passed back through Pembroke late one night and every car was escorted through the kiosks that are there lined with members of the Gardai and costoms officers.... I i was asked "What is your nationality?" I replyed "Irish" I was waved on after that... I wasn't asked to show any documents!

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,253 ✭✭✭✭road_high

    I arrived as a foot passenger into Dublin 3 times the past few years- was asked for passport/ID on all occasions.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,709 ✭✭✭Polar101

    I did two foot passenger trips last year, and on both times they asked for ID in Dublin (arriving from Wales). In Holyhead (arriving from Dublin), no.

    However, once it got busy, they just waved everyone with an EU passport through, and only checked the "others".

  • Registered Users Posts: 18,015 ✭✭✭✭bucketybuck

    I can't ever remember being asked for ID coming into Dublin port, and I've done it plenty. Maybe there was a time and I've forgotten about it, but the routine for me seems to be that they ask my nationality and then wave me on when they hear the obvious Irish accent.

  • Moderators, Regional South Moderators Posts: 5,682 Mod ✭✭✭✭Quackster

    It used to be the case that if you drove off the ferry at Dublin, you generally were not checked. But that has very much changed now. All car passengers were checked for ID on disembarkation on my most recent trip a few weeks ago.

  • Registered Users Posts: 770 ✭✭✭mondeoman72

    I have taken my car to the uk twice in the last three months. No ID checks of any description at either Holyhead or Dublin.

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,815 ✭✭✭✭Spanish Eyes

    Get your work to email you something. They must have a photo of you somewhere on file to match your work ID surely?

    When you get it, drop into the police station and tell them about the car being broken into. You'll need a police report for the insurance anyway.

    I have screenshots of passport, Driving licence etc. on my phone. Might be an idea to save the details there anyway.

  • Moderators, Regional South Moderators Posts: 5,682 Mod ✭✭✭✭Quackster

    Most recent trip a few weeks ago was the first time I've seen all car passengers ID checked on disembarkation at Dublin. At a recently-built multi-lane drive-through checkpoint.

    Now maybe they're only targeting certain specific sailings but it certainly wasn't a one-off, given the extent of this new structure that has been erected.

    There's never been any routine ID checks at Holyhead and I don't believe that's going to change.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 18,015 ✭✭✭✭bucketybuck

    I have plenty of recent trips. Far too many unfortunately.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,548 ✭✭✭SeanW

    Not sure how the OP got on but there is no way I would do international travel (except maybe in the Schengen zone) if I didn't have some ID. And absolutely no way I would drive internationally if my drivers license had been stolen. The last time I used the ferry as a foot passenger was from Holyhead to Dublin I was checked for ID in Dublin. The last time I used the ferry with my car was during the Delta wave of the pandemic and I was checked both ways: by customs in Wales and for my vaccine cert and pre-registration on return to Dublin, though the latter may have had more to do with covid-safety rules than immigration.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,039 ✭✭✭Hilly Bill

    Had the customs dog sniffing all the cars before going on the ferry in Dublin. Straight ought in holyhead with the odd van being pulled aside. No checks on return in holyhead but in Dublin a customs barrier asking the usual questions and then another barrier with a guard asking for a drivers licence or passport. He seemed to scan the licence.