fca767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 1786 posts, RR: 1 Posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 9725 times:
I bought my tickets and chose my seats online. But normally airlines ask for your passport, and especially in the UK now you have to register your details on airline websites for the Advanced Passenger Information to the government so they know that you are leaving the country (Quite big brother come to think of it)
It depends where you are going - ones I know of are Spain and USA. If you're going to Amsterdam, then it is not required. Just present yourself, with passport, at the passport control desks at Schiphol.
reifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1390 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 9580 times:
As said before, it depends on your desination.
But even to the US they don't require it a the time of booking. For the US they only require your full name, gender, birth date and if you have a redress number. This is what is required during booking, because your travel agency or airline will not be able to issue the ticket without those details.
The passport data will be required only at check in. With most airlines you may be able to already enter them at the time of booking or online check in, but again: Only a few country require them. Not sure where you are flying to.
However, what could happen, is that they ask for your passport details during online checkin. LH i.e. does this as soon as your flight is not a domestic or intra-Schengen-flight. This is not because they need to give this data to authorities, but to make sure that your passport is valid to travel without visa i.e.
Lets say you fly with LH from FRA to LHR, then LH might get a problem if you check in online. Then they will not be able to check your passport, and let's say you are i.e. from Serbia, then you would need a UK visa and LH will be fined for having let you fly to the UK without a valid visa.
To make sure to avoid this they ask for your nationality, passport data and expiry date and so on during online checkin in order to make sure that in your specific case you have a valid passport (i.e. which is valid as least 6 months after the end of your travel for some countries). There is a big database behind that and if all is good LH will write "DOC OK" on your boarding pass. If you check in at the counter or check in kiosk then it will be checked by the kiosk or by an agent.
hamad From United Arab Emirates, joined Apr 2000, 1161 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 9431 times:
i was getting an ID-50 for my parents once to go to Kuwait, and despite me being an employee with their information on the system, they still asked for thir API (advanced passenger information). which was a little bit strange for traveling within the GCC nations.
flyboy_se From Sweden, joined Feb 2000, 838 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (3 years 11 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 9324 times:
Quoting hamad (Reply 6): i was getting an ID-50 for my parents once to go to Kuwait, and despite me being an employee with their information on the system, they still asked for thir API (advanced passenger information). which was a little bit strange for traveling within the GCC nations.
Kuwait and Bahrain (out of the GCC countries) require API for everybody coming into their country, no matter what nationality.
Qatar is also implementing it, however it is still not active due to server issues.
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