Pre flight check

Travel documents

According to airline regulations, before boarding the plane every passenger must confirm their nationality and identity in the proper manner. This applies to all passengers without exception.


Following the Schengen Agreement, internal border checks have been abolished and replaced by effective external border control and a common visa policy. The Schengen Area is comprised of all EU member states apart from:  Cyprus and Ireland.

Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland are also Schengen states, even though they do not belong to the EU. Additionally, when travelling to other EU member states which do not belong to the Schengen Area (Ireland, Cyprus), passengers need to undergo rigorous passport control at the border. The same control applies to passengers travelling to countries with temporarily reinstated border control.


Adult travel documents


  • This document confirms identity and nationality and therefore entitles a person to cross the borders of all countries.

Identity card

  • When travelling within the EU, EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and to Switzerland, passengers need to carry a valid passport or identity card.
  • These documents should be kept close as they may be required to confirm nationality and identity, or for safety reasons.


Travel documents for children - international connections


  • for children under 13 years of age, valid for 5 years
  • for children aged 13 and over, valid for 10 years

Identity card

  • This document authorises its holder to cross borders inside the EU, the Schengen Area, as well as borders of non-EU states inside the European Economic Area, and other states which recognise this document as valid for border crossing based on unilateral agreements.


Travel documents for children - domestic flights

Flights operated by Lot Polish Airlines 

  • passport,
  • identity card,
  • student ID,
  • birth certificate.

Flights operated by Ryanair

  • passport
  • identity card
  • student ID


For confirmation of the validity of the above information, please contact your chosen airline.

Travel visa

A visa is required when travelling to some countries. Information on visas and entry requirements can be accessed by visiting the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and by directly contacting consular offices of individual countries.


The only valid identity document is a document issued by state authorities. Driver's licences or bank cards are not recognised as valid travel documents or identity cards.

Domestic flights - Polish citizens

Passengers travelling within the country should carry an identity document (valid identity card, valid passport or valid driver's licence only on Ryanair flights).


In the case of international flights a driver's license is not a document confirming identity and is not respected at security checkpoints and document control.