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The passport has expired 2 years ago. I want to travel by plane on a direct flight from Lisbon to Austria. I might not be able to get a new passport from my embassy on time (I'm a resident in Portugal). The only other document I have is an Austrian divers license.

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It's can help you -… – Passageo May 19 '14 at 21:58
which airline operates the flight? – Guido Preite May 19 '14 at 22:14
@GuidoPreite: it is with TAP, direct flight to Vienna – Vickel May 19 '14 at 22:16
In that case it doesn't matter since you're taking a domestic and not an international flight. – Karlson May 20 '14 at 2:42

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Given that both Portugal and Austria are part of the Schengen zone the flight you're taking is actually "domestic" rather then international, so there is no requirement to have a valid passport since you're not crossing any borders either outbound or inbound.

To be more specific according to Star Alliance Timatic you can enter Austria on an expired passport if it's expired within the last 5 years. With the exemption of:

Passport Exemptions:

  • Holders of a National ID Card issued to nationals of Austria.
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"The only other document I have is an Austrian divers license." – Vickel May 20 '14 at 15:27
@Vickel If it's still valid it will be sufficient. – Karlson May 20 '14 at 15:33
@Karlson What is this answer based on? Merely on the notion that the fly is somehow “domestic” and on the way such things are handled in the US? Incidentally, I have done it once on a intra-Schengen flight and I was only allowed to board after explaining I just lost my ID, much discussion, a phone call to a supervisor and some talk about “the airline not being responsible”. It's certainly not common to fly with a driver's license in Europe. If anything, I think an expired passport is more useful than a valid driver's license. – Relaxed May 20 '14 at 15:42
(+1) That's useful information but I still think you could clarify your answer. This has really nothing to do with Schengen. – Relaxed May 20 '14 at 17:08
Incidentally, my hunch was confirmed by your link, the expired passport is useful, the driver's license not so much and this has nothing to do with the flight being domestic or not crossing any borders (which is not true, Austria and Portugal are still different countries). You should really correct your answer because as it stands, it's still wrong and misleading. – Relaxed May 21 '14 at 7:53

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