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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
up vote 5 down vote accepted

Given that both Portugal and Austria are part of the EU 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 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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I've accepted the answer due to the link – Vickel May 20 '14 at 21:39
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
Not all Schengen countries accept their own passports when expired. A Dutch passport used to be for 5 years and at 5 years and one day it was a useless piece of paper. – Willeke Jan 10 at 9:49

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