Basic premise of this question is what are usual requirements for entering Ireland through Airport Immigration - and does this change based on where you departed from?
Basically - I'm a citizen and resident of Ireland - I was travelling back to Ireland last week from the United States and as I was going through Immigration check in Dublin Airport I presented my Passport Card.
This card, in general - I've used multiple times for travel between Ireland and the EU without any sort of problems - and it's far easier for me to access in my wallet than to dig out my physical passport book out of my backpack.
However, when I was going through Immigration in Dublin Airport on arrival from the US, I presented the passport card and was then asked where I was coming from.
When I replied that I had departed from the United States the immigration officer requested my actual physical passport.
I didn't really mind - nor did I want to argue the point - so I produced my passport from my backpack.
However it got me thinking and my question I guess -
- For what reason would Irish Immigration need to see my Passport to enter the country of my citizenship - provable via the Passport Card.
- What would have happened if I refused or lost my actual passport?
- As a citizen of the country, am I obliged to tell the immigration official where I was arriving from?