I have to travel from Edinburgh to Belfast, and then Belfast back to London. But before that trip, I just applied for the Schengen Visa so my passport would be at the embassy, and I don't think I can get it back on time before my flights.

I am an international student from Thailand, on Tier4 visa. Am I allow to travel on that domestic route without my passport (I will fly with Flybe and Ryan air) ? Can I use my Biometric Residence Permit card instead?

  • BRP will be fine too.
    – DumbCoder
    Mar 24, 2017 at 17:13

2 Answers 2


The UK has no restrictions on internal travel. You might require photo ID to board the flight, but that does not need to be a passport. Check with the airline for exactly what ID is acceptable.

  • Photo ID is up to the operator. BA never asks me for any ID at all. Eastern Airways and Flybe are more strict.
    – Calchas
    Mar 24, 2017 at 16:05
  • I say it depends on the mood of the person checking IDs at the counter. It would suck if they didn't let you board because of a lack of ID.
    – user58558
    Mar 24, 2017 at 18:26
  • Airlines usually have a list of acceptable IDs. Mar 24, 2017 at 18:33

For UK travel, RyanAir states:

Any photo ID which matches the passenger name in the booking.

FlyBe has a long list, a few of which may apply to you:

  • Valid Government-issued identity card

(Presumably this would include a BRP)

  • NUS card (National Union of Students)
  • University/college ID card

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