From June 1st 2008, all passengers flying with Ryanair to Spain from the UK and Ireland will be required to provide ‘advance passenger information’ (‘API’ or ‘APIS’ data) at the time of original booking or at least four hours before departure.
The Spanish government originally introduced the API requirement in June last year for all passengers travelling from the UK or Ireland to Spain, including the Canaries and Balearic Islands. The information requirements under the IPS regulations include the passengers full name, date of birth, nationality and the passport or travel document number and its issuing state.
To speed up the process Ryanair will now require this information to be provided on its website and from June 1st 2008, API will not be accepted at departure airports. Passengers failing to provide this information in advance will not be allowed to check-in and will not qualify for a refund for their flight.
Ryanair’s Lorna Farren told said: "Ryanair regrets any inconvenience these Spanish government APIS requirements may cause, however it is the responsibility of every passenger travelling from the UK/ Ireland to Spain submit passport or National ID data at the time of original booking or at least four hours prior to their flights on Ryanair.com.
We strongly advise all passengers travelling to Spain to submit their APIS data and thereby avoid any risk of being denied check-in."