Charter flights differ fundamentally from regular commercial flights in terms of comfort, efficiency and speed. It all starts with the simple booking process, and continues through the entire trip: No unwanted transit stops, and minimal to no waiting times at check-in, luggage screening or at the terminal.
There is one thing, however, which charter flights and commercial flights have in common – you can’t go on board without the right documents.
Documents for charter flights
The documents you need depend on your point of departure and destination. The same rules apply here as for commercial flights.
This means that personal ID will suffice within the Schengen Area (EU plus Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein). If, however, you are flying somewhere like the USA, you will need a passport and, in some cases, a visa. As well as regular airlines Premium Jet takes part in the Visa Waiver Program. This means you only need a visa for the USA if you plan to stay longer than 90 days.
This is true regardless of whether you are flying on a regular commercial service or a charter plane.
But heads up: For your own, privately registered jet you always need a valid visa!
Documents required for booking the flight
If you book a charter flight, you will be asked for a copy of all passengers’ ID. This information is required in order to create the passenger list, which is used by the immigration authorities, crew and FBOs.
As these are official documents, the latest ID details of all passengers must always be recorded, even in the event of last-minute changes.
The same incidentally also applies to your pets. Dogs and catsmay of course fly with you, but they need to have the required documentation. Further information on this can be found in our blog post: “Travelling by private jet with your pet: What to remember”.
If you have any questions about which documents you need, or whether a visa is required for your destination country, just contact us. We’ll be glad to assist you further.
On-site document checks
Although the legal regulations governing the required documents are all the same, there is one key advantage when having your documents checked at the airport. If you’re flying by charter, the ID, passport and visa checks will be much quicker.
There are no lines here or for luggage screening or at immigration. You arrive at the terminal, present your documents, and a few minutes later are sitting in your charter jet and taking off.
There are often questions about which documents are required for charter flights. But it is worth remembering that’s all about equality here: You will need exactly the same documents regardless of whether you’re flying in your own private jet, by charter plane or on a regular commercial service.
Which ones exactly they are, when you need a visa and when not, and which documents are required for your pet are all questions we will be glad to answer at a personal consultation.