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12:45  09 may  2019
12:45  09 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

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An Irishman travelling by bus from Belfast to Dublin was shocked when he was asked for his passport by gardaí. Officers boarded the Translink vehicle on which Tristan Drysden was travelling on last Monday and asked passengers to show their passport or photographic ID.

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An Irishman travelling by bus from Belfast to Dublin was shocked when he was asked for his passport by gardaí.

Officers boarded the Translink vehicle on which Tristan Drysden was travelling on last Monday and asked passengers to show their passport or photographic ID.

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A man was asked for his passport after crossing the border on a bus from Belfast to Dublin . Tristan Drysden was shocked when two Garda boarded He said: ‘I couldn’t believe it when the two Guards boarded the bus and started asking passengers for passports . ‘I didn’t have my passport on me

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Tristan, from Derry, did not have his passport or any ID to display and said he was caught "completely unaware."

The check happened shortly after the bus had entered the Republic of Ireland.

He told The Belfast Telegraph: "I couldn't believe it when the two guards boarded the bus and started asking passengers for passports.

Irishman shocked after being asked for passport on Belfast to Dublin bus © PA Wire/PA Images Traffic crossing the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in the village of Bridgend, Co Donegal

"I didn't have my passport on me because I didn't think for a second it was necessary.

"I am not a frequent user of the bus; I usually drive across the border in my car and I have never once been stopped and asked to show a passport or any form of photographic ID.

"I explained to the guard that I didn't have my passport or any form of photographic ID and he said, 'Why not, you are crossing a border?' which stunned me because I assumed people were free to move from one part of Ireland to the other.

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Irishman shocked by police passport check on bus across Northern Irish border. After speaking to other passengers, Drysden learned that several of them had been asked for passports previously and urged anyone traveling between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland by bus to carry ID just in

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"The guard didn't say why he wanted to see my passport so I assumed it was something to do with Brexit and maybe they were preparing for a hard border."

Irishman shocked after being asked for passport on Belfast to Dublin bus © Getty Irish passport resting upon a map

Mr Drysden added that on hearing his Northern accent, the cop told him it was OK.

After speaking to other passengers, he learned that several of them had been asked for passports previously.

He urged anyone travelling between the Republic and the north by bus to carry ID just in case.

An Garda Siochana did not respond to a request for a comment on the matter however, bus company Translink suggested the checks may have been carried out for immigration purposes.

A spokeswoman said: "Occasionally, immigration checks are carried out on cross-border services. We facilitate these checks, which are not related to Brexit."

The Citizens Information Website advises travellers to carry passports for this reason.

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The Derry man was travelling from Belfast to Dublin when two garda officers boarded the bus Tristan Drysden said he was shocked and was completely unaware of this procedure when “I didn’t have my passport on me because I didn’t think for a second it was necessary. “I am not a frequent

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It states: "As you are being asked to prove that you are an Irish or UK citizen who is entitled to avail of the Common Travel Area arrangements, it is advisable to travel with your passport."

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