Appendix 1 - Free Travel Companion Pass


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A Free Travel Companion pass allows any one person, aged 16 or over, to accompany you for free, when travelling.

To qualify for a Free Travel Companion Pass you must satisfy one of the following conditions:

Free Travel Passholders aged 66 or over:

  • You are aged 66 to 69 inclusive and are medically assessed as unfit to travel alone,
  • You are aged 70 or over and are medically unfit to travel alone,
  • You are getting full-time care and attention from someone who is getting Carer's Allowance from this Department,
  • You are certified by either the Irish Wheelchair Association or by your GP as being a permanent wheelchair user,
  • You are blind or severely visually impaired and
    • you satisfy the blindness conditions for the Blind Pension or
    • you are registered as a blind person with either the National Council for the Blind of Ireland or the National League of the Blind of Ireland.

Free Travel Passholders aged under 66:

  • You are getting Disability Allowance or Invalidity Pension or Disablement Pension and Incapacity Supplement and are medically assessed as unfit to travel alone,
  • You are blind or severely visually impaired and you:
    • are getting a Blind Pension, or
    • satisfy the blindness condition for the Blind Pension, or
    • are registered as a blind person with either the National Council for the Blind of Ireland or the National League of the Blind of Ireland,
  • You are getting one of the qualifying payments listed below and you are certified by either the Irish Wheelchair Association or by your GP as being a permanent wheelchair user,
  • You are getting full-time care and attention from someone who is getting Carer's Allowance from this Department. To qualify for a companion pass based on this condition, you must be entitled to a Free Travel Pass in your own right. See conditions for free travel in Section 2.

Free Travel Companion Pass for a visually-impaired child:

A visually impaired child will qualify for a Free Travel Companion Pass if they are under age 18 and either they:

  • satisfy the blindness condition for a Blind Pension,
  1. or
  • are registered with the National Council for the Blind or the National League of the Blind of Ireland.

Parent or Guardian:

You must return the child's Free Travel Companion Pass to Free Travel Section if:

  • the child's eyesight improves and they no longer satisfy either of the conditions above,
  • the child no longer lives permanently in the State,
  • the child changes address (when you return the Free Travel Pass you will get a new pass for the child with the new address).

Only the child named on the Free Travel Companion Pass can use it, they cannot give it to another person to use.

QUALIFYING PAYMENTS

These payments apply if you are under age 66:

  • Invalidity Pension,
  • Blind Pension,
  • Incapacity Supplement or Workmen's Compensation with Disablement Pension for at least 12 months (under the Occupational Injuries Benefit Scheme),
  • Disability Allowance,
  • an Invalidity Payment or similar payment for at least 12 months from a country covered by EC Regulations or from a country with which Ireland has a Bilateral Social Security Agreement.
Last modified:16/04/2012