FAQs: Airlinguee English and Horseback Riding Camps Ireland

FAQs Airlinguee English and Horseback Riding Camps Ireland

FAQs: Airlinguee English and Horseback Riding Camps

1.General Booking Process & English and Horseback Riding Camps in Ireland.

The general booking process for all English Language and Horse Riding Camps in Ireland is to first book and save the dates, organise flights, complete and send the registration form to Horse Riding School or English Language School, including all details and deposit required with booking.

For the smooth running and organisation of flight arrivals and departures or arrivals and departures to/from the centres, if participants do not have their flights / details organised when submitting the registration form, all participants must personally send the arrival and departure details directly to the Horse Riding School or English language school at a later date.

1. Covid 19 Restrictions and Airlinguee Horseback Riding Staycations & English and Horseback Riding Camps.

Restrictions were lifted on 10 May and 17 May, 2021. Further easing of restrictions took place in early June. In Ireland, restrictions remained in place for Adult Horseback Riding Staycations & Junior Equestrian Horseback Riding Camps, including English Language Schools until June 9th, 2021.  We received the “green light” from 19th July, 2021. 

Please consult the following links for up to date information on traveling to Ireland & adult equestrian horseback riding staycations & junior horseback riding camps in Ireland & Covid 19 restrictions: 

2. Guidelines & recommendations to documentation requirements of minors (Under 18’s) traveling into Ireland.

Whether you are traveling in a group, on your own or with a guardian or tutor…Here are some tips and guidelines to help you organise your trip outlining the required documentation, which all minors (under 18), must carry on them when entering into Ireland.

Do start to organise all the paperwork for minors traveling into Ireland well in advance.

Firstly, the following documents will be required when booking a Teenage Equestrian Horse Riding Camp:

  1. Teenage Equestrian Horse-Riding Camp in Ireland Registration Form:
  2. “Teenage / Junior Airlinguee Camp Registration Form must be signed by a parent, (traveling with an Airlinguee tutor).

And / Or

  1. The “Equestrian Horseback Riding School” Camp Registration Form must be signed by a parent or guardian.



3. Documents required by minors (under 18), travelling unaccompanied, with a tutor or guardian to an Airlinguee English and Horseback Riding Camps, in consecutive order: 


The following documents need to be presented by the accompanying guardian, tutor or group leader at the airport of departure (outbound flight), before checking in. In the case of minors, travelling unaccompanied into Ireland, the following documentation must be presented to a passport control agent at “ARRIVALS” in Ireland:


3.1 Irish Passport Control and Minors traveling into Ireland FAQs Airlinguee English and Horseback Riding Camps Ireland:

Documentation to be presented by a minor at passport control on arrival into Ireland, (traveling with tutor, guardian or unaccompanied).

Please present the following documents (No’s. 1- 5)  to a passport control agent in consecutive order upon arrival at Irish passport control:

As well as signed written consent of the parent/legal guardian, which must be presented to a passport control agent, stating that the minor is permitted to travel unaccompanied or with the accompanying guardian or tutor (Ireland passport control):

  1. Original Written Parent / Guardian permission of trip, signed by a parent  / guardian, authorizing the minor to travel unaccompanied or travel with an accompanying guardian or tutor along with the original, which should be issued to you by the Equestrian centre / English school or academy, prior to trip. Documentation must include:
  • The full name of the contact person, full address and contact details (phone number), dates & length of stay where the child / minor will be residing in Ireland, including Identification or Passport  number,  full name and Identification or Passport  contact phone number of the parent & contact details.
  • The name and address of the equestrian centre or English school in Ireland, including name of contact person in Ireland and contact phone number during their stay.
  1. A copy of a parent/guardian’s ID/passport.
  2. Copy of family book/adoption certificate (depending on country of origin).
  3. A copy of the divorce decree or settlement, if the parents are separated / divorced or the child has a different name.
  4. A death certificate in the event of death of a parent.

Most of all, please frequently consult the following link on minors traveling unaccompanied into Ireland, travelling with a minor who is not your child / has a different surname, tutors, guardians or group leaders travelling with Minors with the Department of Justice in Ireland. 

3.2 Passport control in country of origin and Minors travelling into Ireland:


Documents to be presented at passport control at airport in country of origin:

1. Original police authorisation of minor to travel abroad, signed and stamped by a police official and accompanying authorization.

On emission of this official document from the police authorities, please check length of validity as some countries only allow for a period of up 30 or 90 days.

Most importantly,  we recommend you consult all updated information on travel documentation required with your the local police authorities & outbound airport for minors traveling from your country into Ireland. 


4. Minors’ Return Flights and Documentation,  travelling unaccompanied & FAQS: Airlinguee English and Horseback Riding Camps:


For all unaccompanied minors and return flight check-ins, parents are advised to clarify what documentation the airline requires for return flight check-ins directly with the airline company when booking flights.

Subsequently, riders must take this documentation with them on their trip to Ireland. If any other signature is needed, the documentation can be signed by the centres’ representative.  

For all return flights, especially in high season, please allow for 3 hours check-in, baggage and airport security. 



5. Recommended photocopies to be kept in suitcases during Airlinguee English and Horseback Riding Camps:

  1. Copy of National Identity card or Passport.
  2. Copy of national health card.
  3. Copy of vaccines.
  4. Copy of European Health Card (TSE).
  5. Copy of the travel assistance and accident insurance abroad.
  6. Authorisation of any medication of minor.

6. What to bring to Teenage Equestrian Camps in Ireland:

In addition to the above documentation, the following items will be necessary:

  1. National Passport or ID of the student (current).
  2. Horse riding gear: certified horse riding hat or helmet, back protector, jodhpurs or breeches x 2, riding boots and riding gloves. For health & safety reasons, riding schools are unable to lend riding gear. Please refer to sections 5 & 6 below for more information on European Regulations & Certified Horse Riding Hats,  Helmets and Back Protectors.
  3. Warm clothing, comfortable spring/summer clothing. T-shirts (long and short sleeves), jerseys and sweaters, fleece, tracksuit, waterproof jacket, raincoat etc. Underwear, trousers, comfortable shoes, slippers, flip flops for showering, trainers/sneakers, two pairs of pyjamas, (swimsuit: “Horseback Riding and English Camp Ireland, English and Equestrian Horse Riding Camp and“Intensive Equestrian Camp” , (Programmes 2, 4, 5, 6).
  4. A toiletry bag, toothbrush and toothpaste. Deodorant. Lip cream.  Sun cream. Tissues. Special mesh bag for washing machines to store and wash dirty laundry (marked with your name).  Since 2020, we would recommend taking your own bath towel, Umbrella.(optional).
  5. Clothes Washing rooms are available at all riding schools and student residences & host families / 1 day per week or when necessary.
  6. Disinfectant hand sanitizer and sanitary face masks are also advisable. Please check each country’s,  airline and airport regulations before flying. 
  7. Specific electrical plugs for Ireland featuring three rectangular pins.
  8. Mobile chargers and electric toothbrushes.
  9. Travel water bottle flask (empty).
  10. Satchel for day trip.
  11. Pencil case, pencils, pens, colouring pencils, eraser etc. Please carry pencil case in hand luggage for Airlinguee group trip to Ireland.
  12. Pocket money (day trip and shopping for souvenirs), refreshments etc. at airport).
  13. Spending money for the trip should be kept in a plastic file, marked with name and total amount written on the cover. In some centres, files along with your passports will be taken and locked in the safe upon arrival at the equestrian centre and will be given out on request of students. In other centres the student will need to keep it with their personal belongings. The centres are not responsible for any damage or robbery to personal items.
  14. For transatlantic trips,  packing student’s horse riding gear and some basic clothing in the carry-on bag to avoid any unforeseen events during on the incoming flight to Ireland is advisable.
  15. Currency Ireland: EURO / Northern Ireland: English pound.
  16. European Health Insurance Card TSE (European citizens).
  17. All European and Non European citizens are advised to take out private health and sport insurance and cancellation insurance.

All riding schools, student housing, residences and host families, where the students are staying have laundry facilities or washing machines.  The group leaders, Host Family or the students (Student Houses / Programme 5) take care of the weekly laundry or whenever it may be necessary.


We would also advise young students bring their clothes and luggage marked with their name and a contact number in the event of lost luggage during their horse riding stay abroad. We also recommend all students bring comfortable clothing and casual footwear for the day trip on Airlinguee’s English and horse riding camps in Ireland.

7. 2022 Certified and approved horse riding hats for Equestrian Horse Riding and European Union Regulations for horse riders:

Since 2016, the following protective headgear for the safety of horse riders must meet one of the following European Standards:

Thus, for safety practices and insurance policies, EN1384 or BSEN1384 protective headwear are no longer accepted.

Nevertheless, horse riding helmets or hats marked with the EUROPEAN CERTIFICATE STANDARDS, such as the following, are approved:

  • British ALL PAS 015 (1998 or 2011) – provided they are BSI kitemarked
  • European VG1 01.040 (2014-12) – provided they are BSI kitemarked
  • American SEI ASTM F1163 (2004a or 04a onwards)
  • SNELL E2001
  • Australian & New Zealand – AS/NZS 3838 2003 onwards

All protective headwear must visibly bear its own label / tag. Cut off labels / tags will not be accepted.

Please click here for more detailed information on the British Horse Riding Society’s 2022 Approved Riding Hat or Helmet regulations.  

If you require more information on your riding hat standard, please contact the BHS Safety Team at safety@bhs.org.uk.

8. Certified Horse Riding Back / Body Protectors and the European Horse Riding Standards:

Likewise, back protectors must carry the BETA certificate: level 3 2009 or the European Standard: EN 13158:2009The European Standards for Back Protectors EN13158: 2009 including the CE certificate and are also approved by the PPE Directive 89/686/EEC.

Wearing a Back Protector during all horse riding lessons, show jumping training, horse riding competitions, trail riding, hacks and any  horseback riding activity is highly recommended.

Please note riding schools are unable to lend riding gear or equipment. It is the sole responsibility of each rider to bring their own riding gear, or of the parents (in the case of minors) and to ensure that each individuals’ riding equipment conforms to AIRE/BHS accepted riding gear standards in Ireland.

9. What is generally included in our Airlinguee English and Horseback Riding Camps for teenagers and children:

As a rule, all equestrian camps include full board accommodation, so each participant will have their basic needs covered, although only half board may be included in some and will be required to buy lunch vouchers in the schools canteen. It is also recommended that young students and horse riders take a small amount of spending money (nothing too excessive), for those expenses not covered by the organization such as:

  1. Cultural day trip / trip day , tickets to museums or the Irish national stud (please check programs).
  2. Day trip: souvenirs, water, refreshments or sweets.
  3. Drinks or snacks at airport on return to country of origin.


10. Baggage requirements & FAQs Airlinguee English and Horseback Riding Camps Ireland:

Almost all airlines can normally cater for a maximum allowance of 20 kg of luggage per person. Firstly, to ensure that luggage does not exceed the maximum weight of 20kg/25kg (check-in) and 10 kg for carry-on ba, weighing of luggage prior to arrival at airport is advised. Parents are also kindly requested to check that there are no liquids or sharp objects in the carry-on bag before checking in.

Group trips to Ireland and teenage equestrian horse riding camps:

For the smooth running of the teenage equestrian trip & groups, please arrive at the airport two and a half hours before the flight.

In addition, parents are requested to check that there are no sharp objects or liquids in their children’s carry-on baggage.

11. When should I book my place on the junior equestrian camps or adult staycations in Ireland?:

As there are a very limited number of places on these horseback riding camps & staycations, particularly during the high season,  making the reservation before the end of January of year of travel or earlier is advisable so you can organise and book flights in advance.

12. Teenage Horseback Riding Camps & Adult Equestrian Staycations in Ireland and terms of payment:

There are normally two payment installments: a deposit of 20% approx at time of booking the horse riding camp or horseback riding adult staycation and the outstanding amount to be paid within 4 to 6 weeks prior to equestrian riding camp commencement.

13.  Do I need cancellation, accident or illness insurance for the horse riding camp?

Yes, you need to take out travel insurance which covers horse riding, flights, loss of baggage and money, airport transfers, accommodation including food, a parent travelling to Ireland to collect the student (if a minor), cancellation, accident, Covid and illness insurance.

All equestrian centres, riding schools and English language schools are approved and have third party insurance and a valid First Aid certificate that meets the requirements of FAR (First Aid Responder) or BHS Equine Specific.

In the event of serious accident or illness, the emergency services would be called, and in accordance with their contingency protocol and plan, an ambulance would be called and the student taken to the nearest hospital.


14. What if I have to cancel the equestrian camp reservation after payment?:

The cancellation policy varies according to each equestrian centre. Please read the cancelation policy carefully prior to booking and signing the equestrian centre or language school’s registration form.

Click here for a general census on cancellation policies.

16. Airline Assistance and Minors traveling unaccompanied on Airlinguee English and Horseback Riding Camps:

Some airlines do offer accompanying assistance of a minor during the trip to Ireland: This service is normally booked when purchasing your flight:

17. Student & Horse Rider’s Medication during equestrian camps in Ireland:

In the event that the student is taking medication for allergies or any other symptoms during the trip and as some medicine in the country of residence do not come under the same name in Ireland, we recommend you buy the medication in the country of residence and bring it with you.  In the event of taking prescription medication, parents must inform establishment on booking and fill out a specific form detailing all medical records affecting the student.

18. Equestrian Camp standards and junior student programs & FAQs Airlinguee English and Horseback Riding Camps Ireland:

Finally, to ensure the proper running of programs and camps, each student is obliged to comply with the regulations and rules of good student and rider behaviour, respecting the teaching and auxiliary staff of the centres and Airlinguee members at all times. In the event that the student does not respect the rules of equestrian centres, residences, English schools and their employees: horse riding teachers, English teachers, group leaders, disrupts or alters the dynamics of student groups and classes due to misbehaving during their trip to Ireland, Airlinguee, the equestrian centre or academy and its employees have the right to expel the student from the course or program. In such events, all costs and organization of the student’s return to their country of origin will be borne by the parents or guardian.

In general,  the use of mobile phones is not allowed during classes, mealtimes or group  activities. Each centre allocates a specific time for daily family chats etc (after 7-8pm). In case of emergency, please contact the centres’ management outside these times. 


 FAQs: Airlinguee English and Horseback Riding Camps Ireland