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Changes to EU ID card to enter United Kingdom

From the 01st October 2021, changes to government legislation will mean that most EU, EEA and Swiss nationals can only travel to the UK using a valid passport, unless they have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021 or otherwise have protected rights under the Citizens’ Rights Agreements.

From 1 October, an ID card will no longer be accepted for travel to the UK, unless the exceptions apply.

Anyone travelling to the UK on an invalid travel document may be refused entry at the border.

This will not affect EU, EEA, and Swiss nationals:

  • who have received settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS.
  • who have made an application by 30 June 2021 to the EUSS but have not yet received a decision on their application.
  • have an EU Settlement Scheme family permit.
  • who are an S2 Healthcare Visitor
  • with a frontier worker permit
  • who are Swiss nationals and have a Swiss Service Provider from Switzerland visa.

EU, EEA and Swiss nationals in the groups above can still use their ID cards to travel to the UK at least until 31 December 2025. They’ll also be able to use them after that date, if the cards meet the security standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation

This will also not apply to Gibraltar ID cards issued to British citizens or to passport cards issued to Irish citizens, they will continue to be accepted for travel to the UK.

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