UK won't accept EU ID cards from October 2021


The UK will no longer accept European Union ID cards as a form of ID to enter the country from October next year.

EU, EEA and Swiss national identity cards will be phased out as a valid travel document for entry to the UK, said the post-Brexit Border Operating Model published by the British government on Thursday.

From 1 October 2021, EU, EEA and Swiss nationals will require a passport to travel to the UK.

This will not apply to those EU, EEA and Swiss nationals whose rights are protected by the Withdrawal Agreement, including those eligible for European Union Settlement Scheme status, frontier workers and joining EUSS family members. These individuals will continue to be able to use a national identity card for travel until at least 31 December 2025 and thereafter if the cards are compliant with International Civil Aviation Organisation standards. 

The British government had previously said in travel advice that it “may stop accepting” ID cards after 2020 but hadn’t fixed a date.

Regarding visas, the British government said on Thursday it was “the UK’s intention” that EU, EEA and Swiss citizens “taking short trips to the UK, including for tourism, short-term business visits or short-term studies […] will not be required to obtain a visa”.

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