Can I use my EU national card to enter the UK?

06 Jan 2023, 55 mins ago

Individuals travelling to the UK from the EU, the EEA or Switzerland used to be able to enter the country using their national ID cards. In October 2021 EU ID cards ceased to be accepted at UK borders as identification documents, save in very specific circumstances.

Where an exception applies, national ID cards can be used to facilitate entry into the UK until 31 December 2025. In all other circumstances only a full passport valid for the entire stay in the UK is acceptable.

If the EU/EEA/Swiss national has been granted Pre-Settled or Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme they can continue to use their ID cards, as can those holding a Family Permit or Frontier Worker Permit under the scheme. Swiss nationals who have a Service Provider from Switzerland visa can also continue to enter the UK with their national ID card.

If the individual has a pending EU Settlement Scheme application, they can also still use their national ID card. They will, however, be required to confirm that they are not applying to join a family member in the UK, and that their pending application has been validly submitted. 

Should you wish to travel to the UK for reasons other than short-term visits, for example, for work purposes or to study, you may be required to apply for a UK visa before travel. 

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