From 1st October, most EU, EEA and Swiss citizens will require a passport to enter the UK.
The Home Office has announced that they will be phasing out the use of National Identity (ID) cards as a valid travel document to enter the UK.
As a result, from 1st October 2021, most EU, EEA and Swiss nationals will need to use a valid passport to travel to the UK. ID cards will no longer be accepted as a valid travel document, and it will not be possible to enter the UK using them. If EU, EEA and Swiss citizens do not have a passport from 1 October, they are liable to be refused entry to the UK.
The changes won’t affect British and Irish nationals using Gibraltar ID cards and passport cards, they can continue to use these to travel to the UK as they do now.
The changes will also not affect EU, EEA and Swiss nationals who applied to the EU Settlement Scheme before 30th June 2021, or otherwise have protected rights under the Citizens’ Rights Agreements.
Those nationals in the above exempt groups can still use their national ID cards to travel to the UK until at least 31st December 2025. They can also still use them after that date if the cards meet the security standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation.
For further information and FAQs on the changes, download the Home Office’s factsheet here.
The Home Office have said the phasing out of ID cards will help strengthen the security of the UK’s border and will bring EU, EEA and Swiss nationals in line with rules from other passengers across the world.