The Estonian Foreign Ministry has reminded its citizens that they will no longer be able to enter the UK with an ID card.
From October 1, Estonians traveling to the UK are required to present a passport to enter the country, which officially left the European Union in 2020, TheSchengen.com reports.
The Ministry is notifying citizens who are currently in the UK to apply for a passport at the Estonian Embassy in London or to apply for a Return Certificate, which is a temporary, one-time travel document used to return to Estonia. It can be obtained from honorary consuls in Aberdeen, Belfast, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Jersey or Leeds.
Furthermore, Estonians officially residing in the UK may be allowed to enter the latter after 1 October with an ID card. However, it is advisable to contact their travel service provider to determine if their ID is recognized for flying and what other documents are required.
The Spanish government previously announced that the same rules would apply to its citizens, with the UK now officially a third country, and the Brexit transition period over.
But data from the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that the number of EU residents living in the UK has fallen, with 200,000 of them leaving the country.
The Office for National Statistics also revealed that the number of EU citizens in Britain fell from 3.7 million in 2019 to 3.5 million in 2020.
“Immigration decisions are complex, and a person’s decision to move to or from the UK will always be influenced by a range of factors, including social and economic reasons,” a spokesperson for the Office of National Statistics told the Palestinian Authority News Agency.
The spokesperson also mentioned that the coronavirus situation and Brexit had an impact on Europeans choosing to leave the UK.
According to the Evening Standard report, of the 67 million residences in the UK, Polish remain the first nationality for most of the population, more than 738,000 of them, followed by Romanians 384,000, and the Irish, Indians and Italians.
As per the coronavirus-related entry restrictions, the country is imposing a ten-day quarantine on unvaccinated Britons. Those who have been vaccinated must undergo a pre-departure test to enter Estonia without quarantine.
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World Health Organization data shows that during the past 24 hours, 589 positive cases of coronavirus were recorded in Estonia, bringing the total number of positive cases infected with infection to 151,881. The UK, on the other hand, recorded 33,560 positive cases as of September 24.