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EU Commission Clarifies Who Can Still Travel to UK Only With Their IDs

All European citizens subject to the Withdrawal Agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom can continue to use a national identity card issued by any member state of the European Union to enter British territory; The European Commission recalled European citizens and permanent residents.

The press release explains: “National authorities or travel companies cannot limit their right to choose which travel document should be used to enter the UK by insisting on passports only.”

In addition, all EU citizens who have settled status or have previously settled under settlement schemes in the UK, Jersey, Guernsey or Isle of Man can enter the UK by presenting a valid national ID.

Furthermore, holders of the EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit, Border Worker Permit, and S2 healthcare visitors are eligible to enter the country by presenting the same document, reports.

Furthermore, those with stable or pre-established status can show proof of their status through the UK Show and Evidence System through a shared code. Those who are still waiting for a decision on their pre-settlement/settlement status request can also use their valid national ID.

In such cases, they must provide evidence of the following:

have applied for settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme or the Jersey, Guernsey or Isle of Man Settlement Schemes and have obtained a valid application certificate

“Using a valid national ID card for citizens protected under the Withdrawal Agreement between the EU and the UK to enter the UK is a right for life. After December 31, 2025, the UK may only accept valid national ID cards that also contain a biometric chip. All national ID cards issued by EU member states – whether they have a biometric chip or not – are good for UK entry purposes.

Since 1 October, European citizens and permanent residents who are not subject to the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement are eligible to enter the UK by presenting a national ID and instead carry a valid passport with them throughout their journey and stay, which must be valid until they return home traveler.

Previously, the UK Home Office announced that all EU citizens and their families who were late to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme would have the right to file a protected application until further notice – in an effort to support those who wish to continue living in the UK . The authority said earlier that more than six million applications had been submitted to EU citizens intending to stay in the UK.

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