A UK flag over Newcastle Harbor (illustrative image).
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From 1 October 2021, the national identity card will no longer be valid for entering the UK.
This was announced by the Home office, the equivalent of the Ministry of the Interior.
This decision is one of the consequences of Brexit, the transitional period of which ends on December 31, 2020.
It was on Twitter that the Home office revealed, on October 8, its intention to “phase out the use of national identity cards as valid travel documents.
From 1 October 2021, most nationals of the European Union, the European Economic Area and Switzerland will need a passport to travel to the United Kingdom ”.
The passport will therefore be the only document accepted to enter the territory.
We are phasing out the use of national identity cards as a valid travel document.
From 1 October 2021, most EU, EEA and Swiss nationals will require a passport to travel to the UK.
➡️ https://t.co/OdGkDdvRbK pic.twitter.com/DrpQkVW8q0
- Home Office (@ukhomeoffice) October 8, 2020
An exception for the French in the United Kingdom
Catherine Colonna, Ambassador of France to the United Kingdom, urges French people living in the country to anticipate the coming change: “The British government plans to no longer recognize identity cards as travel documents after October 1.
Think about it, anticipate, "she warns on Twitter.
However, according to a tweet from the embassy, French people residing in the United Kingdom before January 1, 2021 will still be able to use their identity card until 2025 to enter the country.
From October 1, 2021, French non-UK residents entering the 🇬🇧 territory will need a passport.
An identity card will no longer be sufficient.
For French residents in the UK before Jan 1.
2021, the identity card will remain valid until 2025. https://t.co/bacPS3aCd7 pic.twitter.com/knVzaxs5kR
- French Embassy UK (@FranceintheUK) October 12, 2020
By October 1, 2021, the identity card remains sufficient to travel to the UK.
However, since August 15, a period of self-containment of fourteen days has been imposed on people coming from France.
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