European Identity Cards No Longer Accepted At UK Borders
A post-Brexit rule banning the use of identification cards from the EU and European Economic Area (EEA) to enter Britain comes into force from today, the UK government said. Under plans announced by the government a year ago, most EU, EEA and Swiss citizens will need a valid passport to enter the UK as border officials stop accepting national identity cards as a travel document on October 1. The UK said the changes following its definitive departure from the EU earlier this year were necessary to prevent the use of the more easily forged documents, combat crime and stop illegal migrants. Home Secretary Priti Patel said Britain needed to “clamp down on the criminals that seek to enter our country illegally using forged documents”.
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