Travel Questions

Will UK citizens need a visa to enter the EU under Brexit?

Simon Calder on crossing European borders with only an ID card, expiry rules for UK passports and taking the train from Edinburgh to London

Tuesday 14 September 2021 00:53
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<p>From 1 October, the privilege for citizens of EU countries to enter the UK will end  </p>

From 1 October, the privilege for citizens of EU countries to enter the UK will end

Q You wrote about the UK removing the opportunity for European Union citizens to visit Britain using only an ID card. But the EU are less than gracious. They are more than happy to introduce a visa charge soon. We’re not reciprocating with that charge. So wasn’t it reasonable of us to impose a requirement for EU travellers to have passports?

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A From 1 October, the long-standing privilege for citizens of European Union countries to enter the UK will end. This represents one of the pledges made by Brexiteers in the referendum on EU membership. At the time, there were concerns about security shortcomings for ID cards compared with passports, allowing illicit migration to the UK. Ironically, the rejection of identity cards comes as the European Union rolls out ID innovative requirements that are more secure than passports – with chips storing biometric details such as fingerprints.

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