Most citizens of European Union countries They will only be able to travel to the UK with a passport From Friday, when the British government will stop accepting national identity cards as a travel document.
This change, which was initially announced in October 2020, means that people from the European Union as well as from other countries European Economic Area and Switzerland They will get the same treatment at the border as travelers from the rest of the world, who must already present a valid passport.
The exception to this rule are citizens of the community who have stable condition (who have been in the UK for at least five years) or presentado (less than that period), from They will be able to continue using DNI until at least 2025.
British customs officials can start denying entry to those who do not present a valid passport from October 1, although they reserve the right to exercise their “discretion” in some cases, as noted in a statement.
In the memo, the conservative interior minister said: Priti Patel To confirm Identity cards are among the most forged documents And last year, more than half of the fake papers intercepted at customs were from DNIs from the European Union, the European Economic Area and Switzerland.
More border control
Patel emphasized that “the UK has a proud history of opening up to the world” and the current government would continue “that tradition”. “However, we must stop criminals who are trying to enter our country illegally using false documents,” he adds.
By ending ‘unsecure’ national identity cards, it fulfills the ‘British people’s priority to recover Border control and reinforcementKeep the minister.
“We’re doing this as part of our new immigration plan, which will be firm with those trying to abuse the system, and fair with those who respect the rules,” he adds.
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