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    Brexit: travel documents for EU nationals and their non-EU family members residing in the UK

    The UK no longer applies EU rules on free movement, which allow EU nationals to travel freely with a valid passport or an identity card.  As an EU national, the entry documents required when travelling to the UK will differ according to whether you have a residence status in the UK under the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement (EU Settlement Scheme), or not.

    What is your situation?

    I am an EU national with UK Settled or Pre-Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme

    Travel to the UK

    If you have UK Settled or Pre-Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you can continue to enter the UK with a valid passport or identity card. Your non-EU family members who also have UK settled or pre-settled status can enter the UK with a valid passport.

    Warning

    As of 2026, the UK will no longer accept ID cards (as an entry document) that do not comply with applicable international standards related to biometric identification.

    Travel to an EU country

    As an EU national, you have the right to travel to any EU country with a valid passport or ID card. Your non-EU family members may need an entry visa, depending on their nationality. Read more about travelling in the EU with your non-EU family members and how to apply for a visa if they need one. Residence cards for non-EU family members previously issued by the UK under the EU rules on free movement are no longer valid.

    I am an EU national without any status under the UK's EU Settlement Scheme

    As a rule, the UK does not require a visa for short stays up to six months for tourism and business, check the rules that apply to your situationOpen as an external link. The UK Government has indicated that, as from 1 October 2021, a valid passport is the required entry document; ID cards will no longer be accepted.

    I need help

    If you think that your rights under EU law are not being respected and you need advice, contact our assistance service.

    You can report a breach of your rights under the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement to the UK Independent Monitoring AuthorityOpen as an external link.

    See also

    Detailed information on the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement and citizens' rightsPDF document

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