Passport rules have changed for passengers travelling to the UK
Some changes to passport rules for passengers travelling to the UK which come into effect from 01 October 2021.
Passports are now mandatory for travel to the UK
With effect from 01 October 2021, passports are mandatory for all EU, EEA or Swiss citizens (including children) travelling to the UK.
EU, EEA or Swiss national ID cards are no longer valid for travel to the UK unless travellers live in the UK and have settled or pre-settled status. Passengers with settled or pre-settled status can continue to use their national ID card until 31 December 2025.
Proving immigration status
Any EU, EEA or Swiss citizens living in the UK with settled or pre-settled status may be asked to provide proof when entering the UK. They can generate a code here, which they may need to show to UK Border Force officers. This code will confirm their immigration status.
UK nationals with dual citizenship
For UK nationals with dual citizenship, showing a UK passport to UK Border Force officers will help prove their immigration status.
Visas for travel to the UK
Passengers can continue to travel to the UK for holidays or short trips without a visa. More information.
When to arrive at the station
Passengers should be prepared to arrive at the station a little earlier than usual. Advise them to check their ticket for their recommended arrival time and allow plenty of time to get through security and passport control.
Please advise customers to visit our Brexit information page to find out more.