Next month I am going on holiday to Germany. I am a Portuguese citizen who lives in the UK and I am travelling with my Portuguese passport. However, my sister's passport is expired and she has only her Portuguese national id card (cartao de cidadao). Would she be able to leave the UK and travel to Germany with her national id card, or would she need her Portuguese passport?

  • What mode of transport are you using (plane, car, train)? Some airlines may only accept a passport and you should verify the terms and conditions attached to any ticket you may have purchased. – Richard Nov 7 '18 at 9:04
  • @Richard Please remove this comment, as it contains wrong and harmful advice. Airlines don't make their own rules in this regard; that's a depressingly common myth – Crazydre Feb 9 at 15:31
  • "All Ryanair passengers must travel with a valid passport. Since 80% of Ryanair passengers travel without checking-in a bag, the boarding gate is the first instance where Ryanair’s crew are afforded the opportunity to verify the identity of the passenger travelling and match the passenger to their passport, in the interests of security." - ryanair.com/ie/en/useful-info/help-centre/faq-overview/… – Richard Feb 9 at 21:12

Yes, this is fine.

An EU ID card is valid for entry into any EU member state - Wikipedia specifically states that the Cartao de Cidadao is a "valid travel document within all of Europe".

The only disadvantage of using an ID card is that you may not be able to use the e-Passport gates, so you may have to wait longer at passport control (this is definitely the case in the UK).

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    As for the UK, yes but we don't know about this will still be the case after 29th March 2019 - aka Brexit. – Adwaenyth Nov 9 '18 at 14:20

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