Will it still be possible to take the train from London-Brussels with an EU ID only or will I have to take a passport along with me, and will it be even stamped at entry? All of these after the transition period.

  • What do you refer to? Brexit? Commented Mar 23, 2020 at 22:05
  • Yes, Brexit (edited by mod)
    – us er
    Commented Mar 23, 2020 at 22:06
  • It's just that over the past days 90 % of the postings related to COVID. I had to think, what you possibly meant. Commented Mar 23, 2020 at 22:09
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    I don’t think anyone knows what will happens after the end of the transition period. If you are doing your planning, you should probably anticipate getting and using a passport.
    – jcaron
    Commented Mar 23, 2020 at 22:09
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    @Traveller How so? Several non-EU/EFTA states allow EU ID cards for short-term visits (most of which nonetheless stamp EU passports). That said, Home Secretary Priti Patel does appear to be against accepting them
    – Crazydre
    Commented Mar 23, 2020 at 22:48

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Not decided yet, but likely you'll need a passport, as Home Secretary Priti Patel has vaguely claimed to be against accepting EU ID cards (though Gibraltar ID cards and Irish passport cards should remain OK). Again, though, not decided yet.

  • Was any reason given, taking into consideration that the technical data inside both are exactly the same? Seems like a gigantic waste of paper to me. Commented Mar 24, 2020 at 10:56
  • @MarkJohnson "Easy to forge", which I can't exactly disagree with. I did write her an electronic letter proposing that they start accepting biometric IDs only (listing which ones are). Kosovo and Moldova used to do this.
    – Crazydre
    Commented Mar 24, 2020 at 13:45
  • @MarkJohnson One important advantage of passports is that they are standard across all countries, and fields are properly labelled, while typically national ID cards will only label the fields in their own language. It makes for easier processing at the border.
    – SJuan76
    Commented Mar 24, 2020 at 18:48
  • @SJuan76 Well, ours are allready based on the card of a passport, just smaller and also in 3 languages. The chip information is the same and can be read with the same machines. A Passport card norm basically allready exists, it is just packed into a booklet. Commented Mar 24, 2020 at 19:03
  • @SJuan76 Most EU IDs are bilingual in English (the French one being one exception). Besides, when scanning a machine-readable card, the info on the screen is translated into the local language at the border crossing. Noticed it at the Magyarbóly and Kapikule rail stations as well as at Sabiha Gökcen airport, where the officers spoke zero English but could tell my nationality via the computer.
    – Crazydre
    Commented Mar 24, 2020 at 20:21

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