Tuesday I'm travelling from Birmingham, UK to Sofia, Bulgaria. The flight is with Turkish Airlines and it is a connecting flight which means it will go from Birmingham to Istanbul, and then to Sofia. Since I lost my passport I am not sure whether I could go through the Istanbul Airport.

Normally, if I were to travel directly from UK to Bulgaria I would only need my personal ID card since both countries are in the EU, but I'm not entirely sure if I could go through the Turkish airport with my ID card.

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The following is without guarantee and the airline may still deny you boarding if it thinks a passport should be held.

If the airport in Istanbul is Ataturk airport (IST) you should not need to clear Turkish immigration - thus you should be OK with your national ID only. The website of the airport does not give any information for international to international transport.

For reference: if immigration procedures were required, a passport would be required - unless you're a national of one of the countries nationals of which are allowed entry to Turkey with a national ID.

  • UK does not do National/EU ID card, so OP can not (just) be UK national.
    – Willeke
    Mar 6, 2016 at 15:36
  • @Willeke good point - I've updated my answer.
    – greyshade
    Mar 6, 2016 at 15:45
  • I am Bulgarian I was just studying here in the UK.
    – Beecup
    Mar 6, 2016 at 16:30
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    Even if it works, traveling to a foreign (non-EU anyway) country without a passport seems like a bad plan. If anything goes wrong, such as your connecting flight being cancelled and another one not available for some time, you'd be stuck in the airport with no ability to leave and go to a hotel. Mar 6, 2016 at 19:25
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    @ZachLipton how is this different from a case where airside international transit requires no visa, while entering the country would? not being able to enter the country while being somewhere for airside transit is a perfectly normal case and would you try to show up at immigration you would be in trouble not the airline
    – greyshade
    Mar 6, 2016 at 20:50

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