Entry Clearances: Holidays Abroad

Home Office written question – answered on 7th October 2019.

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Photo of Janet Daby Janet Daby Labour, Lewisham East

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to make sure people returning from holidays will not be affected by increased checks at border posts in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis The Minister of State, Home Department

Immediately after exit, EU citizens can continue to cross the border using their passport or national identity card. They will be able to use e-Gates if they are travelling on a biometric passport, and they will not be routinely questioned about their status in the UK.

During 2020, the UK will phase out the use of EEA national identity cards. We will make an announcement on when this will happen and will give notice so that EU citizens and carriers can prepare. Swiss national identity cards will continue to be valid for travel in line with the citizens’ rights agreement between the UK and Switzerland.

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