From 1 October, entry into the UK for most Polish citizens, as well as other EU countries, will only be possible on the basis of a valid passport – states the Polish Consul General in London, Mateusz Stosek.
The exception will be people with stable status (steady state) or previously settled status in the UK, which you have obtained on the basis of an ID card – In their case, entry with an ID card will be possible at least until the end of 2025.
As the consul explains, people in stable status must in principle cross the UK border on the basis of the identity document that has been linked to their digital file under the EU settlement scheme. The application for stable status can be linked to either a passport or an identity card.
– However, where some doubts may arise after the regulation has been amended, as well as on the part of British immigration officials, We encourage you to travel with a passportAny biometric or temporary passport. This is always the surest way to cross borders, says Mateusz Stosek.
After 1 October 2021, it will be possible to leave the UK for Poland on the basis of an ID card – Provided that the airline or other carrier accepts this type of identity document as a travel document – Adds the consul. You are encouraged to check the information on the website and the profiles of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in social media before traveling, or in case of any doubts.
– We are particularly keen on educating drivers in transporting goods and passengers with changing regulations, because they cross the border regularly and use their ID cards more often. It is important that they remember to use their passportsIn order to prevent a situation in which they will not be allowed, for example with perishable goods – the Consul General assures.
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