From 1 October you can no longer travel to the United Kingdom with your identity card. From now on you really need a valid passport. This is due to Brexit: as a result, the United Kingdom is no longer part of the European Union. But where can you still travel with your ID and without a passport?

Within the EU

If you are traveling within the European Union, your identity card may be sufficient. But note: this does depend on the rules of the EU country you are traveling to. Sometimes you still need your passport within the EU. So be well informed and keep your ID or passport with you at all times. You must always be able to identify yourself. And your driving license is not a valid proof of identity abroad.

Outside of Europe

A valid passport is a must in countries outside Europe. Usually an expired passport is not valid as proof of identification here. In addition, a visa is required for many countries outside Europe. You can apply for a visa at the embassy of the country you are traveling to. Here you will find a list of the embassies in the Netherlands.

Dutch Caribbean


Are you traveling to the Dutch islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius or Saba? You also need a passport for this, your identity card is not sufficient. If you are Dutch and stay within the Dutch parts of the Kingdom, you do not need a
Caribbean visa .

Passport Control


At Schiphol, the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee will check your passport to see if you scan your passport at the eGate. If you fly to a Schengen country, you will not encounter a passport control. This does not mean that you do not need a passport or ID for your trip: proof of identity is required almost everywhere.

Read more here about passport control at Schiphol

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