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Updated : 08/2010

EU nationals

If you are an EU national , you do not need to show your national ID card or passport when you are travelling from one EU country to another.

The passport-free Schengen area includes:

Austria

Hungary

Norway

Belgium

Iceland

Poland

Czech Republic

Italy

Portugal

Denmark

Latvia

Slovakia

Estonia

Liechtenstein

Slovenia

Finland

Lithuania

Spain

France

Luxembourg

Sweden

Germany

Malta

Switzerland

Greece

Netherlands


You must still show a valid ID card or passport when travelling to or from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the United Kingdom. Though part of the EU, these countries do not belong to the passport-free Schengen area.

It is always best to take a passport or ID card with you when travelling around the passport-free Schengen area. Even though you do not need to show it at the border, there may be other occasions when you need to prove your identity - when stopped by a police officer or boarding a plane, for 

instance.

Please note that the only valid ID is the one delivered by national authorities. Driving licences, post, bank or tax cards are not accepted as valid travel documents or proof of identity.

Sample story

Lars is Swedish and is going on holidays to Spain. He took with him his bank ID card –accepted in Sweden as a proof of identity. However, Lars could get into trouble in case of a control of his identity by Spanish authorities since only the official ID cards or passports delivered in Sweden by the police are recognised as valid travel documents.

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