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Hi, just wanted to check, as a German citizen, living in

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just wanted to check, as a German citizen, living in the UK (I came here a year ago, registered for self employment, applied for a registration certificate) but also in general, is it 1000% problem free to travel between the UK and Germany (and France, in between!) with a German personal ID card?

My worry is just, that there might be some uneducated person on the booth, that has never seen a German ID card or something, but I guess, then you could always ask for his supervisor...

Otherwise, I would use the travel passport. However the id card would be more comfortable to use, since it fits in my wallet!

Many thanks

Is your id card within the validity period? Ie. It hasn't expired. .

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Yep, it is still valid, it is the old version, however, they introduced a new version in 2010, that is in credit card format. The one I have (which was given out from 1987 til 2010) is a bit larger.


However, I suppose that that format is probably more familiar to people then the 2010 version...


Thanks for your patience.

Yes, in that case the card is valid. This means that you can use the card on it’s own in order to travel between countries within the European Union.

Because those countries also have similar provisions they will be aware of your rights under the card.

It’s important to note that this only gives you rights to enter other EU countries. It does not apply to countries outside the EU. If you wish to enter countries outside of the EU then you must do so only using your German passport and applying, if necessary, for an appropriate form of visa from the country that you wish to visit.

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