We remind you that due to Brexit, from 1 October 2021, the only travel document accepted for entry into the United Kingdom is passport – this means that it is no longer possible to cross the border of the United Kingdom with an Estonian ID card.
With an ID card, you can enter the UK until 30 September 2021. Those who entered the UK before 30 September with an ID card should be aware that the airline may require a passport to leave the country. If you do not have a passport, you can apply for it from the Estonian Embassy in London or apply for a return certificate from honorary consuls in Aberdeen, Belfast, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Jersey or Leeds, which is a temporary single-use travel document for returning from the United Kingdom to Estonia.
As an exception, Estonian nationals officially residing in the United Kingdom are allowed to enter the United Kingdom after 1 October 2021 with the ID card; however, in order to avoid problems, it is necessary to contact the travel service provider and specify whether the ID card allows to board a plane and what additional documents are to be provided (e.g., proof of official residence in the United Kingdom). More detailed information is available here.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends that all passengers formalise a passport already now and use it when traveling.
More detailed information is available on the Brexit page of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Brexit page of the Estonian Embassy in London.
Before going on a trip abroad, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs always recommends familiarising yourself with the rules of the country of destination and registering your trip at the Foreign Ministry’s Reisi Targalt webpage.