Swedish nationals face rule change for travel to UK

European nationals have been warned that the rules to enter the UK will change at the end of September, meaning ID cards will no longer be accepted at the border.

Swedish nationals face rule change for travel to UK
International arrivals at London Heathrow. Photo: AP Photo/Matt Dunham

Nationals of EU countries as well as Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway will no longer be able to use their country’s national identity cards as a means of entry into the UK from the end of September.

From October 1st 2021 onwards travellers will only be able to enter the UK using their passport – previously travellers who had citizenship of EU countries could use their national ID card instead.

Under EU rules, citizens of member states that issue national identity cards can use them for travel within the EU and Schengen area instead of a passport.

This was the case for travel to the UK when it was part of the EU. The change in rule in October is as a result of Brexit.

However there will be some exceptions.

The Home Office states that these nationals can continue to use national ID card to enter the UK until at least December 31st 2025 if they:

  • have settled or pre-settled status under the UK’s EU Settlement Scheme
  • have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme but not yet received a decision
  • have an EU Settlement Scheme family permit
  • have a frontier worker permit
  • are an S2 Healthcare Visitor
  • are a Swiss Service Provider

Travellers will need to have the appropriate documents to prove the above status at the UK border.

Irish citizens can continue to use a passport card to travel to the UK.

EU travellers do not need a visa for short trips to the UK.

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New York-bound Delta flight returns to Arlanda after bird strike

A plane heading for New York had to turn back to Arlanda Airport after a bird strike shortly after takeoff.

New York-bound Delta flight returns to Arlanda after bird strike

The Boeing 767 collided with a bird shortly after taking off from Arlanda Airport north of Stockholm, according to police.

Airport operator Swedavia could however not confirm the bird strike.

“I don’t have that information at the moment. What happened was that an alarm went off during the flight, indicating something was wrong, and as a security measure they chose to fly back,” Swedavia press spokesperson Peter Wärring told Swedish news agency TT.

The aircraft was said to be carrying 179 people, and according to Flightradar it was a Delta Air Lines flight en route to New York.

After dumping fuel, the plane was able to safely return and land at Arlanda at 11.24am.