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Traveling within the EU without a passport

Published by Mattias Söderström in category Articles on 24.06.2024
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Did you know that you can travel freely within the EU without a passport? A national ID card is all you need! Tavex has found out why this is the case and which countries are affected.

Easier travel with a national ID card

Traveling without a passport within the EU can be a great relief. You don’t have to worry about the passport’s validity or the risk of forgetting it. A national ID card makes it easier to plan both spontaneous trips and business travel.

Countries where an ID card Is sufficient

You can travel to these EU countries with only a national ID card:

  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Croatia
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Austria

In addition, you can use your ID card to travel to these non-EU countries:

  • Norway
  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Switzerland

These countries are not members of the EU, but they participate in the Schengen Agreement, which allows passport-free travel between member countries. Here you can read what you need to know about mobility within the Schengen area.

The advantages of an ID card

National ID cards are practical to use instead of passports. They are smaller and easier to carry. With an ID card, you can avoid long lines at the borders and much of the bureaucracy that comes with passports. This can make traveling easier and more enjoyable.

Tips for smooth travel

Check that your ID card is valid and in good condition before you travel. Look up the specific rules for ID cards in the country you are visiting. Another smart tip is to have a digital copy of your ID card stored on, for example, your mobile phone in case you need it.

For a smoother trip, we also recommend that you purchase currency before your journey!

Many reasons to travel within the EU without a passport

With a national ID card, you as an EU citizen can travel smoothly within the Schengen area plus a few other countries. It reduces the need for bureaucracy and makes it easier to plan spontaneous trips. Whether you are going away for the weekend or staying longer, this is a convenient solution. Bring your ID card and enjoy Europe’s experiences without needing a passport.

With this article, we hope you feel ready to travel within the EU without a passport and take full advantage of the freedom of movement. Have a great trip!


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