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1. Posted by pls_help (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

Can I fly out of another country on another passport and enter EU with EU id only. The EU passport is expired.

Thanks for the help.

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 7y

What do you mean by 'another country'? Another European country? I've flown out of countries with one passport and used a different one to enter the next country. Especially when travelling to the US you can avoid some lines by having an American passport :)

3. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

EU citizens can travel to other EU countries by using national ID cards only. They do not need passports. The ID has to be an official national ID card, it cannot be a driver's license or other such documents. The ID must prove EU citizenship.

4. Posted by inandaroun (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

It's definitely legally possible to do this, so long as you're sticking to Shengen visa countrues,

You can't do it for entering the UK or Ireland.

5. Posted by monkeycat (Full Member 109 posts) 7y

It's definitely legally possible to do this, so long as you're sticking to Shengen visa countrues,

You can't do it for entering the UK or Ireland.

To qualify inandaroun's message.

Actually if your country has a national id card you can use it to go to pretty much all EU countries, including the UK (don't know about Ireland but presume it's the same). The only problem is if you have an ID card but are not actually a citizen of that country. For example when I lived in Spain I had an ID card but it was not valid as a passport even though it had all the information that a passport had and the same info as a Spaniard's ID card.

In theory you won't need a card at all if you are travelling within Shengen countries. This would work if you travel overland, but in practise, if you are travelling by plane you need some kind of id to get on the plane (so an id card or other photo id).

The best thing to do is check with the embassy of the country you want to go to or the airlines.

Tom