The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has reminded its citizens that they will no longer be able to enter the United Kingdom with an ID card.
Starting from October 1, Estonians travelling to the UK have to present a passport in order to enter the country, which officially left the European Union in 2020, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
The Ministry notifies the citizens currently in the UK to apply for a passport from the Estonian Embassy in London or apply for a return certificate, a temporary one-time-use travel document used to return to Estonia. One can be obtained from the honorary consuls in Aberdeen, Belfast, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Jersey or Leeds.
Moreover, Estonians who are official residents in the UK may be allowed to enter the latter after October 1 with an ID card. Still, they are advised to contact their travel service provider to determine whether their ID card is recognised for flying and what other documents are required.
The Spanish government previously announced the same rules would apply for its citizens, as the UK is now officially a third country, and the Brexit transition period has ended.
But data from the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that the number of residents from the European Union living in the UK has decreased, with 200,000 of them leaving the country.
The ONS has also revealed the number of EU nationals in Britain has dropped from 3.7 million in 2019 to 3.5 million recorded in 2020.
“Decisions to migrate are complex, and a person’s decision to move to or from the UK will always be influenced by a range of factors, including social and economic reasons,” an ONS spokesperson said of the PA news agency.
The spokesperson also mentioned that the Coronavirus situation and Brexit had an impact on Europeans choosing to leave the UK.
According to the Evening Standard report, out of 67 million residentials in the United Kingdom, Polish remains the first nationality with most residents, over 738,000 of them, followed by Romanians 384,000, the Irish, Indians and Italians.
As per entry restrictions regarding Coronavirus, the country imposes a ten-day quarantine for unvaccinated Britons. Those vaccinated have to undergo a pre-departure test in order to enter Estonia free of quarantine.
The World Health Organisation data shows that during the last 24 hours, 589 positive cases with Coronavirus have been registered in Estonia, taking the total number of positive cases with infection to 151,881. On the other hand, the UK registered 33,560 positive cases as of September 24.