As of October 1, an international passport is required to travel to the UK | Abroad

As of October 1, 2021, an international passport will be required to travel to the UK. An ordinary (Belgian) identity card is no longer sufficient to enter the UK.

As a result of Brexit, the UK is no longer part of the EU as of February 1, 2020. This also has consequences for travel from countries that are still part of the EU. You can still travel to the UK with your usual identity card until September 30, but from October 1 you will need an international passport. This applies to England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.


You can apply for an international passport in your city or town hall. For this you must bring your identity card, a recent passport photo and your old passport (if you have one). It takes 5 business days to create an international passport (normal procedure). If you need to do it faster, you can use the urgent procedure (within 24 hours). There are different costs for an international passport: they depend on the type of procedure and the city or municipality where you live:

• Normal procedure for adults: between 70 and 75 euros

• Minors under ordinary procedure: between 35 and 45 euros

• Emergency procedure for adults: between 240 and 250 euros

• Emergency procedure for minors: between 210 and 220 euros

An international passport is valid for 5 years (minors) or 7 years (adults).

As a Belgian, you can travel to the UK without a visa for a maximum period of six months and the Belgian driving license will remain valid.

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