Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Help & tips > Permits/visas/government  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 31.05.2007, 22:36
jbrady's Avatar
RIP
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Sunny Aargau
Posts: 1,044
Groaned at 13 Times in 9 Posts
Thanked 719 Times in 359 Posts
jbrady has a reputation beyond reputejbrady has a reputation beyond reputejbrady has a reputation beyond reputejbrady has a reputation beyond repute
UK Travel with Swiss ID card

Next week I fly to Liverpool for a long weekend. After many years I finally received my Swiss citizenship and the the Identity card (after the fourth photo was accepted).
I am British and have my passport, but I was wondering of any British member of englishforum has ever travelled to the UK just using their Swiss ID (with no passport). I am not sure if the ID card is only valid for mainland Europe.
I would like to see what it is like going through UK customs as a "foreigner" - just to see how I am treated.
I will probably keep my British passport tucked away just in case.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 01.06.2007, 00:18
magyir's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Wallisellen
Posts: 1,625
Groaned at 7 Times in 7 Posts
Thanked 501 Times in 346 Posts
magyir has a reputation beyond reputemagyir has a reputation beyond reputemagyir has a reputation beyond reputemagyir has a reputation beyond repute
Re: UK Travel with Swiss ID card

Hmm you do realise blighty is introducing IDs so it would be impractical not to recognise other countries` IDs....oder?

The only problem is if there's a rule upon entering a country where you are a citizen (incl. dual nationality) that you may have to enter that country with your local ID.
this is the case for US citizens (re) entering the USA for example.

Your own UK passport contains such a warning that dual nationals may not be able to receive diplomatic/consular support overseas where they also possess local citizenship.

However one good thing is that as the Swiss ID only shows your place of origin rather than where you were born this may not alert the UK authorities to your local nationality. Maybe your name, or accent might though Check if the UK has a similar entry requirement to the USA on this matter.

I think keeping both travel documents on hand is a good strategy, and in the EU Switzerland is treated as an EEA country anyway and the transitional arrangements in place since June 1st 2002 end today.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01.06.2007, 01:22
Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Zürich
Posts: 173
Groaned at 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanked 19 Times in 18 Posts
thoean has no particular reputation at present
Re: UK Travel with Swiss ID card

Quote:
View Post
[...]but I was wondering of any British member of englishforum has ever travelled to the UK just using their Swiss ID (with no passport).
I am swiss only (no UK citizenship) and I flew into Heathrow about 1 month ago - going through custom took me maybe 10 secs with my ID (no passport at all).
So generally it should work - but don't take this for granted.

(Ok, I admit it, I had the passport hidden in my bag - I also wanted to test the ID-only travel, but it worked!)
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01.06.2007, 04:48
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: LUZERN
Posts: 130
Groaned at 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanked 6 Times in 5 Posts
ynot has no particular reputation at present
Re: UK Travel with Swiss ID card

Quote:
View Post
Next week I fly to Liverpool for a long weekend. After many years I finally received my Swiss citizenship and the the Identity card (after the fourth photo was accepted).
I am British and have my passport, but I was wondering of any British member of englishforum has ever travelled to the UK just using their Swiss ID (with no passport). I am not sure if the ID card is only valid for mainland Europe.
I would like to see what it is like going through UK customs as a "foreigner" - just to see how I am treated.
I will probably keep my British passport tucked away just in case.
Yeah,do it regularly,don't even take my uk passport with me,waste of time, only take uk passport with me when visiting nz,has certain advantages.

Even when checked in uk customs, nobody raises an eyebrow, tip, take only one passport,because if you get mugged or robbed, you loose both passports, not only is it expensive, it then does get arkward.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01.06.2007, 12:06
Lob's Avatar
Lob Lob is offline
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: -
Posts: 7,795
Groaned at 42 Times in 37 Posts
Thanked 1,973 Times in 1,060 Posts
Lob has a reputation beyond reputeLob has a reputation beyond reputeLob has a reputation beyond reputeLob has a reputation beyond reputeLob has a reputation beyond repute
Re: UK Travel with Swiss ID card

you'll be fine (until you get into Liverpool )

Can you contribute your experiences to this thread?
Facilitated Naturalization [including obligations for males]
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01.06.2007, 12:15
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: UK - Manchester
Posts: 702
Groaned at 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanked 65 Times in 55 Posts
ExoticLatic has no particular reputation at present
Re: UK Travel with Swiss ID card

Go for it, it's seamless although on occasion they check you in their db. I almost miss filling the form and the nosey questions...
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01.06.2007, 12:41
dawiz's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Ostschweiz
Posts: 4,112
Groaned at 96 Times in 46 Posts
Thanked 2,050 Times in 1,191 Posts
dawiz has a reputation beyond reputedawiz has a reputation beyond reputedawiz has a reputation beyond reputedawiz has a reputation beyond reputedawiz has a reputation beyond repute
Re: UK Travel with Swiss ID card

Quote:
View Post
Next week I fly to Liverpool for a long weekend. After many years I finally received my Swiss citizenship and the the Identity card (after the fourth photo was accepted).
I am British and have my passport, but I was wondering of any British member of englishforum has ever travelled to the UK just using their Swiss ID (with no passport). I am not sure if the ID card is only valid for mainland Europe.
I would like to see what it is like going through UK customs as a "foreigner" - just to see how I am treated.
I will probably keep my British passport tucked away just in case.
I usually travel with my Hungarian passport so I don't have to wait in the "Non-EU/EFTA" line - but traveling to the UK with a Swiss ID-card is definitely not a problem. Last time (which was before Hungary became an EU member state) I waited in the said "Non-EU/EFTA" line and the officer told me to move over to the EU counter when I showed him the ID.

dawiz
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01.06.2007, 15:33
jbrady's Avatar
RIP
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Sunny Aargau
Posts: 1,044
Groaned at 13 Times in 9 Posts
Thanked 719 Times in 359 Posts
jbrady has a reputation beyond reputejbrady has a reputation beyond reputejbrady has a reputation beyond reputejbrady has a reputation beyond repute
Re: UK Travel with Swiss ID card

Thanks for all the advice - I definitely will try just showing the Swiss ID in Liverpool airport next week. One point mentoned above which made me think, was the one about the Database. It could be interesting when they scan the Swiss ID - which will be the first time on their database. I wonder if they will make an automatic connection to my (very old) British entries?
We will see! If anything out of the ordinary happens i will let you know.
I was born in Liverpool (and left when I was 2) - so it will be strange coming back "home" as a swiss national. My mother already thinks I am a "bloody foreigner" and traitor for applying to be swiss - she is quite patriotic
Thanks again for the info.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 01.06.2007, 16:58
magyir's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Wallisellen
Posts: 1,625
Groaned at 7 Times in 7 Posts
Thanked 501 Times in 346 Posts
magyir has a reputation beyond reputemagyir has a reputation beyond reputemagyir has a reputation beyond reputemagyir has a reputation beyond repute
Re: UK Travel with Swiss ID card

Quote:
View Post
I usually travel with my Hungarian passport so I don't have to wait in the "Non-EU/EFTA" line - but traveling to the UK with a Swiss ID-card is definitely not a problem. Last time (which was before Hungary became an EU member state) I waited in the said "Non-EU/EFTA" line and the officer told me to move over to the EU counter when I showed him the ID.

dawiz
now a magyar utlevél don't let Beatrice know....
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 01.06.2007, 17:03
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: UK - Manchester
Posts: 702
Groaned at 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanked 65 Times in 55 Posts
ExoticLatic has no particular reputation at present
Re: UK Travel with Swiss ID card

Tell her to "calm down" Jbrady
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 01.06.2007, 17:17
Qoolqat's Avatar
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Zürich
Posts: 71
Groaned at 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Qoolqat has become a little unpopular
Re: UK Travel with Swiss ID card

I travel to UK every second week with my Swiss ID. I also travel through Europe with on my ID.
Good Luck.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 02.06.2007, 02:09
Oldhand's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Zürich
Posts: 4,015
Groaned at 18 Times in 17 Posts
Thanked 6,837 Times in 2,059 Posts
Oldhand has a reputation beyond reputeOldhand has a reputation beyond reputeOldhand has a reputation beyond reputeOldhand has a reputation beyond reputeOldhand has a reputation beyond reputeOldhand has a reputation beyond repute
Re: UK Travel with Swiss ID card

Since the bi-lateral agreement the Swiss are no longer obliged to que with "others". My only prob was i once gave my ID card to the lady at the Swiss check-in at Manchester and she asked me rather haltingly if i thought i could leave the country with this ID? I replied "well i came into the country with it"

She suddenly left the desk and went off. I was tired and pretty wiped out, Id been to my sisters funeral the day before and everything seemed a bit surreal. I just wanted to get home and chill. The next thing i see is a Women (someone obviously in charge) the check in lady and two armed men walking steadily towards me. Now i was scared.

Anyway, the women holds out her hand with my ID card in it and says "you cant leave the country with this" i take the card from her and say well it's not been long since we had this credit card ID but i can assure you it's legal.
On looking at the card it dawned on me. It was my bloody Active fitness, gym membership card. I just saw a bit of blue and the red cross when I'd pulled it out of my purse.

I have to say they were just as relieved as i was that i wasn't a looney.
Well i suppose we all have a story to tell.
Reply With Quote
The following 3 users would like to thank Oldhand for this useful post:
  #13  
Old 02.06.2007, 10:00
swissbob
 
Posts: n/a
Re: UK Travel with Swiss ID card

My CH driving license came in handy in a situation - the UK passport control looked at my UK passport and said "this looks nothing like you" - I had to agree, the photo had hair, not just on my head but also a full set of bushy beard and tache. I had none of these. I had to show another id with a photo and my CH driving license did the trick. Passport renewed to show the new me - how can so much change in 10 years?
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 14.06.2007, 11:56
jbrady's Avatar
RIP
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Sunny Aargau
Posts: 1,044
Groaned at 13 Times in 9 Posts
Thanked 719 Times in 359 Posts
jbrady has a reputation beyond reputejbrady has a reputation beyond reputejbrady has a reputation beyond reputejbrady has a reputation beyond repute
Re: UK Travel with Swiss ID card

Just to conclude this thread - i successfully flew to liverpool and came back through luton just using my new ID card. No problems whatsoever - I even got a nice welcome smile and wave through on my return to my new country. Thanks for all the advice - next time I will do it without my UK passport hidden in my back pocket.
Reply With Quote
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Swiss Organ Donor Card Nanda Other/general 94 23.02.2016 21:47
Swiss Mystery #2 - The Half Tax Card Yokine Daily life 138 08.09.2008 17:41
Travel vs Swiss Insurance NicM Insurance 19 27.04.2008 08:55
US Green Card v.s. Swiss Non-EU B permit barish Permits/visas/government 1 08.01.2007 19:03


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 02:45.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0