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Passport requirement when crossing the border

Hi all,

I'm going to Germany tomorrow by bus from Switzerland.

Since it'll be a boozy day, I dont wanna carry my passport with me (I'm from the UK and UK doesnt do ID cards).

Is it enough to carry the Swiss B permit or the driving license with me?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 27.09.2019, 14:01
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Re: Passport requirement when crossing the border

No.

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Old 27.09.2019, 14:13
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Re: Passport requirement when crossing the border

German law mandates that you have a valid, recognized ID when crossing the border.
Neither Swiss permit nor Swiss driving license are a recognized form of valid ID.

You might get in contact with you UK political representative that an ID card in lieu of a passport should be introduced. But I assume they have more pressing problems and AFAIK there were some strong objections against such a card the last time idea was discussed, even implemented.
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Old 27.09.2019, 14:42
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Re: Passport requirement when crossing the border

Quoting the internet:
If you are an EU national(or a national of Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway) , you do not need to show your national ID card or passport when you are travelling from one border-free Schengen EU country to another.

Even if you don't need a passport for border checks within the Schengen area , it is still always highly recommended to take a passport or ID card with you, so you can prove your identity if needed (if stopped by police, boarding a plane, etc.). Schengen EU countries have the possibility of adopting national rules obliging you to hold or carry papers and documents when you are present on their territory.

Driving licences, post, bank or tax cards are not accepted as valid travel documents or proof of identity.
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Old 27.09.2019, 15:29
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Re: Passport requirement when crossing the border

Long way just to go and get pissed which is obviously what you are going to do.



Why bother spending money on the bus ?
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