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Do I have to take my passport when I travel to another EU country?

The Schengen rules abolish the requirement to show your passport when passing the internal borders of Schengen countries, but you may still be required to show valid identification after you have entered a Schengen country. This identification requirement means that citizens in a Schengen country must be able to prove their citizenship. When travelling between Schengen countries, you should therefore always take your passport or identity card, even if there is no passport control at the border, airport, etc. You should also note that airlines often require you to carry certain identification before they will accept you as a passenger.

Border controls have not been abolished in Great Britain and Ireland nor in Cyprus, Romania and Bulgaria.

Not all EU countries have identity cards. This applies to Denmark for example. The identification requirement therefore means that Danes should carry their passports when travelling to other Schengen countries.

By virtue of the Scandinavian Passport Union, however, Danish citizens do not have to carry a passport when travelling to the other Scandinavian countries (Sweden and Finland and the non-EU countries Iceland and Norway)
The Scandinavian Passport Union

The Scandinavian Passport Union involves cooperation between the five Scandinavian countries and is based on the same basic principles as Schengen cooperation. When travelling in Scandinavia, no passport or other police checks are normally carried out on individuals, and there is close cooperation between the police and immigration authorities of the Scandinavian countries, which means that citizens of Scandinavian countries are entitled to travel within the Scandinavian region without carrying a passport.

To enable Iceland and Norway, which are members of the Scandinavian Passport Union but not of the EU, to fully participate in the practical aspects of Schengen cooperation, the Schengen countries have therefore entered into a cooperation agreement with these countries.


Sidst opdateret: 23-07-2008  - ANSJ