Polish – A8

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    We have a polish claimant from whom we have requested a passport. They have written in stating they do not have a passport and entered the country using their ID card.

    Firstly, is it possible to travel into the UK from Poland without a passport.

    And Secondly, I am under the understanding that we must sight an A8’s passport to be able to assess for HB. Is this correct.

    Any advice on this is greatly received.


    Article 5 of DIRECTIVE 2004/38/EC
    provides that

    “Without prejudice to the provisions on travel documents applicable to national border controls,Member States shall grant Union citizens leave to enter their territory with [i:800f1b8dcc]a valid identity card or passport[/i:800f1b8dcc] and shall grant family members who are not nationals of a Member State leave to enter their territory with a valid passport.”

    Home Office advice to EEA nationals who wish to enter the UK is as follows:

    “You need to show your passport or national identity card when you enter the United Kingdom. When you arrive at major ports and airports you should use the separate channel marked ‘EEA/EU’ where it is available. Immigration officers will check your passport or national identity card to make sure that it is valid and belongs to you.”

    see http://www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk/applying/eeaeunationals

    So looks like an identity card is fine for entry and as evidence of Polish nationality


    Thank you very much Mary. Will have to change how I have been looking at A8’s!!

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