Small tip: travelling with your identity card rather than your passport

identity card and passport

If you are a European travelling in Europe, it is better to use your identity card rather than your passport, including when crossing borders.

As it is quite easy to make a false passport, border controls are very strict regarding this kind of ID.

  • Presenting your identity card is faster
  • The identity card takes less space than your passport
  • Inspectors are less suspicious

However, you can keep your passport in your bag; could be nice to collect passport stamps from all European countries.

Bonus: If you loose your identity card, it is faster and less expensive to make a new one.

Tested and validated tip; including this weekend in the Eurostar.

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