ID card could make trips abroad cheaper for travel insurance customers

Travel insurance customers may be in support of the proposed identity cards scheme as it could make it cheaper to go abroad.

Britons used to paying £72 for a passport may be disappointed to learn the Identity and Passport Service and Foreign and Commonwealth Office have recently increased the tariff to £77.50.

But an identity card is planned to cost just £30 and could be used instead of a passport when leaving the country. Each identity card will be unique, and will combine the cardholder’s biometric data with their checked and confirmed identity details. These identity details and the biometrics will be stored on the national identity register while the basic identity information will be held in a chip on the identity card itself.

In November 2008, as part of the National Identity Service, the first identity cards were introduced for foreign nationals living in Britain.

Sean Tipton, spokesman for ABTA – The Travel Association, said: “In the long term, if identity cards prove successful and they are rolled out for everybody then it will be a cheap way to go abroad and avoid having a passport for travel in the EU.”

An identity card coupled with a cheap travel insurance policy could be two important factors for Britons looking for a budget break.

The government estimates that it will need to sell in excess of 28 million national identity cards at £30 each for the scheme to make a profit.

For more information on how to apply for an Identity Card, visit the Directgov website.

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