Romanian citizens will be able to visit Cyprus and the Czech Republic using only their ID cards, instead of passports, Interior Minister Vasile Blaga announced on Thursday. Two weeks ago, both countries said they would still maintain some travel restrictions for Romanians.

For the moment, Sweden is the only EU country that hasn’t cancelled all low restrictions for Romanians for January 1st, 2007.

Still, an official answer from Sweden is due momentarily, said Vasile Blaga, after sending on Wednesday specimen of Romanian standard documents to Swedish authorities.

Same travel advantages were gained by Bulgaria, which will join the European Union at the same date Romania does. Passports may still be used for EU countries, but it’s no longer an obligation.