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1. Posted by Povah86 (Budding Member 29 posts) 8y

Hi,

I have both an Australian and a UK passport and am travelling to UK in June. If i leave Australia on my Australian passport can i enter the Uk using my UK passport or do i have to enter the country with the same one that i left on ie my Australian passport?? Also because i have a Uk passport does this allow me to stay in the Uk for an indefinent period of time without worring about visas etc??

Thanks Owen

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 8y

If you have a UK passport, you are a citizen and you can stay as long as you like and basically be treated the same as anyone who has lived there their entire life.

I don't think you'll have any trouble leaving Australia on your Australian passport and entering the UK on your British one. That seems the only sensible option to me really. In any case, you will have both passports with you, so if they do want to see some evidence of where you came from, then you can just show it to them.

3. Posted by Povah86 (Budding Member 29 posts) 8y

Thanks Peter,

Thats what i through, as long as i have both should be ok. And then when i travel from the UK to Europe i will use my Uk passport. Its still a maximum stay of 90 days without a visa in a EU cournty and 180 days in the whatever zone reagrdless of which passport i use isnt it?

Owen

4. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 8y

Quoting Povah86

Thanks Peter,

Its still a maximum stay of 90 days without a visa in a EU cournty and 180 days in the whatever zone reagrdless of which passport i use isnt it?

Owen

Correct. Though with the Schengen agreement, it's specifically 90 days within 6 months.

5. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 8y

Its still a maximum stay of 90 days without a visa in a EU cournty and 180 days in the whatever zone reagrdless of which passport i use isnt it?

Owen

Correct. Though with the Schengen agreement, it's specifically 90 days within 6 months.

I think i disagree with Nantes here. If you use your Australian passport, yes. But If you use your British one, no.

With an EU passport, most EU countries allow you to say un-registered for 3 or 6months (it depends on circumstances). However, as far as I can know - Note I am not sure about this - you can then continue into another schengen country for another 3-6months etc, and continue indefinitely. With an EU passport, there is no 180day maximum for the whole Schengen area. I can't see how (legally) they can stop you from doing this, providing you follow the individual country rules. And if you keep your travel documents (named ones are best) to prove you haven't been in each country for longer than the maximum - where residency requirements start to kick in - then you should be fine.

Again, i'm not 100% sure about that, but i've never come across anything which prohibits it, and though my knowledge of EU law is not completely indepth, i can't see how they can legally stop you. I'd be interested to see proof either way, though

6. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 8y

Quoting Gelli

Its still a maximum stay of 90 days without a visa in a EU cournty and 180 days in the whatever zone reagrdless of which passport i use isnt it?

Owen

Correct. Though with the Schengen agreement, it's specifically 90 days within 6 months.

I think i disagree with Nantes here. If you use your Australian passport, yes. But If you use your British one, no.

With an EU passport, most EU countries allow you to say un-registered for 3 or 6months (it depends on circumstances). However, as far as I can know - Note I am not sure about this - you can then continue into another schengen country for another 3-6months etc, and continue indefinitely. With an EU passport, there is no 180day maximum for the whole Schengen area. I can't see how (legally) they can stop you from doing this, providing you follow the individual country rules. And if you keep your travel documents (named ones are best) to prove you haven't been in each country for longer than the maximum - where residency requirements start to kick in - then you should be fine.

Again, i'm not 100% sure about that, but i've never come across anything which prohibits it, and though my knowledge of EU law is not completely indepth, i can't see how they can legally stop you. I'd be interested to see proof either way, though

There is no restriction as long as you enter the EU member states with a British Citizen Passport (the one with a European Union written on the passport cover) and not a British National (Overseas) Passport (without "European Union" on the cover). Check here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_passport#European_Union

7. Posted by Povah86 (Budding Member 29 posts) 8y

Thanks for all the info guys has helped alot!! Cheers Owen

8. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 8y

Gelli and Hien are close, but not close enough for my tastes

There are no restrictions on a British citizen travelling inside the EU. So the Schengen rules do not apply.

But if you intend to stay for longer in one place (job, studying, etc) inside the EU you need to register your residency with the appropriate authorities ASAP after your arrival, usually within one week. Some countries have a period of 10 or 14 days. If you are not travelling you need to register.

I also strongly suggest that you have your British social security number and your EU health insurance card at hand while travelling inside the EU. Accidents can happen or a job might come up and then you'll need those documents.

9. Posted by julianne (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y

Im the same deal.
Australian with a British passport.

I left Australia with an Australian passport - and entered the UK with my british - no questions asked.