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Travelling to UK with CDN passport & UK Passport

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1. Posted by kirby1974 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

I currently live in Canada, but hold 2 passports. Generally, in the past when travelling to the UK, I use my Canadian passport at the airport when flying out of Ontario, then use my British Passprt when I have arrived in the UK. When I leave the UK, I use my Canadian passport to fly home ( I have ever been entirely sure, if this is the correct thing to do, though!)
My question is this... I have to fly to England next week for 16 days, and have just discovered that my British Passport expires the day before I fly back to Canada(long story,don't ask!).
Will I still be okay to enter the UK with my British passport? Then just leave using my Canadian one? Or do I forgo my British passport all together and only use my Candian passport?
Thanks for any help!

2. Posted by bgl (Full Member 167 posts) 7y

You should be perfectly fine. Since you have a British passport (and you are thus a citizen), you don't really need a valid British passport to spend time in the UK. It would of course be perfectly plausible and acceptable for you to renew your British passport while in the UK. If you so desire. If not, nothing wrong with you being in the UK with an expired British passport. Many people living there don't even have passports....

[ Edit: Edited on 03-Jun-2009, at 09:55 by bgl ]

3. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 7y

You cannot enter the UK with your British passport and leave with your Canadian passport. When you leave, they check to see if you've overstayed, and since you did not enter with that passport, that means you entered the country illegally, technically. You'll have lots of explanation to do on that, and I'm not sure how the UK immigration will handle that.

Your two options are:
1. Enter and leave using your Canadian passport
2. Enter using your UK passport, renew it while you're there (you have to do it anyway), then leave with your new passport. One thing you should check is how long it would take for renewal.

4. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 7y

Quoting Hien

2. Enter using your UK passport, renew it while you're there (you have to do it anyway), then leave with your new passport. One thing you should check is how long it would take for renewal.

In regards to the renewing of your UK passport as Hien mentioned, this page on the passports website is relevant to you. You should be able to get a fast-track service if you call in advance (i.e. when still in Canada).

5. Posted by bgl (Full Member 167 posts) 7y

Should probably add that I made my post above based on how things work in Scandinavia. I have no experience with the UK, and Hien is presumably well informed.

Our daughter has dual U.S./Swedish citizenship. She has no problems entering one of the Scandinavian countries using her Swedish passport. Leaving Scandinavia on a flight back to the USA, there's no choice for her but to show her U.S. passport, because whatever information she presents at check-in is likely to be transferred to U.S. Immigration.

The only thing I would question about Hien's suggestion is his #2: enter and leave the UK with a UK passport. Wouldn't that create difficulties with the Canadian authorities, or maybe they aren't as picky as the USA?

6. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 7y

Quoting bgl

The only thing I would question about Hien's suggestion is his #2: enter and leave the UK with a UK passport. Wouldn't that create difficulties with the Canadian authorities, or maybe they aren't as picky as the USA?

Showing your passport to check-in is different to showing it to immigration when leaving the country. It's probably best to show both passports to airline check-in (which is the point if/when details are taken to be transferred to arrival country), and in this case show the UK passport to the immigration officer when heading airside.

7. Posted by bgl (Full Member 167 posts) 7y

I have a feeling this could get tricky. It's my understanding that when you travel to the USA (and I have no idea what the procedure is for Canada), then the information on your documents (=passport) that you show to the airline at check-in will be transmitted to U.S. Immigration. Showing one passport at check-in and then attempting to enter the USA on a different passport probably not a good idea.

8. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 7y

The UK doesn't have any border checks on exit, so when the OP talks about using his passport to exit the UK, I presume he means that passport he shows to the airline company so they know he is allowed to enter Canada. That is what the airline is checking for.

If the UK did have exit border checks, then what I would propose to do is this -

1. Show the airline your Canadian passport as valid entry to Canada
2. Show your British passport to UK Customs and Immigration
3. Leave

As to the OP's question about the validity of his British passport expiring prior to leaving, as there are no permanent exit checks, you'll probably be fine. After all, as a British citizen you are entitled to be in the country whether you have a valid passport or not.

However, there are occasional random checks on some flights by the UK Border Agency. In that case you might have a touch of a hassle explaining the situation, as your Canadian passport wouldn't show an entry. In that case, I would just show your expired UK passport, explain that you are a British citizen and didn't enter the country on your Canadian passport, but rather on your British one.

Of course, before you return to the UK again, you'll have to renew your UK passport. That might be easier to do if you are in the UK than from overseas.

Greg

9. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 7y

Quoting GregW

The UK doesn't have any border checks on exit

Probably not yet, but this is in the process of being introduced - passports scanned on both entry & exit. Scanning on entry is already happening (though I don't know if this is at all ports yet).

10. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 7y

Quoting mojorob

Quoting GregW

The UK doesn't have any border checks on exit

Probably not yet, but this is in the process of being introduced - passports scanned on both entry & exit. Scanning on entry is already happening (though I don't know if this is at all ports yet).

We left the UK via Stansted airport on 19th May and there were no exit checks on peoples passports which we found very strange. There were checks coming into the UK though.