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1. Posted by dsaracini (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Some advice please. I am a British/Italian citizen. I live in the UK and hold a UK passport and Italian ID card but crucially not an Italian passport (I've tried to get an appointment at the Italian embassy to get a passport but have been unable to get an appointment so have currently given up!). When Covid restrictions are lifted, I want to go to travelling around Europe for 6-8 months which I will be able to do visa free thanks to my EU (Italian ) citizenship. My question is when I first travel to/from Europe should I show at immigration control both my UK passport as well as my Italian ID card? I don't really want my UK passport (which would be my principle travel document) to be stamped/endorsed restricting my stay to 90 days etc as I'm worried this may cause issues later if say I come out of Europe and re-enter within the 180 day period ). Thoughts and advice would be appreciated. Thank you

[ Edit: Edited on 5 Apr 2021, 13:26 GMT by dsaracini ]

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 3036 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

(I've tried to get an appointment at the Italian embassy to get a passport but have been unable to get an appointment so have currently given up!).

I want to go to travelling around Europe for 6-8 months which I will be able to do visa free thanks to my EU (Italian ) citizenship.

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Can you leave England with your UK passport and go to Italy first? In Italy get your Italian passport. Then continue on from there to other countries on your wish list.

https://untolditaly.com/can-you-travel-to-italy/

Any reason you cannot simply fly to Italy to get the passport?

Up to you.

3. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2320 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Imo it's a bit daft that you've 'given up' trying to get an Italian passport in the UK. Appointments are obviously limited because of the pandemic but having one will make your plans much easier. Why not just keep trying?

I'm not sure getting an Italian passport when you're actually in Italy will be any quicker or easier.

Does your Italian ID card allow Italian entry by air from a non-Schengen country? If it does, you could leave the UK using your UK passport and enter Italy using the ID card. If it doesn't there's no point in showing it to Italian border officers: they'll just use your UK passport.

4. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2250 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I'm no expert, but isn't it as simple as just travelling on your Italian ID card?

A friend had a French national ID and appeared to use that for Schengen borders.

5. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2320 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

>I'm no expert, but isn't it as simple as just travelling on your Italian ID card?

I thought that too ...and have seen several many EU citizens entering and leaving the UK with just ID cards...but maybe Brexit has changed things?

6. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2250 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

but maybe Brexit has changed things?

Possibly for travel into the UK. I'd carry the UK passport for the purposes of exiting on it and keeping things neat ahead of later entry using it.
But I think the Italian ID card is ideal for entering Schengen, to avoid confusion over the user's right to remain, and I'd be very surprised if Brexit had altered that.

[ Edit: Edited on 6 Apr 2021, 09:03 GMT by AndyF ]

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