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Old 02.12.2016, 15:12
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Re: CH or UK passport? or Both?

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I thought it was not allowed to carry two different passports on you - even if they're both legally yours?
Never seen that law before. Maybe it's true in some dodgy regions where nations are at conflict and dual nationalities are viewed with suspicion?
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Old 02.12.2016, 16:00
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It's a book that expires in 10 years time, it can be ordered at any time you need it. Plenty of British Citizens living in the UK don't have a passport just as I believe the majority of Swiss don't have a valid passport.
It's about 70% for both. So the majority of Swiss do.

Of course a passport is less essential for Swiss citizens as we can travel extensively with the ID card, possession of which is pretty well universal.
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Nope, entrance and exit *has* to be on the same passport....
Says who?

I also carry two passports + swiss ID card with me most of the time, and show at the border whichever passport turns out at hand. Never had any issues

BTW, in UK you don't get checked for passport when you exit. In Switzerland, well, you can enter and exit without showing a passport anyway...
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I fail to see even the slightest bit of logic on not renewing a UK passport.
If you have no interest in going to live back in the UK & now consider yourself Swiss, I see no point in spending money to renew an old bit of paper that just sits in the cupboard gathering dust.
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It won't be lost by not renewing, however I believe it would be against the law for a UK citizen to travel to the UK on a Swiss passport, same in the other direction.
You always need to arrive in a country where your a citizen by showing that countries passport. A Brit was recently stopped & questioned at Birmingham airport arriving on a CH passport. (I was standing behind them)
Well, one occurrence don't make it a law.

I don't think there is a law as you say preventing you to travel to UK on your second citizenship passport. And it's certainly not a universal rule, each country has its own interpretation.
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Old 02.12.2016, 16:19
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Re: CH or UK passport? or Both?

I have both, but my UK has expired and I'm just too lazy to renew it for now.
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Old 02.12.2016, 17:22
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Re: CH or UK passport? or Both?

The process in Zurich for renewing a Swiss pass is fantastically easy. Takes 6 days.

Did it this week see: Why bother learning a Swiss language??

I used to leave and return to CH with my Swiss pass and the UK with my British one. But actually it was no quicker either way. The only advantage now in the UK is a biometric passport at least entering to UK. The Swiss still want to look at every passport.

My UK passport expired 18 months ago and I see no reason to renew it...
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Old 02.12.2016, 18:06
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Says who?

I also carry two passports + swiss ID card with me most of the time, and show at the border whichever passport turns out at hand. Never had any issues

BTW, in UK you don't get checked for passport when you exit. In Switzerland, well, you can enter and exit without showing a passport anyway...
It depends on where you fly to from the UK. Every time I fly to Switzerland from the UK they check the passport at both ends, UK and Switzerland. If I fly Zurich/Oslo then there are no checks either end.
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Old 02.12.2016, 20:05
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Says who?
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Booked a return international flight, checked in with one passport on the way out and mistakenly showed another on return to Zurich and the alarm bells rang long and hard, trust me.
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Old 02.12.2016, 20:20
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Booked a return international flight, checked in with one passport on the way out and mistakenly showed another on return to Zurich and the alarm bells rang long and hard, trust me.
which means they store data on who leaves with which ticket to where with which passport and when he/she returns (from where, etc. etc.). They always know where you are now .... interesting.
I'm greatful for the "green borders", must say
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Old 02.12.2016, 20:30
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Booked a return international flight, checked in with one passport on the way out and mistakenly showed another on return to Zurich and the alarm bells rang long and hard, trust me.
I do that all the time. No one bats an eye. Last time I did it was last week. It's probably because I wear a tiara.
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the alarm bells rang long and hard, trust me.
That would be the beard & rug you had under your arm.
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Old 02.12.2016, 22:41
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I do that all the time. No one bats an eye. Last time I did it was last week. It's probably because I wear a tiara.
It's only a problem at check-in
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Old 02.12.2016, 23:27
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It's only a problem at check-in
No. But seriously... Why? I really did just do it last week. NonEU passport out. EU in.
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Old 03.12.2016, 10:47
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Re: CH or UK passport? or Both?

Presumably because I had to provide a passport number when I checked in online and then handed over the wrong one at the counter, within two minutes I had to explain the situation to two very unfriendly chaps from the TSA.
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Old 03.12.2016, 11:33
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Re: CH or UK passport? or Both?

MY U.K. passport recently expired as well, and I also see no reason to renew it.

Always thought it would be of great benefit to my Swiss daughter that she could apply for a U.K. passport on the grounds of my dual nationality, but now there's no reason for that either.
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Old 03.12.2016, 12:37
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Re: CH or UK passport? or Both?

Similar story here - expired 2 years ago and no motivation to renew.

Guess I'll get it done at some point in case the UK border control start playing silly buggers with non-nationals again the way they did with the Swiss before the bilaterals. Probably just before the UK exits so I can get one of the last UK EU passports.
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Presumably because I had to provide a passport number when I checked in online and then handed over the wrong one at the counter, within two minutes I had to explain the situation to two very unfriendly chaps from the TSA.
Well, yes, if you want to board the plane or cross security with another passport than the one you are registered for the flight then you can get in trouble, yes.

However:

- on landing, nothing prevents you as far as I have seen to provide a different passport than the one you boarded with. At least UK border don't check, and neither other european airports AFAIK. To them you are just a person trying to enter the country, if you have an acceptable passport you are in.

- when leaving, nothing prevents you to fly out on a different passport than the one you flew in with if you book your return flight separately. In this case most likely for what concerns the UK you are still in the country (exit checks have been introduced from 2015). If you provide your UK passport to say the swiss border then you are officially present in two countries at the same time

Of course if you book the onward and return flights together most likely you have to provide the same passport to the airline for both fights.
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Old 03.12.2016, 15:02
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Presumably because I had to provide a passport number when I checked in online and then handed over the wrong one at the counter, within two minutes I had to explain the situation to two very unfriendly chaps from the TSA.
Ah. Thanks. For check in I probably do use the same passport I've registered with. At immigration, I use different ones.

The fact that you weren't wearing a tiara probably didn't help.
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Always thought it would be of great benefit to my Swiss daughter that she could apply for a U.K. passport on the grounds of my dual nationality, but now there's no reason for that either.
Don't be misled by that little word "now". The world changes, bilateral agreements and medical insurance schemes change, opportunities for education, work and love. So do the laws on nationality.

If your daughter is eligible for British citizenship now, then I'd like to encourage you to get it for her. She may, in some future scenario of international moves that none of us can yet envisage, one day be grateful for it.

Even now, there are sometimes better opportunities for those with UK citizenship than for Swiss citizens, such as this New Zealand rule:
https://www.newzealandnow.govt.nz/mo...visa/work-visa
"The Working holiday visa is designed for young people, usually aged 18-30.This option lets you travel and work in New Zealand for up to 12 months, or 23 months if you’re from the UK."
which extra privilege could be something your daughter might one day be glad to have.
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