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Question Regarding Best Passport Options by wilson on 15 March 2006 11:16pm
 
Hi! I'm living in the US though was born in the UK and have dual citizenship. Not much travelling experience, though. I can use both a British and American passport.

I was wondering if anyone here with a lot of travel experience could tell me the advantages traveling with either a US passport or British passport.

I'm generally thinking of traveling over Europe and working where I can find the opportunity.

Thanks in advance.
Happy Trails,

Wilson
 
Re: Question Regarding Best Passport Options by sighthound on 15 March 2006 11:37pm
 
Well, people these days don't hate the British as much as they hate Americans so I'd opt for traveling British (plus you can go to places like Cuba where Americans aren't allowed to go.) It would also be easier to pick up legit work in Europe with a British passport.

Being half-Canadian, when I've travelled abroad I've often told people I'm Canadian and omitted the American half. Has made things smoother several times as no one hates Canadians.
 
Re: Question Regarding Best Passport Options by pandab on 16 March 2006 2:26am
 
I don't have any experience in this area myself, but Sighthound sounds right. I think a British passport would probably offer a smoother entrance ... unless you speak with one of the American accents.

Me? I can't get away with being anything but American <G>. Even if I've learned the language fairly well, my accent gives me away every time. It's an Appalachian twang. Think of a softer version of Loretta Lynn, and you've got it!

While traveling in Japan last year, I got some strange looks from speaking Japanese. I was congratulated on learning as much as I had, but my accent made my pronunciations a bit ... well, unorthodox.

Pandab
 
Re: Question Regarding Best Passport Options by JF on 16 March 2006 1:14pm
 
Having travelled round Europe with a load of Aussies and Kiwis, I can say that having a British passport was beneficial when going to non-EU countries.

I was never given any trouble at all, which is as it should be. However, if you are on border patrol and most people coming thourgh have EU passports, you might be minded to take a bit of time over the credentials of those without walk-through documentation.

Nothing sinister, just time-consuming.
 
Re: Question Regarding Best Passport Options by kazzzz on 16 March 2006 2:02pm
 
I have duel citizenship between Australia and Britain.


Going through customs , time is greatly reduced if you go through the gate with that country's passport...if you fly into Heathrow and use the Brit one you're straight through. If not, you are directed to the "others" gate and it takes hours!


 
Re: Question Regarding Best Passport Options by arty_farty on 16 March 2006 2:56pm
 
do people with multiple personanalites need different passports?
 
Re: Question Regarding Best Passport Options by JF on 16 March 2006 2:59pm
 
No, arty_farty, they borrow from people with no personality.
 
Re: Question Regarding Best Passport Options by arty_farty on 16 March 2006 3:52pm
 
hahahahahahaha
 
Re: Question Regarding Best Passport Options by Wild in Africa on 3 April 2006 2:27pm
 
If you have a UK passport you are recognised as an EU citizen; therefore are able to travel to, enter and work in EU countries without restrictions (other than language)so clearly travelling on an EU passport in the EU is preferable to travelling on a US passport where entry and work restrictions may apply. I'm surprised though. I thought the US didn't generally allow dual citizenship?
 
Re: Question Regarding Best Passport Options by sighthound on 3 April 2006 7:00pm
 
It used to be that accepting citizenship in another country would autimatically result in American citizenship being revoked but in the late 80's there were a series of court decisions and new legislation that now allows Americans to have dual citizenship.
 



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