Is USA Passport ok?

Old Apr 7th 2017, 2:32 am
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My husband is originally from the UK but moved to America 26 years ago and is now an American citizen after naturalizing over 4 years ago. He has not been back to the UK since he left 26 years ago, but we will be visiting the UK for 10 days in September. Will he be ok just traveling on his USA passport or will he have to apply for his British passport also? My mother in law is also from the UK and obviously has also lived in the USA for 26 years. She too, became a US Citizen and travels in and out of the UK on just her US passport. Just wanted to touch bases with any other UK born people on this forum who have because US citizens... what passport do you use when traveling to the UK on vacation?
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I've traveled with a friend who's a dual US/UK citizen and she had no issues entering the UK on her US passport.
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That is a huge relief. I just think it will raise more red flags or issues entering on a UK passport, leaving on a US passport but no entry stamp in your US passport of you arriving in the UK because u used your UK passport to enter LOL! The whole thing has been giving us a headache.
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My husband prefers to use his US PP to enter the UK...we are dualies. I prefer to enter the UK using my UK PP...because I don't like being asked why I am entering my country.
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My husband prefers to use his US PP to enter the UK...we are dualies. I prefer to enter the UK using my UK PP...because I don't like being asked why I am entering my country.
So your husband is also UK born but travels in on his USA passport to the UK? How often has he done that?
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Will he be ok just traveling on his USA passport...
Yes. It's a non-issue.


My mother in law is also from the UK and obviously has also lived in the USA for 26 years.
I'm not exactly sure how it's obvious!


... what passport do you use when traveling to the UK on vacation?
I use my US passport almost exclusively. I haven't used my UK passport for almost 10 years now.


I just think it will raise more red flags or issues entering on a UK passport, leaving on a US passport but no entry stamp in your US passport of you arriving in the UK because u used your UK passport to enter LOL!
This is also a non-issue for those of us with two or more valid passports.

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Originally Posted by ian-mstm View Post
Yes. It's a non-issue.



I'm not exactly sure how it's obvious!



I use my US passport almost exclusively. I haven't used my UK passport for almost 10 years now.

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I really appreciate your answers... its been a great help
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So your husband is also UK born but travels in on his USA passport to the UK? How often has he done that?
More times than he can remember. We are both Brits...naturalised Americans.
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I became a US citizen 3 years ago, and am using my US passport to visit UK again next month .

I am thinking about renewing my UK passport whilst there, it recently expired.(not that it can't be done from here, but I think it is cheaper) but it is purely an emotional issue, not something one needs to do.

*(I imagine Jerseygirl's husband trying to argue this point for not very long!)
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I became a US citizen 3 years ago, and am using my US passport to visit UK again next month .

I am thinking about renewing my UK passport whilst there, it recently expired.(not that it can't be done from here, but I think it is cheaper) but it is purely an emotional issue, not something one needs to do.

*(I imagine Jerseygirl's husband trying to argue this point for not very long!)


As hubby says 'happy wife, happy life'...we celebrate our 38th wedding anniversary in June.
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More times than he can remember. We are both Brits...naturalised Americans.
Thank you Jersey girl. It will be his first time travelling to the UK in decades and It will be my first time traveling back to the UK since I moved here 5 years ago and got my 10 year green card. There are 2 other questions I have that may seem obvious in answer but I just wanted to make sure 1. My husband does not need any type of visa to enter the UK right? from what I understand, a person with a US passport can travel to the UK freely and stay for a maximum of 6 months? (we are going for 10 days). 2. When I leave the UK and fly back to the states do I need to apply for an ESTA even though I have a green card?
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I became a US citizen 3 years ago, and am using my US passport to visit UK again next month .

I am thinking about renewing my UK passport whilst there, it recently expired.(not that it can't be done from here, but I think it is cheaper) but it is purely an emotional issue, not something one needs to do.

*(I imagine Jerseygirl's husband trying to argue this point for not very long!)
Thanks Rich - will this be your first time traveling to the UK on your US passport?
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Thank you Jersey girl. It will be his first time travelling to the UK in decades and It will be my first time traveling back to the UK since I moved here 5 years ago and got my 10 year green card. There are 2 other questions I have that may seem obvious in answer but I just wanted to make sure 1. My husband does not need any type of visa to enter the UK right? from what I understand, a person with a US passport can travel to the UK freely and stay for a maximum of 6 months? (we are going for 10 days). 2. When I leave the UK and fly back to the states do I need to apply for an ESTA even though I have a green card?
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No he doesn't need a visa, and you don't need an ESTA.
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My husband does not need any type of visa to enter the UK right?
Correct - because he's a UK citizen.


... a person with a US passport can travel to the UK freely and stay for a maximum of 6 months?
Yes. Note that he does have the right of entry to the UK because he's a UK citizen. He should take his expired UK passport with him. While it's not valid for travel (which is why he travels on his US passport), it is still proof of his status as a UK citizen - which gives him the right of entry to the UK.


When I leave the UK and fly back to the states do I need to apply for an ESTA even though I have a green card?
No. ESTA is for visitors - and you aren't one.

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Thank you everyone for all your answers - this has reassured me greatly
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