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Old Aug 8th 2011, 11:23 pm
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I'm traveling to the UK, but I'm one of those poor sods who sent my british passport in for renewal through the Washington embassy (months ago), and now I'm stuck without a british passport.

I do have a valid U.S. passport, but I've heard that entering as a visitor is a no, no..

I'm sure someone else has done it. Any experience out there on entering the country with your U.S. passport - only?
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Old Aug 8th 2011, 11:36 pm
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You shouldn't have a problem entering the UK as a visitor using your US passport.

Unlike the US, the UK does not require its citizens to use a UK Passport when entering and leaving the country.
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Old Aug 8th 2011, 11:50 pm
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You have to use the US passport anyway being a USC.

The UK, you can use whatever passport that is valid for the reason of the trip for, so a holiday, a US passport is fine.

It's only a hassle if you were to want to spend more than 6 months in the UK.
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Recently checked in and gave my US pp. The airline clerk noticed the other one as I removed the US one and asked for it instead. Even tho I explained that
1. Its ok to have both,
2. The US is my country of residence and
3. I am required to travel on the US pp, the UK one was the only one they would take.

So on the flight manifest, I was listed with a UK pp. I then used the US one at all subsequent USCIS checkpoints as well as gate check-in (??!!) then switched back to the UK one upon entering England.

I really don't think one hand knows what the other is doing and in the future will try offering both at check-in and ask them to chose which one they want.
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Originally Posted by Xebedee View Post
... in the future will try offering both at check-in and ask them to chose which one they want.
In the future, try keeping your UK passport in a different pocket where you're not likely to inadvertently show both at the same time!

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Old Aug 9th 2011, 11:46 pm
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Originally Posted by Xebedee View Post
Even tho I explained that
1. Its ok to have both,
2. The US is my country of residence and
3. I am required to travel on the US pp, the UK one was the only one they would take.
That is the point at which you (politely) insist on speaking to a supervisor and point out that since there are (presumably) other US citizens checking in for the flight with US passports there is no reason why you should not be allowed to do likewise ...
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