Citizens of the UK will soon need to register with the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) before going to Europe.
Applying for ETIAS as a dual citizen is the same as for travellers with just one passport. However, dual citizens should think carefully about which passport to use.
This article explains what dual citizens need to know for a successful ETIAS application and hassle-free trip to Europe.
Which passport to use for the ETIAS application
Passport holders from more than 60 countries will be eligible for ETIAS. Among them are the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Argentina.
Travellers from the UK with 2 passports may be unsure about which one they should use to apply for ETIAS. This will depend on:
- The passport issuing countries
- How long the passports are valid
UK citizens with 2 eligible passports
Dual citizens with passports from 2 visa-exempt countries can use either one to register with ETIAS.
The ETIAS conditions are the same for all eligible travellers. Regardless of nationality, the maximum length of stay in the Schengen Area is 90 days per 180-day period.
UK citizens with 2 eligible travel documents may instead consider passport validity when choosing which to use for their application.
Choose the passport which is valid longest
ETIAS is valid for 3 years or until the passport expires, which happens soonest. If one or both of the passports is valid for less than 3 years, travellers may choose to apply using the one that remains valid for the longest.
By doing so, UK dual citizens can get the most out of their ETIAS visa waiver.
Use the same passport to apply for ETIAS and travel to Europe
UK dual nationals must apply for ETIAS and travel to Europe using the same passport. The ETIAS is linked to the passport number and cannot be transferred from one document to another.
If the British passport information is provided during the application process, it must be used for every trip to Europe.
ETIAS is valid for multiple entries during its 3-year validity period, travellers need to use the same passport or reapply for ETIAS.
UK citizens with 1 eligible passport
Dual citizens who have a British passport and a passport from a country not eligible for ETIAS must use the UK travel document to get the ETIAS.
They have to submit the ETIAS application for UK citizens and travel to Europe using their British passport.
Should they wish to travel using a passport that is not eligible for ETIAS, they will need to obtain the relevant visitor visa.
Dual nationals are encouraged to travel with ETIAS when possible as the application process is faster and more straightforward.
Complete the ETIAS form as a UK dual citizens
Completing the ETIAS application as a dual citizen is simple. Travellers need to fill out the online form, pay the ETIAS visa waiver fee, and submit the request.
All applicants need to provide the following passport details:
- Passport number
- Passport issue date
- Passport expiry date
- Passport country
UK dual nationals must enter the details of the passport they will use to travel to Europe. The approved ETIAS is linked to the document number and will be verified when the passport is scanned at the border.
Other information to apply for ETIAS as a UK dual national
As well as passport data, applicants need to provide the following information to complete the ETIAS form:
- Full name
- Date of birth
Again, these details should appear exactly as written on the passport that will be used to enter the Schengen Area.
Finally, there are some health and security-related questions used to verify whether the candidate may safely enter Europe visa-free.
Travelling with ETIAS for UK dual citizens
Most ETIAS applications made by UK dual nationals will be approved quickly. Provided no health or security risks are detected, the ETIAS will be granted.
Travellers are advised by email once the ETIAS visa waiver has been approved. At this point, the visa waiver is linked to the passport number and may not be transferred.
On arrival at the external Schengen border, the passenger’s travel document is scanned and ETIAS verified.
As there are no internal borders in the Schengen Area, British dual nationals can visit all 26 Schengen countries without having to apply for additional visa waivers. They must carry the passport with the ETIAS throughout their stay in the Schengen Area.
UK and EU dual citizenship
Dual citizens with a British passport and a passport issued by an EU country do not need to apply for ETIAS.
To take advantage of free movement in the European Union, the passenger must travel using the travel document issued by an EU Member State.
Dual citizens simply need to show their EU-issued passport at the external border No further documentation or ETIAS will be required.
Both ETIAS holders and EU citizens can visit all countries in the Schengen Area without facing further document checks. There are no internal borders in the Schengen zone.