simonhill wrote:brynpoeth wrote:
What do politrickians do, they are travelling so frequently, do they have to surrender their old passports before getting new ones? What if one has to travel at short notice?
What about sportspersons, cyclists, footballers?
As long as you can justify it, you can have 2 UK passports. This enables you eg, travel on one, while waiting for a visa on the other one; or if you go somewhere with stamps that are unacceptable in other countries, etc.
Justify it, do you mean convince the authorities? Do the two passports have the same number? Could be a big fraud risk
The passports are completely separate documents, separate numbers and usually separate expiry dates by the nature of them being applied for at different times.
Usual justification is a letter from your employer why you need an additional passport - as stated, could be conflicting entry stamps or very frequent travel which would be impacted whilst applying for Visas etc. Sometimes you'll have to attend an interview like a first time applicant - one of my former colleagues called one of his passports his "Axis of Evil" passport - lots of Middle East entry stamps so he never used it to enter the USA! Personally I decline having a second passport as that gives me a forced break from Business Travel whilst applying for Visas!
Not sure what the big fraud risk is?
For me, the 'gotcha' of this change is as I understand it is my passport that is 10 years and 9 months validity is now only 10 years if it cannot be used to enter Europe should we not retain current/similar arrangements. Once it is over 10 years old - on 9 years 364 days it has more than 6 months on it so presumably will be okay - but 10 years and one day, no good for entry?