South African with Dual nationality

edited March 2009 in - Britain and Ireland
I have two passports - South African and British. I am leaving SA for the UK on 6 May.

I have to leave SA on my SA passport. Am I going to get stopped at the airport for not having a visa?
Before the new visa rules, it wouldn't have been an issue but now I am a little concerned they wont let me fly out of SA.
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  • edited 8:01PM
    I don't think anything has changed. Leave SA on your SA passport and enter UK on your British. Double check this info by calling the British Consulate. Do not ask SA Home Affairs as they are really useless and you cant trust their information. Good luck!
  • edited 8:01PM
    Thanks! Appreciate the help. Will call VFS now...
  • edited 8:01PM
    I have the same concern.
    I'm heading to Europe on 2 May for a couple of weeks and will be leaving on my SA passport and entering London on my British passport. My boyfriend, who also has dual citizenship and is flying with me, told me the other day that he has a letter stating that he travels on dual citizenship and was once asked to produce it.

    As far as I know it's not illegal in SA or England, so is it worth me getting a letter/statement?
  • edited 8:01PM
    You are supposed to have a letter, but to be honest its hardly worthwhile. The only time you will ever be asked for it is if you are staying in the UK and your SA passport expires and you try and get a new one from the UK. They then ask you for your "dual citizenship" letter. If you dont have one the SA passport office in London will then sort one out. What for I dont know as you will never use it again!
    The UK authorities dont require it. As long as you leave and enter SA on your SA passport and Leave and enter the UK on your British passport then you will never have a problem. In fact when we go back to SA we just use our British passports nowadays. Just dont use your SA passports coming in to the UK.
  • edited 8:01PM
    I am a south african been in Uk for 8 years now my 16 year old son is ready to play sport for England national team and I need to apply for citizenship . How do I go about doing this/
  • edited 8:01PM
    I have lost my letter from the as home office giving me dual passport approval, how can I get a replacement letter? My as passport has expired & I have to renew this using my dual passport approval letter which I have lost!
  • edited 8:01PM
    I am a SA RESIDENT and travel on a British passport, so I leave SA on by UK passport. What is the procedure when I came back to SA. Do I have to have my residents stamped in my passport or will my SA ID work? Is it legal to have 2 passports - eg south african and UK?
  • edited 8:01PM
    I am going back to SA on Holiday mid June and have dual Citizenship for SA & Australia. My problem is I'm still awaiting my renewed SA passport, which I applied for 9 months ago, and not getting much joy with my enquiries. My query is will I be able to use my Australian passport for the whole trip if I don't receive the Sa passport in time?
  • edited 8:01PM
    SA citizens that have dual nationality, now need to enter SA on a South African passport otherwise you can be denied entry and deported. The dual nationality/passport approval letter is now invalid (the law was amended about 5 years ago).The best thing to do (we did) was to apply for a temporary passport which takes 10 days. It is not worthwhile to take a chance and enter on a foreign passport, just in case you get someone at passport control who decides to enforce the 'law' also, you might get in on a foreign passport with just a warning but will not be permitted to leave. Don't take a chance!
  • edited 8:01PM
    I am going to the UK and awaiting date confirmations,i have dual passports but it may be that on my return date of my SA passport expires, What can i do to ensure that when reentry in SA i have no hassles .
  • edited 8:01PM
    My boyfriend is a UK citizen but as he was born in SA, and applied for his SA ID and passport when he was last here. The documents are still with Home Affairs, but he wants to come back into SA before they will be ready. Will he be denied entry to the country with his UK passport if he buys a one-way ticket?
  • edited 8:01PM
    I am currently living in the Uk and have both SA passport (Expired) & Irish. I went to renew my passport a few weeks ago, but because I did not have the dual citizenship letter - I have lost my SA citizenship & they took my passport & ID book away from me - said they will send it to me within 2 weeks, but it will be invalid - still waiting!!! Don't take the chance!!!
  • edited 8:01PM
    i am living currently in the uk..but want apply for my citizenship in this year.would i have a problem getting a dual passport?and do i have to get permission to do so from SA first?
  • edited 8:01PM
    I've been granted British citizenship this year through aturalisation and I did not apply for retention of SA citizenship. According to the home office website I've automatically lost my SA citizenship. Does this mean I can travel on my British passport without any issues?
  • edited 8:01PM
    i have duel citizenship need to get to the uk bt i dont have time to wait for a tempory passport can i leave sa on my british passport
  • edited 8:01PM
    Can someone please offer me advice about which passport to use when checking in? I have dual nationality S.Africa/U.K. I believe from reading other posts that it is better lo leave SA on S.A passport & enter U.K on British passport but what about at check in? The first post also applies to me too. If I leave on S.A passport wont the officials ask where is my visa to enter the U.K? Do I then just say that I have a British passport as well??
    Any advice would be much appreciated.
  • edited 8:01PM
    Can someone please offer some advice?
    I have a UK passport and SA passport but never applied for dual nationality. I renewed my UK passport whilst on holiday in the UK in 2004. I am travelling to the UK in Dec to visit family and need to know if I can legally travel on both passports or do I have to apply for dual nationality?
    Many thanks
    Kim
  • edited 8:01PM
    I also have both a SA & UK passport but never applied for a Dual Nationallity Letter. I have travelled to and from the UK since obtaining both passports and have never been asked for anything else apart from both passports when leaving SA. You must enter the UK on your UK passport otherwise you need a VISA. When leaving SA do so on a SA Passport but make sure you have your UK passport at hand as SA immigration, at the airport, will ask to see it to verify you dont need a VISA for UK entry. I beleive the letter of Dual Citizenship is only required if you allow your SA passort to elapse while in the UK.
  • edited 8:01PM
    Hi i have passports of Nepal and SA. Now i am in nepal. Just before 1 months i have got SA PP and there is no any visa and used it.Now i want to go to New-zeeland with SA PP so can i enter directly without visa there in NZ?
    otherwise i have to get VISA from nepali PP which is quite difficult. Please i need sugession.
  • edited 8:01PM
    You no longer need dual nationality letters. You simply leave SA on your SA passport and enter wherever you are going on your second one. This amendment was changed in 2004.
  • edited 8:01PM
    How does this work exactly?

    I have a friend who has dual nationality, UK and South African. They were born in the UK but spent most of their life in SA. They left South Africa on their SA passport 9 months ago and arrived in the UK on their UK passport. Their flight was booked and paid for in SA.

    We're now looking to get a holiday back to SA, but when booking the flight, we have to post Advance Passenger Information, which asks for passport numbers. Which passport do we use? Do we use the UK passport as we're leaving the UK and then just show the SA passport when we're in SA?

    Can anyone advise as to how exactly we go about doing this?

    Any help would be gratefully received,
  • edited 8:01PM
    As long as the names on your British and South African passport do not conflict you can use whichever to book your flight, the same with travelling. If it will make you feel better, when leaving, you can produce the British passport and use South African when you get there.
  • edited 8:01PM
    Thank you for your reply, very helpful.
    Do you know if the SA side will give any problems about this when we leave SA, or whether the UK side will have queries when returning back to the UK?

    Just asking because we've heard of some horror stories about people who have used both passports and we're just a bit worried!
  • edited January 2010
    Hey Frank

    I recently travelled to the UK and left on my SA passport, arrived in UK on my British Passport, left UK on my British passport and arrived back in SA on my SA passport and I had absolutely no trouble at all. Just when you leave SA they ask to see your British passport (as obviously you won't have a visa)

    I really wouldn't worry too much about the letter if I were you, unless (as some other people above have said) your current SA passport might expire while you are over there (which with all the flight delays due the weather at the moment isn't completely impossible) but you really should be fine!

    Best of luck and happy travels
  • edited 8:01PM
    PS. Frank, I'm not sure about providing Advance Passenger Information - it might be worth confirming with the airline as having dual nationality is not illegal so there is no harm in asking.
  • edited 8:01PM
    We are South Africans who are about to qualify for British Naturalisation. Is it worth keeping the SA passport and having dual nationality? What is the benefit of the SA passport (aside from travelling to and from SA)?
  • edited 8:01PM
    I have both an SA and Irish passport im leaving for london and a contiki in Europe in december.... which passport do i use where and what visa's do i need as the Irish passport does fall under European Union??
    This is all so confusing to me as i have never travelled to the Uk or Europe and it is the first time il be using my Irish passport!!
  • edited 8:01PM
    I have a dual passports as well, except my ZA one has expired! Has anyone tried to *leave* SA on a UK passport - do you get trouble for not going out on your south african one?
  • edited 8:01PM
    Hi there

    I applied for naturalization, still need to have my ceremony and apply for British passport - I did not apply for dual citizenship. But I'm going to SA in the next 2 weeks and would need to travel on SA passport. Is this possible???

    Would really appreciate some advice.

    Thanks
  • edited 8:01PM
    Hi there
    My husband is a South African living and working in Ireland along with myself, a british citizen. Just wondered is he entitled to dual nationality? Is he entitled to apply for a british passport as well as having a south african passport because he is married to a british national?
    Any info would be appreciated as he seems to be adamant he is entitled to one.
    Many thanks
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