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Dual Citizenship / Passport - Australia & Greek

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Dual Citizenship / Passport - Australia & Greek


I currently have dual citizenship for Australia & Greece as well as both passports. I plan to travel to the UK & Europe, however I'm not sure when to use my Greek passport as opposed to my Australian passport? Not only that, my Greek passport has my name spelt differently to my Australian as the Greek one is written in the Greek language of course. Will this be an issue?

If I book my tickets in Australia, I will have to use my English spelling of my name, but when I enter through EU Customs, I will use my Greek passport. Do I need to fill out my "arrival card" as it is spelt on my Greek passport?

Grateful if anyone could shed any light on this.


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1. Re: Dual Citizenship / Passport - Australia & Greek

When you say your name is spelt differently, I presume you mean Latin as opposed to Greek script?

The Latin script on your Greek passport should match the English spelling on your Australian Passport.

You leave Australia on your Australian passport and enter the EU on your Greek passport. If your first port of call is in. Greece then fill out the arrivals card using either Greek or Latin script. If it's a non- Greek speaking country then use the Latin script on the arrivals card.

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3. Re: Dual Citizenship / Passport - Australia & Greek

Your Greek Passport should have the English spelling of your name printed directly below the Greek spelling.

When machine read, the bar code should show the English spelling.

I suggest that you use the English form of spelling when completing your arrival / departure documents.

Buy your tickets using the Australian Passport details.

Use the Australian passport departing Australia, enter EU with the Greek.

For your return flight to Australia, use the Australian passport. This will save having to prove at airline check in that you have the right to enter Australia.

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4. Re: Dual Citizenship / Passport - Australia & Greek

There are no landing cards/arrivals cards for EU citizens arriving at an EU airport, including the UK. We just walk up to the section of the Immigration area marked "EU/EEA" and show our passports, which may be scanned or just looked at. No stamps either. EU Immigration officers/Border Police (depends on country) are well used to Greek passports, since Greece has been in the EU for over 30 years, and EU passports are laid out on a standard template, no matter what language/alphabet they are in.

When the airline staff at check-in or departure gate In Australia ask to see your passport show them the Greek one. This entitles you to enter any EU country, plus Switzerland, Norway and Iceland, without visas or time limits. In the unlikely event that they say the names are different, show them the Australian passport as well, there are millions of people around with dual nationality, a lot of them live in Australia, and lots of them have passports that use different alphabets.

Show Australian Immigration staff the Australian passport.

Once you land at any European airport (again including the UK), use the Greek passport from then on until you are ready to fly back home to Australia. Then, show airline staff at check-in the Australian passport to show you're entitled to enter Australia without visas etc. Show Immigration staff at the European airport the Greek passport (that's if there is an outbound immigration checkpoint, the UK doesn't have any). From then on, put the Greek passport away and use just the Australian one at the boarding gate and for re-entering Australia.

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5. Re: Dual Citizenship / Passport - Australia & Greek

Thanks AndyW33, that take a bit of strain off my mind. I depart Australia using my Australian passport. Once I land in the EU, I bring out my EU Greek Passport and off I go.

Thanks again to everyone. I'f I'm missing something or someone thinks there is something I have missed please let me know.


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6. Re: Dual Citizenship / Passport - Australia & Greek

If you think about the purpose of a passport, that is to show whether you have the right to enter a particular country, it becomes much simpler to work out which passport you need to show where.

The airline wants to make certain you will not be rejected where you arrive after the flight, so it needs to see the passport that gives you the best chance of admission at the destination and that is the passport you use when you get there, therefore EU passport on the way to Europe, Australian passport on the way to Australia and for other countries, the passport which admits you to that destination without a visa or the one with the correct visa.

Airlines don't care whether you are "legal" in the country you are leaving from, only whether they will have to bring you back there if you don't have the right documentation for your destination.

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