I have Italian citizenship but don't have an Italian passport. I am going to go to Italy next summer for a few weeks. I am British. Is it okay to enter Italy on a foreign passport (especially an EU passport, for now) if you are an Italian citizen?

I am going to get a passport when the UK leaves the EU for easier travel to Europe but until then I don't see the point, unless I'll get in trouble at the Italian border control.

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    Aww, Colin Firth again... – Edmund Dantes Dec 12 '17 at 12:27
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    @Paddez my question is presenting a British passport – BritishSam Dec 12 '17 at 13:16
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    You say you don't have an Italian passport, but what about an Italian ID card? They're valid (albeit discouraged by some countries) for travel anywhere in the EU, so Italy of all countries ought not to complain about using one. – Peter Taylor Dec 12 '17 at 17:10
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    Most countries seem not to have rules about their citizens entering with foreign passports. Those that do generally have a degree of notoriety as a result. If you can't find anything about Italy's rule, it's probably safe to assume it doesn't exist. – phoog Dec 12 '17 at 21:11
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    don't have an Italian passport -> do you mean you don't have Carta d'Identita' or any other document? Maybe I am missing something but how can you prove your Italian citizenship? – M. Dm. Dec 13 '17 at 11:42

Regardless of what Italian laws say on this subject, in practice you won't be questioned by border guards as all EU citizens either go through automatic passport controls or get a quick glance at their passport from the staff manning the border. In addition, Italy cannot deny you entry as you're both their citizen and an EU citizen, so at worst you'll receive a stern lecture at the border.

Relax and enjoy your holiday.


I don't see the problem. If you have a British passport that's it.

You don't need anything else to travel from UK to Italy.

It doesn't matter if you have italian citizenship or not, border police doesn't care as long as you have your British passport. (an italian ID card is a plus, but not required)


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