I renewed my non biometric passport two weeks ago. It expires in 2019. So I now have two passports, a biometric one and a non biometric one. I'm traveling in a week and have to apply for a UK visa in 3 days.

Can I give my old passport for applying with my visa and travel with the new one? Can I use my old passport with my UK visa to travel ?

Thank you.

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    Where are you going, and what is your nationality?
    – Crazydre
    Dec 16, 2017 at 12:52
  • Were both passports issued by the same country?
    – Giorgio
    Dec 16, 2017 at 16:05
  • Did they mark something on the new passport? In Canada it would either have holes punched through it or a corner snipped which makes it invalid. I have no idea what they do to old UK passports though.
    – Itai
    Dec 16, 2017 at 16:31
  • @Itai did you mean to ask whether they marked something on the old passport?
    – phoog
    Dec 16, 2017 at 16:40
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    Passports are both Peruvians and both issued in Peru, nothing was marked on the old passport. Dec 16, 2017 at 17:20

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I would advise using the new passport on both situations, and to get the VISA on it.

Nowadays you can go or may be even required to go to electronic check-in queues when entering several countries. In other countries you may get faster though immigration using the biometric one.

Official might also do not like the old, non-biometric one. I was using one 3 years ago that was issued in an emergency, and when (re)entering my own country returning from a country known for being easy to get forged documents - and a top of that, the passport registered as being issued in yet another 3rd continent, I was questioned and required to answer in my own mother tongue to trow out initial suspicions I would be carrying a fake passport. Mind you that a decade ago, when I was issued that non-eletronic passport, I was warned not to use it for long, well, for it not being biometric.

Most countries also invalidate the old passport when issuing a new one to any individual, and in these post-computer days your old passport might be flagged as not a valid one, at least in the databases of your own country. When issued a new passport, normally you are not supposed to continue using the old one e.g. you are not supposed to have two active passports from the same country.

There might be a risk having your VISA refused using the old passport. I would use the new one, and would try the normal process and, if necessary, pay any required fees to speed up the process.

Also from a Peruvian travel agency site detailing the national passport legalities: Tramites de Pasaporte Expedicion, Revalidacion y Anulacion

ANULACIÓN DE PASAPORTES: Es automática y gratuita cuando se solicita un nuevo pasaporte al mismo tiempo.

English Translation: "CANCELLATION OF PASSPORTS: It is automatic and free when a new passport is requested at the same time."

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