I was born in South Africa, and have been living since. My dad is British, hence I am able to apply for a British passport because I am also a British citizen (dual citizen). My first British passport just arrived to my home in South Africa.

If I were to leave Cape Town for London, showing my British passport, will the immigration stop me because there isn't any record on my British passport, "leaving" tje UK, so how could I enter the UK?

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    No, of course not. If it is relevant at all, UK authorities will also obviously know that the passport has been issued abroad. – Tor-Einar Jarnbjo Apr 8 '18 at 11:33

If South Africa has exit controls, use your South African passport when you leave the country as this will match South Africa's records.

When entering the UK, present your UK passport and take the EU citizen line. You may get questioned as to your situation. If so, just be honest. "I'm a South African citizen who recently discovered I was entitled to a UK passport because of my father, so this is the first time I'm using my new UK passport." There will be absolutely no trouble with this.

My brother-in-law is American and recently got his Canadian citizenship. On his first presentation of his Canadian passport at Canada customs, the immigration officer congratulated him on his citizenship and shook his hand, to welcome him to the family, as it were. So have no trepidation here. If anything, this will be a positive, not a negative.

  • Most UK airports are now equipped with automatic entry gates for EU citizens, so OP doesn't even have to talk to anyone if they don't want to. – JonathanReez Apr 8 '18 at 19:29
  • I am only 17 years old. And to use the e gate for a British citizen I have to be 18 years or older. – Jay Shoenmaker Apr 9 '18 at 8:09

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