I am an Italian citizen resident in Italy and I have an Italian biometric passport. The last time I had a British passport was over 30 years ago, when it got stolen. The crime was reported but that was the last time I saw it.
Before Brexit, I would use my carta d'indentita (ID card) to travel in and around Europe but in 2016, when I last travelled to the UK, I used my Italian passport. I had no problems whatsoever, excluding the camera thingy in the ePassport gates. The camera said I was not the same person in the photo (I am) but...sigh... I have put on a significant amount of weight in the last five years. So, in a sense, the camera didn't lie.
- I would like to know, is it a good idea to apply for a British passport? Am I still eligible?
I was born in the UK and I still have family in the UK but both my parents are dead, (my father was Scottish/British) and I have no siblings living in the UK. I feel I must point out that I lost my birth certificate in one of the six times I moved house in my lifetime.
If I qualify, what would be the quickest and easiest way to obtain a British passport while I am in Italy?
Many many thanks to @David who has provided me the link to the passport application for overseas citizens. However, it appears I must complete a LSO1 (Lost or stolen British passport notification) But the theft occurred over 30-33 years ago, and I do not have any documents detailing the theft. I was about 20 years old. I don't even remember if there ever was a document.
Furthermore, it says
Send or take this form to the nearest British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate.
The Italian post is notoriously slow, and I live miles away from the nearest Consulate. I would need to travel two hours to get there. Should I call the embassy before filling the form? More importantly,
- After 30-33 years, do I still need to fill the LS01 form?
- What advantages are there in having a British passport vs. an Italian one?
Before Brexit, (for travelling purposes) I would have said "none" but now I am not so sure.