Situation: I'm a Ukrainian living in Russia with permanent residency permit (ВНЖ). I wish to visit a Schengen country (Greece) using my visa-free travel right as a Ukrainian national.
I have two Ukrainian passports for international travel:
- Non-biometric previous generation passport with lots of expired Schengen visas, Russian border stamps (including the latest entry), extensive travel history as well as information on my residency permit in Russia.
- Crisp new never-used biometric passport which allows visa-free Schengen entry, with all blank pages.
So far I can see the following issues:
- The only passport I can use to enter Greece is my biometric passport. The Greeks, however, may have questions because its completely blank.
- If I present my biometric passport to Russian border guard upon leaving, it won't have any information on my last entry to Russia and no residency permit stamp.
- If I leave Russia with my old passport, I might be denied boarding by Russians because I have no valid Schengen visa in it, and it's not biometric.
Which passport should I use to book airline tickets and which one should I present to Russian border guard in the airport? Is it a strict rule that I should use the same passport when booking tickets and passing the passport control?