I left Ukraine when I was 8, moved to the UK in 2005.

I was born in Ukraine but permanently reside in the UK, have British Citizenship and a British Passport.

Will I have any problems with going back to Ukraine? I have never had a Ukrainian passport. My mum is convinced there will be problems at the border because Ukraine does not recognise dual citizenship. She is worried that I will not be able to leave Ukraine on my return journey back to the UK. Especially because I am 22, male and have not registered on anything in Ukraine, including military service (as I do not live there). I don’t think I have officially declared that I am a permanent resident in the UK either - but I’m not sure if I have to do that?

Has anyone ever had any problems with traveling there and back? Especially my age. What should I expect?


I gained British Citizenship a few months ago, when I was 21 (before my birthday). I do not have a Ukrainian passport at all. I had a child travel document but that expired in 2008. My birth certificate is Ukrainian

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    At what age did you gain British citizenship? – MJeffryes Jun 13 at 9:38
  • @mjeffryes At 21, a few months ago. – nopassport1 Jun 13 at 10:25
  • Wikipedia's article states that "Automatic loss of Ukrainian citizenship occurs in the event an adult Ukrainian citizen voluntarily acquires a foreign nationality". – Henning Makholm Jun 13 at 11:07
  • Thanks for your comment. Sadly I don’t really trust the article as the source seems to contain information from the law on citizenship from 2012. I’m not sure if it is still the same to this day – nopassport1 Jun 13 at 11:36
  • More to the point, why do you believe you might have Ukrainian citizenship? – Michael Hampton Jun 13 at 17:10

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