I have dual nationality ie a British and a South African passport. My British passport has expired I will be renew once in the UK. I will be travelling from South Africa, into Dublin and on to Heathrow.

Do I need a visa using my South African passport commuting from IRELAND to UK?

marked as duplicate by Gayot Fow, Karlson, Gagravarr, Nean Der Thal, Mark Mayo air-travel Mar 13 '15 at 2:44

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  • Nothing has changed since you asked 14 days ago. Is something in the original question/answers unclear? – Gayot Fow Mar 12 '15 at 14:51
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    I do understand your comment and question. My apologies for not explaining fully in my 2nd question. Thank you for your reply. Yes, the original questions were clear. I am unable to obtain a visa by the time I am due to fly. My question pertains to flying from Ireland into UK now, rather than flying direct from SA to UK. I am still concerned about customs on arrival in the UK? – Tans Mar 12 '15 at 15:25
  • I got it, it answers my concern of immigrations in the UK. My questions derived from the South African authorities saying I cannot fly to UK on my SA passport without a visa into the UK. Even though my expired British passport stipulates the right of abode and clause 12 in gov.uk.com on immigration and citizenship says I cannot apply for a visa for the UK if I am a British citizen. Travel agents and visa parties in South Africa do not 'get it". thankyou for your time and most importantly your valid and realistic advice which I shall share amongst South Africa. – Tans Mar 12 '15 at 18:20

It depends on the airline. Some airlines require passports and if the only passport you have is South African, then you also need a visa to go with it.

However, not all transportation operators between Ireland and the UK require passports for British citizens -- several other forms of ID/documentation can also suffice. There's a (non-authoritative, possibly inaccurate) list at Wikipedia.

There shouldn't be any immigration control on arrival in London, due to the Common Travel Area.

  • Not quite - they arrive at gates where there is no immigration, but there is still customs. They're neither Domestic Gates, nor International Gates, they're ones setup specially for CTA! – Gagravarr Mar 12 '15 at 14:19
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  • Thank you @Henning Makholm, my concern is going through customs on arrival in the UK. – Tans Mar 12 '15 at 15:27
  • @Tans: I'm not sure how customs is relevant to your questions about passports. Are you planning to bring contraband in your luggage? – Henning Makholm Mar 12 '15 at 15:35
  • My apologies @Henning Makholm. Correction; going through "immigrations" at Heathrow flying from Dublin. Can one too recommend an airline as per your first repy? – Tans Mar 12 '15 at 15:54

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