Is it possible to exit the UK using a canceled passport, or use it to get a replacement within 24 hours?
September 6, 2012 5:11 PM Subscribe
A friend of mine is considering traveling from the UK to Spain using a canceled passport, having lost the replacement passport. Is this impossible, illegal, or might she manage it?
posted by ajp to Travel & Transportation (24 answers total)
This friend of mine -- a UK citizen living in the UK -- lost her passport about a year ago, and was issued with a new one. She is due to travel to Spain in 2 days, but has now lost her new passport. Yes, that's two lost passports.
However... she has miraculously found her old passport, which is still within date, and is not spoiled in any way. It has never been deliberately spoiled by the passport office staff because it has remained lost all this time. So it looks like a valid passport. She also never completed the form reporting it lost/stolen.
We are turning her flat upside down searching for the new, valid passport, but it is looking increasingly hopeless, and likely that it will remain lost.
According to threads on MF, Google searches, and reading official UK government travel websites, she will not be able to get a replacement passport within 24 hours for a lost (or damaged or stolen) passport. But.... she does have the old passport.
So.... the questions are:
Is the old passport actually "canceled" in some way? Is it invalid? She never completed the forms -- might it still be a functioning passport?
Will she be able to use the old passport to get a new (3rd!) replacement passport?
Will she be able to travel using the old passport? We're very doubtful about this. But... let's just pretend that she's going to try it. Personally, I suspect the barcode or ID number would be electronically scanned at the border, and she'd be refused on the plane out of the UK -- or refused back into the UK if she's lucky enough to escape. But is the old passport actually canceled?
I have thoroughly searched MF and Google, but I believe this may be a unique passport conundrum! I doubt anyone will have first-hand experience of similar debacles, but please chime in if you have relevant knowledge or experience! Thanks :)