bbrow07 at students.bbk.ac.uk
Tue Nov 1 03:45:45 PST 2005
Bill Stewart wrote:
> When I saw the title of this thread,
> I was assuming it would be about getting Mozambique
> or Sealand or other passports of convenience or coolness-factor
> like the Old-School Cypherpunks used to do :-)
Actually the only passports that are significantly more
convenient than US or UK ones (i.e. are more likely to get you
in to more places with less fuss from locals in dark glasses)
are from the northern European states without a reputation as
colonialists - in particular Scandinavian countries & Ireland.
Everyone likes them.
I know plenty of people who used to keep both an Irish and a
British passport. Unlike you picky Americans our governments
don't have any objection to people being citizens of as many
places as they an get away with. And in the days of emigration
(all has changed now) you could get an Irish passport if your
granny had once spent a wet weekend in Downpatrick.
All our passports are being assimilated into EU ones at the
moment so I don't know if this has changed.
We used to do the Israel/everywhere else thing as well and also
would issue spare passports for other places that were
unpopular. IIRC Pakistan at one time looked askance at passports
that had been to India. South African visitors weren't popular
in many countries. And I'm pretty sure that Britain sometimes
issued spares to people who wanted to go to the USA after
visiting Cuba or Iran (both increasingly popular holiday
destinations from here) I strongly suspect that this has
changed now that UK pass laws are taken as dictation from the USA.
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