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Old 28th January 2020, 10:59 AM
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Yes, that's what normally happens. Within Spain you are a Spanish citizen and nothing else, with all the rights and responsibilities. Your British citizenship just doesn't exist as far as Spain is concerned.
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Yes it is odd. My wife looked into becoming Spanish around 20 years ago, and she was told by the UK authorities that when she did so, Spain would demand that she hand over her UK passport when renouncing her British nationality. But that as the document is property of the crown, the Spanish would by law have to return it to the UK, and that as soon as they received it, they would send it straight back to her!!

Nowadays, they don't bother with that. When she finally did it last year, she just said "yes" when they asked if she renounced her British nationality, and that was it.

The most difficult thing about it for her is remembering which passport number she has entered into flight bookings because the airlines won't let her board if she presents the "wrong" passport at the boarding gate. At immigration they don't care though. At least not pre-brexit anyway.
I suppose that after this Friday she will present her UK passport when entering the UK and her Spanish one when entering Spain. That's what I'd do anyway.
That is indeed the way to go and actually advised for all dual citizens everywhere. For example, the Australian government actually states that dual citizens should always enter and leave Australia on their Australian passport and their other country of citizenship on that passport (though of course there is no issue with EU citizens entering and leaving EU countries on an EU passport).

I have been confused in the past, so at the airline check-in I showed them both (not remembering which I had used for multiple flights to get to Europe ), but at passport control the relevant passport of that country.

(Actually for me Brexit just complicates matters a little bit more, given I have British and French citizenship from birth and Australian citizenship by naturalisation. Oh well, onwards and upwards, as they say.)

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Yes my kids had dual Spanish/British nationality from the moment they were born, since I'm British and their mother is Spanish. When I registered each of their births with the Spanish authorities, they knew I was British but at no point did they ask a screaming one week old baby to renounce its British nationality! They happily registered my children, and later gave them a Spanish DNI even though it was obvious they also had British nationality by birthright.
A birth can be registered without being a resident.

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Well,
I do not understand why the thread about medical insurance was moved . I have to ask my question about medical insurance in Spain and the information on this issue may have been useful for many. Lynn, for example informed us about convenient and not expensive insurance in Malaga area. I would like to ask if anybody has some good examples of insurance in Alicante for age over 65. In couple of years we shall move definitely to Alicante from Norway, and with several health problem arisen due to harsh climate, we have to find a good medical care. If somebody who lives already in Alicante is willing to discuss the issue with my husband and me, we would be happy to meet during Easter period.
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Usually what happens is if you are in Spain, you cannot claim any of the advantages that a British passport may offer so if you were in court you can't say "But I am a British citizen"
Would this happen if there were to be a crisis and expats wanted bailing out. Eg the China situation. Unlikely I know but just curious.

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Depends. If you are stuck in an African country during a coup and you need bailing out, either UK or Spain can come to your assistance. But if there is a crisis in Spain, as a dual national you won't normally be eligible for special help from UK, though if you are in a family group and all your children and your spouse are UK citizen only, UK government may extend help to you as well.


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I have dual nationality. I understand that the country who’s passport I am travelling on would the one that would provide assistance in an emergency situation

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It depends. With a major crisis, sometimes they opt for the country or birth rather than the country of naturalisation. However, you can normally advise the consulate of a country whose citizenship you hold that you want their assistance. Generally, if they don't know you have dual or multiple nationality, they are likely to default to the country whose passport you are travelling on - if that is not what you wish you should notify the consulate or foreign affairs department of the country whose services you want to use as a citizen of that country (and being resident of that country or having that nationality by birth can tip the scale in your favour). Can just be a wee bit messy and of course in the event of say a plane crash, their best information is either the passport you are travelling on or the passport you used when booking the ticket, bearing in mind however that the airline is usually the first to reveal the nationality of passengers involved because they are supposed to know who actually boarded the flight.
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