Replies: 14 - Last Post: Oct 18, 2012 11:19 AM Last Post By: bellart1
Oct 14, 2012 1:40 AM
My boyfriend and I are traveling together for the first time. I am an EU passport holder, he isn't. I was wondering, when we get to the passport control in an EU country, what would happen if we both go to the EU passport queue line - would they tell him to go back into the non-EU passports queue line, after having waited in the queue, or would they let him through?
Similarly, what would happen if I go to the non-EU queue line with my EU passport?
I have done quiet a bit of traveling around Europe, but never really noticed before how frequent separate EU/ non-EU queues are? Is it just the UK, or does it depend on the size of the airport, number of passengers, etc.?
Oct 14, 2012 2:01 AM
1My guess is it would depend on the mood of the immigration officer and the other people waiting in line.
I've seen EU passport holders in the non-EU queue and nobody said anything. Only once have I seen US citizens in the EU queue and they got lots of bad comments from the EUers, since checking their passport took much longer and they held up the whole line.
Oct 14, 2012 2:27 AM
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Oct 14, 2012 3:25 AM
4I have first hand experience of this with dual UK/Oz nationality. My OH doesn't have an Australian passport and we have travelled together to Oz several times, including with his children so I asked which immigration line to use the first time we travelled there. We were told we could choose to go through Australian or non Oz immigration because they prefer that all members of a party travelling together should go through immigration together. I guess it would be the same anywhere in similar situations because it's about security and smuggling - if they suspected one person to be hiding something, they generally stop the other(s) they are with.
Oct 14, 2012 12:43 PM
5Some non-EU passports get stamped on entry to EU countries, and for obvious reasons the stamps are not kept at the desks serving EU passengers. So it is probable that if he were to present himself at an EU desk he would be sent to the non-EU one, and of course would have to queue again.
As Bellart says, they prefer that all members of a group travelling together go through Immigration together, so you should queue with him.
Oct 15, 2012 12:15 AM
6they prefer that all members of a group travelling together go through Immigration together, so you should queue with him
Since when. As a responsible parent, if I queue next to my kids I am told to get back in line. They generally then want to ask me a dumb question anyway but I never the less have to stand in line.
Oct 15, 2012 2:32 AM
I guess it will be more convenient if I join him in the non-EU line.
We can go separate lines, but being a romantic I am, I just thought it would be nicer if we didn't have to wait in separate lines and I also know that non-EU lines move more slowly.
I recently traveled to a few places in Scandinavia and Southern Europe and there was always the same line for everybody so maybe it won't matter that much. :)
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