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Can my 19 year old return to Aus without an Australian passport?


Jay s

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We relocated back to UK in July this year and now we want to return to Australia ( for obvious reasons!) England isn't the same and we find it depressing to see good hardworking people struggling . 

My son has an expired Australian child passport but not an Adult Australian passport.( He has a certificate of citizenship) and will be travelling on his British passport.

Will we encounter any problems at the airports?  

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42 minutes ago, Jay s said:

We relocated back to UK in July this year and now we want to return to Australia ( for obvious reasons!) England isn't the same and we find it depressing to see good hardworking people struggling . 

My son has an expired Australian child passport but not an Adult Australian passport.( He has a certificate of citizenship) and will be travelling on his British passport.

Will we encounter any problems at the airports?  

Possibly.  Why doesn’t he just get a new Australian passport.  Saves any issues and he’s then got a ten year passport to use ongoing. 

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7 hours ago, Jay s said:

Will we encounter any problems at the airports? 

Most likely, if he doesn’t have an Australian passport. At the end of the day as an Australian citizen he can’t be denied entry to Australia, but you will have to convince the airline to take him on an undocumented uplift. Better to sort out the passport. 

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We have filled in the passport application form online and booked his appointment with Australia house for next week but the cost to get to London is extortionate , just thought forget it and apply once back in Aus. Going to have to suck it up and go to London to save hassle at customs.  

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On 30/10/2023 at 23:05, Jay s said:

We have filled in the passport application form online and booked his appointment with Australia house for next week but the cost to get to London is extortionate , just thought forget it and apply once back in Aus. Going to have to suck it up and go to London to save hassle at customs.  

Make a holiday of it and see all the sights to get your money's worth. Neither you nor your son will have the opportunity to visit London for a long time.

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Since your son has a citizenship certificate, he should be good to go for travelling because he can't be denied entry in his own country. Just make sure to bring along his expired Australian child passport and certificate of citizenship. It's always a good idea to reach out to the Australian embassy or consulate in the UK to double-check everything. 

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12 hours ago, Lisa Kent said:

Since your son has a citizenship certificate, he should be good to go for travelling because he can't be denied entry in his own country. Just make sure to bring along his expired Australian child passport and certificate of citizenship. It's always a good idea to reach out to the Australian embassy or consulate in the UK to double-check everything. 

It is the airline he has to convince. They have no obligation to fly undocumented passengers. They also seem to be tightening up on this. 

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On 19/04/2024 at 06:24, rammygirl said:

It is the airline he has to convince. They have no obligation to fly undocumented passengers. They also seem to be tightening up on this. 

The airline is obliged to call the EOC in Canberra who will decide whether to allow the passenger who claims to be an Australian citizen to board or not.  The Entry Operations Centre operates 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

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