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Vaccination certificate and passport surname problem


How can I travel to the UK? I have dual British/Belgian citizenship and assumed that when I travelled to the UK I would use my British passport and my Belgian identity card for the rest of Europe.
Because of the present Covid situation and the necessity for vaccination certificates etc I have a problem. My British passport is in my married name, however as is the way in Belgium my vaccination certificate is in my maiden name same as my identity card. However because of Schengen I cannot use my Identity card to travel to the UK.
How can I make the vaccination certificate and my British passport compatible?


I have dual British/Belgian nationality.
I never use my British passport when I travel to the UK. A Belgian identity card is simply more convenient than having to carry a passport. I have never been queried though I have once been asked - I have an obviously British surname - whether I have dual nationality.

Sep 13, 2021 12:20

Due to Brexit, it is no longer possible to enter the UK with a Belgian ID. A passport is necessary if I understood correctly.

Sep 13, 2021 15:38

Strictly speaking a British citizen doesn't need a passport to enter the UK although you might have a problem convincing the Gestapo, sorry UK Border Force, of that right.

Sep 13, 2021 21:17

You have Belgian citizenship.

Go to the commune and apply for a Belgian passport.

That way you travel as a Belgian, with documents that match your vaccine status.

Sep 14, 2021 09:25

Anon - I want to avoid buying yet another passport. There has to be a way around it. It’s happened for years that married women in the UK used that name for most admin and medical matters whereas in Belgium it is the maiden name that is employed.
Why is it not taken as given?

Sep 14, 2021 14:51

Kassiestamper you are missing the point. Men do not have that problem. They always us the same surname so you can use either when you wish and it will correspond with the name on the Belgian vaccination certificate.
Different for women.

Sep 14, 2021 14:53


"I want to avoid buying yet another passport." - Well how many passports do you have? You have dual nationality, I would have thought it makes sense to have two passports?

"Different for women." Not if you get a Belgian passport so your Belgian documents match your Belgian identity.

Sep 16, 2021 16:40

"You have dual nationality, I would have thought it makes sense to have two passports?"
Based on what?
A Belgian ID card is valid for travel throughout the EU and many other nearby tourist destinations so a passport is not needed for most people.
I've been here for over 20 years. I've never had a Belgian passport and my British one expired in 2012. I've no plans to travel to anywhere where my Belgian ID will not be enough.

Sep 16, 2021 17:31

"I've no plans to travel to anywhere where my Belgian ID will not be enough."

Great that you don't, but NEWONLINE apparently does. She wants to travel to the U.K. with a Belgian vaccination certificate in her maiden name which does not match her British passport.

Sep 16, 2021 23:58