If you've managed to clock up a lot of air mileage over the years - through backpacking or regular holidays - you'll have come to regard your passport as one of your most treasured possessions. You'll have had those heart-stopping moments when you misplace it just before a big trip, and you'll have felt the annoyance when a customs officer wastes a whole page on just one entry stamp. Frequent travellers will know that when you're traveling between countries constantly, your passport becomes the most important thing you carry, and yet what happens if you have to leave it at an embassy while waiting for visa approval? Holding a second passport could open up a whole new world of free travel unlimited by waiting for visas, to visit various countries usually out of reach and even to new careers.
What is a second British passport?
Well, if you travel the world even half as much as I do, you could easily fit the criteria to apply for a second passport without even knowing. It was only when I did a little research that I found all these amazing ways a second passport could make your travelling life so much easier. Most people don't even know this service is available and easily accessible to travellers, but Rapid Passports are working to change this.
Available for British travellers, a traveller can now hold two current British passports at the same time to be used simultaneously alongside each other. Both will remain completely unique with no link between each other, and will hold different passport numbers.
Why do you need one?
Planning on applying for visas at different embassies at the same time? A second passport is perfect for you and will help speed up the process instead of having to wait for a passport to be returned to apply for the second visa.
Want to travel to conflicting countries? This gives you a bit more freedom to travel without certain stamps holding you back - for example, anyone with an Israeli entry stamp cannot enter Muslim nations such as Saudi Arabia.
Plan to work as a pilot, flight attendant or even on an oil rig? You'd be amazed but all of these jobs could require two passports, as could others.
Emigrated or living long term in another country? It might be worth having a back-up passport to leave at home while you are away, or even to carry with you.
And of course, if you travel as much as I do, there is always the chance your passport will get filled up pretty quickly with stamps and you'll simply need a spare with a bit more space.
How can it be done?
The best thing about this service is that it's super easy to organise in a very short space of time. Same day service is available and all that is needed to create the second passport is a photocopy of the original - not even the passport itself!
Considering most people don't know this service is available - it's pretty good right? Want to apply for your second British passport - click to apply for Second British Passport.