The Falkland Islands British Overseas Territory Citizen passport book is to be changed to include ‘Falkland Islands’ on the front cover, it was agreed a few weeks ago.
MLA Mike Summers explained that each Overseas Territory has the option to choose on this, however most Falkland Islanders hold a British UK/European Union passport because of British citizenship having been granted to the Falklands and Gibraltar in 1983.
“Our understanding is that there is not an option to have ‘Falklands Islands’ included on the front cover of these passport books and this is no different to other Overseas Territories whose citizens opt to take up a full British UK/European Union passport,” said MLA Summers.
Gibraltar is the only exception and this is because of their geographical location and particular relationship with the EU.
Collector of Customs Robert King added that the issue of all British Overseas Territories Citizen and British Citizen passport books is now undertaken in the United Kingdom, except for Cayman Islands’ BOTC passports, but this function will be repatriated to the UK when their current stocks run out. (Penguin News).-