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Thursday, July 15, 2004

Reflections after a brief trip to the UK

I just returned from a three-day trip to the UK where to my delight I found out what it means to enter an EU country with a passport from another EU country. I'm simply talking about entering the country at the airport.

This was the first time I traveled to Europe since Malta became a full member of the EU. In the past my passport has experienced some rather long and intense glances by immigration officers both in America and in Europe. Multiple US visas and changes in my immigration status were among the reasons for this. Part of that was finally settled when I received my green card last year.

The usual airport ritual has now been terminated completely with my landing in the UK as an EU citizen. Still, I missed having my passport stamped by the British immigration officer. Anyone looking at my passport now would not know that I had visited the UK.

This may not seem like much to anyone who has not experienced the roller-coaster ride I've been through at airports during the last 10 years or so since I left Malta. If you have anything to say about all this I'd love to hear from you. You can either post your comments directly on this blog or just drop me a line via this link to my online contact form.

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