How To Travel With Two Passports If You’re A Dual Citizen

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Having two passports and nationalities opens up the world of travel to the estimated 1% of the globe’s population [PDF] – over 60 million people – that have some form of dual citizenship. That combination means dealing with fewer visas for countries around the world but can also leave you with complications if you’re not careful.

For those of you who are also dual citizens, these general guidelines can make sure neither of your nationalities causes problems for you as you hop over one international boundary after another.

porto portugal airportAlways Use The Same Passport Entering And Exiting A Country

This one seems straightforward but if you’re on a longer journey and visiting several countries with differing entry requirements for your particular nationalities, it can feel intuitive to to enter with one passport and exit with the other. I’ve made this mistake once or twice (most recently when flying out of Georgia to Ukraine) and had to charm my way out of buying an impromptu flight to Istanbul.

The reason is because countries want to keep track of foreigners entering their borders; using two passports not only makes that more difficult, but also changes the legal framework you fall under.

In general, even if the next country you are visiting would require a visa from you with passport #2, use the same passport to enter and exit a nation. The passport control officer in the country you’re leaving doesn’t care about where you’re going – only about you when you’re in their borders.

Airlines And Governments Are Different; Flash The Right Passport

The advice above is specifically for passport control – not when you check-in with the airlines. They are the ones who are going to care about whether you’ve got the rights (e.g. visa-free travel) to enter the destination. In these cases you should show airline staff the appropriate passport for where you’re going. The airline staff want to make sure you’ll be allowed entry to the country you’re flying to.

Several times prior to boarding a flight I’ve been taken aside by staff to have my documents re-examined. If there’s any question about whether you can (visa-free) enter the country you’re headed to, don’t hesitate to let them know about your dual status.

neon sign las vegasDon’t Advertise Your Dual Nationality Otherwise

Yes, says the guy who is publicly blogging about dual citizenships to thousands of people right now. Broadly speaking, most governments worry about illegal immigration; which your second citizenship may actually be guilty of. Don’t tell passport control you’ve got two nationalities – even if asked. Doing so can forfeit your rights as a legal traveler. By the way, you’re not lying in this case either. No country in the world records dual citizen entries by tourists – they only see you as a single national.

I should mention also that many immigration and passport controls are tinged with a hint of racism, often biased against citizens of Third World or those who make up a significant minority in a given country. Another good reason not to mention your second citizenship and to keep your second passport inconspicuously stored in your carry-on luggage.

Which Country Sends Commandos After You In Case Of Kidnapping Varies

That is a bit of an extreme example for most people, but the basic premise is if you get in real trouble in a country, whichever passport you used to enter is the nation that’s going to bail you out. So if you’re a French-American dual citizen held hostage by genetically-engineered llamas on your trip to Ecuador you’ll know whether to expect Navy Seals or French Special Forces. (Or Superman, who doesn’t discriminate unless Lois Lane is in trouble at the same time.)

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What To Do If Problems Arise

Problems aren’t likely to happen if you’re a dual citizen taking advantage of your two passports – especially if you’re cognizant about not flashing both around. Your biggest troubles are likely to be at passport control due to a second nationality – remember to stick to the one that gets you legal entry. Be firm but confident and if all else fails, get in touch with your embassy.

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  1. Dani says:

    The question below seems pretty similar, but I just need the extra security asking with my own words. lol
    Me and my family are planing to visit China, and to minimize the hassle & costs, we all want to get the visa on the Brazilian passport (instead of the US), since one of the family member is not a US citizen. Is it possible?!! How would I tell the Chinese consulate abt the dual citizenship?!
    Great job on the blog!!

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  2. Chris says:

    Sorry if it seems I wrote twice but I can’t find my first comment. Anyway, I’m in turkey with my Italian passport and the 90 days will expire in a month. Can I leave the country for a day and come back with my British passport? Will they catch on? Thanks!

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    • Anil Polat says:

      The comment was held up in automatic moderation. To answer your questions:

      Yes, yes, and it doesn’t matter.

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      • Chris says:

        It doesn’t matter? Ok cool, I heard so many horror stories about people getting fined and banned re-entry for a while because of over-staying and I thought coming back on a different passport would still count as overstaying. Thanks a lot!

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      • Chris says:

        Just to be absolutely clear as many people have advised me against this. Turkey has a 90 day out of 180 visa policy as I’m sure you know. I plan to stay the full length of the 90 days, exit, and re-enter on a different passport.

        I read elsewhere that this is technically illegal as the 90/180 day policy applies to the individual, and not to the passport. However will the authorities now that I have been in the country already? I only had my passport scanned and stamped on entry, do my details go into some sort of database?
        I am thinking of trying this anyway as the residence permit is too expensive for me and too much of a hassle between the bank statements, insurance policies, tax numbers etc.

        Thanks again and sorry if I’m insisting too much on this.

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        • Anil Polat says:

          Hi Chris, it’s not a bother, though I would advise you call your local embassy in Turkey. It’s the best way to find out with certainty. The Turkish passport control will have a record of you and if you’re looking to stay long term, it’s could to cause you trouble. It might work once.

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  3. Richard K says:

    Hi, I am a U.S. and Trinidad and Tobago citizen living in the U.S. I’m planning on going to China for a course and will need to apply for a student visa. The Chinese consulate wants $140 for a US passport and only $30 for my T&T passport which sounds like a bargain for me. My question isn’t on which passport to use at which point of entry or exit, but if its a good idea to get the Chinese visa on my T&T passport at all just to save $110. I really like the flexibility and cost savings of being a dual citizen at times, but I have never used my T&T passport since becoming a U.S. citizen and wonder if I will be shooting myself in the foot later if something were to happen to me in China? I’ve been to China before on an older T&T passport that wasn’t even machine readable and didn’t have any trouble at the border, and I don’t believe I will encounter any sort of racism as was mentioned above, which I think is always possible, I’m just looking for some reassurance that this is no big deal. Btw, this is an excellent site and I agree that Turkey was wonderful. Thanks!

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    • Anil P. says:

      I believe China asks about dual citizenship on the visa application process, so you’re better off using your US passport.

      (Thanks for the kind words as well about the site and Turkey :)

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      • Richard K says:

        Thanks Anil, your advice seems to be the consensus that I’ve been getting. The only way I can use my T&T passport it seems would be to apply outside the U.S. which isn’t going to happen in this short period of time. Btw, I see you’ve been to several other Caribbean countries but not Trinidad and Tobago, what’s up with that? :) You should definitely try going sometime, Trinidad is very different culturally from every other island in the chain.

        -Richard

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  4. Anil P. says:

    I’ve just written this post that addresses some of your most common questions in the comments here:

    http://foxnomad.com/2012/11/16/the-fast-answers-to-your-questions-about-traveling-as-a-dual-citizen/

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    • Sean says:

      hey man, sorry for keep posting on here but im still not 100% on the details. i have heard that it is illegal because they ask you whether you’ve ever had a WH visa before, and as soon as you say yes thats the end of it, even with a different passport, the post you wrote(above)is very good and informative, but doesnt really answer my question specifically, i guess i should just ask the Canadian or Australian Embassy right?? again, sorry for bugging you about this, just wanna get it right!! thanks in advance again buddy!

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      • Anil P. says:

        No problem – yes, the embassies will give you the best information – though it may take some persistence to get a timely response. Good luck!

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  5. may says:

    i hold two passports Saudi and Canadian there is a slight difference in the last name. is it possible for me to go into Bahrain with my Saudi passport, bored the plain and then when i get off the plain in Dubai use my Canadian passport to bass customs and continue using it for the rest of my journey.

    note: i will be entering Bahrain by car so should i enter with my Saudi PP and then go to the airport and use my Canadian pp even tho my Canadian pp is empty. it only has one entry and exit stamp from 2011-2012 and no entry stamp into Bahrain, and do Canadian pp holders need a visa to enter Bahrain now if so what should i do

    Please help its the first time i use both pp and i will be traveling soon

    Thank you in advance

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    • Erin says:

      Hi may,

      I know it may be a bit late to reply, but in case someone else reads this…

      Canadians now require a visa arranged in advance to visit Dubai. I met a guy from Winnipeg who said he was actually turned away at the airport in Dubai (in August 2011) and had to book a flight out of there because he had no pre-arranged visa.

      This is a pretty recent development over a political tussle with the government of Canada refusing to grant landing rights to Emirates airlines in exchange for having a base in Saudi Arabia as promised. The Saudis thus after that now charge a fee and require Canadian citizens to have a visa.

      In short, I wouldn’t bother with the Canadian passport there.

      From Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs:

      “Whatever the purpose of their stay, Canadians must be in possession of a visa obtained at one of the agencies authorized by the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Ottawa or the nearest embassy or consulate of Saudi Arabia if residing in a foreign country, prior to departure.”

      “Visa applications must be sponsored by a Saudi citizen, company, or organization. Upon arrival, foreign residents are required to surrender their passports to their sponsor and obtain a residency card (iqama).”

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    • Anil P. says:

      That may cause you problems – try to enter and exit countries with the same passport. To find out the visa requirements, check the embassy websites of the countries in question.

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  6. michael says:

    Hi Anil,

    So what do you say when they ask you why there is no exit stamp? Iam going backpacking in SE Asia soon with two passports…French/Israeli.. and i iam especially worried about going to Malaysia! any advise would be greatly appreciated thank you!

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    • When I was asked about not having an exit stamp, I just had to show them the stamp in the other passport and then enter with the stamped passport. I actually think Malaysia was one of the countries where I tried to switch once, but they wouldn’t let me. Either way, if you have the exit stamp from the previous country in your French passport, you won’t have a problem. If it’s in the Israeli one, then just hope they don’t ask to see it. I’d switch to the French passport somewhere else and make sure the stamps and visa from the country before Malaysia are in the French one.

      If they don’t let you switch anywhere, one place that lets you switch right in front of them (they look at the exit stamp in the one and have no problem putting the entry stamp in the other) is on the ferry between Hong Kong and Macau.

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      • flybynights says:

        In Thailand currently on US PP.

        Wanting to enter country using German passport for need to apply for work visa in Thailand under German nationality.

        There will be no exit stamp in the German pp.

        What are my options?

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    • Anil P. says:

      In your case are you concerned about Malaysia asking about no exit stamp from France and discovering the second Israeli citizenship? I’ve never been asked by another country about a third country’s stamps. If they’re concerned about entry; they almost always just look at the last country you’re entering from. So you should be OK as long as you’re using your French passport in SE Asia or at least from the country before arriving in Malaysia. Hope that makes sense, but let me know if not :)

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  7. Luda says:

    My husband and my son have dual citizenship ( USA and Brazil ). We live in Atlanta. Which passport should they travel on? US requires visas for Brazilians, and Brazil requires visas for Americans (they don’t hold any visas for either country). Did you say they need to check into the flight with the Brazilian passport, and then do security and boarding with the American passport? And then coming back home, just use the American at check-in, security, and boarding? I am so confused. My husband is goign ahead of my son and I, so I don’t want my 19-month old to get detained because of passport problems. I also have a question about my passport. I have a 5-year visa in my old passport that expired, so I was issued an new passport, but my valid visa is in my expired passport?

    Please help!

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    • Anil P. says:

      Confirm all of this with the appropriate embassies. But, check in with the US passport, letting the airline know about the Brazilian citizenship. Upon landing, show the Brazilian passport at passport control; on the way back, do the the reverse.

      As for the expired visa, I’m really not sure. You may be able to bring both passports (one for entry and the other for the visa) but double-check with the embassy to be certain.

      Hope this helps, best of luck.

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  8. sung says:

    Hi,
    Awesome blog, been looking for something like this. As you can guess, I’ve got some questions too, really appreciated if you can help me out.
    I’ve used Taiwan passport to entered Taiwan for awhile now, and now I need to go back to US. So, I’ll use Taiwan passport to exit Taiwan, then use US passport to enter US, but I won’t have an exit stamp showing I’ve left Taiwan on US passport, would that cause problem with customs when I return to US? (Also, it’s a new passport, so it’s all blank)
    In the past, they’ve always asked me a whole bunch of questions when I’ve re-entered into US, even when I have all the proper stamps in my US passport, so this time just really hope I can get through it without a hitch.

    Hope to hear from you soon, thanks a million!
    ps. Do you know if they can track your destinations with the RFID chip in passports?

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    • Anil P. says:

      No stamps won’t cause problems, if US passport control asks you about it, tell them you’ve got dual citizenship.

      As for stops, as far as I know it’s not recorded on RFID chips (US passports).

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  9. Karinna says:

    Also, im confuse, i have my kids one got in with peruvian passport the other with american, which passport i use to get out?? n get in over there??

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    • Millie says:

      Okay. I have 2 passports, 1 from peru and 1 From usa. I entered Peru with USA passport 1 year ago. Can I exit with brand new peruvian passport so I don’t pay $220 for staying over 180 day time period. Which passport do I book arline with to exit? I have maiden name on documents in Peru and married. Name on my USA passport. Confused. So enter Peru with USA for protection and exit with Peru to avoid overstay penalty?

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      • Anil P. says:

        “Can I exit with brand new peruvian passport so I don’t pay $220 for staying over 180 day time period.” >> Yes.

        “Which passport do I book arline with to exit?” >> US

        “I have maiden name on documents in Peru and married. Name on my USA passport. Confused. So enter Peru with USA for protection and exit with Peru to avoid overstay penalty?” >> If you a citizen of a country, always use their passport for entry and exit.

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    • Anil P. says:

      The US immigration won’t care about your lack of a Peruvian stamp as long as you have a valid US passport.

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  10. Ha Rith says:

    Hi, I have both an Iraqi and Canadian passport, im residing in Iraq trying to go back to Canada soon. Im travelling via Turkish Airlines so my transit is in Istanbul, the city which i adore i must add, my Canadian pp is recently renewed so it has no stamps, ive been to Turkey before with my Iraqi pp, my question is can i use my iraqi pp to get into turkey and then from there switch to my Canadian one to go back to Canada? please help! thanks in advance

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    • Anil P. says:

      I love Istanbul too :) So, you’ll be leaving the airport in Istanbul with the Iraqi passport? When you check in to the airline, make sure you show them the Canadian passport as they’ll want to check if you need a visa otherwise – but at customs show the Iraqi passport. If there are any questions you can let them know about Canadian citizenship but if not, I wouldn’t bother mentioning it.

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      • Ha Rith says:

        I recently came back from Istanbul after spending 2 months there, taking a Turkish course as we speak haha 😀 Ill be leaving the airport in Iraq with my Iraqi passport, and arriving in Istanbul and i plan on going through the passport control and customs with the Iraqi one so i dont pay the visa fee 😛 anfd then from there youre saying once i get to the check in i use the Canadian one? and i shouldnt run into any problems? Btw my plane from Istabul goes to barcelona first, then to toronto. What do i do once i get to barcelona? get the transit visa with the Canadian one? wouldnt they want to see an exit stamp from Turkey?

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        • Anil P. says:

          Kolay gelsin :)

          Use your Iraqi passport to enter Turkey, and then when leaving to Canada: when checking in to the airline, show the Canadian passport. After you get your ticket and head to passport control, show the Iraqi passport at immigration. Transit shouldn’t be a problem since the airline has you as Canadian and in Barcelona if you have to show the passport, you can use your Canadian one there if that makes sense.

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          • Ha Rith says:

            Tessekurlel Abi! 😀
            Yea it makes sense cok tessuker ederim! Im booking two seprerate tickets online, the first to Istanbul with my Iraqi passport, the next from Istanbul to Toronto via Barcelona using my canadian passport, Im booking the flights online so that shouldnt be a problem right? So what i understood is, leave with the Iraqi passport, get a visa entry to turkey with it, show the iraqi one at passport control and then switch to the canadian one which is the one i show to the airline there with my ticket and luggage? degil mi?

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  11. Timothy says:

    Hello,

    I´m an american – spanish dual citizen. By law, I am required to enter and exit the US with my american passport. I am currently living in Spain and will be going to the US to visit my family. I booked my flight using my US passport info just to simplify the process.

    The problem is that I´ll have a layover in Turkey (9hrs) before continuing to the US. Since it´s a long layover, I want to stay at a hotel near the airport. The problem is that I would need a visa to enter Turkey (exit the airport) with my US passport, yet with my Spanish passport I don´t. How can I get around this problem. Is it possible to just switch to the Spanish passport at Turkey.

    BTW, I remind you that my plane ticket was booked with my US passport and my Spanish passport has a slightly different name on it (has a second last name).

    To make matters worse, I believe that Spain also requires me to exit and enter Spain with my SPANISH passport.

    This is definitely a confusing subject. Thanks in advanced.

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    • Anil P. says:

      You typically can’t switch in transit – as for your other question you can follow the formula above. (I’ve also got an article I’m working on for the next day that should help answer your question as well.)

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  12. Natalie says:

    I had problems on both times I tried to leave Turkey in the last year. One trip was to Meis and the other to the UK. It involved an old British passport, a new British passport, lack of residency visas (because they took them off me when I got my citizenship) and a kimlik.

    Both times, they said the kimlik was no good because I was not leaving on a Turkish passport but I had to show how I had been living legally in the country and that was the only proof. On both occasions, they tried to piece the time line from the last entry stamp in the old British passport which was about eight years ago, to present day!!

    They both gave up in the end but I have learned to arrive super early if I try to leave the country.

    I am assuming you enter and leave Turkey on your American passport?

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    • flybynights says:

      I will be exiting Thailand on my American passport and want to get into KL Malaysia on my German passport.

      Would this be possible if my German passport is empty and has never been used?

      Hold would I need to do this?

      Can I do this also by border crossing, or do I need to fly.

      Please help

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      • Anil P. says:

        Why switch passports if you don’t have to? As far as your German passport being empty, you can tell them you hold dual citizenship if you like or use your German passport for entry to Thailand and into Malaysia. I wouldn’t recommend switching if you don’t have to.

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        • flybynights says:

          It’s because I have to get a Non B visa in my German pp because of a work requirement.

          How can I make this work departing out of Thailand?

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          • Anil P. says:

            Why didn’t you then enter with your German passport, obtaining the visa first? (Read the first bullet point of this post.) I’m not sure in your case, I would contact the German embassy in Thailand to see if they can be of assistance.

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    • Anil P. says:

      I wonder if that’s because of the British passport, residency, and the ignorance of whomever was checking your passport!

      No, I always enter and leave Turkey with my Turkish passport. (And if from Istanbul pay that stupid 15TL exit fee.)

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  13. Diana says:

    Hey there,
    Great post. I just want to ask a question. Do I (as a person holding a dual nationality) have the right to show the passport that I WANT TO SHOW to passport control. Is it illegal in any way to withhold the other passport?

    Meaning, if they find out I have 2 passports, can they legally force me to use one when I want to use the other?

    Thanks in advance

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    • Anil P. says:

      A big “it depends” on the laws. But basically if you’re in a country where you hold citizenship, that’s the only passport generally they’ll accept. You enter and exit on the same passport everywhere else.

      It can often be something of a gray legal area as well, for example if one country doesn’t recognize the other, etc.

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  14. Lorraine says:

    Great site! I am a dual UK & South African citizen. I am looking to go to Dubai & want to enter & exit on my British passport (to get the visa on arrival), as South African’s have to purchase a visa beforehand. Here’s my question – I have to exit South Africa on my SA passport,will it be a problem that there is no exit stamp in my British passport, when I land in Dubai?

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    • Anil P. says:

      Use the format above in the post along these lines: UK passport at check in, SA at passport control, UK at Dubai arrival, then reverse…if that makes sense.

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  15. jodi says:

    If you have dual citizenship for US and Jordan do you have to get a visa if you live in US and going to Jordan or vice versa? If so do visa expire?

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  16. ellen barber says:

    iam a filipina ..i would like to ask if i have my dual citizenship British and filipino and when going back home is it possible that i will just use my british passport ? what are the advantage(s)if any using any ?
    I am having my dual citizenship because i have my property and a stockholder of a duly registered in SEC small company in the phil of which i acquired while i was still living there but at present iam a dual citizen.Thank you very muchin advance to all replies

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    • Anil P. says:

      Why use your British passport to get in the Philippines? There’s no advantage that I know of and you may even have to pay any applicable visa fees. When visiting a country you’re a citizen of, use their passport.

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  17. Delia Rapoo says:

    Hi, i just want to ask because my daughter’s Philippine passport expired last August 22,2012 and i had forgotten to renew it.We are here in Dubai and we are leaving for South Africa for good this coming October.My husband is a South African and he got new South African passports for my kids.Is there any problem showing the expired Philippine passport with the valid Dubai visa at the departure together with her new South African passport? I knew that to renew her Philippine passport here in Dubai,we still need to wait 4-6 weeks before the new one will be release and we are leaving before that time.I am planning,if it is okay to use the expired Phil. passport for exit here in Dubai and use the new South African passport in entering South Africa? I will just apply for her new Philippine passport in the embassy in South Africa.Will there be no problem doing that?I don’t want to encounter any problem at the airport during our departure so I need to clarify everything before leaving.Please advise. Thanks.

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  18. Dark Christian says:

    Anil, you’re a naturalized U.S. citizen, right? And, therefore–American, right?

    Both of my parents are naturalized U.S. citizens. In order to become Americans, they had to renounce their former citizenship. I was told the U.S. didn’t recognize dual citizenship and that taking on another or retaining your old citizenship meant losing your American citizenship.

    So, my question is: how did you do it?

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    • Anil P. says:

      I was born in the US and then it’s a bit of a story after that. The United States does not recognize second (dual) citizenships but doesn’t require naturalized citizens to give them up so far as I know. Renounce but not relinquish is the main distinction.

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      • Dark Christian says:

        Oh. Thanks Anil. Sounds like they could’ve kept their old citizenship after all, with their master nationality as American. The U.S. State Dept’s website says that claiming dual citizenship doesn’t forfeit U.S. citizenship, unless they did so with the intention of reliquishing it.

        Thanks–it finally makes sense! Wonder if I could get dual citizenship…:)

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        • Anil P. says:

          It all depends on the second country’s requirements – many don’t allow dual citizenship forcing naturalized citizens to give up theirs.

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          • Alex says:

            As far as Britain is concerned, if I understand correctly, then – for example – even if a UK citizen had to renounce their UK citizenship to become a US citizen, the British authorities wouldn’t necessarily recognise the renunciation and may still issue a British passport to that person.

            Also, surely another important point is that a person with an EU/EEA/Swiss passport (e.g. British-Australian or Rep. of Cyprus-American dual national) should always use that passport to enter an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland since it allows them an unlimited stay (plus the right to reside, work etc.)

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            • Anil P. says:

              Yes, so long as they don’t terminate the citizenship officially – but it depends, you’ll have to talk with the appropriate British government office for the most accurate answer.

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  19. Kim says:

    There is also the “master nationality rule” which states that if you are citizen of a country and physically located in that country, then that country has the strongest claim on you. This usually means that if you are arrested etc, another country’s diplomatic mission cannot provide assistance to you even if you are also a citizen of that other country.

    This is certainly the inspiration for why many countries have a national law that requires citizens to use that country’s passport (another reason is for immigration – it can get messy if dual citizens enter on a foreign passport and then take up employment for example), but the master nationality rule applies no matter what passport you use. A dual UK/US citizen is not entitled to consular representation from the US embassy while he is in the UK, even if he entered the UK on a US passport. Lots of people have been trapped by the misconception that entering on a foreign passport means they will be treated like a foreigner if they get into trouble.

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    • Anil P. says:

      A very good point I didn’t include in the first draft of this post. This is even written in US passports as well and something dual citizens of any two nations should keep in mind. I appreciate you pointing it out!

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  20. One problem I’ve had traveling with two passports is switching between the two. A lot of countries I’ve been to want to see the exit stamp of the previous country, making it impossible to switch at their border. At this point, I’ve actually got a little list of places I know I can go to if I need to switch for whatever reason.

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    • Anil P. says:

      I have been asked why there isn’t a previous exit stamp but never had to show my second passport; interesting to hear. I hope it didn’t cause too many problems at any such exchange.

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  21. Jaime says:

    I didn’t know you were Turkish… I love Turkey (just had to share). Thanks for the post… I always get so nervous when I am going to switch between passports. Then again I have only done it once. I entered Europe on my US pp then exited with it spent a month in Morocco and came back in with my Mexican one. I did it cus my 90 days in the SZ was up. It worked fine. This is one of the reasons I love having two passports. I didn’t know that the country that you used to enter would be the country to bail you out. So if I used the Mexican one I couldn’t have USA get me out? I know it’s extreme but am curious.

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    • Anil P. says:

      Always happy to hear people who’ve been and loved Turkey :) When I first saw your Facebook comment I had to look up the visa-free area of the Mexican passport – very advantageous to have the Schengen as part of it. Really for you it’s like 180 days of entry (with a quick hop out, then back in).

      As for getting international help, it can depend on the specific situation. Occasionally countries will work together to help resolve an emergency if the person is a dual citizen (and both countries of citizenship get along). Otherwise, generally, jurisdiction initially falls to the country whose passport you used.

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  22. Nigel says:

    The state department recommends that only use your American passport when entering your other country of citizenship; the reason being that if you use any other passport besides your American passport. The state dept can not get involved, because when you enter let say with Turkish passport, then the Turkish law will apply to you while in the country!!but if you only showed the US one then you are just visiting and if you get in any kind of trouble, you can count on The US to try to get you out…

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  23. Thats a really useful post. Its hard to find information on traveling for dual citizens. I agree, its important to be consistent and remember the passport that you used to enter the country!

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    • Anil P. says:

      Thank you and sounds like you’ve got two passports as well. Definitely an important point – using the same passport in and out – as it’s the most probable place you’ll have problems. After that, it’s much more of an advantage than anything else :)

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  24. Daniel T says:

    My son is a dual citizen of US and Brazil. We are planning to visit BR for Christmas. He has his Brazilian passport now, but not his US one. Can we book the flight now with his Brazilian passport instead of waiting for his US one to arrive? If so, will there be any problem with immigration on the return? He will have his US passport before we leave.

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  25. Simon says:

    Hello,

    I would be grateful if I can get a sure advice for my situation.

    I’m planning to go to Belarus via Russia and neither passports I’m currently holding can grant me a visa to Belarus upon entry, so I issued a Visa for my PASSPORT X.

    I found out afterwards (from airways and Embassy) that I would need another visa to Russia as well (probably 2 Transit Visas) in order to be allowed to board in..

    The situation got even more fu**ed up as I found out that I will able to get a Visa upon arrival Russia… but visa PASSPORT Y!!

    Can I show my passport Y in Russia, and Passport X with the visa on in Belarus?

    Thank you for your help!

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  26. Jon says:

    Hi so glad I found this site. I have a USA and UK passport. I live in NYC and am planning to go to Brazil next summer for the world cup. As you know UK Passports do not need a visa to enter so I want to travel on that passport. My questions are….?

    1) What passport do I use when I book my ticket?

    2) What passport do I use when I check in my bags?

    3) What passport do I use when I go thru security?

    4) What passport do I use when I board the plane?

    5) What passport do I use when I enter Brazil when I land?

    Then of course the same questions for when I leave Brazil.

    You are a life saver. I hope to book my ticket this Sunday. Thank you Anil!

    Jon

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    • Anil Polat says:

      Check this other article of mine out and let me know if you have any other questions, I think this should cover it: http://www.foxnomad.com/2012/11/16/the-fast-answers-to-your-questions-about-traveling-as-a-dual-citizen/

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      • Jon says:

        Sorry to bother again just want to make sure I have it right….

        Check in with UK passport in NYC

        Going thru security show USA passport in NYC

        When boarding show UK passport in NYC

        On plane UK passport

        Enter brazil on UK passport in RIO

        on the way back…

        Check in with USA passport in Rio

        In security line use UK passport in RIO

        Boarding plane use USA passport in RIO

        On plane use USA passport

        Entering USA in NYC use USA Passport

        Did I get that right? The only question I ask is when I book the flight online and they ask for a passport which one do I use?

        Jon

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  27. Davros says:

    Hi, I have dual nationality (canadian and brazil) I want to go to the UK for 8 months but i would only be able to stay for 6months on one passport. I underastand that I would hav eto then leave and I wouldn’t be able to go back into the UK for a month or two. BUT would I be able to go almost straight back in on my 2nd passport?

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  28. Anna Temnyk says:

    Hi there,

    I’m in a bit of a funny situation here and could do with some advise.

    I’ve just had my Citizenship Ceremony and I am British now, having been Ukrainian up until now. As far as I know Ukraine does not allow dual citizenship, but I hear a lot about people who get other citizenship, but keep Ukrainian / Russia passport for convenience of travelling, even though that’s technically illegal, I think. For this reason my friends are advising me to keep Ukrainian passport and use it for traveling to Ukraine, even though I am British now, but It doesnt feel very safe.

    Also, I didn’t cancel my Ukrainian citizenship before becoming British. Is that something that happens automatically, or do I need to do something? Is there some kind of global registry / database, where everyone’s citizenship gets logged?

    Best Regards,

    Anna

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  29. Brian says:

    I’m a dual national (USA & UK) I’ve been in the UAE working on my USA pp but now I’m here only on a visit visa (30 days) I want to leave the UAE and come back with my UK pp and work. would this raise any flags?

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  30. Jonny Blair says:

    Nice tips mate and I’ve been doing the same for years – I’m also a dual citizen and never had any issues with it. I just use the passport that is either cheaper for the visa or has less questioning involved due to political issues between my passport country and the place I’m going. Safe travels. Jonny

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  31. hanna says:

    Question for you. I am German national and US permanent resident currently in the Caribbean. I will fly back to the US to take my oath. Once I take the oath I will be dual citizen (US/German). I have travel plans about a week after my oath. To leave the US after becoming US citizen can I use my German passport?( name will match on the airplane ticket)I just do not know if I will get my US passport on time. I can have the US passport send to me so that I can come back to the US using my new US passport.

    Hope this is not too confusing. Thanks.

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  32. Tim says:

    Hi!
    I have US and Bulgarian Passport and plan to travel first to Peru and then Brazil, returning to USA. Brazil requires visa for US passports so I will use the Bulgarian passport to enter.Should I use the Bulgarian passport to enter Peru also? My concern is that I may be asked in Brazil where is the stamp from Peru as I would be arriving on flight from Peru.

    Tim

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    • Anil Polat says:

      Yes, but check the embassy websites as well as U.S. State Department entry/exit requirements to see if being a dual citizen can cause problems in either country.

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  33. Josette says:

    I’m a dual US/Philippine citizen and I plan to travel within Asia on my Philippine passport. When I eventually return to the US do I declare every country that I’ve visited on my trip even though the visas will be in my Philippine passport?

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  34. Carole C says:

    Hi, I am a US citizen born living in the US with Italian citizenship. I am planning an extended stay in Italy. If I leave the US on my US passport and stay for a year, entering Italy with my Italian passport, is there any consequence regarding beingout of the country for more than 90 days ?

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  35. aissatou says:

    hello
    please I need help ,I have a refugee friend that is from sierra leone he has a stay permit and a travel document in Switzerland and they have also approve to him that in one month time they will give him a swiss citizenship ,but he wantes to travel to sierra leone this month with his switzerland permit and his sierra leone secret passport without using the switzerlan traveldocument, because with the swiss traveldocument he is not allowed to travel to sierra leone ,so my question is, is it possible for him to travel using the sierra leone passport and the swiss permit without any controle involving, because since he is seeking for a swiss citizenship he is not allowed to have any sierra leone passport, but on his stay permit it is written that he is a sierra Leonean by nationality , so with that written on his paimit he thinks that they will not know that he is not allowed to go to sierra leone. please I need an answer

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  36. Nunu says:

    I have 2 passports – Canadian and British, but I am in the US on a work visa. I normally always travel on my Canadian passport. I don’t even have any stamps in my current UK passport as I’ve only used it to travel with EU countries.
    I need to fly to Rio for work soon, but I do not have time to get a visa stamp in my Canadian passport which I obviously entered the US on. Do you think it would be ok for me to fly to Mexico on my Canadian Passport and then fly to Brazil on my British passport from there? UK does not need a visa for Brazil.

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    • Anil Polat says:

      Where does Mexico enter into your situation?

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      • Nunu says:

        Mexico City is one of the options for a stopover. i guess it is not a requirement, but i thought i may need a ‘third’ country in order to switch passports…
        I had previously been told that it is risky to get on a plane with one passport and then land in another with the other passport…

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        • Anil Polat says:

          There’s no need if it’s only a layover and you’re not leaving the airport international terminal. You should be able to follow the advice in the post above but as others have suggested, call the British Embassy in Brazil to confirm.

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      • Nunu says:

        I’ve read through your site and I’m not clear on a couple points – partially because I’m not sure what you mean by ‘passport control’ in your US-France-Brazil example.
        Basically, when i check-in, I’m asked by the airline for my passport. According to your example, I would present the UK passport which does not require a visa for Brazil.
        Then, when I am going through security, there is a person that asks to see my boarding pass and passport (is this what you mean by passport control? There is no other ‘control’ that i know of within the US). Do I show my Canadian or British passport here?
        Then finally when I board the plane at the gate, they sometimes asked to see the passport again, and I presume I would show the British one here.
        Then in Brazil, I would likely have the same, but there I am sure they have an explicit ‘exit control’ system, where I would have to show my British passport, but I would show my Canadian passport ever where else for the airline..

        One last question – doesn’t showing different people in the same airport, different passports cause a flag? ie. showing the British passport to the airline, but the Canadian to security control?

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  37. Damar says:

    Hi Anil

    I’m an Indonesian national born in the US. I just renewed my American passport last year and I intend to visit the states next month. My folks told me to play it safe by making a visa for my Indonesian passport, however once I applied for the visa I was rejected because I already have an American passport.

    PROBLEM : Indonesia doesn’t allow dual nationality and renouncement of my American passport is not an option. How do I get from Indonesia to America using both my passports? My flight starts in Jakarta, transits in Hong Kong, and ends in New York, same route back. Is it possible to exit Indonesia with my Indonesian passport to Hong Kong, then leave Hong Kong and enter the states with an American passport? same thing going back. Leave america with an American passport to Hong Kong, then depart from Hong Kong to Indonesia with an Indonesian passport?

    Thanks

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    • Anil Polat says:

      When you applied for US citizenship, where was it? Indonesia likely has a process for dual citizens, whether it’s giving up the previous citizenship, etc. Talk to the Indonesian immigration office.

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      • Damar says:

        It was in the US Embassy here in Indonesia. Thanks for replying, but I’m going through singapore and it is possible to use both my nationalities there. I’d suggest anyone with dual nationalities from Indonesia or SEA that doesnt allow dual nationalities to take a separate flight to Singapore before heading out to where you want to go with your other passport. I asked around and some of my friends have done it before. hopefully everything goes well

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        • Belle says:

          Hi Damar,

          I’m in exactly the same situation except that it’s Malaysian & French passports. May I know why flying form Singapore works?

          Thanks.

          Belle

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  38. Andrew says:

    Hello,

    Thank you for all your information. I was hoping that you could clarify one of your points you made. Where you said:

    “Broadly speaking, most governments worry about illegal immigration; which your second citizenship may actually be guilty of.”

    Could you clarify with an example of what you mean by “which your second citizenship may actually be guilty of”? How can being a citizen of a nation make you guilty and of what? Is this a small percentage of situations? Are you saying that it could be illegal to be in the country you are traveling to while being an citizen of your second nation (dual citizenship)?

    Also, how does telling passport control that you are a dual citizen as you say “can forfeit your rights as a legal traveler.” Can you give an example to clarify that as well?

    Thank you!

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    • Anil Polat says:

      In other words, there may be specific restrictions for holders of X passport, which could be a problem if it’s one of the two you have. Make more sense? In certain cases, you may be treated as the other citizenship you carry – it’s very rare however and generally more of a concern in special cases where two countries have political tension, etc. Hope this clears things up.

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  39. Natalie says:

    Hi Anil!

    Thanks for the post; just to clarify/for some personal information…

    I’m a Canadian/US dual citizen, planning to visit Buenos Aires. The reciprocity fee for Canadians is half that for US citizens, so I was planning to:

    – Leave the US on my US passport
    – Pay the reciprocity fee & enter Argentina on my Canadian passport
    – Leave Argentina on my Canadian passport
    – Re-enter the US on my US passport

    Is that legit? Will the US border agency wonder why I have no passport stamp from Argentina? Thank you!!

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  40. Paulo says:

    Hello buddy, so im in a country i can stay max on one passport each for 6 months. Ive almost been here 5 months now. Im leaving to apply for a visa but might not get it. Im leaving at the end of my allowed stay. If i dont get the visa you think i can come back on my OTHER passport for a new 6 month time frame instead of having to wait 6 months to come back? Thanks

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  41. Daniel Aragon says:

    Hi Anil, thank you for your blog, very useful!

    I do have a question I hope you can help me out with. My girlfriend got a work visa for the US for a year and I’m going with her, but I can’t apply for a work visa nor a 1 year tourist visa. I have a dual citizenship (Swedish/Peruvian, I live in Peru) and I can enter the US with my Swedish passport as a tourist, allowing me a 3 months stay. My question is, can I leave the US and go to Canada for a few days to then re-enter the US with my Swedish passport to get another 3 months stay? And can I do this 4 times to stay a year? I would probably be entering my land (Vancouver-Seattle or Montreal-NYC) which I’ve done in the past and turns out to be a lot less complicated.

    Or should I get a tourist visa on my Peruvian passport (which I never needed) and pretty much alternate between the both?

    Hope you can clarify things out for me, thanks!

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    • Anil Polat says:

      Hi Daniel, happy to hear this article has been of some help. Check the US embassy in Sweden or their website to find out for sure. Otherwise try getting a longer term visa on the Swedish passport, I think you’ll have better luck with it.

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  42. Nikelle says:

    Hey so i have a question, im getting new zealand passport as well, (originally a us citizen) because my dad was born there, so im applying for citizenship and they will probably say yes, im in the uk, and i want to stay longer than 6 months. Im currently here on my us passport, so could i switch to my New zealand passport and stay another 6 months?

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  43. Defne says:

    Hi!

    I have dual Turkish/American citizenship as well. However next year I will be studying in the UK, and my student visa is in my Turkish passport. While studying can I use my American passport to travel to France, since I wont have to get a visa like that? How should I re-enter the UK? Do I leave the UK with my Turkish passport, enter France with the American, leave France with the American, and get back to the UK with the Turkish? Will it create any problems?

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    • Anil Polat says:

      It’s probably going to be easier to enter and exit the UK using the Turkish passport. It can cause problems if you switch passports with UK immigration, I would call the UK embassy in the US, or Turkish embassy in the UK to get the most accurate advice.

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  44. JR says:

    Hi,
    I have dual citizenship(Spanish and US), I am going to Spain this summer and I was wondering which one to use where, as a respect for each country I want to use the Spanish on the way to Spain and Us on the return to the US, but I am sure US immigration will ask where are the Stamps from the countries I visited, what do you suggest?

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  45. Balvinder says:

    Hi.. I’m jus little confuse here..I hope you could help me out. M travelling to US in 2 weeks time. Last time I went on indian passport with valid visa on it. But now I got australian passport… Does that mean I can’t travel on indian passport anymore ?? I haven’t applied for dual citizenship yet.. Do you think my indian passport still valid to travel I mean can I use both passports to travel to US.. Since I can stay in US for 6months stay with b2 but with entering Aussie passport I only can stay 3 months under visa waiver .. So what do you think should I leave Australia with australain passport and enter in US with indian passport with US visa on it???

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  46. Chaeze O'Connor says:

    Hi,

    This may be slightly unrelated but i’ll ask anyway, nothing to lose :)
    I have a US Visa till 2019 on my British passport but also have a Guyanese passport.
    When I go back to Guyana, i’ll be using my Guyanese passport of course but what if I want to visit the US, how should I go about?
    I mean i can always do a stopover first with my G-passport and then fly to US from there but is it possible to transfer visas from one passport to another? Or if i request another in Guyana, won’t the embassy/consulate see that I have dual-citizenship and report it or deny giving me one?

    Thanks

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  47. Isabelle Ulliana says:

    Hi! Your blog is great. I have a specific question I had hoped you could help me with.

    I am going to France this year for a student exchange. I am an Italian citizen and I am registered in the A.I.R.E as Isabelle Church. I have since then changed my name (NOT BY MARRIAGE) to Isabelle Ulliana. I have been advised that the change of name process in Italy can take up to 8 months… I dont have this long! I leave in September. I have an appointment to get a new passport next month and I want to know if I can just get the passport in my birth name (Church) and travel with this and my Australian passport (Ulliana) and carry change of name documents and birth certificates if any trouble arises?

    I understand to enter and leave a country on all the same passports but it is the two different names I am worried about. I will be staying in France for 5 months as well.

    Thank you,
    Isabelle

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    • Anil P. says:

      So you’re a dual Italian/Australian citizen? Getting into France shouldn’t be a problem but you really should get all of your documents under the new name before leaving the Schengen. It may cause you serious problems when traveling, even with the name-change documents.

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  48. Nadeem says:

    Two married person have two different nationality ( one is Russian 2nd is Pakistani) luckily in 2014 the both get British Nationality so now each of them have dual nationality Russian/British and Pakistani/Russian, here come twice in story

    they have two son

    9 years old son have Russian Passport and Pakistani Passport now due to apply British Passport

    6 years old have only Pakistani Passport and due to apply British Passport and Pakistani

    so parents will have dual Nationality, But Children will have 3 passports , its legal?

    British law allow dual countries Nationality I believe British HO don’t care if there national have Pakistani and Russian nationality along with British BUT Russian and Pakistani DO have problems I think , in that case what children should do ?

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  49. Camilo says:

    Hi! Great post!

    I have a rather specific question, maybe you could help.

    I have Argentine and Spanish passports. Getting into the EU is smoother with the Spanish passport, but as an Argentine I wouldn’t need a Russian visa.
    Do you think I could
    1) Exit Argentina with the Argentine passport
    2) Enter and exit the EU with the Spanish one.
    3) Enter and exit Russia with the Argentine one.
    4) Re-enter the EU with the Spanish one.
    5) Return to Argentina with the Argentine one?

    Hope it’s not too confusing!

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    • Gonzalo says:

      Camilo, I don’t think there is a problem with that. I had the same concern last month before my trip to Russia. I hold a Uruguayan (which doesn’t need visa to enter Russia) and US passport. I used my US passport to exit India and used my Uy to enter Russia. I also called the Russian consulate in Montevideo to make sure this was possible. You should so the same just to be sure.
      Good luck
      Gonzalo

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      • Camilo says:

        Gonzalo’s post seems to describe my exact situation. Thank you very much!
        I will be calling the Russian consulate tomorrow.

        Thanks again, saludos!

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    • Anil P. says:

      I don’t think it will be a problem, but I would double-check with the Argentine embassy in Russia to make sure. Good luck!

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  50. Kevin O'Reilley says:

    I have US and Irish citizenship. I have since 1994 traveled to Russia half a dozen times using the Irish passport, having secured a Russian visa in the Irish passport at the Russian Consulate in Ireland and other cities in Europe. Now I live in the US and want to apply for a three-year multiple entry tourist visa using my US passport. The application for US citizens asks about prior travel to Russia; I am assuming that I need to describe and wonder whether the Russian Consulate in the US may check and find out no visas were issued to me–as a US citizen. For example, I was in Russia in 2011 (with visa in Irish passport) and my US passport was issued in 2005; so the consular officer will likely wonder why there is no visa in the US passport if I traveled to Russia in 2011. Should I explain that I am a dual citizen? Should I just apply using the Irish passport? Suggestions as to best approach?

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    • Anil P. says:

      It shouldn’t be a problem to notify them of your dual citizenship if asked. It’s better than saying you haven’t been and them questioning the lack of visa in your passport.

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  51. Mahtee says:

    Hi Anil,
    nice you are discussing this theme.. you might have an idea, if or how risky this situation would be: i have two EU passports and traveled to thailand on pp1. as you surely know, in 180 days, i am allowed to get 3×30 days of stay permitted. if, after the 3rd time, i´d fly out and come back with pp2, would i get the 3×30 again on my 2nd citizenship? that way, by using both pps, i theoretically could stay in thailand as long as i want. what´s your opinion? Worth to mention is that pp2 is not only old school, so no fingerprint, but also extremely full with stamps. and there´s 1 more question.. can they deny to let u in, if you have a full passport, or do they have to find.. the spaciest place and squeeze the stamp in. i wonder.. who says, what really is full?
    Greetings

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    • Anil P. says:

      If they feel you’re abusing their entry requirements and laws, they can refuse you entry. Best stick with a single passport and apply for a longer-term visa.

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  52. akidai says:

    Hi,

    I have a Japanese and Canadian passport.
    Born in Canada, moved to Japan when I was 20 and lived here ever since (9 years)…
    When I visit my family in Canada, should I leave Japan with my Japanese and enter Canada with my Canadian passport? I am worried that they will find out and put me in a small room and take away either citizenship.

    Is it illegal to do this? or would it be fine?

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  53. Rita says:

    Just a question, I hope for the answer :) I have a dual Citizen (US and Russia) Last name on my Russian passport is totally different from my US passport Last name. I did not change my name due to the marriage, but due to the US Naturalization process. I would like to travel to Russia, but not sure how. Went to the Russian consulate in NYC, but they do not know what to do if my last name was changed not due to the marriage. I called Travel agent she suggested to purchase a ticket using both names with a comma, but I am afraid I may have an issue at the immigration check for doing that. Let me know what was your experience. Thanks

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    • Anil P. says:

      Do you have a Russian government issued ID card you can take with you – plus marriage certificate? I would recommend it but please do check with the consulate as I am not certain.

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  54. Bee says:

    Great blog article.. Thank you. Just wondering if yourself or anyone might have some perals of wisdom to share… I’ve got a friend who has dual citizenship.. Japan and Australia (both exempt from needing a holiday visa application for Italy she visited… She’s entered Italy (there now) on a tourist visa entering on her Australian passport.. Allows her up to 90 days. Now, my understanding is that she would have to leave for 90 days before she can come back again for a further 90 days… If she exits with the same Australian passport, then enters again on her Japanese (a few days later, not waiting for 90 days before doing so) is this risky business?? For the record, the 2nd passport has her mother’s surname, so I’m not sure if that helps anywhere… Would be great to know.. Thanks so much.

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    • Bee says:

      *pearls =)

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    • Anil P. says:

      She could be denied entry based on her previous entry to Italy. Although it’s unlikely. I would recommend waiting more than a few days before reentry.

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      • Lil says:

        hi Anil,
        I have a similar situation. I stayed in brazil on my british passport which didnt need a visa. i maxed out the stay and a bit more. When I left I was given the mandatory fine for overstaying which i have to pay when i return to Brazil (I assume on my british passport). NOw, i also have an australian passport and was thinking that i could re-enter within the mandatory number of days (180) as long as i have the correct visa from the consulate? Is that correct? I`ve been told if i did, i would be charged with Fraud and denied entry but from what you have said and someone else said on another website, the immigration department of Brazil only record the passport i entered on which was my British, or do they have record of my australian also…it`s so confusing. Hope you have some feedback. Thanks for a great post. Lil

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  55. Rita says:

    This is the problem – Russian consulate was not able to explain to me what to do. They are able to make that change if my last name was changed due to the marriage in the USA, but due to the naturalization process – when I applied for the US Citizenship I requested for my last name to change they do not have a process in place. I hope if anyone replies with the similar issue.

    Thanks

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  56. Kevin says:

    Hi there!
    Great blog. I need a opinion!
    I have German and Myanmar Passport with the same name, and I’m in Germany right now. But in Myanmar Passport doesn’t have German visa and entry stamp. If I want to go to Myanmar, how would I do that? ‘I don’t want to take Myanmar Visa in German Passport’.
    Do you think I could,
    = in Germany, Check-in with Myanmar Passport at air-line and show German Passport at immigration (passport control)without Myanmar visa.
    = and show Myanmar Passport at transit airport. (example: at Bangkok)
    = at Myanmar, I’m not afraid to get problem because I can solve with some money.
    Thank you

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  57. Samantha says:

    I have a question about this dual citizen thing and the passport. I am a US citizen former Filipino citizen but I might become naturalized in the Philippines since I cannot apply for dual citizenship due to my age. But the Philippines requires you to renounce your other foreign citizenship. BUT, in order to FULLY relinquish your your US citizenship, you have to VOLUNTARILY and WITH THE INTENT to give it up even though you are naturalized in another country, so practically you can’t remove your US citizenship. So, my question would be:

    If I am issued a PH passport, can I use it when I leave the Philippines and then use my US passport when I enter the US, vice-versa?

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  58. nico says:

    Hi, I’m a dual citizen as well, and one thing you should know, that I discovered very recently, to my dismay, is that in some countries, in passport control, before they stamp your passport, they want to see the exit stamp of the country you are coming from in the SAME passport.

    This is incredibly annoying and it happened to me twice already. Leaving China with my Argentina passport, I wasn’t allowed into Macau with an Italian passport.

    Leaving Indonesia again with my Argentina passport, I wasn’t allowed into Malaysia with my Italian passport.

    In both cases they reviewed my Italian passport and asked me where my exit stamp was and said I wouldn’t be allowed in the country with a passport that has no exit stamp from where I was coming from.

    This is ridiculous, I was really angry, and in fact can cause you a LOT of trouble if you need a visa for the country you are going to using the passport that you don’t want to use.

    So far, it happened to me only in these two, and I truly hope there are not many others. I never had problems flying to the US, Canada and Australia using both passports.

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    • Camilo says:

      This sounds like a very particular situation that could arrive in some asian countries. I can imagine that there are no laws regarding this sort of entry to a country but you were just subject to an arbitrary decision by a customs agent.

      But I can only guess. Never heard of something like this.

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    • Ismail says:

      Hi Nico, I had just the opposite experience. When reentering Europe, I held both my US and German passport up and they waved me through without looking at either.

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  59. George says:

    Hey man,
    I have got dual citizenship of Australia and UK, and I am in the stages of planning a backpacking trip around central and south america. With my Australian passport I don’t require a visa for almost all countries except Brazil. However my British passport does not require a visa. So when I am say Paraguay and show them my Australian passport, am I able to whip out the British passport when I leave for Brazil?

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  60. Mike Doyle says:

    I have dual Canadian/Irish citizenship. I live in Canada, I visited Japan in 2012 to see my daughter, I used my Canadian passport (they took my fingerprints). My Canadian passport has now expired. I was going to visit my daughter again and thought I’d just use my Irish passport. will the fact that they have my fingerprints on file with a Canadian passport cause me issues?
    Thanks

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  61. Kamran says:

    Hi Anil!

    Hope you can help me with a confusion.
    I’m a dual Pakistani/Irish citizen, living permanently in Pakistan right now. Sometime in the future I’ll be going to UAE and from there to Saudi Arabia BY ROAD! A visa for UAE on my Irish passport is free of cost, so I’m going to be using that. But what about when I enter the Saudi border form there? Should I apply for a Saudi visa on my Pakistani Passport?
    And another thing is that my Family name (NOT surname) is on my Pakistani passport BEFORE my first name, while there is no family name on the other passport. Could this cause any problems? (assuming that the passport authorities abroad may think that my family name is my first name )

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    • Anil Polat says:

      It could cause problems, I would suggest using the same passport for UAE and Saudi if possible. The visa might be a hassle (or fees) but it may save you trouble at the Saudi border.

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  62. Gonzalo says:

    Nunu, i had a similar situation in the past. Leaving India with one passport (US) and entering Russia with another passport (Uruguay) that didn’t require VISA.
    I called the Russian consulate and explained them i was going to enter their country with no stamp and a different passport i was using. They told me it was OK.

    I suggest you call the brazilian consulate and clear out your doubts as i did.

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    • Nunu says:

      Thanks – I’ll do that as well. So did you show the airline your US passport when you were leaving India, or did you show them your Uruguay passport?
      Once I’m on the plane to Brazil, I am not too worried – I am more concerned with actually getting on the plane in the first place and not having the airline or exit/security control raise any concerns to prevent me…

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  63. Ken says:

    I have a question regarding connecting flights. I have dual USA and Italian citizenship. I am flying to Italy and have a connecting flight in London. When I arrive in London, which passport would you recommend using when entering and leaving the UK to go to Italy? In addition, which passport should I use when I leave Italy and arrive in London for the connecting flight back to the US?

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  64. Lee says:

    Hi Anil,

    I have dual-citizenship for both the Netherlands and Hong Kong.

    I’ve been studying in Korea for about nine months in total now and I’m leaving for Hong Kong next Monday. I am on a tourist visa (using my Dutch passport) during my stay here so I had to renew the visa after every three months by leaving and re-entering Korea. I have already a lot of stamps on my passport.

    The thing is, the last time I left Korea, the guy at passport control asked me these weird questions about my stay in Korea (What did you do here? Where did you stay? Why did you come back another time?). I was pretty surprised and nervous when he asked me those questions because I didn’t do anything except studying and travelling (and a Korean girlfriend, lol). So now I am actually considering re-entering Korea using my Hong Kong passport, because it is completely free of stamps and therefore, looks much “cleaner”.

    Do you think this is a good idea? Or should I just use the Dutch passport again and don’t care about the stamps and the possible annoying questions? Because once they check my fingerprints at passport control, they’ll recognize my record right away.

    Oh, in case you’re wondering why I didn’t apply for a student visa in the first place, the Korean course I took is per level and every course is about nine weeks (2,5 months). If I had failed a course, I would have just returned to my home country, but I was lucky enough to pass all courses ^^.

    Thx in advance for your answer.

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    • Anil P. says:

      I would stick with the Dutch passport – it’s likely to cause less issues – despite the slightly annoying questioning.

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      • Lee says:

        Thx for your quick answer Anil.

        I guess I’ll stick to the Dutch passport.
        When I return to Korea in about three weeks after my trip to HK, there will be four stamps. Is there a limit to how many times one can enter Korea on tourist visa?

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  65. Ismail says:

    Hi Anil,

    I left the US and entered Europe with my German Passport. I am returning to the US with my US passport. Because there is no EU sort of stamp in my US passport showing my original arrival to Europe, will I have any issues?

    Thanks in advance for the valuable information.

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  66. Michelle Worth says:

    Hi Anil P!

    Thank you for posting this, it is very helpful… though I do have a situation… I am Canadian born but I live and work in Indonesia.. It is not legal for Indonesia to have dual citizenship but the Canadians don’t care. I am travelling to the UK this summer with my Brit husband, and travelling to Spain for our honeymoon and also for a short business meeting (hopefully I can curb it to a maximum one hour meeting haha!)

    Here is the quandary: I have gotten a UK visa for my INdonesian passport to go to the UK… But due to time restrictions, I won’t get my passport back in time to get a schengen visa.

    Would it be okay to leave the UK with my Indonesian passport (i got multiple entry) and arrive in Spain and exit Spain back to the UK with my Canadian passport?

    Would appreciate a response…. thank you so much!!!

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    • Anil P. says:

      It may work but also could cause problems since you’ve got the visa in one passport. I’d say chances are in your favor.

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  67. Miki says:

    so,at Asian airports they go by fingerprints not by passports anymore??
    That means if i intend to do visa run to Japan and back on two different passports the trick wont work?

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  68. Tim says:

    That’s an interesting situation to have to deal with. Are there any serious penalties if you accidentally whip out the wrong passport and hand it to the immigration officer?

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  69. Denise says:

    I recently got my second citizenship (US) under my married name, but I bought tickets to Panama a couple of months ago and the ticket has my maiden name, which I use in my first citizenship…
    I would like to go through passport control with my US passport, but the airline is giving me a hard time about changing the name, can I check in with the passport that has my maiden name and do the passport control with my US passport? Any ideas?

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  70. mandy says:

    Hi I have both Irish and British nationality. Last year I went to the states on my irish passport, however it has expired and I am applying for a visa to go to the states this summer and I only have a british passport ready to give them in time to make the application. Will entering on a british passport cause me problems, given that at customs last year they took my finger prints etc on an irish passport?

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  71. LV says:

    Hello!

    Old post but I’ll try anyway… I hold US and Italian passports. I’m currently in South Africa on my American passport. Thinking of doing a land border run to Namibia and swapping to my Italian passport to get a new visa and stay longer. Any advice?

    I’m wondering if Namibia will wonder why my Italian passport is lacking a South African stamp. Or if they will even notice or care.

    Thanks so much!

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  72. Elmo K says:

    I am a Tunisian National resident in India and I am planning to go to Dubai in few days. I also hold an Irish passport but the Indian visa is on my Tunisian passport. I know with the Irish passport, I will get a visa on arrival while I have to apply for a visa few days if I use the Tunisian passport.
    My question if anyone can help is If I will I be able to leave India using my Irish passport first, if so could I use my Irish passport to enter and leave Dubai or not. My plan is to come back to India after this trip.
    Thank you

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  73. Trancer Mike says:

    hi , thanks for the article .
    i wanna travel to Netherlands and i am a two passports holder ( Saudi and American passports ) .
    i will buy my flight ticket with my American passport and enter the country with the same passport ?
    am i going to face any problems ?

    Thank You

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  74. Simon says:

    Thanks so much for this great resource for dual passport holders!

    I’ve got a question as I’m in Southeast Asia now, with US and Japanese passports. I entered Thailand with my US passport, and then tried to enter Laos today with my Japanese passport as there is no visa required for Japanese passport holders, but the immigration folks were very adamant that they must have the exit stamp from Thailand matching my passport (which was in my US one). After arguing for a bit I threw in the towel and paid for the Laos visa (not a huge deal).

    My question now is that I was planning to go to Vietnam next with my Japanese passport because again they give you one for free for 15 days, but I’m worried that I’ll run into the same problem I just had here in Laos, and the repercussions could be worse as Vietnam requires you to have an entry letter prepared as a US citizen in order to do Visa on Arrival.

    So my question is: anyone know if Vietnam checks the previous country exit stamp? I’m going to go ahead and get the US letter, but I’d prefer to still go on the Japanese passport if possible (saves $45), but don’t want to try it and get in further hot water with the Vietnamese authorities on entry.

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    • Anil Polat says:

      Hi Simon,

      It’s my pleasure, I’m happy this post is of some help.

      To answer your question: they might check and they might care. It’s hard to say honestly, but generally switching passports in this way isn’t always the easier. You can try calling the local embassies in Vietnam to see what they recommend. Best of luck!

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  75. Lorraine says:

    Hi mate, I’m a British citizen and have a British passport. Also an Australian citizen with said passport. I understand, that leaving Australia use Aussie passport, enter UK use British passport right? Now, I have a stopover in Hong Kong, waiting for flight to UK. On entry to Hong Kong, what passport would you use?

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  76. Samantha says:

    Hi
    I arrived in Sa on my Canadian passport as my SA passport was expired that very same day. They refused to recognize my dual citizenship and gave me 90 days. She told me when I get my new SA passport I can stay in the country longer and leave when I want to. However home affairs says that’s incorrect and that I’m in SA illegally. I now have my new SA passport but worry if I don’t leave before the expiry date on my Canadian passport – will they consider me undesirable on my Canadian passport ? Also if I leave on my SA passport and return to SA again ( years later on my NEW Canadian passport ) is there a way they will know I never stamped out as a Canadian and black list me again on reentry( assuming I lost my sa passport etc) . Do we need a letter for airports showing we have dual citizenship ?

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  77. Marco says:

    Hi

    I think my first post did not get through.

    So, I am dual citizen (portuguese/mozambican) and i live in mozambique as mozambican.

    I book a trip to portugal ( moz-jnb-dxb-lis) and already have the visa to portugal stamped in my mozambican passport. I will be in transit jnb-dxb for short time…but on my way back i have 36h stopover in dubai and I would like to visit it…but my moz passport dont have 6 months validity to request a transit visa. I wonder if can use my poruguese passport(Visa on Arrival) to enter and exit dubai and then proceed my trip back on my moz passport?

    1- which passport should I stamp when leaving portugal?
    2- will immigration in dubai ask for a exit stamp on my portuguese passport if i leave portugal with my moz passport?

    I will leave moz at 8 jan and get back 30 jan 15

    Hope can you help me with this…I dont want to spend 36 hour inside dubai airport…grrr..,and i really want to know dubai…

    tks in advance and look forward to hear from you sooner as possible

    sorry about my english…

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    • Anil Polat says:

      It did get through, it was just help up in moderation.

      The situation is pretty straightforward, use the Portuguese passport for the entire trip. UAE is visa on arrival I believe.

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  78. shaq says:

    Hey Anil,

    I hope this comment still reaches you, since this post is more than 2 years old.

    I have both US and Pakistani passport. I will be travelling from US to Pakistan and will have a layover in Turkey for a day. I was thinking of getting a visa and going around. What is your advice? What passport should I get my visa on? Its harder to get a visa on the Pakistani passport than the US one.

    Leaving the US, show my US passport? And entering Pakistan, I should use my Pakistani passport?

    Will be grateful.

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    • Anil Polat says:

      Hi Shaq, I’m always around. You can get a visa on arrival in Turkey with the US passport, go with that one.

      Leaving the US, show my US passport? And entering Pakistan, I should use my Pakistani passport? << yes and yes

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  79. Amjaad says:

    Hello Anil
    I have dual nationality (Russia and Pakistan). At the time I am in Pakistan.Soon I should go to Egypt.As I know I need visa on pakistani passport but dont need visa on Russian Passport.which passport I should apply to go to Egypt? If I will travell on pakistani passport I will need visa which is dificult to get visa on pakistani passport , I travell on Russian passport it will be difficult to come back to pakistan without getting visa for Pakistan.i dont understand what to do?

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  80. Tom N says:

    I have 2 passports….U.S. and a brand new and as yet unstamped Estonian one. Taking a trip to Brazil which requires a $165 visa for Americans and nothing for Estonians/E.U. Citizens. If I understand previous blog entries, I could leave the U.S. on my U.S. Passport while checking in with the airlines with my Estonian passport. I would enter and exit Brazil with my Estonian passport. For my return flight from Brazil I would use my U.S. passport. And finally I would re-enter the U.S. on my U.S. passport.
    Could you confirm my understanding of the travel/passport process and also let me know if there is anything to be concerned about having a brand new unstamped passport in going through Brazil’s Customs? Many thanks.

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    • Anil Polat says:

      You’ve got it right.

      US: Check in with airline using US passport. Upon arrival in Brazil passport control, Estonian. Leaving: use Estonian for passport control and check in with airline using US passport.

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      • Tom N says:

        Just a clarification….at check-in with my U.S. outbound flight, shouldn’t I use my Estonian passport since a Visa for Brazil isn’t required with it. Otherwise using my U.S. passport, I could be hung up since I wouldn’t have a Visa in my passport. Am I missing something?

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  81. Maria says:

    My son will be going from US to UK for 8 months total (study and travel). He will be traveling from US, but connecting in JFK to go to London and he will probably have to check in again for a boarding pass, since it is a different non-partner airline.
    He has dual US and Swiss citizenship, so he will not need a Visa because of his Swiss passport.
    In his Swiss passport he has an additional last name with a hyphen like it is used in Switzerland where they add the mom’s last name. For example in US passport is Smith and in Swiss passport is Smith-Jones.
    The ticket shows his US passport name with the Smith last name only, would that be a problem?
    Should he always show both passports? The ticket is January-August.

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  82. Donald says:

    Hi – I have dual UK / Australian citizenship with 2+ years expiry left on each passport. I currently work and live in Saudi Arabia under a business visa gained from UAE residency which is employment sponsored and leave/return to Saudi once a month to/from UAE. The visas are in my UK passport. I wish to leave Saudi for a holiday in Israel via Jordan. If there are stamps in my passport from Israel, it would mean i would probably denied re-entry to Saudi and i must return to Saudi after the holiday to fulfill work requirements. A way to do this would be: Fly out from Saudi with an exit stamp in my UK passport: Enter Jordan with the Australian passport and obtain a tourist visa on arrival stamped in the Australian passport: Exit Jordan on a flight to Israel; Enter/leave Israel on my Australian passport: Enter Jordan on my UK passport: Leave Jordan on my UK passport and re-enter Saudi on my UK passport. Although it appears it can be done and would cost me the price of 2 Jordanian visas, is this legal/practical or could i create a problem for myself ? Any advice would be welcome… Thanks Donald

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    • Anil Polat says:

      Hi Donald, honestly I don’t want to give you bad information, it’s best to contact your embassies to get the right details. Best of luck and feel free to post what they tell you.

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  83. Shawn says:

    Hi Anil, I have a scenario for you.

    2 passports. Passport 1 is for birth country and passport 2 is not. Birth country doesn’t recognize dual citizenship. If for example you have a US visa in passport 2 (departing from birth country) and like to travel to the US, how would you proceed? Possible solution is to go to the embassy (in birth country) and reapply for a new visa on passport 1 but wouldn’t they question why you’re doing that since the other one is still valid? They will obviously see that you also have a citizenship not belonging to the country you’re in so will they report it? Or do you just wait till it expires before applying with another passport?
    There’s no direct flight, so you have a stopover in another country (which for passport 1 AND 2 is visa-free) . Which passports do you show there?

    In the end, do you get two separate tickets then? A round-trip for birth country – stopover and a round-trip for stopover-destination? (That gets pretty pricey)

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    • Anil Polat says:

      If you’re leaving and going back from your birth country, you’ll need to use that passport. The problem is that the visa is in passport #2? Best to get a separate visa for that passport if possible.

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      • Shawn says:

        Is it even possible to request for 2nd US visa (same type) on another passport?

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        • Anil Polat says:

          It should be. Depends on the countries involved.

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          • Shawn says:

            I’m planning on booking two separate tickets. I have a Guyanese and Brazilian citizenship and staying in Guyana. My US visa is in my Brazilian passport. Basically I book return tickets for Guyana-Trinidad and Trinidad-US. (Avoid complications with direct flights). Which passport detail do I use for the Trinidad-US ticket? When I check-in at Trinidad heading to US, I have to show my Brazilian passport to correspond with the booking details along with the US visa in there. But which passport do I show at check-in in the US leaving for Trinidad? I need to use the same passport I left the country with, right?

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  84. jackie says:

    I’m just a little confused here. I have a US passport and I just got an EU passport and I want to move to England. If I leave the US with my US passport and land in London with my EU passport, they will stamp my EU passport. When I want to come back to the US, I leave London with my EU passport and enter the US with my US passport, BUT there won’t be any stamp in my US passport to show that I was ever England. I’ve travelled outside the US before on small vacations and every time I enter the US and go through customs again they always ask me where I went and how long I was gone. If there’s no stamp in my US passport, how can I prove that I came from England without showing my EU passport?

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  85. Edwin says:

    Hello, I am a U.S. and El Salvador citizen. I live in the U.S. My concern is that I will travel to Russia in September and as far as I know that with my American passport I need to apply for a Russia. On the contrary with my El Salvador passport I will be able to enter Russia visa-free (given that the visa-free agreement takes affect by that time). So my question is, will I have any issues at the Russian passport control point in the airport if they find out that I’m also an American citizen?

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  86. tina says:

    I am US citizen and Spanish citizen. I want to travel to the UK and I want to use my Spanish passport so I don’t have to apply for a visa. Is it possible? How will I do this so I can come and go freely to both countries?
    Thanks

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  87. Ken says:

    OK, I am still confused. I want to travel to Germany, in preparation to move there as a German citizen. If I use my American passport, I have no proof that I entered Germany legally, as a German citizen. Likewise when I return to the states, if I use my German passport I will be seen as a Geman citizen and not an American. So do I use my American passport on when exiting and returning? Then it will not be stamped. Same for my German passport.

    Sorry but I still do not understand which passport to use!

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    • Anil Polat says:

      You enter Germany with your German passport. Enter US with US passport. The stamps don’t matter in this case – Germany cares whether you entered Germany legally, US cares about US entries if that makes sense. If either passport control asks, you can let them know you have dual citizenship; though I’m not sure German policy on dual nationalities. Best to check and go from there.

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  88. Greg says:

    Hi
    I’m traveling from brisbane to Birmingham I’m dual national I have uk and Australia passports what’s the best way for me to travel bk with a stop over in Singapore and Dubai using which passports advice would be truly appreciated

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    • Anil Polat says:

      Depends on the visas (if any) required for both passports. In both cases, I don’t think it will matter but you should check on your embassy websites to confirm.

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  89. mm says:

    sorry know you probably answered this question a million times! I have UK and Nigerian passport
    i will be travelling to Nigeria in march, exiting the UK with my Nigerian passport however i have a transit at Germany where i will have to go through security again (stupid)so do i show my UK passport or Nigerian passport at Germany! Both passport have the same names. i do know u still exit Nigeria with my Nigerian passport

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  90. joi says:

    hi im filipno citizen living in Philippines i have a son who is 3 years old and a dual citizen (filipino and US) his US passport was acquired from his father. His father who is currently working in Abu Dhabi wants us to visit him there. We are concern about our son if he is allowed to travel there without acquiring his visa because US passport holder there can travel free visa while me as im holding a filipino passport should apply visa to travel there.

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  91. Ghassem says:

    Hi, I have US passport and Iran Passport. I like to travel to Iran and come back without USA’s knowledge. I can travel to Turkey with US passport but show the Turkish officer Iranian passport. Since turkey does not require the visa for Iranian. Then from there travel to Iran and come back from Iran with Iranian passport. Then using US passport to come back to the USA. The only thing USA will ask is” There is no entry stamp from Turkey in your US passport. In the 2nd thought, I can travel to Canada with US passport, then exit from Canada to Turkey with Iranian passport, Travel to Iran with Iranian passport and back to Turkey with US passport, Now I have exit stamp from Canada and entry to Turkey with no problem. The only thing is I exited from Canada on the day of 7 and arrived to Turkey at the day of 17. It means I have been in the airplane for 10 days, which is funny. Please help me and tell me what to do. My name is Ghassem. Thank you

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    • Anil Polat says:

      Just tell them you’re a dual citizen upon reentry to the US.

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      • Sam Larigistani says:

        Anil
        I think you even do not spend time to read these comments. The main concept is I do not want USA to know I had been travelling to IRAN. You want me to tell them I am a dual citizen ????? !!!!!.
        It is much wiser that you tell me you don’t know the answer instate of giving me a wrong answer that can be more harmful.

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  92. Liam says:

    I am a Canadian (born in Canada) who has an Irish passport through my father who was born there. I’m planning a trip to Turkey in the near future, and need to get a visa. The cost for Irish passport holder is much less. The airplane ticket was booked under my Canadian passport, so that is the passport I will have to show when checking in for the flight. Canada doesn’t have a passport ‘exit control’ like many other countries.

    Can I still get a visa and enter Turkey under my Irish passport? I’ve read in some places that customs receives a passenger manifest including nationality from the airline, and this ‘mismatch’ might set off a red flag if I present a passport of different nationality upon arrival.

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  93. Stefania says:

    Hello!! My question is not about travelling so I don’t know if u will be able to help me. I never had problems travelling as I have brazilian and spanish passports, I just use the BR passport to enter BR and ignore it exists elsewhere. But I have been facing a problem… in BR I am married and got my husbands name.. in Spain women don’t take the husband name NEVER. So.. now I am living in the UK and here I need the spanish passport as I don’t need visa. But I want my husband’s name to be in my documents, banks, bills, and everything, but if i use my brazilian passport i can be considered illegal because i have no visa in that passport, i don’t know what to do. What would you suggest?

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  94. Riky says:

    Hello, I wanted to ask you some questions….

    I have 2 passport’s Mexican and American. I am currently in Latvia.

    I flew from the states into Sweden then to Latvia, upon my arrival to Sweden I was stamped with and entry on my American passport. I am aware that I have a 90day “visa” to travel freely thru the Schengen Area with my American passport.

    But, If I wanted to stay longer in the area after my initial 90 days, could I use my Mexican passport to receive another 90 days without needing to apply for residency?

    My idea was to fly to the UK then back Latvia. I would show my American passport upon exiting Latvia to get my exit stamp, then upon arriving to the UK I would present my Mexican passport for entry. Then book another flight back to Latvia and present my Mexican passport (with no Schengen stamps) upon entry to Latvia. would that work?

    My Mexican passport has no stamps as it was recently renewed. what types of problems could I come across?

    or what do you suggest in order for me to stay longer in the “Schengen Area”?
    Flying back to Mexico or USA is not an option at this time…

    Thank you!

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    • Anil Polat says:

      It may work, although depending on the stamps in your passport, if you’re asked it might cause you problems. I would contact the Mexican embassy in those countries to confirm the laws to make sure everything is legal – that way if you are questioned, you’ve got good responses. Otherwise it’s a risk; no country is obligated to accept a tourist and if they think you’re trying to cheat the system, might deny you entry.

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  95. Andrew says:

    Hi there, I’m a dual New Zealand & UK citizen. I have both passports. I’m planning a trip to Israel (First stop on a Europe OE) From what I hear security is very tight at ben gurion airport.. I will be using my NZ passport to get in to Israel, but I will also have my British passport on me for the destinations to follow.. Now when leaving & arriving Israel I hear they make you empty your bags and look through items individually, where my 2nd passport is going to be discovered. Also From Israel I’m flying to London so will be using my British passport for that flight. Any suggestions ? Have you had any experience with customs/security at this airport? Thanks for your time

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    • Anil Polat says:

      The best thing I can suggest is to contact the British Embassy in Israel to find out if there will be any problems. (And if you remember, it would be great if you could post their reply here. It may help others wondering the same.) Thanks and good luck!

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  96. patrick says:

    Im a Filipino and also hodling Spanish passport and working here in dubai. Im planning to leave dubai for good and go straight to spain.
    I want to know if I present the 2nd passport with the airline and presenting the 1st passport in the immigration (passport control)
    and they ask me.. I cannot say no, as they can easily check it. Uae doesn’t allow dual passport.
    Is there any problem, or do they hold me at the airport?

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  97. Jack says:

    I have a visa to enter the US on my Sri Lankan passport and I have a EU passport. I want to travel to Hungary? What passport should I show when exiting and entering both countries?

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  98. Akiko says:

    I have a Japanese and Philippine passport. And I’m here in Japan. But I’m planning to go to the Philippines to take my college degree. I just turned 18 years old this year. Can I still use my Philippine passport for me not to be overstayed in the Philippines? Thank you.

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  99. Renee says:

    Hi Anil, Good advice on your site. My question got dual Kenyan-British passports travelling shortly from Kenya to other countries in Africa some by air and road. When I leave Kenya will enter & exit Botswana and South Africa with British PP. Then later enter Zambia & Zimbabwe with Kenyan pp by road .

    Which passport do I enter back into Botswana? From the Zambia borders. Because after Botswana I am flying to Ethiopia and I am using my Kenyan passport. Kenyan passport doesn’t require a visa to enter Botswana and Ethiopia. Looking forward to your reply. Thanks

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  100. RK says:

    Hi Anil,
    I am not so sure that I should lie to immigration in a third country, if asked if I have also another citizenship, especially when traveling with both passports (or any other identity document of the other country). They may thoroughly search your luggage and find that you have also another passport…and have lot’s of trouble, even getting arrested. I would not risk.

    What do you think?

    Have you been ever denied entry when saying that you had two citizenships?

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    • Anil Polat says:

      I don’t recommend lying; what I suggest is simply not to volunteer the information. Be truthful if asked however. I haven’t been asked recently that I recall – stick with the citizenship you’re entering/exiting the country with and you shouldn’t have any problems. I hope this makes sense?

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  101. Roger says:

    For a person with both Australian and msian passport. I travel from Austr to msia using msian passport. When I return to Austr, which passport should I use and how to overcome air ticket check in? This is because for a msian entering Australia u need a visa?

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  102. Jon says:

    Hi you helped me a while back and thank you for that. Just wanted to ask this…

    So I have a US and British Passport and am traveling to Brazil in June. I am going to go on my British Passport so I do not have to get a Visa. You said you check in with your British Passport which I understand but then when I go thru security to exit the US you said to show your US passport with your ticket before you walk thru the metal detectors and such. Won’t the US security see that I checked in with a British passport and then wonder why I am showing US passport at this point?

    Same thing on the way back I check in with US passport but then show British going thru security to get on the plane to come back to the US will they wonder the same thing in Brazil?

    Thanks for your help!

    Jon

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    • Anil Polat says:

      You’re welcome, glad I could help. Actually, exiting the US, you won’t have to show a passport (they don’t require it) so the situation you describe will not come up. As for the way back, in Brazil passport control likely won’t care – so long as you’ve got a valid British passport and entered/exited legally. Just don’t mention you’re a dual citizen.

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  103. Hey!

    So I have a dilemma and would love your advice. I have dual citizenship, US and Thai. I am going to Brasil for the World Cup and I’d like to get in on my Thai passport because it allows me 90 days free. US visa to Brasil is 160 dollars… I am flying out of the US though which would require me to exit on my US passport. Then I’d like to use my Thai visa at customs, but then I guess I would need to get a flight back into the US via my Thai passport in order to exit Brasil on the same passport I entered? What do you think? I am entering and exiting from different cities so a roundtrip flight is not necessary, I could buy tickets with the different passports. Cheers!

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    • Anil Polat says:

      Going to Brazil, you’ve got it right. Returning, book the tickets on your US passport. When you check in with the airline in Brazil, show them your US passport. At *customs* however, show your Thai passport. That should work, but there’s a small chance they’ll wonder where your US visa is. In that case you’ll likely have to pay the Brazilian entry fee but it is very likely to happen in the first place. Do confirm however with the Brazilian embassy website’s immigration/visitor information though to be sure and don’t just take my word for it.

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  104. Mike says:

    Hi, I have dual citizenship of Canada and Hong Kong. I plan to travel to Japan as a temporary visitor status which gives me 90 days of stay. I am planning to stay longer than the 90 days, which means I would need to leave the country and re-enter. If I initially use my canadian passport o enter, and then on my second entry I use my a Hong Kong SAR passport, would the customs officers have record in their system that I was the same person whom entered with my canadian passport? Also to note is that they take fingerprints as record upon entry.
    Also I am unable to apply for a visa for a longer stay because the process takes 6 months, and I am planning to leave in two months. So my only option is to enter with a temporary visitor status.

    Thanks

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    • Anil Polat says:

      I’m not sure, you’ll have to check Japan’s specific entry requirements. How long do you need to be out of the country before reentering? Is there some reason you don’t want to or can’t use the Canadian passport both times?

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  105. Barry Sloan says:

    Won’t U.S. Customs and Immigration be looking for entry/exit stamps from the other country? My daughter is eligible for dual citizenship in the Philippines, having obtained her U.S. Citizenship through adoption. She is currently a student in college in the Philippines and this would save us a lot of money and trouble, as she us currently paying penalties for overstaying her tourist visa. If she can enter and leave the Philippines on her Filipino passport, she wouldn’t have to have a student visa. My only worry is entry/exit into the U.S.

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    • Anil Polat says:

      It won’t be a problem, they’re not likely to ask and if they do (US Passport Control) she can tell them she’s a dual citizen; the US recognizes duals. It’s in the front pages of the US passport.

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  106. Nancy says:

    Hi:
    1.-I have two passport Canadian and Peruvian. I already bought a air ticket with the Canadian Passport. Can enter with the Peruvian Passport in Peru I am planning to stay for more than 180 days as far as I know if I stay more than 180 days in Peru I have to pay $1 a day in Peru I want to avoid that so it is ok to leave from Canada with the Canadian Passport and enter to Peru with the Peruvian Passport.
    2.-When I leave from Peru. What passport should I leave Peruvian or Canadian?
    Peruvian Passport???

    3.-Which passport should I buy my air-ticket leaving from Peru Canadian or Peruvian?
    ???
    4.-When I enter Canada. Which passport should I use Canadian or Peruvian?
    Canadian Passport

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  107. Debbie says:

    Hi hope someone can help ,my husband holds a british and turkish passport can he travel to Dubai on his british passport or does he need a visa because of the turkish passport ?

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  108. Yav says:

    Hi Anil:

    I have dual nationality Spanish and US.
    I need to travel to China and I have been living in Thailand for a while with my US passport. Because China charges so much money to US citizens I am thinking to request a Chinese VISA as a Spaniard and exit Thailand with the US passport then enter China with the Spanish one. On the way back I am planing on exiting China with the Spanish passport and entering Thailand with the US one.
    Do you have any information about whether this is possible in China? I am not even sure they will put a VISA on my empty Spanish passport since I have to request it in the Chinese Embassy in Bangkok… not sure if I am making sense……

    Thanks.

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  109. rabab says:

    Urgent urgent Hi me and my husband and my son r travelling to the usa we r egyptians and got a visa to enter but my son has a canadian passport as well. We live in the united arab Emirates so we have residency there but my son has it on his egyptian passport now he should leave uae with the camadian or the egyptian and when we r bk he enters with which passport. ..

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  110. louie says:

    yesterday i entered Russia using two passports.Russian customs didnt like the fact that I am using two passports,so they took my canadian passport inspecting it for long time behind closed window.then,they made me stare at them while they compared Serbian passport with my face(as they didnt believe it was me.
    It was unpleasant situation.

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  111. aaron p says:

    hi, im a Peruvian and a Italian citizen . im traveling to Canada from PERU for a month for vacation. im planning on buying the airline ticket using my Italian passport, and probably do a lay over in the US. Which passport should I use when leaving PERU? and what about when arriving to the US and Canada? please help!!

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  112. Miss Lee says:

    I have both HKSAR passport and uk passport but my uk passport is expired and waiting the new passport to arrive. run out of time. I am due to travel on 7th July 2014.

    Can I use my HKSAR passport to travel to spain Salou but I have never use my HKSAR passport before so no stamp on my HKSAR passport. Will they question me why there are no stamp on HKSAR passport?

    Thanks

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  113. Bryan says:

    Anil, can you help me out with this issue? I have dual citizenship with the US and Philippines. I normally visit my country with my us passport because I’m allowed to go without a visa for 21 days but I have to buy a round trip ticket using just my us passport. Is there a way I can use my Philippines passport and just buy a one way ticket and stay as log as I want?

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  114. Chris says:

    Hi Ive got a quick question that needs urgent answers.
    My fiance and I are going to fly to Perth to get married.
    I hold German and Thai passport, she holds Swiss and Thai passport and we both live in Bangkok on our Thai nationalities (passports).
    We have our visa issued on our European passports, they were free of charge and very easy to obtain.

    Would we go about traveling like this:

    1. Present our European passports to the airline for our tickets and to acknowledge our visas.
    2. Present our Thai passports at immigration (exiting Thailand)
    3. Upon landing in Perth present our European passports to the Australian immigration.
    4. Repeat this process in reverse on the way back

    This is if we fly direct.
    If we fly via Malaysia:

    1. Present our European passports to the airline for our tickets and to acknoledge our visas.
    2. Present our Thai passports at immigration (exiting Thailand)
    3. Land in Malaysia and present our … passports
    4. Exit Malaysia and present our … passports
    3. Upon landing in Perth present our European passports to the Australian immigration.
    4. Repeat this process in reverse on the way back

    We don’t know which would be easier and right now we have a choice between two ticket choices. One direct or one with a stop over in Malaysia.

    Advice please!! And many thanks!!

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  115. Lou Zak says:

    I have a US and a Polish Passport and am a current resident of Panama. I would like to leave Panama and travel in Europe using my Polish Passport. I do not have any entry stamps on my Polish Passport. Will that cause a problem when I leave Panama or return to Panama?

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  116. Hale says:

    Hi Anil,

    Have you ever left US with your Turkish passport to enter Russia visa free and then leave Russia with your US passport to go to a European country that requires visa for Turkish nationals?
    I am planning to do so with my British and Turkish passports. Do you think I may have any problems?

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    • Anil Polat says:

      You must exit a country with the same one you entered on. If you try to leave Russia with your US passport you’ll have problems since it won’t have a visa in it.

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  117. Tripmania says:

    Something here doesn’t make sense. If I have to enter the country and leave it on the same passport, it means that I can enter it and leave it on one passport and enter it again and leave it again on another passport. This is my situation, I am both French and American.
    So I have entered the US on my french passport with a visa and I have been there for 2 years, and now I am going to leave the US with my french passport, as it is suggested. And I would like to reenter one week after with my US passport instead and stay for one year this time and leave with my US passport next year. According to what you say, this is ok, because I made a 2 years trip on my french passport, and now I am going to make a 1 year trip with my US passport, each time entering and leaving with the same passport. However, if you look at a smaller time scale, it also looks like I am going to make a one week trip to france, leaving with one passport and entering with the other. Which, according to you is no correct.

    So what’s wrong ?

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    • Anil P. says:

      Generally speaking, you should use the passport of the country you’re a citizen of when going there. Why enter the US on your French passport? You’re a US citizen so use the US passport.

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  118. christopher lew says:

    Hi! I’m a passport holder of both Australia and Estonia. When I first entered Europe I was not thinking clearly and entered on my Australian one (stupid I know) however my 90 days is almost up. I go from Serbia to Denmark soon,sk you think it would be an issue of I left Serbia on my aus passport then enter Denmark with my Estonian (never before used) so no stamps etc… thanks in advance

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  119. Dan says:

    Great forum – but any experience of travelling with UK and Chinese passports?

    I know China does not accept 2 dual citizenships but any chance to get away from it?

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    • Erin says:

      I’ve heard it’s like ‘Don’t ask don’t tell’

      Basically don’t tell or let the Chinese authorities know you have dual citizenship. However, if you are flying to China say from the UK, they may ask you why you don’t have a visa to be in the UK…which might reveal your dual citizenship.

      My friend had to renounce her Chinese citizenship when she became a Canadian, now when she travels to China it is definitely more work to get a visa to go (because they know she used to be a Chinese citizen). One way around it (at least for Canadians) is to request a special passport that doesn’t indicate your birthplace, thus they might not guess that you once had Chinese citizenship.

      Definitely contact the British (NOT Chinese) embassy.

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      • Dan says:

        Hi

        Thanks for the replies.

        I am planning to travel back to china via Dubai from the uk. I have got uk permanent residency in my Chinese passport. I am thinking that I exit uk with my British passport, in and out Dubai with the British one as well and enter china with the Chinese one. The only concern is whether there will be any problems entering china? Will the immigration ask any questions where I travel from etc?

        Thanks

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    • Anil P. says:

      Hi Dan,

      Perhaps someone can jump in here and give you a hand. I would also call the British embassy in China or send them an email, they might be able to give you some information.

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  120. Sonchi says:

    Hi Anil, this is an excellent blog by the way…. previously my wife was a Kenyan citizen. Whilst being kenyan she got an OCI (overseas citizen of india). She is now British with a British passport but her OCI is on the Kenyan passport. We’re going to India and were thinking of leaving on her British passport, entering India with her Kenyan passport and then coming back out of India with Kenyan and into UK with the British passport. Can you forsee any issues with this?

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    • Anil P. says:

      Thanks Sonchi, I appreciate the kind words. As for your question, honestly I’m not sure. It might just be easier to use the British passport and get a visa to India to avoid complications.

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  121. Susan says:

    Hi, I was wondering If i can leave the US with my US passport and enter the UK with my EU passport, however my EU passport is expired =|

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  122. Ellie says:

    Hey guys! I am sorry if someone already asked this question but I have U.S. citizenship and Bulgarian one. So will the U.S. let me leave the states with my Bulgarian passport? I don`t want to use my U.S. passport. Thanks :)

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    • Anil P. says:

      No, you will check in to the airline, showing both passports. At passport control in the airport, if you’re asked to show papers, give them your US passport. (Otherwise you’ll likely have problems.) Then enter Bulgaria (or next destination) with Bulgarian passport at passport control.

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  123. Stefan says:

    Hey, thanks for the great post, just what I needed! :)

    I have a Serbian and Bosnian passport and want to travel to Botswana via South Africa (I need visas for both countries with both passports), but the good thing at least is that I can send both of my passports at the same time to have the visas issued.

    My plan is to get the Batswana visa in my Serbian passport and the SA one in my Bosnian passport. BUT! My Bosnian passport is brand new i.e. stampfree (I will just have the SA visa)…

    Would it be better to exit Serbia with my Bosnian passport then, to get some stamps in it (I can do it easily in Serbia, because Bosnians enter Serbia with an ID card), or I shouldn’t worry?

    My plan is to enter and exit SA with my Bosnian passport and to go then to Botswana with my Serbian one. Just hope it will work. And then exit Botswana with my Serbian passport, fly to Johannesburg and show them my Bosnian passport again.

    I’m just scared that the Batswana will ask to see my SA exit stamp, because there aren’t many flights from Gaborone, Botswana to other countries… So, I mean, they can really easily “keep track” of where you just came from.

    I mean, I’m ready to defend my rights, I’m sure it’s nothing illegal, but still, you don’t argue with border control. If they don’t let you in, they don’t. 😀

    What should I do in case of problems, I’m a bit insecure, because it’s going to be in Africa, where I’ll be a complete foreigner, and I’m not sure how their administration works (trying to be realistic, I know that people here in Serbia would make fuss about nothing just because they are uninformed, I guess that could also happen “down there” :))

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  124. Kinza says:

    Hi Anil…. I have dual citizenship from the US and the UK. I have lived in the US most of my life, but will be moving permanently to Amsterdam in a couple months. Since Holland is part of the EU, I do not need to get a visa to work over there, however, it is imperative that I am not on the radar as entering Amsterdam on a US passport, otherwise I will not be able to stay for longer than 90 days, and I will also not be able to register as a resident of Amsterdam and receive a Burger Service Number. Given the exit & enter on the same passport laws, in addition to passport control checking for an exit stamp in my passport, I am not sure which passport I should use to enter the EU to become a resident. Right now, my flight is booked Amsterdam via London, but I’m wondering if I need change the flight so that I enter London with my US passport and then, on a separate flight, enter Amsterdam with my UK passport.
    I have looked everywhere I can, called both the US and the Dutch Embassy, and still cannot get a definite answer. I just want to make sure I’m doing it the right way, and to ensure that I do not run into any problems once I have begun the journey.
    Thanks so much!

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  125. Darin Graham says:

    I have a South African and a British Passport. I exited the UK on my SA passport and entered SA on my SA passport. I’m not sure what to do on the way back though. Do I exit on my SA and enter on my British passport? Will the British border control not ask why my British passport has not been stamped? How would they know where I cam from kind of thing? I’m so confused.

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  126. Jim says:

    Hi Anil,

    I’m in quite an urgent situation. I have a Greek Passport and a US Passport. I’ve been living in the UK for the past three and a half months and I entered the country from Greece. I have never been to the States before in my life, so now that my girlfriend is studying there, I though it is the best time to go there. I though, “AT LAST”!!! However, I’m starting to fear that my dual nationality will become a big issue. I’m planning on leaving the UK with my US passport because I figured I wouldn’t need any visas. I tried to go to the US Embassy but they don’t let you enter without appointments, so I couldn’t have any of my queries answered. Could please help me with this information? Is it going to be a problem for me to leave the UK with a US passport if I’ve entered with a Greek one? If that is an issue, what do I need to do? I would be very grateful if you could help with this.

    Thank you in advance

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    • Jim says:

      Sorry,

      Also one more question, when I leave the States again to go back to the UK (which will be in about 9 months from the time I arrive, I believe) which passport should I use to exit the country?

      Thanks.

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    • Anil P. says:

      Hi Jim,

      It shouldn’t be an issue. When you book your flights, do so with the US passport information – at the airport when you check in with the airline, show your US passport – then at UK passport control the Greek one. Then in the US the US one :) It should be a smooth process.

      Safe travels,
      -Anil

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  127. Ryder says:

    Hello Anil P,

    Thank you very much for the great information.

    If I may I just have a few questions you might be able to help with.

    My Son is a dual national “Russian and Australian” and we’re leaving Russia for Australia shortly.

    As far as I know, we should Exit Russia using his Russian passport but tell the airline and border officers he is a Dual National so they can see he doesn’t require a Visa to enter Australia. Does this sound correct?

    We will be going through Abu Dhabi in UAE, so Question is which passport should we show
    when entering the UAE? his Russian one or Australian one?

    I’ve called both Russia and Australia and they just say, you should exit and enter the country you’re a citizen of with that passport. But i’m confused about the rest! :(

    Any information you could advise would be greatly appreciated.

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    • Anil P. says:

      As far as I know, we should Exit Russia using his Russian passport but tell the airline and border officers (border control won’t care about Australia visa, don’t mention the dual unless asked) he is a Dual National so they can see he doesn’t require a Visa to enter Australia. Does this sound correct? > yes

      We will be going through Abu Dhabi in UAE, so Question is which passport should we show
      when entering the UAE? his Russian one or Australian one? > you won’t have to show a passport if it’s just a connection. if not, you’ll have to use a single passport for the entire trip. (and get applicable visas.)

      Hope this helps!

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      • Ryder says:

        Thanks very much, I called the Airline “Etihad” to explain the situation and they said the same thing pretty much.

        They will ask where the visa is and we should just tell them he is a dual national.

        Other than that there should be no other issues.

        Thanks again Anil, much appreciated.

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  128. kelty clark says:

    hey guys=) i need help im dual im pilipino and canadian i have two passports an i dont know what to use for going back to phil=( its my 1st time so i dont know how=(

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  129. Daisy says:

    Hi, thanks for the great site!

    I am going to enter India with Israeli passport and after the 6 months visa is expired- i am not allowed to issue another one in a period of 2 months. I was wondering if i can just go out with Israeli passport and obtain another Indian visa in my second (Russian) passport and enter India again. Do you think it’s legal?:)
    thank you!

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  130. Lee says:

    Hey there,

    Hoping you could answer my question!

    I have dual nationality between NZ and the US. I am currently living in the UK and have sent my NZ passport away to the UK border agency in order to extend my stay here in the UK.

    However, I need to get home briefly for my brother’s shot-gun wedding in two weeks. My NZ passport will still be the border agency for sometime. Can I leave the UK on my US passport even though I did not enter on it? I know I will have no problem getting into the US, it is just weather I will have trouble leaving and coming back into the UK on my US passport. I have a letter from the Border Agency about them having my NZ passport. Will that help at all? Any info would be VERY appreciated as I need to by a ticket ASAP.

    Cheers!

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    • Anil P. says:

      If you’re over on what the limit is for a US passport, it will likely cause you problems. The letter won’t help as you can’t ‘blend’ your nationalities, it’s either or when it comes to passport control.

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  131. Joelle says:

    Hello; i’m going to Cuba for the Christmas holidays with my french passport, departing from France where I live and I would like my daughter to join me. She is currently studying in the US and she holds dual french-US citizenship. Because of the embargo, she cannot go straight to Cuba with her american passport nor can she exit the country with her french passport as she entered it with her us passport. She’ll have to travel through another country, Mexico for instance. My question is : can she exit the US with her US passport, enter Mexico with her french passport, use that french passport to travel back and forth Cuba, leave Mexico with her french passport (the one she used to enter the country) and then reenter the states with her US passport? Is that feasable and won’t they ask her (at us custom) why she has no stamp on her american passport? Do you have any idea or alternative solution on how she could join me? Thanks a lot for your help.
    Joelle

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  132. Cherry says:

    Hi,
    I am holding british passport and wish to leave UK and go back to my home country (Malaysia), but my old malaysia passport has expired long long time and never used after i had my british passport. When i leave UK and entry into Malaysia, i wish i could used my malaysia passport (need to renew) but if i used my british passport to leave UK, i don’t think that’s a good ideal to used malaysia passport to enter into Malaysia. But if i used my malaysia passport on departure, what if the british immegresen found that my passport enter to UK many years ago but never go out, they might think i am illegal stay in uk, but infact i have a british passport (with different surname – after marriage). Can anyone help?

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    • Anil P. says:

      Go to the Malaysia embassy in the UK and get a new passport, are you close enough? They likely will also let you do it through the mail as well.

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  133. Tosh says:

    Hello Anil, you mention above:

    “Don’t tell passport control you’ve got two nationalities – even if asked. Doing so can forfeit your rights as a legal traveler. By the way, you’re not lying in this case either”

    What do you mean “forfeit your rights” ?

    This is the scenerio :

    I will be flying out of Thailand into Macau on my American PP.

    They will have to stamp me out of Thailand on my American PP.

    I will then want to stamp into Macau on my German PP.

    My German PP has never been used before, so what do I say if PP control in Macau ask where is my exit stamp?

    Tosh

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    • Anil P. says:

      Basically if there are restrictions on your other nationality, they may be imposed. As for Macau, almost always you have to enter and exit on the same passport.

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      • Tosh says:

        Thank you Anil,

        Ok well, having a German and American passport should then be ok? Do you know if there are restrictions on these two nationalities?

        Will what I have planned above work?

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        • Anil P. says:

          I don’t know if there are any restrictions off hand but be sure to check the embassy websites of both to confirm there aren’t any visa or other conditions. Your plan otherwise should work, just follow the sequence mentioned above with airline check-in and passport control.

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  134. cherry says:

    Thanks Anil P,

    But i still worried, if i used Malaysia passport to leave UK, and what if the UK immegresen think i am over stay in UK for many years? with new passport, and different surname. should i bring my british passport and marry certificate to prove? will any other problem may occur?
    Thank you.

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  135. May says:

    if i enter the country by land with my saudi and only present my Canadian passport when exiting would that be an issue

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