Although being a dual citizen isn’t common – it’s estimated only 1-2% of people worldwide [PDF] are one – questions about how to travel as a dual citizen are. Having two passports from different nations can get confusing when your planning a trip because the rules vary – and most nations don’t provide a lot of information about dual nationality other than: “when you’re using your other passport, you’re on your own.”
There are however some general guidelines you can follow when you need to travel with two passports, aren’t sure which one to use, or decide to take advantage of visa regulations.
Differentiate Between Passport Control And The Airline
This is where most people get confused because when you’re only using a single passport, you can practically think of immigration and the airlines in the same way.
When traveling with two passports, you need to remember that passport control cares (mostly) about your entry into the country you’re physically in – whereas the airlines want to make sure you can legally enter the country you’re going to. Also, remember to use the same passport to enter and exit a country, here’s why.
Airlines are fined if they allow someone who needs a visa to board a flight to a country that requires one of them, so at check-in when they ask for your passport, it’s one of the things the staff are looking for. The immigration personnel when they ask for your passport want to determine whether or not you can legally enter that country (either through a visa-waiver program, visa, or residency).
How To Book Your Tickets
Let’s say you want to use your “other” passport, for this example we’ll use the United States and Italy. You live in the United States, have dual Italian citizenship, and are planning a 2 week trip to Rome. In this case, you would book your flight tickets under your American passport, since U.S. citizens can stay in Italy up to 3 months without a visa. At Italian immigration, show your American passport (or Italian it really doesn’t matter in this case), then eat all the pasta you want.
Now, say you’re going to a 6 month trip to Italy (lucky you!) when booking tickets, use your American information. When you show up at the airport in the U.S., the person behind the counter will ask if you have a visa to stay longer than 3 months in Italy. You’ll just tell them you’re a dual U.S.-Italian national and show both passports. In the case you would need to show a passport upon leaving America (i.e. passport control) – use your American passport. When you arrive in Italy for your 6 month stay, show your Italian passport to passport control.
Many dual nationals tend to have questions here too, such as, “what if I decide to stay in Italy for 8 months instead of 6?” It’s important to understand you’re an Italian citizen so you can stay as long as you like. It also means if Italy decides citizens have to do mandatory military service, you can’t fall back and say, “wait, I want to be American now.”
Using Two Passports To Avoid Visas
Here’s another example – again, these are just example countries and rules – let’s say you’re a dual United States-Brazilian passport holder. You want to go to Brazil to train jiu-jitsu but know that Brazil requires a pricey entry fee from Americans. Since you’re a Brazilian national, though living in America as an American citizen, if you want to get around this fee, this is how:
- Book The Ticket – As a Brazilian national.
- In The U.S. – Show the airline clerk your Brazilian passport. Show immigration (if you have to go through passport control your American passport).
- Upon Arrival In Brazil – Show passport control your Brazilian passport.
Upon your return to the United States after learning a slick rear-naked choke, you simply follow the above, but in reverse.
A situation where one of your passports doesn’t have the right (aka. visa) to be in a country you have a layover in. Many of you in this thread have asked about it, the simple answer being, if you don’t have to go through passport control, it’s not an issue. Otherwise you’ll need to show the passport that is legally allowed to pass through; keeping in mind to check with the airline beforehand.
Some Important Caveats
All of the above countries and visa requirements were used as examples – you need to talk to the appropriate embassy if you have specific questions or to confirm any of the above. Laws change and vary between any two nations and how they view dual nationals. Also, some countries don’t allow dual nationality in which cases you ought not to play around with the rules.
Hopefully though, for those of you who’ve been wondering how to travel with two passports, this clarifies many of your major questions. If not though, feel free to ask away in the comments below and I’ll do my best to help.
Great post Anil. Thank you. I’m finding differing information regarding dual-citizenships and travel. I have a US and EU passport. I’ve heard that I should book my flight with my US passport, show my US passport at my exit airport and when I arrive in the EU, show my EU passport. I’ve also been told not to show both at the airports as it causes chaos. I’m moving overseas and won’t have a return flight. I’m wondering how I would go about booking my travel and leaving the U.S. Do I book with my U.S., show my U.S. when I leave and show my EU when I arrive in France? I want to make sure to do it the right way and legal way so no delays or problems as I’m traveling with my pets too. 🙂
Thank you Margaret. You have the information correct:
“I’m finding differing information regarding dual-citizenships and travel. I have a US and EU passport. I’ve heard that I should book my flight with my US passport, show my US passport at my exit airport and when I arrive in the EU, show my EU passport.”
If the airline at checkout in the US asks about a return ticket, tell them you’re a dual citizen and if they ask show them the passport. You should be good to go and without problems in this case. Let me know if you have any other questions and happy move!
Thanks Anil. May I ask, don’t they wonder when you arrive in another country and present your dual-citizenship passport, where the “stamp” is from your exiting country? If I present my US at booking and the airport when I leave and my EU when I enter the EU, won’t they find it odd I don’t have a departure stamp from the US? Sorry for all the questions. It’s so confusing!
Nope, they don’t care about potential overstays, etc. in other countries, just their jurisdiction. Of course if they ask, you can just let them know you’re a dual citizen if both countries recognize dual citizenship. You shouldn’t have any problems.
I’m an dual citizen of both Australia and Canada, living in Australia. I am not a resident of Canada.
I often travel to the US and have always used my Australian passport to enter the US, applying for the ESTA which is part of the USA Visa Waiver Program. I only use my Canadian passport to enter Canada.
When booking my airline ticket to the US, I need to provide my passport details before they will issue the ticket, and the airlines say that this information is provided to the US authorities so that they know the details in advance of who’s coming.
Upon arrival in the US on my most recent trip, I noticed a combined US/Canadian citizen line and I wondered if I could use my Canadian passport to go into this much shorter line instead. I decided not to because I didn’t provide the airline with information about my Canadian passport and wasn’t sure if this would look suspicious – someone arriving on a passport that the airline didn’t tell them about.
So my question is, can I actually use my Canadian passport instead to enter into the US from Australia? And how would I do this without it looking suspicious and getting flagged for extra screening?
This is for a fly through on the way to Canada?
It can be, I would like to know for both.
I usually have to transit through the US to get to Canada. Should I use my Canadian passport for this?
But I also sometimes just visit the US and don’t go to Canada. These times I should use my Australian?
For the transits, contact the Canadian embassy in the US. For the visits, it depends, what’s the visa duration difference between the two (if there is one)? Otherwise it won’t make a difference.
I am a dual citizen, Moldovan and Romanian. I am living in Ireland now and here I can travel only with my Romanian Passport because the Moldovan one doesn’t allow me to do so.
Now I want to go for a holiday in thailand and I can get visa only on my Moldovan passport.
The thing is that I can fly to Thailand with my Moldovan passport but when coming back to Ireland I can’t use it anymore because it is not allowed… it is allowed only my Romanian passport.
Should I use my Romanian one when coming back? Won’t seem strange for Ireland airport lads that I was flying with one passport and getting back with another to enter the country?
It’s best to check with your embassy but it shouldn’t be a problem. If they ask, you can tell them you are a dual citizen.
Hi. I am a US citizen. I just obtained dual citizenship to Mexico. To which name do I purchase my airline ticket? First time flying to Mexico with a Mexican passport. I appreciate the help. Thanks.
Are your names different in the passports?
my wife and my two kids will be coming soon to stay with me in europe, kids have philipinne pasport and dutch pasport, di i need book tickets for them using dutch pasport?
once go through emigration in philippines should they use philippine pasport, and arrive in holland dutch pasport?
best regards bert leffers
Dutch passport for check-in, Philippine passport (if checked) when leaving Philippines, Dutch passport for entry to Europe. But don’t take my word for it, please check with the proper embassies to be sure. I can only give general advice.
I’m kind of in a weird situation. I am a dual citizen of the U.S. and Japan but have been living in the U.S. most of my life. I recently flew to Japan hoping to get my Japanese passport renewed from when I was 16. Right now I am past 26. I was able to obtain my Japan passport AND citizenship and now I am wanting to work and live here without giving up my U.S. Citizenship. I am aware that Japanese law requires anybody above the age of 22 to pick what citizen they want but I was never asked that when I got registered and got issued my passport.
My question, is will not leaving when my 90 days is up with my tourist visa on my American passport cause problems from me exiting Japan and entering the United States again? Also the names on passports are different BUT on my Japanese passport my American name is printed in brackets. Does this mean I can use my American name and show my Japanese passport when I book flights?
I’m sorry if this is too confusing of a question but I can’t find any answers anywhere.
You should call up the embassies to find out for sure.
Hello, I have dual citizenship of Turkey and the UK. I have a UK passport but no Turkish passport, only an (old-style) kimlik – Turkish identity card. In the past I’ve travelled into Turkey using my UK passport with the Turkish ID card, to avoid paying the visa for UK citizens.
I haven’t been for a few years now and am not sure what to do on my next visit which is in a couple of weeks. I know Turkey is currently updating the ID card system to a new biometric card, but I haven’t renewed mine and am not sure if it is still valid. UK citizens are encouraged to pay an e-visa in advance of travel. I’m worried about turning up in Turkey with no visa paid for and an out of date ID card which might not be accepted.
Should I just pay for an e-visa and travel as a UK citizen? I feel like this would be the hassle free option, and the visa is not expensive (£20), but I feel I shouldn’t need to do this since I am actually a Turkish citizen!
They’ll very likely accept the old ID, but double check with the Turkish embassy in the UK.
Thanks for replying. I emailed the Turkish embassy and they replied, but only to say that the old ID cards are valid until 2020. Still worried they will not let me in as a Turkish national, and then not let me in as a UK national by paying the visa…
I would print out that email and bring it with you. Alternatively, what you can do is get the visa for your UK passport, then at immigration show your UK passport and hand the Turkish ID over as well. This way you are covered in both cases and will know with certainty whether or not you needed the visa, if you’re anxious about it.
I have a dual citizenship, Brazilian-Italian. I’m in the USA with a work visa (H2A) until 12/31/2017 in my Brazilian passport, so I’m here as a Brazilian. I’m planning to leave the US in the beginning of December and go to Austria.
My plan is:
In the USA: Show the airlines my Italian passport and the immigration my Brazilian passport with the H2A visa.
In Austria: Show my Italian passport.
Do you think this would work or I’m wrong ?
Thank you so much.
Sounds like the right process – but do confirm with the right embassies.
Thanks a lot Anil.
You’re welcome and best of luck.
Thank you for the information. So I have a Bosnian passport and a Dutch passport and I reside in the Netherlands. I want to go to Brazil for 4 months. With my Dutch passport, I’m allowed to stay in Brazil for 90 days every 180 days. With my Bosnian passport, I’m allowed to stay for 180 days every 360 days. So I want to use my Bosnian passport during my stay in Brazil.
The problem is: my flight has a layover in the United States. I can apply for an ESTA with my Dutch passport but not with my Bosnian passport. I would need to apply for a transfer visa if using my Bosnian passport.
Would the next scenario be possible: On the flight out I check in with my Dutch passport, show immigration my Dutch passport when I leave the country and when entering the US. When I enter Brazil, I show my Bosnian passport.
When I go back after four months I show my Bosnian passport when exiting Brazil, but check in at the airline with my Dutch passport and show my Dutch passport to immigration in the USA and when entering Holland.
Thank you in advance!
Hi Mina, I’m not sure to be honest but you might want to check with the Dutch embassy in the US. They might be able to help. But probably the best way to go is use your Dutch passport until you get to Brazilian immigration, this should work. Double-check though.
Hi im dual citizenship Bulgaria and Vietna. Im planing to visit relatives in Vietnam, which passport shall i use to buy return tickets if i Fly from Bulgaria to Vietnam
And return Vietnam To UK- London / multiples trip/
Use the formula in the post – which passport to use when checking in and which passport to show at passport control.
I am in a complex situation, American citizen that’s dual national with Ukraine. Recently I acquired a Ukrainian passport legally while in Ukraine, however my US tourist visa (90 days) expired since I arrived by showing my US passport. I have been told they already know in the computer systems about me, so what do I need to do now in order to not risk legal fees and/or risk being banned? Originally I was advised to leave Ukraine showing my US passport and go to Turkey, then come back to Ukraine showing them my Ukrainian ID card. I know Ukraine doesn’t allow or recognize dual citizenship or nationality, however in my case it is fully legal to keep both since I was still under 18 years old when I received my US citizenship. The chips and technology in these passports is getting smarter every month, so please can someone give me up to date advice. I definitely do not want to get rid of my American citizenship within a certain time period because it will cost money and taxes might still be collected. I just want to stay in Ukraine and keep both passports, of course I want to only use one but since I didn’t enter Ukraine with a Ukrainian passport, what kind of steps do I need to take next?
Best to talk with a local lawyer to find out the specifics for your situation.
Thanks for your great post on this. I have a slight variation of the example you used in the “6 month trip to Italy” variation.
I am a dual Canadian – EU citizen. My last name differs by one letter on my EU passport, but has a page (opposite the page with your passport information) that states “The original form of the name of the holder is “. I live in Canada, but am going for six months on a trip to Germany. As I was purchasing a round trip, I booked under the name on my Canadian passport. I’m beginning to think this may cause some trouble…I’m hoping to:
1. Check-in to flight with Canadian passport.
2. Show Canadian passport to exit immigration
3. Board flight with Canadian passport
5. Enter customs/immigration in Germany with EU passport.
Six months elapses..
6. Check-in to flight with Canadian passport.
7. Show EU passport at exit immigration.
9. Enter Canada with Canadian passport.
I’m worried about the passport switch upon arriving in the EU, as everything I have read suggests “check-in to your flight with the passport of your destination country”. I am not doing this due to the slight name variation on the EU passport, as compared to the name I booked the ticket under. I have received a lot of mixed information concerning whether or not this is okay…
Thank you for reading!
“The original form of the name of the holder is (name on Canadian passport)”
Left the latter out on the above post. Thanks!
I would say 1. show your EU passport – but for any clarification you should check the EU nation’s embassy in Canada to be absolutely sure. Good luck!
Thank you for replying to readers’ comments spanning more than a year!
I am a bit confused about how to book tickets online if you can only enter one passport number on the online form. In this case, travelling from US to UK and back, taking passports from both countries. The advice appears to be “use one passport only for each flight” because the airline gives the passenger passport details to border control at the destination, and when you arrive at the border your information used for entry should match the airline information. Is that a correct understanding? So if I enter the US passport number when purchasing tickets, then that is what will be on the flight information for both flights. That’s fine for returning to the US, but it sounds like I must then also use the US passport even when arriving in the UK. Is that right? Does it mean that I cannot use the electronic access gates when arriving in the UK and must queue up with the non-UK passengers? Alternatively, I could use the UK information only, but then arriving back in the US would become more complex. It seems inconvenient but the most important thing is not to do the wrong thing at the border … Thank you!
You’re welcome, I hope I can help. To simplify, when checking in with the airline, give the US passport. When arriving in UK, show the UK passport to passport control. On the way out, show UK passport to UK passport control and US passport to US passport control. If the airline in the US asks (for example if you plan on staying in the UK for longer than the typical tourist visa allows) let them know you’re a dual citizen and it shouldn’t be a problem.
Although I will add, I can’t guarantee anything so if you want definite answers, it’s best to talk with the embassies of either country.
I’m an Australian/US dual national,and I’ve found that the last time I flew the airline (Etihad) had no idea. When I booked my flight I said I was using a US passport (it gave me no option to add another). At the airport I showed my US passport,they told me I need an Australian visa. Even after showing them my Australian passport they still tried to refuse me travel.I argued,and was allowed on. I showed my Australian passport in Australia,and was admitted in 20 seconds.So on the way back I thought “better show my US passport as that is my destination”,nope they asked me if I also had an Australian passport,took me aside,called immigration at the airport in Australia to tell them I was using two passports.I spoke to an Australian immigration agent who told me “that is why they work for the airlines,not immigration”. The airline said that I need a visa to visit Australia on a US passport,but I was on an Australian passport. And their computer system had no idea how to work with the fact I booked on a US passport, but was using my Aussie passport to get into Australia.
So what do I do when I fly next? The airline had zero clue about being a dual national. So what to do next time I fly back to Australia? When booking I was given one passport option. So book saying I’m on my Australian passport.But what stops the airline,in Australia from doing the same thing as before when I show my US passport?
So you’ll be going to Australia as a US national? Book with your US passport, show the airline in the US your Australian passport (so no visa needed), then the reverse on the way back. The only issue I could see is if either country doesn’t allow dual citizenship which doesn’t seem to be the case – it’s likely you got stuck with a particularly uninformed airline staff. Hope this helps!
So its clear that I can travel with two valid passports but I have a connecting flight to India and I am a Canadian citizen.
I hold a valid Indian passport too. My flight is connecting from Toronto to Chicago then Chicago to Dubai, then Dubai to India.
At customs here in Toronto (travelling to Chicago), which passport do I show? Indian or Canadian? or Both?
And from Chicago to Dubai which passport to show again?
Follow the general process (but make sure both countries allow dual citizenship) under the “How To Book Your Tickets” section and let me know if you have any questions.
Myself & my Thai wife have booked on KLM for a return 3 month trip to Thailand from the UK.
My wife has Dual Nationality, holds British & Thai passports and will be using both.
My question is about the Advance Passenger Information we have to enter on the KLM website.
Does my wife enter her British or Thai Nationality & Passport details? Is this information only for airline use, or is it shared with British or Thai Immigration or both?
Maybe you can use Thai API for the flight to Thailand and then amend the API to British for the
return flight to the UK ? Is that even possible.
Any advice much appreciated. Thanks
Best to call the airline, but if both countries allow dual citizenship, put the passport of the country you’re departing from. Airlines want to know you can legally (i.e. without a visa) enter a country.
I live in South Africa and was born in England. I plan to go to England next September 2019, and have dual citizenship. Can i get a South African passport to exit O R Tambo International Airport, then use my British passport when i enter Heathrow Airport. Then after my 2 week trip the same applies going back.
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Double check with the embassies but that sounds about right.
I read through all questions and answers in the post above and I am a bit lost about the worries and all the concerns. I see that some people want to get rid of the visa fees, some want to be able to stay longer, or get the best advantage out of their dual passports, which is fine. The thing is, (I am talking as an EU Citizen) if you apply for a visa and complete the form, whether it is an ESTA or real visa (for Russia or China, for instance) you are always asked to provide your second, third, or forth passport if you have more than one passport. This means the immigration should already have your data registered and I do not see any harm on this if you legally have them. My suggestion is to provide all passports and this should be fine. When you check out from your exit country, you can use the passport you used to purchase your ticket. If asked to provide evidence of your other nationalities, do so. Obviously, you should use the same passport on your entry to the destination whether you have asked for a visa or not. You are not able to provide multiple passports information when buying a ticket. So, you should make the right decision which passport you want to enter and exit a country and use it to purchase the ticket. The other passport should be additional support for you in any case.
Now, if you are an EU Citizen with another citizenship (regardless what it is), I do suggest that you check out and check in with your EU Passport as this could facilitate your journey. You may have a US, Canadian, or Australian passport that allows you to stay in the EU countries for up to 90 days. If you, however, want to stay more than that, I think using the EU passport right from the start is the best option.
Suppose you are from a third world part of the world (Africa or South East Asia) and have either EU or another passport from the Western Countries. You entered your destination country using the local passport so that you could enter free of charge in that country. Remember, you need to use the same passport when you get out of that country, however, this time you need to show your other passport that allows you to go to your other destination either in the EU or in the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. When you arrive at the destination, you show the passport for that country. If asked where is the stamps from Africa, Thailand or Vietnam or whatever it is, you need to show the passport from that country which shows the exit stamps in that passport. This will clarify the suspicious about you having a dual passport. You are allowed to enter in the states of America because you are a US Citizen, even though you used your Philippines passport to exit that country (taking into consideration you had shown both passports at exit). Remember the scenario here that you used that Philippines passport to enter your country because you did not want to pay a visa fee (if there is a visa fee for that country). So when exiting, you had to use the same passport again with an additional passport this time that shows, that you are a Citizen of the other country as well.
I hope this helps a bit but as Anil Polat always mentions, need to double check if you are not sure. But as I said, there should not be any worries if your dual Citizenship is recognised by both countries and you have provided information as required.
Guys! Please help me to solve the following conundrum. I don’t have a dual citizenship but I have two Ukrainian passports, a biometric and a non-biometric (hereinafter, a regular passport). I live in the UAE and entered the country using the regular passport. Now I want to visit a sports event in Norway. My biometric passport enables me to enter Norway without visa. I need to buy two separate one way tickets instead of one roundtrip, although airlines are the same in both cases. While booking tickets to and from Norway, I was requested to input passport details for the purposes of Advance Passport Information (API) check since the UAE is a part of that system while Norway is not. So the question is which details I put there when buying the tickets in each case, from the regular passport or the biometric one? May I put details of my biometric passport although I have never entered the country (UAE) with it? Or should I put my regular passport details for both in and out of Norway flights but at the Norwegian border control show the biometric one?
Do you have a visa in one passport but not the other? This might work for you: https://foxnomad.com/2012/09/18/what-can-you-do-if-your-passport-expires-before-your-valid-visas-do/
Hi! Heres my question.
I have dual citizenship (EU and Argentina) but my last name is diferent in each one. I do have a letter from the embassy clarifyng this difference.-
Im moving to the UK where i´ll be able to work with my EU passport (already have a job offer) but i´m not sure how to book my flight from argentina to the UK.
Im guessing I should book it with my EU last name, give this passport at check in, then go throw migration control with the argentinian one, and show my EU passport when I arrive at Uk.
Does the migration authorities check passenger lists??
What do you think i should do?
Best is to bring all the documents with you; book using your UK passport, show Argentinian one leave Argentina to passport control, if airline asks let them know you’re a dual citizen (for UK entry). And call both embassies to confirm all of this since I can’t make any guarantees. In general though, this is probably how it would work best (without knowing the specifics of both countries.)
My wife is from Thailand and is a dual citizen for Thailand and USA. Her US passport has her married last name but her
Thai passort his in her maiden name. Flying to Thailand and going through immigration (passport self scanner) with the Thai passport should be no problem. The ticket booking name will be her married name, which will be on the boarding passes. We are worried that on departure from Thailand, when the Thai immigration officer examines the boarding pass and Thai passport, he will cause a problem because the names do not match. She would use the Thai passport to enter to have an unlimited stay as a Thai citizen. Have you addressed this issue before? It is possible to change her name in Thailand and get a newpassport, but it is quite a bit of trouble and we would rather not do it.
Be sure to confirm with the embassies involved but generally having a notarized marriage certificate will help.
Thank you so much for this post, which clears up a lot of confusion. I’ve been nervous in the past about multi-passport travel, even though it’s totally legal (context: I live in the US, and have three: US, Canada, and UK). I’ve also noticed some other sites suggesting one should always book tickets using the passport for the destination country, which seems problematic (I’m reluctant to do anything in the US with anything other than my US passport).
1) It sounds from all this that it’s always okay to book an international flight in the US with your US passport, and that the other passport is only an issue checking in when a visa is required (i.e. you show that rather than a visa, along with the US passport). But just to confirm: I’m flying to Canada in a few weeks from the US, booked with my US passport. However, I would like to enter on my Canadian, which I just got round to renewing. It sounds like there’s no problem here: that I check in at the airport with my US (that’s what the airline has in its system, and won’t need anything else as I can legally enter Canada with it), but then enter Canada on my Canadian, and use the US all the way on the way back (including checking in on the way home). In short, no reason to be worried when I enter Canada and the passport people don’t see my Canadian passport number on the passenger manifest?
2) Any issues in having three passports? I’m assuming all the same rules apply.
Essentially the answer depends on what each of the (in this case three) countries deal with dual nationals. I’m assuming it’s not going to be an issue given US/Canada/UK. It’s best to confirm with the embassies involved. But you’ve got the basic process correct. The airlines care about where you’re going (e.g. visas needed) and the country cares about how you’re getting in when you arrive (citizen, resident, visa). The airlines are fined heavily when they allow someone who doesn’t have the proper permission to enter a country get on a flight to that destination. I hope this helps!
It does! Thank you. And yes, Canada and the UK have no problem with dual/tri nationals.
I’m happy to hear it, have a great trip!
I have Bulgaria-Turkey dual citizenship with different names (not even a word is matching in surname or name, totally different, only birthdays are matching in two passports basically). I do live in Singapore (I have a residency visa w my Turkish passport & name). I have a coming trip to Europe, and we will be visiting Germany, France and Portugal, for about 2 weeks. Since I have Bulgarian passport (EU citizen), I have freedom of travel in EU countries.
My questions are: 1. Under which name I should book my tickets? Or should I book w different names for internal EU layover flights? Or it doesn’t matter?
My plan is initially:
Book ticket w (home country (SG)), Turkish passport (since I have SG residency).
Airline check-in, show them my Bulgarian passport (EU).
At Immigration, show Turkish (TR) passport w Residency when leave.
Arrive Germany, show BG passport at immigration.
Flying to France, at check-in, show Bulgarian passport (but for name mismatch, I show TR passport, or I book my ticket with BG passport for internal EU flights is better?)
At immigration, show BG passport (my worry is at immigration if they wanna check my ticket & BG passport, they will see mismatch names, and I need to explain them dual citizenship).
Arrive France, show BG passport at immigration.
Flying to Portugal, at check-in, show BG passport (again for name mismatch, I show TR passport, or I book my ticket w BG passport for internal EU flights? basically the same thing as #5)
At immigration, show BG passport (Again, same concerns as #6, and may need to explain them dual citizenship).
Arrive Portugal, show BG passport at immigration.
Flying back to SG, at check-in, show TR passport since i have a residency visa. (this time name is matching)
At immigration show BG passport (Again, same concerns as #6, ticket and name in BG passport not matching)
Arrive SG, show TR passport at immigration.
Please let me know if my plan sounds correct.
A) should I follow same name booking ( in this case home country (SG) w TR passport) for all flights?
B) or should I book EU flights w BG passport separately?
C) or should I just book all flights w BG passport since they are the majority of flights in this case?
Besides above questions, If you have any other suggestions, I would like to hear them as well. Thanks in advance. Cheers
This comment should help: https://foxnomad.com/2016/08/02/book-tickets-check-airport-youre-dual-citizen/#comment-645253
“Book The Ticket – As a Brazilian national.
In The U.S. – Show the airline clerk your Brazilian passport. Show immigration (if you have to go through passport control your American passport).
Upon Arrival In Brazil – Show passport control your Brazilian passport.”
I assume that in this case you would show your Brazilian passport to TSA/security as well? Since that name would match what’s on your ticket?
This comment might help: https://foxnomad.com/2016/08/02/book-tickets-check-airport-youre-dual-citizen/#comment-645253
I have a complicated case and hope you can help: my son has dual nationalities: German and South Korean. We live in 3rd country Beijing, China, so he has his Chinese visa on his German passport and we want to travel to 4th country Russia which allows South Korean to travel visa-free, but not for the Germans. So we need to exit/enter China with his German passport due to Chinese visa, and enter/exit Russia with his South Korean passport visa-free. I checked with the Russian embassy in Beijing, they said he should have no problem entering and leaving Russia without a visa using his South Korean passport. I am planning to buy a roundtrip ticket from one of the Russian airlines companies. The question is, which passport should I use for booking the roundtrip ticket in order not to cause confusion for the airline staffs during check-in at both locations?
Think of it this way, airline cares about where you’re going to go (if you have the visas, etc. for the destination).
Dual citizenship US and Italian, two passports. The last name on the US passport is different than that on the Italian passport. I am planning a long vacation in Italy (4 months) next year. What should I do at the ticket counters and security to avoid any issue due to the different last names ?
Thank you in advance for your help.
Best to update both passports with the correct name.
[REPOSTING REPLY]: The USA passport has my married last name, the Italian passport has my maiden name. I have been told by the Italian Consulate in my city that Italy does not allow
name change. I could change my USA last name, but that would be extremely complicated for me and quite lengthy. I am planning a trip to Italy (4 months stay) at the end of November. Can you suggest anything else that name change?
[MY REPLY]: I would suggest registering your marriage in Italy as well, to record the name change there as well to avoid any issues. You can also check whether or not bringing your marriage certificate will suffice but getting the name corrected in Italy is the long-term solution.
Wait, so I have a question. What name would one use to book a ticket when your American passport has your married name, but your dual citizenship country’s passport has your maiden name (because the embassy made me do it that way…), would I have to use what’s on the Russian passport for my plane ticket, in order to leave Russia after my trip is done? If you have any idea….. thanks!
Best to check with the embassy but usually bringing a copy of the marriage certificate is the solution.
I am a dual citizen from Mexico and Australia.
I have one surname in the Australian passport (father’s) and two surnames in the mexican passport (father’s + mother’s).
I am flying to Australia via the US.
I booked my ticket with the two surnames (as mexican passport).
Now I am freaking out…will I have no issues transiting to the US and arriving in Australia? and coming back?
Help please! I am so confused….
Best to check with the airlines with your details. This other post may be helpful as well: https://foxnomad.com/2016/08/02/book-tickets-check-airport-youre-dual-citizen/