The most popular post on this site is How to Travel with Two Passports. In fact, it’s so popular it led me to write Step by Step Guide to Entering & Exiting a Country with Two Different Passports. If you haven’t read these posts, they are a great starting point to understanding your rights, benefits and limitations as a dual-citizen. We also have created an eBook that consolidates all of our knowledge on the topic and comes with a free consultation on your specific question!
Despite trying my best to spell out as much information as possible in these posts, we still are getting people asking questions in the comments every single day. Don’t get me wrong, I love receiving comments! But there are so many reoccurring questions that I felt a FAQ was in order. So if you still have questions about traveling with two passports, this post is for you!
Question #1: “Can I enter a country I am a citizen of without using its passport?”
No, this is basically illegal and should not be done. Even if one of your passports is expired, that doesn’t mean you can just use the other one. That’s misrepresenting yourself to your country’s authorities.
Question #2: “I accidentally entered a country I am a citizen of using the incorrect passport, should I just pretend it never happened?”
No, go to the immigration authorities and fix it. If you entered using the wrong passport it means it’s possible for you to overstay the legal amount of time allowed for citizen’s of your other nationality. Don’t cause problems, fix it.
Question #3: “I’ve reached the maximum amount of time I can stay in a country using one of my passports, can I leave and come back using the other and stay longer?”
No, this is definitely illegal and a great way to not be allowed into the country again on either passport. Two passports does not make you two people. The rules apply to you as a person, not as a passport.
Question #4: “I’ve been in a country I hold citizenship for a very long time, am I allowed to leave? Can I visit a country I hold citizenship for with no plan to ever leave?”
If you hold a passport from a country that means you have citizenship there and right of abode. You never need to leave or worry about staying too long. It’s your right to be there and come and go as you please. This is still the case even if you were not born there or even if you’ve never been there – as long as you have a passport and are a citizen.
Question #5: “How do I book a round-trip flight and use different passports on each leg?”
Exactly this is covered in my Step by Step Guide to Entering & Exiting a Country with Two Different Passports. Just follow the directions there exactly.
Question #6: “How do I take one trip using two different passports when my name is different in each of them?”
Call the airline before your trip and explain you have two passports with slightly different names. They should be able to add a second name to your reservation to solve this problem.
Question #7: I’m flying to a country I hold a passport of with a one-way ticket. Will they give me a hard time?”
No, see question four. You can come and go as you please – that country is your home, even if you haven’t spent any time there.
Question #8: “I’m going to enter a country I have a passport of for the first time, or with a passport with no stamps in it. Will I have a problem? Will I be allowed in?”
There are many ways to procure a passport outside of the country that issues it. If it’s a valid passport, you are doing nothing wrong and won’t have any problems. If questioned, just answer honestly.
Question #9: “Won’t showing a different passport to the airline personnel and the immigration authorities cause a problem?”
No, they are each asking for different things. The airline is checking that you have permission to be where you are going and immigration is checking you have permission to be where you are.
Question #10: “I did something wrong in a particular country. Next time I visit can I use my other passport to avoid problems?”
Nope, this will probably just cause you more problems. See question three.
Still got questions? We’ve answered them all in our eBook and if we haven’t, it includes a free personal consultation!