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1. Posted by impything (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Hi everyone,

I've had German and American nationality since birth, but have only just applied and received my American passport (I've always had a German one). I'm going to spend a lot of time in the US from now on, but also travel abroad a lot. Now, how does one travel with two passports?
1) As the whenever I use one, the other will not show an entry or exit stamp.
2) Can I just leave Germany on a German passport and then enter America with the American one?
3) What if I then want to go to Thailand from America, can I leave America with the American one and then enter Thailand on the German one?
4) What do I need to watch out for?
5) any other advice and tips are much appreciated



2. Posted by lrosan (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

I have dual citizenships as well, when I leave the US to go to Brazil, I use my brazilian passport, but when leaving Brazil, I use my american passport. I heard though that depending on where you go, if you have tow passports you might have to use the reciporacal passport and get a visa, but im not really sure. Ask the embassies maybe?

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4. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

Hi there,
This has come up a few times and the general rule is:
What ever passport you enter the country is the one you leave with.
so you leave europe with you German passport and use you us one on landing etc...

5. Posted by travelasia (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Just apply for another passport =)

6. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 10y

Generally just use Jase007s advice.

The only places this doesn't work is where you are going through countries where you need to show you paper trail of visas (i.e. in parts of Asia, the old Soviet block etc). In those cases, which ever you use when you land, you'll need to use throughout, as they will follow the trail of visa's and stamps, and if you don't have he correct ones in, then you can have trouble.

I.e. you can't enter Russia from China if the passport you show doesn't have both the Chinese and Russian visas (plus in this case the entry and exit stamps from China)

In those cases, choose one beforehand (do some calculations as to which will cost less for all the visa's...) and stick with it

7. Posted by ivanovich (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

What about two passports (both US passports) traveling from Russia via Mongolia to China. Anyone know?

8. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 8y

This must be hypothetical, right? I can't think of a situation where a single individual can have two legit passports issued by a single country which are valid at the same time (except certain types of diplomats, but I don't suppose you fall in that category). Of course there's a host of not-so-legitimate situations conceivable, but I don't think you want to try getting into China or Russia on a less-than-perfect document :)

But back to your question: I suspect Gelli's statement will still hold. Or rather, life will be a lot easier if you just stick to using one instead of two.

9. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

Quoting bentivogli

This must be hypothetical, right? I can't think of a situation where a single individual can have two legit passports issued by a single country which are valid at the same time .

Neal just spoke to the Irish ambassador to Canada (long story), who told him he could hold an Irish & Canadian passport, British & Canadian passport, or all three (Northern Ireland being the only place you can hold and Irish & British passport at the same time). So I'm pretty sure you can have more than one, depending on the countries involved. I don't know how you'd go about using them, though--I'd definitely check beforehand.

10. Posted by ivanovich (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

I legitimately have 2 US passports (not diplomatic, one will expire in several months and one is new). I will have a China visa in one and Russia visa in the other. So, I think show Russian visa when leaving Russia, then one with China visa when entering Mongolia. Or could travel via Europe. Anyone with experience in this?