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

Quoting tway

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.

I was talking two passports issued by the same country, Tway :) Dual (even triple) nationality is not at all uncommon, I am aware of that.

Ditto for Impy; in your situation, only one of your US passports will be valid at the time. If I'm correct, US passports contain both a start date and an expiry date, right? If so, you need to get your visa in both passports (if you need them during both periods); if it isn't, only use the newer one.

12. Posted by Redmundial (Budding Member 47 posts) 8y

I have an Irish and British passport, being from Northern Ireland, and id planned to take both with me on my trip through Russia, Mongolia, China etc, but was advised that even if you only use 1 and your searched by officials and they find another they could get other ideas, they might think your some sort of james bond, which is probably not good if 1) your not some sort of james bond and know how to get away 2) you have non-english speaking officials sure that theyve caught someone doing something a bit dodgy.

So, id definately advise to leave 1 at home and if there is a real need for it you can get it couried out to you.

;)

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

Quoting bentivogli

Quoting tway

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.

I was talking two passports issued by the same country, Tway :) Dual (even triple) nationality is not at all uncommon, I am aware of that.

I'll blame it on the extreme heat!!! ;)

14. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 8y

Actually it is possible for Germans to have 2 normal, non-diplomatic passports at the same time. There is an obscure rule in the "Passgesetz" (passport law) that under certain circumstances allowes exactly that. It is aptly nicknamed the "Israeli passport stamp clause", go figure.

15. Posted by sphere (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Hello,
I'm have dual citizenship, Peruvian and British. I'm travelling from Lima to London via Toronto. Will I have any problems in Toronto if I leave Lima with my Peruvian passport and use my British passport in Toronto?
Thanks!

16. Posted by adv3nture (Budding Member 49 posts) 8y

I have been doing some research on this myself as I am eligible for British citizenship. Here is what I have read:

When entering or leaving the United States use your U.S. passport UNLESS you are flying to your other home country (in this case Germany), in that instance when leaving the United States you will want to use your German passport on the way to Germany and when you fly from Germany to the United States you will want to do so on your U.S. passport.

If you are flying into or out of the United States anywhere else you will want to use your U.S. passport when flying out or flying in. The only exception is when you fly to Germany on your German passport... and only on the way out of the U.S. would you use your German passport.

If you are traveling from the United States to another country besides Germany you would use your U.S. passport when checking in at the airport in the United States, and you can choose which passport to use when going through border/customs at your destination... whichever you want.

Just be sure to use your U.S. passport when flying into the U.S. so you go through immigration and customs as a U.S. citizen.

I did a quick google search and found some good info here:

http://www.newcitizen.us/dual.html

17. Posted by noemagosa (Full Member 355 posts) 8y

When traveling to Brazil from Canada in May, I was carrying 2 passports: the French one and the Canadian.

Going through the States with the Canadian passport is so much easier, but since Canadians need a visa to enter Brazil but not the French, I used the French passport to enter Brazil. I had to show the French passport in the States when asking for my boarding pass: they wouldn't allow us to board the plane if they thought we would have problems entering the country (no visa on a Canadian passport).

Anyway, we were a bit confused as to which passport to show and when, but since we had nothing to hide... What's the big deal?

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19. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 8y

Whatever you do Ivanovich, make sure you have at least 3 months left on the passport you intended to use in Russia, if not you will most likely be refused entry.... thus negating the worry about which visa you'll leave with.

It's a small point, and one I'm sure you're aware of, but one worth noting.

Zaksame

20. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 8y

Quoting ivanovich

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?

Are you positive that the old one has not been cancelled? Generally when you get a new passport, you have to surrender your old one. They will give it back to you, but usually mark it to indicate that it is no longer valid. In the USA, I believe they generally mark it with the words CANCELLED and punch a couple of holes in it.

If your old passport is cancelled and you have a valid visa in the old, cancelled passport, what I would do is use BOTH passports - the new, valid one to enter any countries, and show them the old one as well so they can see the visa. That is what I have been advised to do with my British visa once my passport expires.

Greg