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Passport Opinion....

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1. Posted by Marzipan (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

I'm planning on travelling to Cameroon in December/January, and Thailand and India March-May '08...I have a U.S. passport and a German passport...does anyone recommend using one over the other? I'm not too concerned about ease of preparation before hand, as I have easy access to the German Consulate (I live in Chicago) so theoretically getting visas through them wouldn't be any more difficult than getting a U.S. visa...(*theoretically*) so that's not really a factor. I'm just wondering if things will be a bit easier while I'm there if I go as a European, or does it not seem to make much difference? (Of course, whatever I decide I'd naturally bring both passports.) If I were to go on a German visa, would I still be able to register with the U.S. embassy no problem? Any experience/advice/opinions shared would be most appreciated. Oh, and if it makes a difference, I'll be travelling with my friend who is a U.S. citizen currently living in S.E. Asia. Thanks!

2. Posted by sublimer (Budding Member 18 posts) 9y

Why would this matter at all?

Which passport would you prefer to get more stamps in? How about using that as a way to make your decision?

Both countries have established embassies that can help you in case you have problems.

Get your visa's once your in Thailand, it's cheaper there.

Don't take both passports, leave one at home for somebody to fed-ex to you as a backup in case you lose the other one!!! Why risk losing both?

It's just as easy to travel as an American than as a European. I spent my whole time hanging out with Europeans. Your in Asia, not Europe.... you will have the same difficulties either way. It's not that difficult though.

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Marzipan:)

Sometimes which passport holder u are makes a difference.
Of course for the visas, use the one which will give u the easiest to get and least expensive visa. Another issue is that some nationalities are more liked than others, around the world. Excuse the bluntness, but from speaking with US and German people while travelling, I dont think either are popular. They are often resentful, of the number of anti German and anti American comments they hear.
I dont know, if u would have a problem registering with the US consulate, if u entered the country, with your Germany passport. But cant u register with the Germany consulate? They would also search, for a German passport holder, if one went missing.


[ Edit: Edited on May 1, 2007, at 7:06 AM by Mel. ]