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1. Posted by lost again (Budding Member 66 posts) 5y

Greetings everyone, multiple issues I could use some advice on. Would greatly appreciate your help!

1. I have dual citizenship with the USA and Austria (but the US is my first citizenship). I want to fly from the EU to Cuba (probably from Amsterdam) and then to the USA (probably via Mexico city). What is the cheapest/best way to fly from Cuba to California (is Mexico city a good airport to fly to before going to the USA?)

2. I entered the EU with my US passport, therefore I believe I have to leave the EU with my US passport (IS THIS CORRECT???). Since I am leaving the EU with my US passport, I have to enter the next country with my US passport, which would be Cuba (IS THIS CORRECT???).

3. Does the EU give exit stamps in my US passport?

4. I have heard that I can enter CUBA with my US passport without them stamping it. IS THIS CORRECT???. If they don't stamp it and I then fly to Mexico, spend a week in Mexico, and then fly to the USA. Will the US Airport Passport Control people see on my US passport that I came from the EU to Mexico? Will they notice an EU exit stamp and then notice two weeks blank before I entered Mexico (while I was in Cuba)? Will this be a problem?

5. Does anyone know if it's possible to store a bag at the Havana airport? Is this safe? Expensive? What about the Mexico city airport? (I have a large bag I don't want to travel with)

What would you do in my situation?

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

2. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member 413 posts) 5y

Just use your EU passport, for the whole trip. That avoids all your problems.

3. Posted by lost again (Budding Member 66 posts) 5y

Hey Madpoet, thanks for your response.

One of my predicaments is that I believe I have to leave the EU with the same passport I entered, therefore I have to leave with the US passport. Also, I have heard it is always best to enter your home country with your home passport.

Do you have experience that contradicts these ideas?

thanks!

4. Posted by rachard15 (Inactive 5 posts) 5y

I am not legal expertise for above your clarification, but as traveler, No more and no less riskier than any other countries, Cuba is one of the few countries where you are lock your suitcase with a plastic tie or combination lock and shrink wrap it before you go to the airport reducing the risk.

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[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

5. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member 413 posts) 5y

Well, I can't say I have experience in these matters, since I only have one nationality- and passport. But it seems to me that if you are an EU citizen, and have an EU passport, you have the right to use it- to leave the EU. I could be wrong- you should check with the Austrian authorities. That would solve your problem of visiting Cuba, as it is not illegal for EU citizens to do that.

You're probably right, it would be better to enter the U.S. on a U.S. passport- but then you'd have the whole Cuba situation to explain...