Dual Citizenship - Two Passports

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1. Posted by pmoylan (Budding Member 31 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I've read that when travelling with two passports one should always use the passport of the country from which they are departing and upon arrival use the passport of the country in which they arrive. For example, I have dual US and Irish citizenship and have a passport from each country. When leaving the US, I'm told it's necessary to use your US passport for departure. When arriving in Ireland, use your Irish passport. Reverse the process when traveling the other direction. Any truth to this?

Can this cause a problem? I will be using my Irish passport for the first time for a trip from the US to Ireland. I'm thinking that when I arrive in Ireland and have no stamps in my Irish passport showing that I was in the US, it might cause a problem with Irish customs. Same thing might happen when I return to the States. When they see I'm arriving from Ireland, they might wonder why my US passport wasn't stamped by Irish officials.

The only reason that I'm using the Irish passport is that I will be staying longer than a tourist with only US citizenship can normally stay.

Anyone with this experience have any problems?


2. Posted by Ulvova (Budding Member 39 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hello Pmoylan,

I don't have a dual citizenship but if you cannot find any answer before you go, I suggest you simply ask at the aiport when you come on board, they probably know since since it is an airport. Otherwise, you might want to ask the Irish embassy or consulate. Embassies and consulates often provide much information online and if they don't mention this, send them an email, they are used to receiving lots of questions.
But if you do intend to stay longer than a US tourist is allowed to, it is very likely that you will need to use your Irish passport at the arrival.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 26, 2006, at 10:43 AM by Ulvova ]

3. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

i would say, how can it not be true?

im going to go with logic here.

if you enter ireland showing an american passport then expect to que in the non-european line with half of the africans that come ino this country, also expect a good grilling from immigration officials! you might also have to prove were you are staying and that you have funds! like i had to do when i entered the usa. what goes around comes around.

if you produce your american passport on arrival - security officials stamp this, but you also must give a date of when you are leaving! i imagine you can stay in ireland for 3 months before you would have to apply for a special visa of some kind! also included in on this stamp is the date of your departure! has to be within that 3 month period! if you miss that dead line, then technically you are breaking the law!

if you are going to be staying in ireland longer, using an american passport then this will not be allowed, or you will have to apply for a visa...so this proves that you MUST use your irish passport on arrival into ireland!

so...my advise to you is to take the european route...by right you are a irish citizen, there for you enter the european line and they see you produce your irish passport and they waive you through!

now going into america on a irish passport will cause problems! i got my fair share of grilling from immigration!
so by all means use your american passport! plus you get to avoid filling out shitty forms on the plane! green forms!

so i would think that what you are saying is true! to have both passports i think personally the only 2 main advantages from a travelling prospective is...

1) no abuse from immigration officials
2) you can stay in any country as long as you want! (ireland & usa)

i wish i had an american passport!

my sisters friend outstayed her visa on a j1 in the usa by a few days! 5 years later she went to the usa for a holiday with her boyfriend and she was refused entry into the usa! she interviewed and sent back to london! were she was livign though shes irish, when she arrived in london, english police wanted to boot her out england! but her company proved that she worked in england! crazy hey!

so dont outstay your visa! use the irish passport!

4. Posted by Jase007 (Respected Member 8870 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

You have been blessed with two passports (I've got a British and New Zealand and found having two of them to be bloody handy).

I just use the one that works better in what ever country your in/going to.
i.e. - leave on your US passport, enter Ireland on your Irish passport (this saves all the immigration hassle) as you mentioned. Irish customs/immigration won't worry about no stamps.

I'm not up with how the US system works, but I presume that as long as you show your US passport they don't worry about them either.

Hope this helps you, have fun & enjoy your trip.


5. Posted by crchtiger (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

you have to leave with US passport and once you are in europe, use the irish passport
its no problem at all, i have argentine and italian and i do that, it saves a lot of time ;)

6. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I live in Australia and have got an Australian and UK passport, and I always use the UK passport when arriving in the UK or anywhere in the EU for that matter. Whilst travelling in the EU with an EU passport like an Irish passport would be, well it wouldn't matter where you went in the EU, they wouldn't even check for a stamp as long as you put your nationality as Irish rather than US. They hardly even check the passport before letting you through without a stamp in it. I would assume when re entering the US on an American passport they'd probably be the same, because I know the queues certainly race through in the US and Canadian citizen lines compared to the other nationality lines in the airports I have arrived in the US in.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 28, 2006, at 12:44 AM by aharrold45 ]

7. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I also have an Irish passport, and an Australian one.

It matter little what passport you use to leave a country, but when entering Ireland (or most European countries as the Irish passport is an EU passport) you should certainly use your Irish passport. If you use your US passport I suspect that you will be required to go through all of the visa conditions. You would face similar hurdles if you entered the US with your Irish passport.

8. Posted by GDeLeon (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

My sister and I have been tring for 2 years now without success to get Irish citizenship. We are both eligible through my gandmother who was born in Ireland and the moved to Canada. I hear there is a company in the USA who assist in getting the necessary vital records documentation. They have a website that you can google under Irish Citizenship. Any idea's on using a commerical company to help? Gloria