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1. Posted by oatmeal (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

First, Sorry if I am posting in the wrong section! feel free to move it if so! sorry!


I have both a U.S and Irish passport. I am going to South America for two months this June. I have been researching a bunch on traveling with two passports, but figure just to be 100% safe posting exactly what I am wondering may be my best bet.

Probably going to fly from New York into Columbia. Do I use my U.S passport for this? They will stamp my U.S passport and such? But when I get into Columbia and start traveling, use my Irish passport from there. The reason the Irish passport is good for S.A traveling is because with an Irish passport you don't need Visa's ahead of time/or fees. Like for Brazil for example. As a US Citizen you have to have a visa form, a picture, proof of travel, and 130$ fee. An irish citizen just needs their passport.
The part that makes me nervous is when I get to Brazil and present them the Irish passport.. Will they look for the first official stamp of me arriving in S.A or where I departed from? If so, that will be on my U.S passport. This gets me all confused/nervous.

Any experienced advice would be so so so lovely and appreciated.

I am a total beginner.


2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

When you exit Columbia you show the Columbian officials your US passport and get stamped out. One step further at the booth with the Brazilian guys you show your Irish passport. In most cases they won't care that there aren't any stamps from Columbia in it, they will find a free page and bang the Brazilian entry stamp in. In the case they do wonder you just explain and show them your US passport.

3. Posted by ekrimoivit (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

That sounds quite complicated. Your best bet is probably to call the embassy or consulate and ask them directly.

4. Posted by Romescafe (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hello, I'm new in this forum.

I have the same scenario as Oatmeal. The difference is that I will be flying directly into Brazil at the end of April.

I have both, US and Guatemalan passports. I was going to apply for a Brazilian Visa but after some research, I discovered I can save $130 (visa fee) if I use my Guatemalan passport (Guatemala is visa-exempt from Brazil). I'm planing on using my Guatemala passport on the flight TO Brazil and my US passport on my flight back to the US.

My only concern is what's going to happen when I check in at the airport here in the US. They usually ask you for your passport and other documents. Should I take some kind of written proof that says I won't need a visa to go to Brazil? Would they even check for a visa? Would they say something if I only show my Guatemalan passport and not the American one? Any thoughts??

(SIGH) It seems I'm breaking my head a lot just to save $130, but hey, I could use that $$$ in Brazil :)

5. Posted by madkose (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hi Romescafe and oatmeal - have you completed your travel? Can you please comment how did you make it work? I have both US and Hong Kong SAR passports and HK and Brazil have this visa exemption agreement.

After reading a several posts, I was going to leave the US with my US passport (required) and show the airline my HK passport, and then enter/leave Brazil with my HK passport. Any thoughts?