Two Passports Input and Advice Feedback
I hold two passports. Both American and Irish (EU) ones.
Here's a little bit of my family history background. While I was born and raised a Yank, I've also held an Irish passport since the late 1970's, qualifying for one under Ireland's "Registry Act". It is legal for me to hold both simultaneously.
My father was born in London. My paternal grandfather was a Colonel in the British Army in the Irish Guard and was born in Ireland, thereby entitling me to Irish citizenship.
My mother was an American. My mother's brother was a Hurricane/Spitfire fighter pilot in the American Eagle Canadian RAF squad, having joined them eighteen months prior to America's entry to the war. It was my American uncle in the RAF whom introduced my parents during WW II.
My father was a young convoy freighter captain (twice torpedoed, obviously not munitions or petrol).
My uncle was shot down and killed just prior to the end of the war during the Battle of the Bulge while on a night time recon flight in his P51 Mustang, having been transferred to the U.S. Army Air Corp prior to D-Day.
I like the fact that I have two passports available to me and I've used the Irish one numerous times over the years in sticky situations and localities where things were made more difficult for you if known as an American.
That being said, I would appreciate any input as to what you think would be the better of the two passports to travel under on my planned motorcycle trips (first one is Deadhorse to Terra to Buenos Areas).
I'm glad I'm an American (though often embarressed by the idots in Washington D.C.) but I'd have no problem travelling under my Irish Passport.
I don't know if problems would arise with the bike being registered, titled and carneted in America while my being technically an Irishman (EU) on the trip.
For those of you who have travelled on your bikes a great deal, what do you think?
I have noticed a number of times over the years that I was treated differently as an Irishman, rather than an American, in a number of the third world countries especially. Being an Irishman is a politcal asset usually (Most everybody loves the Irish) and you normally aren't viewed quite so much as an economic target once they find out you're Irish.
Any of your thoughts appreciated.