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Old 17 Nov 2023
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Dual Citizenship: What Passport to Travel On?

Hi everyone,

I'm planning to start from the USA on a RTW trip sometime in late 2024. I'm also lucky enough to have dual citizenship in the US and UK. I intend to ride NA and SA first, then Africa to Europe. Eventually working my way east.

My question is, are there any benefits of using my UK passport vs my US passport in certain areas? Should I just stick with one?

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I have visited around 75 countries using a UK passport and with the notable exception of Iran it will get you into most countries without too much hassle, this includes 2 or 3 countries which at the time I could not have as easily entered with a US passport. My travel buddy now is a US passport holder and generally they can travel as easily as I can and occasionally there are advantages such as India will give them 10 year multiple entry visas that are not open to UK holders so the answer to your question is either is good most of the time but occasionally one works better than the other.
I would take both and use whichever one works best, one advantage of a UK passport on an extended trips is we can have extra thick ones with more pages which I do not think is an option for US passport holders.
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I've used more than one passport many times at many borders.

Rule number 1: ALWAYS use the same passport to leave a country as the one used to enter.

By air, no problem to change passports; by land you may run into a situation where the immigration agent at your entry point will expect to see an exit stamp from the previous country in the passport you use to enter the country. I've had this only once and on that occasion was able to return to the previous immigration ("emigration") office and obtain a stamp. However this may not work everywhere, so in general seek to use the same passport all the time.

However... some countries will not let you enter if you have a stamp from the "wrong" country. For example if you have an stamp from Israel some countries will not let you enter (e.g., Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, Iran, Libya, Kuwait and Sudan (not sure whether this is up to date)). I've had this only a few times, long ago, and the country involved used to stamp a separate piece of paper which you kept with your passport. I suggest that you check every border you plan to cross for restrictions.

Some countries impose a "reciprocity fee" (if one of your passport countries imposes a fee on its citizens to enter the country, they charge citizens of that country a fee for entry). For example, Colombia now charges a reciprocity fee for Canadian passport holders. When I used to enter Chile I used to use the passport to which this fee did not apply. See above for the possible inconvenience involved.
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