How to cross borders with a second passport

Rules for entering and leaving a country help you travel the world with dual citizenship without trouble.

Learn how to cross the country border with two passports, considering all the main steps: purchasing flight tickets and passing passport control when boarding, at arrival and departure.

Main rule for crossing borders with dual citizenship

People with dual citizenship must provide the same passport, when entering and leaving a country. For example, if you use your Dominica passport upon arrival to a country, you should show the same document during passport control at departure.

You can purchase flight tickets with any passport. However, suppose you buy a ticket with one passport and want to cross the border in the country of destination with the second passport. In this case, you should show both passports to an airline representative when checking in for a flight.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Can I leave a country with one passport and enter another country with another passport?

    Yes, you can use different passports for entering one country and leaving another. However, it is important to present the same passport at the border control of one country.

    For example, you leave Morocco with a Moroccan passport and enter the Schengen Area with a Maltese one. You would need to leave Schengen with a Maltese passport and enter Morocco with a Moroccan one.

  • Which passport do you use if you have two?

    If you have a passport of a country where you’re at the moment you should use this passport. For example, it is reasonable to use a Spanish passport in Spain and an American in the USA.

    In other cases it’s better to use the passport that offers more benefits.

  • Do I have to travel with both passports?

    If you plan to use only one passport for your travels you don’t have to travel with both of them. At the same time, it is better to have both passports with you just in case.

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Zlata Erlach

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