Traveling as a Dual Citizen


Citizenship, like membership, has its privileges. But “dual” citizenship also has its pitfalls for those who are traveling from country to country.

For instance, dual citizens who pull out two passports may be rebuked by a Customs and Border Protection Officer and told to get rid of one of their passports, even though the Department of State has affirmed that U.S. law does not require a person to choose between having citizenship with the United States and another country. This confusion exists in part because the Immigration and Nationality Act does make it unlawful for a U.S. citizen to use the passport of another country to enter or exit the U.S.

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