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Passport Visa Tips & Tricks
#16
@Barbarian Father:
I thought you were talking about asking a second passport from the USA (have two American passports).

It is used for two differents reasons:
-You travel often and your passport is blocked by an embassy for visa procedure: you are in Thailand and you apply there for the visa for going to Myanmar (long procedure if I remember when I did 7 years ago, now it is a lot easier but you get my point). Your home country can deliver you a second passport to allow you to go Malaysia for example for a visa trip
-Incompatible destination: you have been to Israel (you have the stamp on it) and wish to go to a Muslim country after. Since some of them (Iran for example) are known to refuse people who have an Israeli stamp on their passport, one for Israel, one for the Muslim countries can solve the problem. I think it is the same with the two Koreas.

For getting a dual citizenship:
Depends on what is advantageous for you. An American passport is good but many countries (China, Laos off the top of my head at least) make you pay a lot more than others. The advantage of dual nationalities is to be able to move more freely but I don't think an American nationality banned you from entering any country. A page I like to look at is the "Visa requirements for ... citizens " on Wikipedia. For example for me:

[Image: Visa_requirements_for_French_citizens.png]

The grey countries are the ones I need to apply for a visa in advance. Having full residency in China takes care of the Chinese problem for me and I am not really interested in the others except Russia maybe.
Having a fitting dual citizenship might make the problem of getting a visa for Russia disappear. Let's say I get Serbian citizenship:

[Image: Visa_requirements_for_Serbian_citizens.png]

I can go to Russia visa free with my Serbian passport and to the US visa free with my French passport
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#17
Dual nationality is what I have been looking at and was wondering if any one has done.

Having two passports for the US had not crossed my mine, the idea of me visiting one country and not being accepted in another because of that stamp was on the fringe of my thoughts but never solidified. Thank You for the food for thought.
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#18
Start with your lineage.
If you can prove you got parents from somewhere else (or up to great grandparents) then you can start with that.
A lot of Italian, Spanish, dutch, Greek etc

If you're Jewish, Israel passport on the basis of the "law of return"

If none of the above, wife or good old staying in a country being a resident will give you a citizen after x amount of years.
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#19
For guys using any of the Schengen loopholes below, I should note that when I flew from Wroclaw to Malaga, the Spanish had everyone on my flight go through immigration.

It was probably just a security check - not a visa one. I've experienced similar checks crossing some other borders within Schengen, such as when I flew into the EuroAirport (Basel) from Venice.

The Spanish immigration officer did stamp the new US passport I got in Poland though, likely because it had no other stamps in it.

(04-04-2017, 06:53 PM)262 Wrote: Figure it'll be a worthwhile topic.

Let's dive into the one I've been using - for nearly two years - to travel in Poland and the Schengen Area.

From the Polish Embassy in DC: http://www.waszyngton.msz.gov.pl/en/wasz..._en_visas/
Quote:IMPORTANT FOR THE US CITIZENS: Based on an exchange of diplomatic notes between Poland and the USA, since April 15th, 1991 the US citizens are allowed to enter Poland for any 90 days period without visa. The common rule 90 days of stay in 180-day period does not apply in this case. Please note that the common rule is applicable for other Schengen States, and if its a consecutive trip to Poland you must cross the Polish border directly from the third country (non-Schengen State) e.g. direct flights from Chicago, New York, London, Moscow, Kiev etc.

I should note from a recent experience, though, that the UK, for whatever reason, does not like being used as a border run destination. In fact, according to someone I know who also uses the above, the UK does not even like folks staying there for 90 days to get around the common rule mentioned above. I'll be taking my border run money again to grateful places like Ukraine instead.

Also, as I understand, Hungary has a similar rule, though I've never used it: http://konzuliszolgalat.kormany.hu/visa-...agreements

Finally, Denmark and Latvia each seem to have 90/180 clocks they consider separate from Schengen:
Latvia: http://www.mfa.gov.lv/en/consular-inform...-agremeent
Denmark: https://www.nyidanmark.dk/en-us/coming_t...travel.htm
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