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Like many other countries, Ukraine permits its citizens to have up to two passports, and I have made use of this possibility as a safeguard against passport loss. I now have one passport with a couple of EU stamps and another one with none.

Is it advisable for someone with two passports to travel with them interchangeably in order to get stamps into both?

Possible pros:
— Should I in fact lose a passport, the other one will have evidence of some travel history, hopefully allaying possible doubts of border control officers (not that they find me particularly suspicious; none of the three Schengen border guards I encountered have uttered a single word to me, including the first one who happily put the very first stamp into the passport).

Possible cons:
— Should I apply for a visa, the passport I submit won’t contain the entire evidence matching the travel history in the questionnaire.

Is travel history even a big deal to be worried about? Am I overthinking this? Past travels and intended destinations are Schengen zone countries.

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Passport are replaced (and get lost), so travel history is not so important. But keep a photo of passport, visa, and stamps. This could help you in future to find out your travel history for new visa applications.

Just it will confuse officers if you give a passport without the entry stamp, or a passport without the exit stamp of the nearby country (e.g. if you are traveling by car).

I would use only one passport per travel (and the other will remain home, so you will not lose it). And possibly I would use the same passport for similar travels, and not to mix them on "enemy" countries. [So US and Israel possibly in a passport and Arabic states in an other].

  • Leaving one passport at home sounds counter-productive, as it won’t be of help should the other one be lost while traveling (requiring going to the embassy for a temporary document), and passport loss at home isn’t a big deal because one can simply apply for a new one. – Roman Odaisky May 28 at 13:24
  • If you lost one, you will probably lose also the other (e.g. thief). I personally leave them in hotels (and I carry a copy of relevant page + an other official ID card). But someone could quickly send the second one to you. This is matter of one or two days. Making a new passport takes more time and you should do in person. Or what it is your scenario of losing one passport? – Giacomo Catenazzi May 28 at 13:45

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