I am a dual citizen MEX/US. So I have a US and a Mexican passport. My US passport needs to be out of commission for a matter of weeks, and I need to exit the US during that time for travel. I am wondering if I can leave the US on my Mexican passport although it has no stamps in it currently

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    Will you fly or drive out of the US, or ship out? – Willeke Jun 20 '19 at 16:14
  • @Willeke: It shouldn't make a difference, as the US doesn't have exit checks no matter if you are leaving by land, sea, or air. – user102008 Jun 20 '19 at 16:47
  • I plan to fly out – Jogianni Jun 20 '19 at 16:51

This is fine. The US doesn't have exit checks, so you won't be subject to questioning or anything when you leave. The airline (if you're flying) will check your passport, so make sure you're going to a country you can enter visa-free as a Mexican citizen (or apply for a visa).

Entering the US, you're legally obliged to use a US passport (or Enhanced Drivers' License, Passport Card etc. if you're crossing by land).

  • The point about entering is potentially very important. – David Richerby Jun 20 '19 at 16:44
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    While you are legally obliged to use your US passport, immigration is even more obliged to let you in, passport or not. They may delay you and give you a hard time but they can't refuse entry. The more evidence you have that you are actual a US citizen, the qicker it will go. – Hilmar Jun 20 '19 at 16:45
  • "Entering the US, you're legally obliged to use a US passport" Actually, a US citizen is legally obliged to be bearing a US passport when both entering and leaving the US. However, there is no penalty for violating this law. – user102008 Jun 20 '19 at 16:46
  • @user102008 in the unlikely event of a spot check, however (see the recent question How come I was asked by a CBP officer why I was in the US?), the traveler could be prevented from boarding the flight. – phoog Jun 21 '19 at 2:59

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