I am a dual citizen with 2 passports. Passport 1 is from my birth country, Guyana, and passport 2 is from the UK. The Guyanese government has the option of stripping your Guyanese citizenship if they know you use another citizenship, so I would like them not to know. If, for example, you have a US visa in passport 2 (departing from birth country) and like to travel to the US, how would you proceed?

Possible solution is to go to the US embassy (in birth country) and reapply for a new visa on passport 1 but wouldn’t they question why you’re doing that since the other one is still valid? Plus there are many questions on the form to fill out regarding that. They will obviously see that you also have a citizenship not belonging to the country you’re in so will they report it? Or do you just wait till it expires before applying with another passport?

Since there's no direct flight to destination, stopover country is visa free for both passports.

  • It'd be really useful if you could tell us which the countries are. – Mark Mayo Feb 16 '15 at 0:32
  • Guyana is the birth country. – Shawn Feb 16 '15 at 1:12
  • ...and the other one? – Mark Mayo Feb 16 '15 at 1:58
  • The other one is British. – Shawn Feb 16 '15 at 2:01

Easy, just use both passports, as explained in detail here:

  1. Book your flights with details per passport 2.
  2. At check-in, show passport 2 to prove you can enter the US.
  3. At exit immigration, show passport 1.
  4. When entering the US, show passport 2.
  5. When checking in for return flight, show passport 2. If asked for visa to country 1, show passport 1.
  6. At entry immigration, show passport 1.

The main catch is that, if country 1 really cares about you not having multiple citizenships (can you tell us which country it is?), immigration officers may look for visas for/stamps from the US and start asking awkward questions if they can't find any. The usual ploy around this is to swap passports at a connection point: for example, dual Malaysian/Australian citizens usually travel via Singapore, so Malaysia thinks they're visiting Singapore only (no visa needed).

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  • The country I'm referring to is Guyana. Isn't it better to just buy two roundtrip tickets (although that may get pricey)? (Guyana-stopover country // stopover country-US) Obviously, two US visas aren't allowed so when I reapply through passport 1, will the embassy automatically cancel the one in passport 2? Also, won't check-in check for stamps on when I entered the country? (It won't have any) – Shawn Feb 16 '15 at 1:09
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    Yes, two completely separate tickets is better. The airline does not care about your status in the country you're in, they care about whether you'll be allowed into your destination. And I still don't understand why you think you need two US visas...? – lambshaanxy Feb 16 '15 at 2:58
  • It's basically to avoid having to go through all the hassle and just travel with one passport. – Shawn Feb 16 '15 at 10:29
  • Applying for a US visa is much more hassle than carrying two passports. Also, if you're a British passport holder, you shouldn't need a visa for short tourism or business visits to the US? – lambshaanxy Feb 16 '15 at 10:51
  • Yes, but pulling that passport out locally isn't something I'm willing to do especially when dual citizenship isn't recognized. So, I'm just trying to find alternatives for having to buy two separate tickets – Shawn Feb 16 '15 at 12:33

Use your UK passport.

UK/USA "special relationship" means that UK is part of the Visa Waiver Program. Select countries thus don't need visas,since the USA deems them less risky.

Guyana would require a visa for entry.

When applying, you would have to state you have dual nationality, but then this shouldn't be an issue for the US border control. You should ensure though you do enter with your UK passport, possibly even show your Guyanese passport on entry too.

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