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I am dual citizen (Lebanon/Russia) permanently residing in Lebanon. I would like to go to Thailand on my Russian passport because Russians get a 30 day visa on arrival in Thailand, while Lebanese don't.

My question is:

  1. When I leave Lebanon, I should show to the authorities my Lebanese passport.
  2. When I first land in Thailand, is it enough to show my Russian passport, even though it doesn't contain any exit stamp from Lebanon? Or will immigration cause my problems?
  • Is it an option for you to show both passports when coming back to Lebanon? – Adrien Be Jul 24 '15 at 6:43
  • yes. Russians get 90 days visa on arrival in lebanon. I had just come back from thailand and I asked the authorities: It is perfectly fine to come back in on another passport, as long as I fill in the on arrival card. – turgon Jul 24 '15 at 6:45
  • alright I see, but does it mean you then have to leave Lebanon in the next 90 days? – Adrien Be Jul 24 '15 at 8:26
  • Yes. But that is fine. I don’t mind leaving it anwy. – turgon Jul 24 '15 at 10:06
  • Fair enough. By the way, you can answer your own question in the "Your Answer" field below. It is even recommended, see meta.travel.stackexchange.com/questions/1857/… – Adrien Be Jul 24 '15 at 10:33
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Firstly, a small correction. Citizens of Russia have visa exemption which lets them visit Thailand for up to 30 days on tourist purposes with no need of visa. This is different than a Visa on Arrival when you actually get visa stamped at the booth in the airport building.

Indeed, many countries require their citizens to provide local passports crossing the local border. E.g., if you have dual citizenship of Russia and Lebanon, you always need to cross the border of Lebanon with your Lebanese passport, while crossing the border of Russia with the Russian passport only.

This is a known practice, and the immigration officers are aware about the case, so the best sequence is as follows:

  • Leave Lebanon with your Lebanese passport;
  • Just show your Russian passport when entering the Kingdom of Thailand;
  • In most cases, you will never be asked for any exit stamps;
  • If being asked, just show up your Lebanese passport;
  • Keep your arrival/departure card with your Russian passport;

When traveling back:

  • Show up your Lebanese passport when checking in for a return flight (since your air ticket is issued for a Lebanese passport);
  • At the immigration booth, show up your Russian passport and arrival card and get an exit stamp;

One more thought. If you are an active traveler, you may be concerned of preserving free pages in your passports. Russian passport takes up to 6 months to be made and takes a lot of effort and paperwork, so obviously it is better to save free pages there.
So if time permits, consider obtaining a normal Thai tourist visa in your Lebanese passport.

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    Thank you for the amazing response mate. P.S. It requires 2 to 3 month for me to get a new russian passport from the lebanese consulate. Just checked that today :) – turgon Jul 24 '15 at 11:11
  • BTW, The blog link is a valid concern, though it depends on residency. I'm not resident in russia, so it doesn’t apply to me. Same for military service and taes etc.. – turgon Jul 24 '15 at 11:13
  • One more thing, when leaving lebanon, I should use the russian passport with the airline right? – turgon Jul 24 '15 at 11:13
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    I assume that the air ticket is issued to your Lebanese passport, right? If so, you don't need your Russian passport till you have arrived to Thailand. Yet another problem may occur if the airline would check if you're eligible to visit the country of destination (because if you are not, the airline would be responsible for sending you back). I would suggest checking this with the airline upon purchasing tickets. – bytebuster Jul 24 '15 at 11:25
  • yeah, without thai visa on the lb passport, they will nag. So I need to use my Russian passport for airline, and lebanese for customs. – turgon Jul 24 '15 at 12:41

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