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I'm a native born American currently living in Israel as a citizen (dual citizenship).

Can I leave Israel to travel to Europe with only my Israeli passport, or is my US one a 'must have'?

  • Are you asking about legal requirements or practical considerations? – phoog Jan 12 '17 at 17:34
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    @pnuts Not relevant - Israelis are the only nationals granted visa-free access to the entire European continent. Not even EU citizens are granted that (Belarus and Russia require visas) – Crazydre Jan 12 '17 at 20:10
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To exit Israel, all you need is your Israeli passport. Israelis are uniquely granted visa-free access to all of Europe.

So if Europe's where you're going, your US passport will not be needed

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There's no requirement for you to take your US passport with you on a trip to Europe. However, it is a good idea to do so. For example, you might have a sudden need to travel unexpectedly to the US, such as a friend or family member falling seriously ill, and doing that will be far more complicated if you don't have your US passport with you.

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    I disagree. Whenever I go somewhere I always take the least amount of necessary documents, cards, and so on. Doing so, the trouble and hassle to re-do everything in case I lose my wallet/documents is minimised. – Estey Jan 13 '17 at 7:47
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    @Estey You can always keep your second passport in a different place from your first, as I usually do, to reduce the chance of losing them both at once. Having the spare can come in handy; this is one of the advantages of dual citizenship. I suppose it comes down to which of two unlikely events one thinks will be more likely to occur. – phoog Jan 13 '17 at 14:10

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