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Chapter 17 : Getting a Second Passport

Most people will tell you that you can't get two passports from the U.S. Government. This isn't quite true. In certain circumstances you can. If you can show your need, you can apply for a second, restricted passport that allows you to travel to certain countries.

Some countries won't allow you in if your passport is stamped in another country. For example, some Arab countries won't allow you to cross the border if you have a stamp from Israel in your passport. There are similar problems traveling between some African countries.

You can get a second passport to show in these circumstances. It looks like a regular passport, but states that it is just for travel to certain specified countries. It also isn't issued for countries that have no diplomatic relations with the U.S. To see if you need one, you can check the Visa Information Sheet at a passport office to see if there are any passport conflicts among the countries on your itinerary.

You can apply for a second passport at your regional passport office. You'll have to document your legitimate need. Show your itinerary, perhaps a letter from your employer saying you need to do business in a particular country, etc. You'll also need two signed passport-sized photos.

Since at most border crossings they are suspicious of anyone carrying two passports, determine beforehand which one to use, and show only that one. Otherwise, you'll likely be refused entry. If the restricted passport is not honored, you can call the nearest U.S. consulate or embassy for emergency assistance.

Another way to have two passports is to have dual citizenship. If you moved here from Ecuador, for example, and became a citizen, you can have a passport here and keep your Ecuadorian one.

All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it. - Samuel Johnson

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