I am privileged enough to become a dual citizen of the UK and the Philippines.

No, I’m not a spy nor a special agent that has multiple passports and identities (nope, not technically).   I can say that I have the best of both worlds (the East and West). My Philippine citizenship is my birthright, and I acquired my British citizenship through naturalisation.

The Philippine law mandates that since I have gained a new citizenship from another country (The UK), my Filipino citizenship was automatically removed. I would have to re-apply to re-claim it.  So, I did! You can check my blog post about it from the link below. As for the British law, they let their citizens have multiple nationalities.

When I got the chance to process my dual citizenship, I passed the necessary requirements to have passports from the two countries. I thought this would enable me to have more flexibility travelling.

The British passport is considered as one of the most powerful passports in the world according to passport index; it enables its citizens to travel visa-free or visa-on-arrival in 159 countries in the world. On the other side, the visa fees for the British passport holders can be extortionately pricey.

How To Travel With Two Different Passports As A Dual Citizen

The Philippine passport holders can enable travel in 61 visa-free countries, the majority in Asia and South America. Moreover, as a Filipino citizen, I am also entitled to the perks that I can have as I mentioned from my previous blog post.

Using two passports with the same identity is legal, as long as your country of citizenship allows you to have dual nationality.   This is a clear representation of you as a citizen of your country.  The perks of having two passports when you travel can give you an option on which passport will give you more benefit to enter the country of destination.

I’m not suggesting any fraudulent act here, but this is something that people normally get confused or are unsure about. You have to remember to use ONE passport to enter and exit one country. Make sure to do some research regarding the dual passport rules of the country you will be visiting.

I will share with you on how I travelled around Asia using my British and Philippine passports.

Here’s how you can use two different passports when you travel: 

How To Travel With Two Different Passports As A Dual Citizen

Port of Departure: United Kingdom
Passport used: British

I used my British passport to leave the UK so I can establish my right to legally live in the country without asking for any visas or residence permit at the border.

How To Travel With Two Different Passports As A Dual Citizen

Port of Arrival: Philippines
Passport used: British

British passport holders are allowed to stay in the Philippines for 30 days (visa-free).  Since I am considered as “Balikbayan”, the Philippine Immigration gave me a one year stay in the Philippines without needing a visa.

How To Travel With Two Different Passports As A Dual Citizen

Port of Departure: Philippines
Passport used: British

Next stop, Cambodia.

Airline desk:  I showed my Philippine passport to prove that I can enter Cambodia visa free.  I also showed my British passport that I used to enter the Philippines so they can waive my Philippine Travel Tax. As technically, I’m a British citizen in the Philippines.

PH Immigration: I showed my British passport as this was the passport that I used to enter the Philippines.

How To Travel With Two Different Passports As A Dual Citizen

Ports of Arrival: Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia
Passport used: Philippines

I used my Philippine passport to enter these three countries to establish travel history, and of course, Philippine passport holders are visa-free in these countries.

In Malaysia, having dual citizenship is strictly regulated. Hence, I want to make sure that they can see my travel history in my Philippine passport.

I also give my Philippine passport on the immigration and airline desks when I departed these countries.

 

How To Travel With Two Different Passports As A Dual Citizen

Port of Arrival: Singapore
Passport used: British

Singapore Immigration:  Singapore is a visa-free country for Philippine and British passport holders. However, I used my British passport to avoid further questioning and delay in Singapore like what happened before when I used my Philippine passport when I first visited the country in 2011. Using my British passport, Singapore Immigration gave me a 90-day pass.

How To Travel With Two Different Passports As A Dual Citizen

Port of Departure: Singapore
Passport used: British

I used my British passport because this was the passport that I have used to enter Singapore.

How To Travel With Two Different Passports As A Dual Citizen

Port of Arrival: Philippines
Passport used: British

I used again my British passport to enter the Philippines. I got a 1-year Balikbayan stamp that enables me to stay in the Philippines for one year instead of 30 days only.

Note: If you are travelling with your spouse with a foreign (Non-Philippine) passport, you should come together at the PH Immigration desk. So your spouse can also enjoy the Balikbayan privileges to stay in the Philippines for one-year visa-free.

 

How To Travel With Two Different Passports As A Dual Citizen

Port of Departure: Philippines
Passport used: British

Airline desk: I gave my British passport to show that I am eligible to live and enter the UK without having any permit or visas.

Immigration Officer: I showed my British passport because this is the one I’ve used to enter the Philippines.

 

How To Travel With Two Different Passports As A Dual Citizen

Port of Arrival: Dubai, UAE
Passport used: British

I used my British passport to visit Dubai for my connecting flight. Philippine passport holders would require securing a visa prior to entering Dubai.

I also used my British passport on my way back to catch my next flight back to the UK.

How To Travel With Two Different Passports As A Dual Citizen

Port of Arrival: UK
Passport used: British

Home Sweet Home.

Always remember to use the same passport upon entering and exiting the country to avoid trouble and confusion.

Some people would argue that it is pointless to get a second passport when you already have the “powerful” one, in this case, the British passport.  Having a Dual Nationality is a special privilege so why not use it to your advantage especially when you are travelling and save yourself some extra cash and hassle.

Are you also a dual citizen?
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How To Travel With Two Different Passports As A Dual Citizen