I was recently talking to a friend who was staying in Hong Kong and wanted to take a day trip to China, she paid 120 USD for her visa because she thought it would be better to use her USA passport over her Israeli passport, she also didn’t know that China has a 10 year visa for USA passports and instead of getting a visa for 10 years she bought a visa for 1 day. Moral of this story: Do a bit of googling before you get your visa. Always check our visa app to see which passport allows you visa-free entrance.
Now there are a couple of rules that are important to know before your big trip.
- When flying from any country to any country you can change passports when arriving at your destination ( an example of a UK/USA citizen: if you use a UK passport to leave country A, when you land in country B you can use the USA passport).
- When traveling via a land border you will usually (most countries) have to use the passport used when exiting the previous country to enter the new country. (example of UK/USA citizen: If this person leaves the Peruvian border to Ecuador using his UK passport, he must enter Ecuador with the UK passport ) The reason for this is because the immigration will search for the departure stamp of the exiting country.
- Many Arab League countries (Including Indonesia ) do not allow Israeli passports holders to even have a layover in their countries, keep this in mind before buys a flight that flys via one of the forbidden countries. (Note: if you have an Israeli and non-Israeli passport you can enter these countries)
- Always check all the countries in your route before your trip, and see which passport is better for your route. (for example: If you’re using an Israeli passport in Thailand, you won’t be able to cross into Malaysia via the land border, but if you land in Thailand with a UK passport you will have no troubles getting into Malaysia via the land border).
- When you leave country A, you must show the immigration officer of country A the passport you entered the country with. When you are checking in your bags at the airport of country A, it is usually best to show the counter the passport you will be using to enter country B.
- When going to your home country it is usually mandatory to present your home country passport (example: Israeli/UK citizen would have to show his/her Israeli passport when flying to Israel).
Got any more tips and tricks? write em’ in the comment section below!
Have a great trip,
-The AdmaThailand Team
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