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Traveling with an Italian and US Passport: A Guide for Dual Citizens


 

As a dual citizen of Italy and the United States, you have the right to travel, live, work and play in both countries. However, there are a few things you need to keep in mind when traveling with two passports, especially when it comes to booking round trip tickets and entering and exiting the US and Italy (and the EU).


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Booking Round Trip Tickets


When you book round trip tickets, you'll need to decide which passport you want to use to enter and exit each country. If your names are different in your two passports, you may want to book separate tickets. This will help to avoid any confusion at the airport.

  • If your married name is in your US passport and your maiden name is in your Italian passport, you can add an AKA (also known as) for your maiden name on the last page of your US passport and page 4 of your Italian passport. This will help to ensure that there is no confusion when you travel between the two countries.

  • If your maiden name is in both your US and Italian passports, you do not need to add an AKA. However, you may want to bring a copy of your marriage certificate with you when you travel, just in case there are any questions.

Entering and Exiting the US and Italy


When you enter the US, you will need to show your US passport. When you exit the US, you will also need to show your US passport.

When you enter Italy, you will need to show your Italian passport. When you exit Italy, you will also need to show your Italian passport.


Traveling within the EU


When traveling within the EU, it is recommended to use your Italian passport, making sure to book your tickets with your name exactly as printed in your Italian passport.


Tips for Traveling with Two Passports


Here are a few tips for traveling with two passports:

  • Be polite and patient. The immigration and ticket counter agents may not be familiar with the rules for dual citizens.

  • Be prepared to show your two passports and your marriage certificate.

  • Explain that you are a dual citizen of Italy and the United States.

  • Be clear about which passport you are using to enter and exit each country.

Conclusion


Traveling with an Italian and US passport can be a great way to enjoy the best of both worlds. By following these tips, you can ensure that your travels are smooth and hassle-free.


Additional Resources

  • Visit the websites of the Italian and US embassies or consulates for more information about traveling with two passports.

  • Contact a travel agent or immigration lawyer if you have any questions about your specific situation.

We hope this helps!



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