It used to be, before World War I, that a person could travel virtually
anywhere on the planet visa
free. Fast forward nearly a century, and more countries require
from at least some countries to enter. There is always an element of
human control in the decision to require a visa. In response, it is
becoming increasingly popular
to hold two passports from two different countries.
The biggest reason to travel with two passports is freedom. A U.S.
passport is a high-value passport in the world of travel, because it
allows you the freedom of traveling to 174 countries visa-free.
However, 16 other countries provide similar visa free travel to between
170 and 173 countries. A second passport from one of these countries
would give you equal travel freedom, and a choice of which to use when.
For example, several South American countries charge hefty visa fees to
entering U.S. citizens, but not to citizens of many other countries.
It’s easy to see why you would not want to enter with your U.S.
Holding two passports can provide another layer of travel
U.S. foreign policy is sometimes perceived outside of the country as a
little bullying. Some countries respond with resentment and see the
American traveler as a symbol of the American government. Traveling to
countries that are on the outs with the U.S. can present security risks
to targeted U.S. travelers that can be avoided by presenting an
alternative passport perceived as more friendly.
Having a second passport helps protect your freedom as a global
citizen. The United States, like every other country, has the power to
revoke your citizenship and your passport. They can also restrict your
travel through the use of your passport. If you find yourself in the
middle of an international misunderstanding or conflict, a second
passport may provide the refuge you need while you sort out your life.
You may want to research ways
to get a second passport.