Interesting Laws About Having a Second Passport 

Though some countries have restrictions on having multiple passports, others encourage it. Here are some countries that allow second passports and their laws.


A second passport can allow dual nationality status in which an individual is a citizen of more than one country at a time.

The Second Citizenship Survey by CS Global Partners in 2017 found that 89% of people would like to own a second passport, and over 34% said they had looked into investing in a second citizenship.

Even more striking were the 80% who said they would be willing to invest or donate 5% of their annual salary for a second citizenship — more than they spend on the monthly rent.

Though some countries have restrictions on having multiple passports, others encourage it. Here are some countries that allow second passports and their laws.

Argentina 

Argentina allows dual citizenship, but citizens are recognized as exclusively Argentinian when in the country and are required to enter and leave the country on their Argentine passport if they are staying in the country for more than 90 days.

Armenia

Armenia allows dual citizenship, but its citizenship is based primarily on the principle of jus sanguinis. All male dual citizens regardless of where they live are required to serve in the military with certain exceptions. Armenian citizenship does not end simply because one’s passport expires or if the citizen has lived outside of Armenia for an extended period.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh permits dual citizenship. Citizens will not lose their passports when taking up another nationality, except if they commit a crime or incur a criminal fine within five years of becoming a citizen.

Dominica

Dominica recognizes dual citizenship and it does not require you to renounce your current citizenship to attain dual nationality. Besides that, Dominica also does not require residence on the island if second citizenship is obtained through the country’s citizenship by investment programme.

Egypt

Under Egyptian law, acquiring another citizenship is acceptable, but requires that those who apply for another nationality inform appropriate Egyptian officials. Holders of dual citizenship are exempt from military service and prohibited from enrolling in military and police academies or being elected to Parliament.

Israel 

Israel allows its citizens to hold dual or multiple citizenships. Jews are also permitted to claim citizenship under its Law of Return legislation. A dual national is not considered a foreign citizen under Israeli Security Service Law and is subject to mandatory military service.

Italy

Dual citizenship is allowed in Italy, which considers anyone with Italian ancestry an Italian citizen and thereby eligible to apply for an ancestral passport. Interestingly, Italy has not imposed limitations on the number of generations of its citizens who might be born outside Italy and hold foreign citizenship.

New Zealand 

New Zealand permits dual citizenship, but such citizens could lose their New Zealand passports by acting “in a manner that is contrary to the interests of New Zealand”.

Pakistan 

Pakistan allows citizens to hold citizenship from just 16 countries, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Iceland, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. However, such citizens do not have certain voting rights and are barred from serving in the military, holding certain public offices and taking some civil servant jobs.

Panama

Dual citizenship is technically not accepted in Panama, but the government requires all naturalized citizens to take an oath to renounce their first citizenship – an oath that most countries, including the United States, do not recognize. Nevertheless, Panama does offer its Friendly Nations Visa, which grants permanent residency leading to full citizenship to those from a list of 50 countries with which it has economic and professional ties.

Philippines 

Dual citizenship is recognized in the Philippines, though it is almost impossible for foreigners to obtain citizenship. However, Filipinos who get second citizenship will not lose their Philippine nationality.

Russia 

Dual citizenship is permitted in Russia, but dual nationals are required to inform the authorities of their status. Russians affected by the law have 60 days after that date to report foreign passports and residence permits.

South Africa 

South Africa allows dual citizenship, but citizens above the age of 18 who acquire a second passport must first apply to retain their South African nationality or risk losing it. However, naturalized citizens are not allowed to apply for such retention. All dual citizens are required to enter and leave the country on their South African passports.

St. Kitts and Nevis 

St Kitts and Nevis recognizes dual citizenship and has the world’s first citizenship by investment programme for those who wish to obtain the country’s nationality. There is no residence requirement, and individuals are not required to visit the country to process their citizenship application.

Sudan 

Sudan recognizes dual citizenship. However, citizens who take up South Sudanese nationality will lose their Sudanese passport.

Syria 

Syria recognizes dual citizenship, but becoming a national is almost impossible, as it requires one to not only marry a Syrian but also live in the country for 10 years. It is also similarly difficult giving up Syrian citizenship.

The United Kingdom 

The United Kingdom allows dual citizenship. However, citizens of the British Overseas Territories may not be able to gain British citizenship if they take up another nationality.

USA 

The U.S. Government recognizes that dual nationality exists but does not encourage it. A U.S. national may acquire foreign nationality by marriage, or a person naturalized as a U.S. national may not lose the nationality of the country of birth. A person who is automatically granted another nationality also does not risk losing U.S. nationality, however, a person who acquires a foreign nationality by applying for it may lose U.S. nationality.

Please note: While our best efforts have gone into producing the information above, citizenship laws of different countries change often. It is best to ask a consulate or a law advisory for information regarding your circumstances.