As a dual citizen, can I travel to places on a Canadian passport that I can't go to (or is difficult or expensive to get visas for) on an American passport? Can I actually pick-and-choose what passport to use to get the best benefit?
I have an American passport, and I'm eligible for a Canadian one but I've been dragging my feet getting the paperwork done to confirm my citizenship. Right now I'm planning a pretty big trip to South America and it occurred to me that some of the entrance fees and visa requirements might be non-existent or cheaper with a Canadian passport (i.e. I wouldn't need a visa to enter Bolivia).
Can I actually do this? I mean, I know I need to use my American passport for entering and exiting the United States. But if I travel to a bunch of countries using my Canadian passport, come back, and US customs asks me where I've been... are they going to get pissed that all those visas and entry stamps are not in the US passport?
And if I can't travel to a country as an American due to travel restrictions, can I travel there as a Canadian? The only country to come to mind is Cuba, since I need explicit permission to visit the country (entry requirements
) as an American citizen. Does that mean I still can't go with my Canadian passport since I'm still under the US government's jurisdiction? (In this situation, obviously I'd fly out of Canada).
I'm not trying to dodge any laws, but I am interested in whether this opens opportunities for me that I hadn't thought of, or would just be a headache.