How does a dual US/EU citizen travel legally with just a US passport?
May 15, 2014 4:04 AM Subscribe
I'm a dual citizen of the US and Poland but for various reasons I carry only a US passport, so for what follows, "Get your Polish passport and save yourself the trouble and worry!" is not a useful answer.
I would like to travel to Europe in the near to medium future, but I came across a dire warning from the US Embassy in Vienna
that "It is illegal
to enter the EU as an EU citizen with the U.S. passport." Is this true? (Related discussion about Ireland previously
.) Although the Polish government is aware of my existence and citizenship, can and would they really post an alert not to let me in or to detain me that would show up at a passport control station in, say, France? Am I overthinking this or being paranoid?
posted by Somnambulista to Travel & Transportation (16 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm aware of the infamous "Polish passport trap"
and don't want to be detained for a few months because I don't have a Polish passport. I also know there's a consular treaty between the US and Poland
that says that a US citizen temporarily visiting Poland will be treated as a US citizen if sie bears a US passport and a Polish visa, even if sie holds Polish citizenship as well. Difficulty: Poland doesn't issue its own short-term visas, but instead issues Schengen Area visas
. US citizens are exempt from having to get Schengen visas, but could I ask for one anyway, and would that satisfy the treaty requirements? And would I need it for just Poland, or for anyplace in the EU or Schengenland?