If I’m a Dual Citizen, Can I Leave the Country Without Any Problems?

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We got a question from Airhee today,

Here’s what Airhee had to say:

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Hi Bob, I saw that you were helping all these people out with their questions and I was hoping you could help me with mine as well. I came here to the Philippines around Jan 2010 because I wanted to start my studies here (I’m a U.S. citizen). Around March 2010 I applied for the R.A. 9225 to make enrolling easier. I went through the whole process and oath taking, and I have my certificate and everything, so that technically makes me a dual citizen now right? Now my real question is, the studies here didn’t go so well, and I would like to go back to the U.S. soon… will I have any problems with leaving the country if I entered here with my U.S. passport? Thanks for your time, I hope you’ll be able to help!

Here’s what Bob had to say:

Hi Airhee,

No, you will have no problems leaving. There will be no fees or penalties for overstaying.

What you will need to do is to present your Dual Citizenship Certificate along with your passport when leaving, and any overstaying penalties will be waived automatically.

My children are Dual Citizens, and they have always used their Dual Citizenship certificate for this purpose and there has never been any problems to deal with.

Good luck to you and have a good trip back to the USA.



Bob Martin

Bob Martin is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine. Bob is an Internet Entrepreneur who is based in Davao. Bob is an American who has lived permanently in Mindanao since May 2000. Here in Mindanao, Bob has resided in General Santos City, and now in Davao City. Bob is the owner of this website and many others.

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Hi Bob Something to report about the dual citizenship process for your readers and a question. 1) I changed my name when I became a naturalized US citizen several years ago. I applied for and was granted dual citizenship by the Philippine Embassy this year. However, they did not recognize my name change. So if I am going to have a Philippine passport, it will still contain my old, Filipino name rather than my new, American name. (My American name is in my social security card, driver’s license, US passport, etc — but the Philippine Embassy still wouldn’t recognize it)… Read more »


Hi redante – I have not heard of this problem before, but I don’t think you would have trouble just keeping your old name in the Philippines, or changing your name in the Philippine court system.

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I assume Airhee will have to pay travel tax or could he leave on his US passport.

Bob - Expat Answer Man

As long as you have your dual citizenship certificate with you in your possession and show it when you are leaving the country you have no worries. No penalties or anything of the nature.

Willy Jamo
Willy Jamo

Hi Bob my question to you is, I stayed here in the Philippines for almost two years since Feb 2016 until now. I’m 63 and retired. I am a dual citizen (US-Philippines). i did not bother to secure a Phil. Passport but i have the Certificate. am getting my pension thru arrangement with my US bank, meaning i send my own pension to myself from my US bank thru on line transaction straight to my bank here in the Phil. My main question to you Sir, is: Will there be an issue if i will stay longer here as i… Read more »


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