February 1, 2000- Do You Need A Second Passport?

Dear Subscriber,


by John Hawke

No this is not about religion but personal physical and financial survival. And for my money the best way is the reborn way or ghosting as some call it. Interested? I'll explain.

Up to now the keystone of the PT way of life has been a secret known to the privileged few. But that is about to change with this article. Scope publishing used to push legal second nationality programmes and legal residence in a tax haven as the way for privacy seekers to liberate themselves from the clutches of Big Brother. They may not have believed it but it was a safe thing to say. It is basically following BB's rules.

But games (the rules of which are made up by the state) tend to be won by the state. Those, which break the rules, are punished as "crimes" if they are known about by the authorities! "If" being the operative word! This suggests that there is a way to beat the bureau-rats but it requires one to break the rules secretly. Let's get to the crux of the matter.

Why would anyone want a second passport? Phrased like that it is obvious - in case, something happens to the first one. But is it worth paying US$35,000 or more for that security? After all if you lose your passport you can always get a replacement, can't you?

Not if you are avoiding military service in Vietnam by going on a world tour like an American friend of mine. Nor if you owe taxes to the US government when your passport is lost or runs out - if you are American.

If you are British and you have been repatriated at the expense of the embassy you will not get a new passport until this debt is repaid to the government. Even a tax debt to the UK authorities will prevent them renewing your passport.

In Belgium or Holland when you arrive at the airport to leave you will not be allowed to if you have unpaid parking or speeding tickets even if you have a passport. Also if you are a wanted man your embassy will not renew your passport.

So renewing your passport can be a tricky business. I suggest that you contact your local passport office now and tell them that you are interested in archaeology and plan a study trip to ruins in Iraq and Israel. Since these countries are officially at war possessing an entry stamp from one will at the least prevent entry to the other or at worst cause your arrest as an enemy of the state.

So your government will need to issue you with two passports so that you can enter each country on a different document. I have personally known people who have successfully applied for two passports from the following countries: UK, US and Austria. It is easiest at an embassy abroad. A useful trick to know.

However, that does not take care of all your problems. The main reason that people want second passports and are prepared to pay handsomely for them are tax benefits. As usual the worst hit are US citizens but Germans and Scandinavians also suffer very badly and to a lesser extent British people.

If you invest money in your own name even in another country there is a good chance that under international tax treaty information will be exchanged. Thus Austria will annually inform the Inland Revenue of all bank accounts held in that country by British passport holders. If the interest or gains have not been reported to the Revenue and the tax paid you may well be subject to an expensive and painful investigation.

On the other hand if you opened your account using, for example, a Panamanian passport legally acquired via participation in a government investment for citizenship programme the Austrian or German Bank will have no reason to contact the British. And even if they report it to the Panamanians they will have no interest in the affairs of one of their economic citizens living abroad.

This system has four drawbacks:

  1. Legal second passports - even Panamanian ones - can cost up to US$100,000 for a basically Third World document.

  2. A Third World passport can attract unwanted attention - blue eyed white's travelling on or banking with third or fourth world documents is not low profile. They also require visas often and are difficult to travel with.

  3. The passport is in your original name! Even a German speaker who knows no English will think it odd that the white-man with the South American passport speaks only English and is called William Shakespeare. Name change is only legally recognised in common law countries like the UK. It is illegal in German, French and Spanish speaking countries.

  4. While some "legal" programmes will allow name changes or will not check references or original documents thus permitting, de facto, name changes (turning a blind eye) many do not and if you or they cheat, the document ceases to be legal and becomes fraudulent. US$100,000 is a lot to pay for a false document.

  5. The benefits only accrue to money already earned and taxed that has been got out of the original country. It dos not help you to generate a tax-free income in your country. If you are prepared to take a chance when travelling or only need a document for banking purposes you can get, for example, a South American passport such as a Venezuelan or Dominican one issued without the legal formalities for US$25,000 - sometimes less. Often these documents are computer registered, amazingly. I know quite a few people who have travelled successfully on such documents.
Latin American record keeping is not so efficient as it might be. These documents can often be issued with different names and personal details. But you still have a high profile document if you are not a Spanish speaker and even where visas are not needed you are likely to be grilled by immigration officials. On the other hand your foreign investments will be held in a name and nationality that no one can connect with your own name or even country. But if anyone ever becomes suspicious you will be unable to prove title to your investments and may lose them. Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease. So the problem states itself as follows.

How can I safely travel anonymously and in a low profile manner without being hassled by immigration and visa clerks and bank or invest money abroad to which I will always be able to prove title and perhaps even be able to generate a tax free income in the country where I live?

There is I am afraid only one answer to this question: obtain a passport from a 5 star country that affords world-wide visa free travel in a name different to your own which has been "legally" issued and use it to travel, bank, invest and even to trade.

Or even better get one separate identity for each purpose: one to do business, perhaps in your own country; one to travel and one to invest abroad beyond the reach of the enemy.

This, of course, would not normally be considered a legal programme. But in the end what matters is what works. This programme works well and safely the "legal" ones do not. Moreover, this programme costs a fraction of the cost of a good legal one.

For as little as US$45,000 you can be reborn with one new EU identity. The full three may be had for perhaps US$100,000. Naturally, this cannot be done in all EU countries. So how does it work to make and save you money?

Firstly you can open a bank account in any European country. If you go into a low profile business such as mail order that you operate from a mail drop you need never pay any tax - even if you live in the country where the business is conducted. If the tax people investigate you, throw away the bank account and passport. They meet a dead end. In the meantime you have made a fortune free of tax - the document should pay for itself in a few months.

You travel abroad as this or another person with the cash you have withdrawn from your business account. No one suspects because you are travelling on an EU document which is never checked - you nay even have the appropriate accent and linguistic skills for the document you are carrying. If you remember your date of birth you should have no problem.

Likewise, when you turn up in Switzerland your Swiss bankers should have no doubts about you. Even if your account was ever reported to the authorities in your country, so what - it has no connection with you. And if you ever do something really bad you have your escape papers ready - better still if you do your wicked act as someone else. As long as you have not committed murder or armed robbery surrendering your passport should be sufficient to obtain bail.

So if you ever really need to you can disappear with your ass and your assets. It sounds great but how does it work?

Simple, you assume the identity of someone who does not have and will not ever obtain a passport either because he is dead or a vegetable or mad or some such. It is then possible to build up supplementary ID: driving license, medical card, voter registration, social security number, bank account etc.

You might even remarry in that name. Throwing away a passport is a lot easier than divorce, eh? How is all this achieved?

That depends on the country and the degree of organisational efficiency, security controls, corruption and computerisation. Suffice it to say that a number of top class jurisdictions are open to manipulation by the experts.

I know of several consultants who can help make such arrangements for a figure of US$50,000 maximum depending on the desired country. If you would like to contact one of these consultants please send me your details at: John Hawke privacy@privacyworld.com .

To avoid the merely curious be prepared to pay a consultation fee, which will be required. The fee, normally $1,000, is just $500 for our readers until 29th February 2000 and will be applied towards purchase should you elect to proceed.

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