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I am visiting Singapore in May. As a practice I always keep the passport with me wherever I travel. I think how can I show my identity if some officer ask about it. But sometimes I fell it is annoying to bring the passport. If I can leave it at hotel and travel, that make me easy. So I would like to know should someone keep the passport all the time (when travelling inside the country) even after entering in to the country? In this case Singapore.

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So are you asking just about Singapore, or travel in general? Because it differs for many countries. I'd update the question to make sure it's clear. –  Mark Mayo Apr 27 '13 at 3:30
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Your passport is an important document and it should be kept safe at all times. One of the best ways in general is not to have it with you but keep it in the hotel safe.

This varies by location and in some places, it is safer with you. In Singapor, crime is very low and there should not be a problem to have it with you.

My strategy is to keep a photocopy of the important passport page with me. That copy is folded up and takes very little space. It is not an official document but has enough information to show who I am.

Note that in some countries you have the obligation to keep a piece of identification with you at all times. For a foreigner, this often means the passport but not necesarily. Any travel book of the location you are going to usually references the rule but to have the official word, consult the embassy.

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Knowing where your local consulate/embassy is located would be helpful. In Singapore, both the American embassy and Australian high commission are located along Nassim Road, quite close to the Botanical Gardens. If you're from an EU country, knowing where one of the EU embassies are located would be helpful as based on my understanding, EU embassies will be there to help especially when you lose your passport.

Do ask if the hotel/hostel offers a safe deposit box, or if you could leave your passport at the reception. Carrying your photo ID like your driver's license or national identity card would suffice, especially if you intend to head to the nightclubs in Singapore. :)

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Thanks a lot for your answer my friend. –  Prasad Rajapaksha Jun 10 '13 at 1:23
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In China hotels usually "demand" to see your passport on checkin.
Maybe not in Singapore.

In China I've had to show my passport before being allowed to use public access internet connected computers. I do not know if they would have accepted a photocopy.

I always carry my passport with me. I use either

  • a round the neck slung pouch slung so it sits under one arm - not noticeable even when wearing a business shirt.

  • Or suspended off-centre inside my trousers in front.

  • Or in a zipped front leg pocket in cargo pants when in informal travel mode. I remove the zip slider so you need to use fingernails to open it. A 500 GB HDD travels with it when flying. (If you can run from the plane only smoking then you and the photos and the passport survive. If not, you don't care.)

All these locations are "invisible" externally, comfortable for me so that I do not notice that they are there.

If you do carry it, take the utmost care with its security. I have had pickpockets attempt to "access" my bags or pockets occasionally. On one occasion I had a small bag on my back, inverted so the front pockets were against my back and a man attempted to reach in and access the zipped pocket against my back as I walked.
His confidence in himself exceeded his ability not to be noticed by me. He seemed more annoyed by the many photos I then took than I was by his actions. (Probably not a wise way to react in some cases).

FWIW I'd rate my key documents as: Passport, VISA card, baggage reclaim ticket, other including money.

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I recommend you make a paper copy of your passport and carry that around. Leave your real passport at the hotel. I've traveled to many of the Asian countries (including Singapore) on business and never had a problem. I never needed to show it to anybody and I spent over 3 years total in Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, Korea etc.

Usually you can carry a paper copy around in your back pocket for about 4 weeks before it starts to fall apart. If you're going to be there longer than that, you might want to bring a couple copies.

Enjoy Singapore and be sure to try the Durian.

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