Your main international travel document. Getting it, replacing it, and issues with it including stamps from one country which might not be welcome in another.

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If, like Edward Snowden, your passport was revoked/cancelled, how can you travel?

As per the news, NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden has had his passport revoked by the United States Government. From the article: It was not immediately clear how Snowden was able to travel, ...
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What can I do to prevent passport stamps being put on blank pages?

I'm running low on blank passport pages which are sometimes needed for full page visas such as those issued by Armenia, India, and Vietnam. When I crossed the border into Turkey the other day I got ...
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Why are you now required NOT to smile in passport photos?

Passport photos these days are usually pretty specific - certain size, color, etc. But the odd requirement the past few years is that usually you're not allowed to smile in them. We're discussing ...
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Hard time proving I am same person as seen in the passport photo taken 9 years ago

This is a bit funny. I had posted a question in June - Use of unused Schengen visa to travel to Switzerland. Based on that i travelled to Norway and faced another problem. Here is some background: ...
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What happens if you cannot pay for a hotel?

What happens if you cannot pay for your hotel stay because you accidentally run out of money (can happen) or your credit card was blocked (much more likely)? I assume you cannot arrange the money on ...
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Can I be refused entry due to my place of birth?

Usually entry requirements are based on country of citizenship, but is it at all possible to be denied entry if you were born in a country in conflict with your travel destination ? This is a ...
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Are there any repercussions from having an Israeli stamp in my passport?

I have heard people say that having a stamp from Israel in your passport can cause problems when trying to get into other countries. Is there any truth to this statement? If so, which countries does ...
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Keeping old passports?

I have occasionally read about old passports people collect as keepsakes of their travels. Now, I just came across a mention of “all old passports” in a list of things to bring to a US visa interview ...
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What is the least useful passport in the world, visa-wise?

An Israeli colleague and I were debating the merits of his passport, and that he can't travel to many countries. So with the proviso that a passport is not 'useful' if you require a visa to get into ...
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What does this sticker on the back of my passport mean?

I am currently travelling in the USA and when checking in on the boarding flight to enter the country, the security personnel attached a small yellow-white sticker to my passport (see a somewhat ...
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Should I carry a passport around everywhere I go in the UK?

I am a new student in the UK. I attend classes both in London and Cambridge. Should I carry my passport with me wherever I go within UK? Or is a college identity enough? My parents are visiting me ...
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What harm can be done with a copy of one's passport?

In one of the questions on this site, it was suggested the use of Dropbox to save a backup copy of your passport, in case you need to proof who you are if your original document is lost. I like the ...
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Travelling with two different passports

I was just wondering if you have two passports (a Chinese one and an Australian one), and you booked your airline ticket with the Chinese one, will you have to show both of your passports or just one? ...
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Is it possible to travel to Israel if it's not recognised by your passport's country?

I'm wondering if it's possible for passport holders of countries that do not recognise other countries to travel to that particular country. Israel is not recognised by the Malaysian passport, so ...
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I was told my signature was ripped out of my passport. Should I be worried?

My Mother just returned from a two week trip to New Zealand today. When she arrived back home in the States it was pointed out that the page with her signature in her passport was ripped out making it ...
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Will one be refused entry on a full passport?

My question was triggered by How do I decide whether to be worried about having enough blank pages in my passport? The question is pretty simple. What happens at a border when you need an additional ...
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What is the difference between “Country of Issue” and “Country of Citizenship” of a passport?

On multiple occasions I have seen forms where it needs to be stated what the Country of Issue and what the Country of Citizenship is. What is the difference between the two, if your passport is issued ...
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Why is sex/gender present in EU-issued passports?

I've read the lex regarding the contents of any passports issued in the EU, however it provides no explanation as to the necessity of the points. So why is it necessary that your sex be presented in a ...
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What to do if I lost my passport before flight in another country?

I'm just asking this question for my info. I will be traveling from India to Amsterdam on a short trip. What should you do if you lose your passport or the passport gets stolen (especially in a ...
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Will an Iranian or Kuwaiti visa or stamp in my passport pose a problem on a future visit to Israel?

In this question I learned that entering Kuwait with an Israeli stamp in your passport will be a problem. (Less surprising was that Iran doesn't like them either). Later during my current trip I am ...
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Would visiting North Korea as a tourist cause problems travelling anywhere else?

You can take tours from China across into North Korea (or by train, in theory) - but assuming you do and get your passport stamped, are there other countries that will hold this against you? For ...
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What happens if you lose your passport at an airport / during transit?

Once, when flying from India to the UK, I left my passport on the plane's seat-back pocket and forgot that I left it there until I reached the passport control desks. Fortunately in this case, I ...
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Why do passports expire?

Based on this question, why do passports expire? What possible function does it serve to limit their validity in time?
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Why does a passport have a place of birth field on it?

Almost all passports I have seen have a place of birth field on them. For instance, on the Indian Passport, and on the US Passport, Is there a specific reason to this?
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How long does it take for a US citizen to get their first passport?

If I am a US citizen and I have never had a passport before, how long will it take for me to get one? How early do I need to apply before I plan on going abroad?
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Dual nationality, EU and Australian. Does it matter which passport is “travelled on”

I plan to visit Australia from the UK, I am an Australian national with dual nationality - I also hold a Greek passport. I have all the correct documentation and everything is fine. However, if I ...
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How to avoid letting a rental business hold my passport in Thailand?

I'm considering renting a motorcycle in Thailand, and the terms on the rental company's website state they will hold my passport for the duration of the rental. While I do not intend to leave the ...
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Travel implications when going to Muslim countries after a visit to Israel

I would like to visit Israel, but I have heard that if you visit some Muslim countries, they won't let you in, and visa versa. Does it depend on which Muslim countries? I imagine there would be ...
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Are there any laws which prohibit officials from taking a passport out-of-reach of the passport holder?

Normally when you cross a border, the border guards check your passport in your view (i.e. the passport never becomes out-of-sight for the passport-holder). But sometimes a guard comes, and takes the ...
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Child travelling with different nationality passport than mom

My wife (Polish passport) is planning to travel to the USA (and some European countries) with our son who has dual Polish-British nationality. Would it cause any issues if the young one is travelling ...
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Will a UAE stamp in my passport cause problems entering Israel?

I will be traveling to Israel soon and am concerned because some colleagues have suggested that the visa stamps in my passport from the United Arab Emirates (eg Dubai) might cause me difficulties on ...
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Why would your passports be collected on buses in Chile?

A colleague is travelling in Chile at present, and on a bus trip from San Pedro de Atacama to Arica, the bus driver insisted on collecting and holding on to all their passports for the duration of the ...
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What documents should you carry with you when travelling internationally?

I actually saw this on a list of top new traveller questions, and figured it'd be a good one to have on here. Obviously with international travel, you'll need your passport, but are there any other ...
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Biometric passport: How can I know if the chip is still working? Does it matter?

My biometric passport inadvertently spent some time under the rain. It's not badly damaged but some sheets are a bit deformed and there are tiny brown spots on the side. I am wondering if there is an ...
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Flying within the United States, Passport required?

This month I'll be flying twice within the United States. I am a US citizen with a valid drivers license, flying within US boundaries. Is this sufficient to fly? I haven't held a valid passport for ...
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Are there any problems crossing Kosovo's international borders or having their stamp in your passport?

I'm thinking of heading from Romania to Serbia to Albania, possibly via Kosovo (on an Australian passport). Since Kosovo becoming a country wasn't unanimously popular in the region I'm a bit ...
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Lost passport with Schengen visa

My passport was stolen in Prague on my way to Vienna. I filed a police report and our embassy swiftly acted by giving me a temporary passport for my onward journey to Munich and Rome. Upon exit from ...
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Can a passport survive an accidental trip through a washing machine?

When the error was realized and the passport retrieved from the pocket of a shirt in the dryer, it was certainly damp and the cover and many pages had curled, but perhaps it can be reflattened by a ...
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Are there consquences to stamps in my passport that are not from border control?

I’m on a trip in Japan. I've seen many touristic places that offer stamps, many temples have it as a free souvenir. This is not the first time I’ve seen this type of souvenir, I also saw the same ...
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What is the process for travelling on a World Passport like?

An answer to one of today's popular questions (here) mentions the existence of the "World Passport". This is a passport which is not issued by any nation state, but by an organization that wants to ...
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How long does it take to renew a US passport?

For US citizens living in the United States, how long does it typically take (from start to finish) to renew a US passport? If the expedited fee is paid, how fast can it be done?
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Does my government know in which country I am at when I travel?

I guess this is the type of question I should start with "a friend of mine wants to know..." but I was wondering if in general governments keep a record which gets updated each time you go through ...
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Why do countries require validity of 6 months for passports?

Many countries require a passport to be valid for six months. Sometimes these six months are counted from the date of departure, or from the date of entrance. Even though some of these countries only ...
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China visa issue

I flew from China to Taiwan a while back. I have an extend-able visa to Taiwan. Upon arrive in Guangzhou, I was informed I needed a Chinese visa to visit to Taiwan (which if you are up-to-date with ...
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Can immigration authorities make cross checks between multiple passports of the same (German) person?

I have the following specific case but it would be nice to have a general answer if one does exist: A fellow German traveler just spent 3 months in Turkey on his passport. He just then left to ...
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Can I cross the USA-Canada border with a birth certificate and a passport locator number?

My US passport took too long to be shipped to me, and it will arrive after I need to leave. Will I be able to cross the border from the United States to Canada with a birth certificate (copy) and a ...
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What is the email address on my passport renewal form used for?

I'm in the process of renewing my US passport. The renewal form has a space for my email address. Will the email address end up on the passport? Will the email address end up on the RFID chip in ...
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Using emergency US passport to leave/enter UK while UKBA is reviewing my visa

I am a US expat living in the UK. I am currently renewing my UK visa, but I need to travel during the process. The US London Embassy says If your current U.S. passport is being held by the UK ...
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How do I decide whether to be worried about having enough blank pages in my passport?

I am planning a long trip over a year from now. The tentative itinerary is Canada USA (maybe LA, maybe Hawaii, doesn't matter, I have Nexus) Australia New Caledonia Vanuatu Fiji Samoa New Zealand ...
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If I renew my passport do I get 10 years from the expiration date or 10 years from the renewal date?

If I renew my passport do I get 10 years from the expiration date or 10 years from the renewal date? My passport expires in December 2013 so if I travel now, I would still have more than 6 months ...