Tag Info

Hot answers tagged

37

The simple answer is that it's because the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) - the global organisation that is responsible for settings standards for passports - recommends that they should be valid for no more than 10 years. For example, the ICAO "Guide for Assessing Security of Handling and Issuance of Travel Documents" states that : ...


34

Yes, having an Israeli stamp in your passport can restrict your ability to enter some Islamic and Arab nations including: Syria Lebanon Libya Kuwait Iran Iraq Pakistan Saudi Arabia Sudan Yemen What to do about it? Here are some options... Don't worry about it -- If you aren't interested in travelling to any of these countries, it doesn't matter if you ...


34

I'd ask if she had any blank cheques (checks) with her. A common trick is to remove a cheque or two from the middle of a book so it isn't immediately noticed. With a perfect sample of her signature, she could be set up to lose thousands of dollars from her chequing account. This was no accident. On the positive side, the motives are more likely those of ...


31

Certainly not. As a foreigner who lived in the UK for four years, I definitely only needed my passport for international travel. I used my New Zealand photo driver's license initially for ID (eg, to get into a bar), and then my UK one. For opening bank accounts and others where you sometimes require two forms, then you bring your passport. The UK is not ...


30

My family and I had our passports stolen two days before we were supposed to return home from Portugal to the UK - so we spent a day in the British Consulate (yes, all day) to get emergency passports (good for one use only - to get us back to the UK on our scheduled flight) and then we had to sort out new ones - which took a full day at the Passport Office ...


27

Very simple: From the US State Department Website last sentence. A federal or state law enforcement agency may request the denial of a passport on several regulatory grounds under 22 CFR 51.70 and 51.72. The principal law enforcement reasons for passport denial are a federal warrant of arrest, a federal or state criminal court order, a condition of ...


26

The contents of the main page in a passport is dictated by standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), specifically the Machine Readable Travel Documents standard (Doc 9303). This document states that all passport photos should meet the following requirements : 1. Pose 1.1. The photograph should be less than six months old. 1.2. ...


26

EDIT: I've decided to rewrite the answer as per suggestions in the comments. The candidates would be: Among fully recognized UN members South Sudan - due to being the youngest country in the world. It is unlikely that many visa-free agreements have been made with South Sudan over the past 3 years Afghanistan - due to only having access to 28 countries of ...


25

You are actually showing your passport to several different officials. The airline. They will check your passport at check-in time to insure that you have the right to enter the country you are flying to. That is because under international treaties, if an airline delivers you to a country that you do not have permission to enter, they are legally obliged ...


25

Assuming a mature system of law and a country where the police is not commonly corrupt and debts not commonly collected by violent means: Are they allowed to hold your passport until you come back and pay? No, unless you agree to it as a means of quickly, cheaply and unbeaurocratically settling the issue. What happens if they call the police? The ...


25

In many hotels you can just drop your keys in a box on your way out (or leave them in your room) and the charges will go to the credit card on file. Should you become aware that the card won't work, one approach would simply be to stay as long as you had intended, pack your bags, and just leave. Undoubtedly the hotel will call or email you within a few days ...


25

Israel allows Citizens of all countries to enter its borders, as long as they have an appropriate visa. There are countries for whose citizens Israel doesn't require a visa for a tourist stay of no more than 90 days. Malaysia and the other countries that don't recognize Israel and don't have diplomatic relations with Israel are not on that list so a ...


19

If you have a brand new passport, then keep all the pages together with an elastic band, and only release new pages when the old ones are full. This has kept things nice and orderly for me so far - the only place anyone took off the band was Taiwan where they at least stamped only the next page and not some random mid-passport place. If your passport is ...


19

Cuban refugees in the 1960s who were given US residency did not have access to US passports until they became citizens. They were unable to obtain Cuban passports. They were instead issued a passport-like re-entry document by the United States which they used for travel to third countries. If Ecuador or another country issued such a document Snowden could ...


18

This happened to us a few times. Credit card companies can be very fickle things, they allowed someone that wasn't us to pay for $500 worth of CDs across the world, but blocked a local hotel we were staying at from finalizing the charge for our room. When we travel, we generally only bring one credit card to minimize the potential pain of losing our stuff, ...


17

In short: Come to the airport early, security checks will take longer. You should expect a longer and more serious security check before your departure and after your landing, including questioning about your whereabouts and activities in Iran or Kuwait. If you just visited there, this should be it - your entrance is very highly unlikely to be refused. ...


17

For contingent purposes, I always carry the following, in no particular order: Printed copies of my passport and visas (also electronically on my mobile and laptop) Printed and electronic copy of my travel itinerary (I use TripIt on my mobile, and it's always there anyway). Printed copy of my accommodation confirmation (if available) Visa-supporting ...


17

General case — yes, you can travel from the UK to France with just a national ID card. If you have one, that is. The UK does not issue ID cards to its citizens, so if you’re Her Majesty’s subject you’re out of luck. Passports and national ID cards are the only documents which are valid for travel. On the other hand, many other documents that are valid as ...


17

Not necessarily for passports but NJ bans smiling on Drivers Licenses in order to be able to conduct facial recognition. There is also some blog entries with regards to passport photos but the reason is basically the same biometric identification and facial recognition. EDIT Found this link on the US department of state website that basically refers to ...


17

I think you have to look a little closer at your page that claims widespread acceptance. each entry is a single claim (supported only by a photo of an entry stamp page) of one person who has managed to get into that country using a World Passport. So for most countries, typically about ten people in the history of the passport have been successful with it. ...


16

Aas long as you leave a country with the same passport that you entered in on, then you're ok. So: Option 1: Entering Aus on Aus passport, leaving on Greek = bad Option 2: Entering on Greek, leaving on Aus = bad Option 3: Entering and leaving on Greek passport = good Option 4: Entering and leaving on Aus passport = good The reason being for counts and ...


16

You shouldn't need your passport everywhere you go, and I wouldn't risk carrying it with you at all times. However, if you plan to go anywhere where you need to be at least 18 years old, you will need some form of identity. And in the UK passports and driving licenses are the most commonly used. A doorman at a bar wouldn't accept a college identity. However ...


16

I can give an answer to this because this happens to me very regularly, for a good reason. Typically for holders of US / UK / European / Australian / NZ passports, a wide range of countries do not require a visa in advance, or often issue them on arrival. If you're travelling within North America or Europe where these visa rules are well-known, an airline ...


16

It depends on what country issued your passport If you have a British Passport, and renew it early, then Time left on your existing passport will be added to your new one - up to a maximum of 9 months. Thus you can have a British passport with an expiry date 10 years and 9 months into the future. However, many countries don't extend the validity of a new ...


15

I was in a situation where I had to mail in my passport for a visa - no problems for me. Allow an additional week in addition to the embassy's processing time, even if you choose next-day mailing options. Most importantly, use a reputable courier service (DHL/UPS/FedEx) with tracking capabilities. It's also likely that the embassy will require you to send a ...


15

Precautions: Keep some spare cash, credit card, and ID separate from what you are carrying, if possible. Carry a photocopy of your passport and other important documents with you, separate from the originals. Leave copies of these important documents with a dependable friend or relative. (Mouviciel's idea of using dropbox is great.) Register with your ...


15

Most North Korean visas are issued on separate pieces of paper, not in your passport, and are thus not a problem. Likewise, on entry and exit, they will stamp the paper and not your passport. Even if you do get a visa in your passport, as far as I'm aware no country has a policy of actually refusing entry to people who have visited North Korea; certainly ...


14

I'm tempted to write a book on non-verbal communication where you can't speak the language. :) Two things you could do: Hand signals. Turn to the page, point with your index finger, and indicate a stamping motion. They're passport officials, apart from taking money in some countries, they'll recognise their most readily identified action ;) (I'm ...


14

If you lose your passport while traveling, contact your nearest consulate immediately. They will usually be able to provide you with a temporary document that's at least good enough for you to travel back home. Getting a temporary passport might take relatively long compared to a short trip, but a few days at the worst, not the usual delay in getting a ...


14

You can show any state ID to TSA officers, airline employees and if necessary police offices. In fact, it's better to show them a state ID since almost all passengers show them a state ID. However, if you are not a US citizen or US permanent resident you must always carry your passport with a valid I-94 with you. (If you are a US permanent resident you must ...



Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible