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You already cover the sensible things that I would also do, especially online reviews and making a copy. Perhaps you could take a photograph of the person you handed it to? If you wish to go further, I have one possible suggestion: I recently bought a bike and took it for a test ride. To do so, I gave them my credit card and driving licence which they put ...


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Do you really have to leave a passport? Would a credit card suffice instead? In Istanbul, to rent an audio guide at many public attractions, they often want you to leave a passport or identity document, or failing that a credit card, as security. This is to encourage you to return the audio equipment at the end of the tour. I haven't actually seen this ...


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Don't use them. It's really that simple. The only people who need to see your passport are immigration and border control, or law enforcement. (ETA: in some jurisdictions, businesses such as hotels or car rental agencies are required by law enforcement to keep a copy of passport details on hand) If you're asked to submit your passport to confirm your ID, ...


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I lived in Korea for four and a half years. While there, I occasionally encountered places that asked for my passport, but I never carried it with me. They always accepted an ID card instead. In general, rules in Korea aren't enforced terribly strictly. Most things are negotiable. If you give a believable reason why you can't provide your passport (can't, ...


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The sensible thing to do is to take your business elsewhere. I understand the need to hand over the passport. There is no need. Your passport does not belong to you (it belongs to your government), so it is not appropriate for anybody to use it as security against a loan or rental. If an organization insists on using a passport as anything other than ...


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Depends on your country, but I usually handle such situations using my official government-issued ID card instead of passport. It's official enough for many places, however still not as useful as passport for eventual criminal activity. And, more importantly, you still keep you passport so you won't risk problems with going back home.


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There is no universal rule on stamping visas, entry or exit stamps in passports other than, they are not supposed to be stamped on Amendment / Endorsements pages in the back of passport (but if there is no other space...) In the good old days, passport pages were divided into quarters and countries used two quarters, left for the entry, right for the exit ...


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It used to be that you were required to physically send them the other passport(s) as well; I believe the full colour copy requirement is intended to be less onerous than having to send them the passport which you may have been hoping to use for travel while waiting for the UK one to get back to you. It does appear to be a requirement in the latest official ...


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The level of conspiracy theories here is amazing. The sticker is not for tracking, but to prevent tracking. It is placed so that when the passport is closed, it interferes with any signal coming from the passport's own RFID tag which is now in the cover. In other words, it's a "cloaking device" to prevent interference with delivery tracking systems (which ...


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I wonder whether leaving a passport card would be acceptable. On a recent trip to Jamaica, we flew in so had to use our book passports, but we each also have passport cards, and we had them with us. I'd have hated for the passport card to have been stolen or lost, but even if it had, we'd have still had our book passports, so no issues as far as when we ...


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As a hack, you could buy an imitation/"novelty" passport (maybe in the name of an imaginary country), which the average bike-rental attendant may not be able to identify, and which doesn't carry any risk to you of being misused. Using such a passport to cross a border or as identification to officials or police is doubtless illegal and a bad idea, but for ...


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No, it does not need to match. I have a UK EHIC card (bound to my insurance as a UK resident) and have a passport of another EU state, that is totally fine and worked well so far. As you can see in the terms of how to apply, you can apply for an EHIC card as a national of the UK, EEA and Switzerland. All what counts is your proof of residency. (That ...


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While I haven't been in the exact same situation, I have two German passports as well and I have been travelling in Asia for the last few years using both of them. Pretty much always, use the same passport to exit a country that you have used to enter it. Using the second passport when arriving in the next country should be fine. If they really want to see ...


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My wife lost her British passport earlier this month. Here's the basic timeline... 3 July (Sunday): discovered the passport was lost 3 July (Sunday): filled out the lost passport form on the net 4 July (Monday): filed paperwork at the post office 6 July (Wednesday): received call from the passport office to schedule an appointment 11 July (Monday): ...


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Bulgaria technically does require a travel document, even Bulgarian ones, to be unexpired. In practice, of course, it's extremely unlikely that they'd actually deny you entry: however, getting on a plane is unlikely to be possible, as airlines have Information about the requirements. My Suggestion is: use your British passport at check-in. Then, at ...


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As noted in the comments, this is a situation for the Pakistan consulate serving your area (see the "Consulates" tab on this page for a list). Your cousin will surely not be the only person they have seen in such a situation and they should be able to advise on the best way to get travel documents quickly.


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Could this visa become relevant for any future visa applications or can I simply ignore that it exists? Absolutely. This visa is a matter of record, and depending on whom Russia shares their database with, it may be accessible to a country to which you apply in the future. Although you have not traveled on the visa (it is not utilized) in the future if ...


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Actually, I called a US Port of entry today, July 25, 2016, to inquire if my mom would be allowed entrance to the US without a passport. My mother, a US citizen, has been visiting with me in Canada and needs to get her passport renewed. A photocopy of her US passport is all they need for her to be allowed re-entry. Just in case, I am also going to bring ...


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I live in Chile and you are not legally forced to carry your passport anywhere if you stay in Chile. You will need some form of identification though, in case the police wants to see your ID, and the only legal one for foreigners is the passport. What the driver did is illegal. The best advice is to always carry a photocopy of your passport and handle ...


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Just as a follow up: Absolutely no problems arriving or departing Tel Aviv. Security was a breeze - definitely the best, most efficient, and fastest security I have ever seen in an airport, and indeed the only airport where I would agree their security is appropriate. And I loved my visit there, spending time in Tel Aviv and Jaffa, and a superb day trip ...


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No, photocopies of a passport are never a substitute for a passport as they're trivial to fake. However assuming that you look like an average European tourist this should be sufficient for the Turkish police to simply check your name in their local database. Try to get some sort of an alternative official ID (such as your national ID card) or simply take ...


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On a trip to Amsterdam I had the same problem trying to hire a bike and I decided not to handle my passport. If they lose or misplace your passport, you are on your own, in a foreign country without a passport. I would be more in peace of mind if they hold my credit card than my passport, but they would not take it as safeguard so, no bike ride.


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Generally, they stamp wherever they feel like. I have about fourty US entry stamps on one page (the one that opens up when you just shake the passport). Of course, none of them is readable anymore, which doesn't keep the next officer from stamping right on top of them. I'd say most western countries pay little attention and stamping passports has mostly ...


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Bumping old post for future reference: The IATA database used to contain slightly wrong info. You can Transit Kiev at least if you have a through ticket on Ukraine International Airlines, using an EU ID Card. It's been updated since, however


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I've just sent my soon to expire UK passport via Australia post to the UK PA in Liverpool, UK. The requirements are unclear- stating no photocopies- but colour copies of every page of the non-UK passport are acceptable. I photographed every page and then collated all 37+ pages onto 4 pages before pdf and printing. Fingers crossed that is acceptable, I'll ...


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A foreigner may enter the Republic of Bulgaria if he/ she is a holder of a regular foreign travel document or another equivalent document as well as a visa if required. Source I would argue that you are a foreigner (though this is contentious), as a British Citizen, and that as you hold a valid travel document - a British Passport, you should be fine ...


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As far as I can tell, the rules regarding US passport issuance allow legal guardians to act in place of parents where necessary. This makes sense, as legal guardians, with the proper paperwork, are generally entitled to act as parents, and a regulation that prohibited guardians from doing so for passports would be impractical. 22 CFR 51.28 gives the actual ...


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What could happen is that the border guards see the Romanian stamps in your passport and decide that you are an unreliable traveller because you have previously shown your willingness to skirt the rules. They could then ask you to provide more details about your plans and/or ultimately rule that you were not able to establish you have a valid purpose for the ...


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Here are a couple of pointers: Don't go by what the print or initially state as ID requirements. Ask to see the manager. Oftentimes there's a lot of discretion the manager has in what to accept as security. It is very likely that they are willing to accept some other form of ID as security outside of what was stated as the default instruction. In most ...


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Make a hi-fi copy of your passport, say color. Repeat step 1 a few times. Anyone who asks to see your passport ( for ID, collateral purposes ), offer them one of your hi-fi copies, and let them sight ( and not keep ) your original. If that is not good enough for them, do as other answers suggest and take your patronage to more civilized climes. If people ...



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