Is this damage that would stop me being able to leave the country? Damage has happened today, I currently reside in the UK and have just had this tear happen.

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  • I rolled back the removal of the photograph. All the personal information has been blacked out so I don't think there's any problem with it being here. If there is something that I missed, then you should ask the moderators to remove it from the edit history (use the "flag" link to get their attention) and replace it with a textual description of the damage. – David Richerby Feb 24 '19 at 23:28

No one can be sure whether this level of damage will be acceptable. Your passport will first be checked by the airline. If they believe it is too damaged, you won't be allowed to board. Your passport will then be checked at the Japanese border. Again, if the level of damage is deemed unacceptable, you can be rejected and sent back. I believe the former scenario is much more likely than the latter.

Unfortunately, 6 days is just a little less time than you can guarantee a replacement before your trip. You aren't eligible for the same day premium service, since that's only for renewals. You would have to use the 1 week Fast Track service. If you apply immediately you probably have a decent chance of getting the passport back in time, but obviously it can't be guaranteed.

  • Sadly haven't got the means to pay for a new passport. Well this is going to be a stressful week. – Daniel Maloney Feb 11 '19 at 14:00
  • That level of damage will attract the attention of border guards. You should count on going to secondary at whatever country you travel to, and spending at least a few hours there while they validate the document and give you a thorough grilling. I would scrape up the money from somewhere, somehow, and contact the Passport Adviceline on 0300 222 0000 to find out if I could use the premium service to get a same day replacement. – Michael Hampton Feb 11 '19 at 15:45
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    @DanielMaloney If I were in your situation I would chance it, especially if the holiday is mostly non-refundable. I would say that if you are let on the aircraft, the chance of being rejected in Japan is quite low. – MJeffryes Feb 11 '19 at 20:20
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    @Daniel Maloney I've seen passports with worse damage and airline staff or immigration officers don't bat an eye. They've seen all sorts of stuff. Why not go to an airport (before flying out) and show it to airline staff and if possible to immigration staff? Even if the decision is going to be made by Japanese officers, UK immigration officers' experience and insights into what to expect would be valuable. – greatone Feb 11 '19 at 20:29
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    @MJeffryes They only renew passports if they're full/expiring or close expiring. They only replace damaged passports if they're actually damaged/lost/stolen. What I am suggesting is going to the airport at a different time to a different airline (preferably at a different terminal), explain your situation and ask them to examine the damage. It's better than asking strangers on the internet based on a blurry picture. – greatone Feb 11 '19 at 20:41

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