My passport's cover's text is fading: the name of the country is still readable but the coat of arms has almost disappeared.

The rest of the passport is fairly okay--you can see I bring it around quite a lot, but it's not wet or broken and the personal information page is completely legible.

I have visa-free access to both Russia and China, so I wonder if they will be extra strict on me because of this. Noteworthy, I reside in Germany. Also, I will be entering by train to both countries.

Any (bad?) experiences?

  • I don't think Chinese immigration would care at all; they usually are quite lax. I can't speak for the Russians. – xuq01 Jun 15 '17 at 19:59
  • @Paul That question's answer says it varies from country to country (therefore country specific questions make sense), then it mentions some countries that aren't Russia or China... – user56reinstatemonica8 Jun 15 '17 at 22:56
  • @user568458 The answer will be purely opinion based regardless. so I wonder if they will be extra strict on me because of this – Augustine of Hippo Jun 15 '17 at 23:00
  • @xuq01 at some of the land borders especially in the west, China's border security is far from lax - but my experience was that despite them searching electronic devices for potentially illegal photos and trying to confiscate books and maps that depicted Taiwan as an independent nation, they didn't care at all about my passport's tatty and faded cover. Was many years ago now though – user56reinstatemonica8 Jun 15 '17 at 23:00
  • @Paul Only if you consider official statements of national policy and / or direct personal experience to be "opinion"...! – user56reinstatemonica8 Jun 15 '17 at 23:02