Questions tagged [passports]

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I have two passports/nationalities. How do I use them when I travel?

I am a citizen of two different countries, and have two passports. How should I use my passports when traveling?
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Travelling with two different passports [duplicate]

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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Can you leave and enter the US with a foreign passport?

I am a dual citizen. I have both a US passport and a non-US passport. I live in the US. My US passport is currently being processed for renewal. I am unsure whether I will receive my passport in time ...
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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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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 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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Indian passport threading coming off

My Indian passport threading is coming off i.e. the cover of the passport is coming off, there are only 2 threads remaining. Will it be a problem at the airport when going abroad ? Also anyone who ...
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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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Passport validity for Canada

I am traveling from Boston to Canada by cruise ship. The first port of arrival is on July 30 and the last port in Canada is on August 4. Then I'm flying on August 5 from Montreal to California. My ...
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Travelling within the US as a foreign citizen without a passport

I'm travelling within the US and am a British citizen. Can I travel without my passport and just show my UK driver's license instead?
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Valid US visa on expired passport. Can I travel to the US? [duplicate]

My old passport is in my maiden name and has already expired. My B1/B2 visa to travel to United States is still valid but is stamped in my old passport with my maiden name. My new passport has my ...
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My last name is not the same on ticket as on passport; rest of details are same

I'm traveling from JED Saudi Arabia to Singapore by Saudi airlines. My last name doesn't match the passport. But all other details are same, e.g. passport no., DOB, etc.
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Can I travel to Kuwait on a visa with old passport number?

I have a Kuwait visa, obtained from a hotel in Kuwait, with my old passport number. But as the validity of the present passport is expiring within 6 months, I got a new passport with a new passport ...
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Flying domestically in the USA with non-US passport, if the immigration status expired

I live in the U.S. for the last two years, I came here on B2 visa. My status has expired due to some problem before. But I still have my passport. Can I still fly a domestic airline from Boston to ...
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Expired visa, can I still fly inside the US without risk?

I am a foreigner and my student visa expired last month. I do have an American driver's license valid until the end of next year. Can I still fly inside the US without being afraid they will check my ...
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What documents to show if I'm a US citizen with no US passport to re-enter the US?

Suppose I am a naturalized citizen of the US, but also a citizen of another country, "XYZ". I then boarded a plane and left the US to another country (maybe not necessarily to XYZ), without first ...
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What is a Seaman's book, and can it really replace a passport?

What is a "Seaman's book", and can it really replace a passport for some or all immigration purposes? Even Wikipedia the all-knowing does not seem to know, although it contains many tantalizing ...
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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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Indian Passport first page ripped - is this considered 'damaged'?

Hi All, My passport first page got ripped. Front side of this page has a Indian emblem and backside is a blank with no stamps or Visas. Other pages including visas, personal details, POE stamps ...
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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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How to best respond to a request to send a passport scan by unsecured email?

It is not uncommon for travel or holiday accommodation companies to ask for a scan of your passport by email. Sometimes local laws require them to keep a record of the passport numbers of all visitors....
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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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I am a dual Australian/British citizen with an expired emergency Aussie passport and a valid UK passport. What are my chances for an Aussie visit?

I was going to have to miss my brother's wedding on Jan 4th but he bought me a flight today. But my Aussie passport is expired and was only an emergency passport to begin with. I'm born and bred ...
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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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How to remove my passport from a blacklist in Indian Immigration?

I'm a citizen of Sri Lanka. I visited India on a tourist visa in 2007. I didn't overstay and didn't have any issues when coming back. But when I applied for a visa in 2012 for business a visit I was ...
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Can I travel within the Schengen area without a passport if I have my residency permit card?

I am currently located in the Netherlands and have lived here for 4 years. I have a working visa for the Netherlands and would like to go on vacation to another country in Europe. I however do ...
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Can I enter the UK on my expired British passport if I have a valid South African passport?

I have a valid South African passport and an expired British passport - it expired 18 October 2009. I need to travel to the UK in March 2015. Do I need a visa to get into the UK?
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If, like Edward Snowden, your passport was revoked or cancelled, how could 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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When applying for an Indian Passport, how do I know if I'm in the ECR or non-ECR category?

I'm applying for a fresh Passport from India but I don't know what "ECR" & "NON-ECR" mean: "Is applicant eligible for Non-ECR category?" [Yes] [No] I've already Graduated from University. ...
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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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Travel in schengen countries without carrying passport for non EU citizen

I am an Indian student in France on a 6 month visa for an Internship. Currently I don't have my passport with me as I have applied for UK visa and am not hoping to receive it back in next 10 days. I ...
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Will my Chinese visa still be valid if I renew my passport?

Will my Chinese visa still be valid if I renew my passport? If so how does that work? I have heard that you can travel with your new passport and just show the old passport with the valid visa when ...
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UK Visa in an expired Nigerian passport - what to use?

I am in Nigeria, my passport will expire in 4 months and I have a document to apply for a UK visiting Visa with that passport number. Should I use it like that or go for another passport. If I choose ...
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Is a passport needed for traveling by plane in Mexico? (Non-international flight) [duplicate]

I am going to be driving into Tijuana to board a flight that will take me to Acapulco. My flight is from Tijuana to Acapulco. Both locations are in Mexico. Will I need to have a passport in order to ...
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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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Can a returning US citizen elect not to use the automated passport kiosks?

I'm a US citizen. Every time I use the automated passport kiosks, regardless of the airport or who I'm travelling with, they always give me an X. This means I get to stand in yet another line and get ...
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UK citizen Entering the UK on a one way ticket and US passport

My son is a UK citizen but holds only a US passport. Will he be able to enter the UK on a one-way ticket? He has his certificate of UK citizenship. We want to visit family and apply for his UK ...
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Can I have multiple valid ESTAs in different passports?

I'm a citizen of country X and have a valid United States ESTA in my X passport. Recently, I became of citizen of Y and now have a Y passport as well, which I would like to use for future travel to ...
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Electronic visa having Old Passport number

I have Dubai work permit mailed to me by my employer. It contains my old passport number which has ECR stamp. I then got a new passport issued without ECR stamping, but with different passport number. ...
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UK entry denied: how to go about ensuring access next time

My 20 year old son was denied entry to the UK with a valid U.S. passport; reason given was they felt he would try to gain employment and not leave the country. How do we go about trying again? ...
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Passport validity requirement to enter USA for travelling

My visa will be expired December 12, 2017. However my passport will expire on January 17, 2016. I wish to reach the USA border on July 15, 2015 to stay in the USA for 25 days. At that date my ...
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UAE visit visa with expired passport number

I need a visa to travel to UAE. My passport will expire soon (June), so today I applied for a new passport and it will be delivered to me on March 17. I need to travel to Dubai on March 18. clearly ...
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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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Will my passport number change when I renew it?

I'm travelling soon but need to renew my passport. Given that I have to provide my passport number to the airline to book a flight, I was wondering if my passport number would change if I renew it. ...
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Children with a different surname to parent - UK citizen - UK passport control

Assume a child (aged 15) has a different surname to its mother. They live with their mother and father, but the mother did not take the father's name on marriage. All three are UK citizens, have UK ...
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Why do countries require validity of 6 months for passports? [closed]

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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Why are passports checked at the check-in counter, Immigration and even at the gate?

I was wondering, why there are passport checks at the check-in counter, Immigration and even at the gate? For example, I was at Istanbul flying to either UK or US. There's a security check at the ...
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Travelling without a visa after passport was stolen

I am a student on a short term Schengen visa in Belgium. Recently, my passport was stolen after which I got a new passport issued by the Indian embassy. This obviously does not have a Schengen visa (...
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What kind of passport do I need when entering the USA?

I heard that you need a biometric passport if you want to enter USA. However, my friend has a biometric passport, but no fingerprints in it. Is this enough? And how long has the passport to be valid? ...
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Single name repeated as first name and last name on Schengen visa

I have only a single name on passport. On visa, my first name is repeated as last name. On visa, it is showing as Karan Karan while on passport it is 'Karan''. Would it pose any problem.