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Questions tagged [passports]

For questions about the identification document and its uses in travel.

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Boss is asking for passport, but it has a stamp in it I don't want him to see. What to do?

I am an Indian national who has been working in Africa for 10 months. This stay in Africa is my first time leaving India. My passport has no previous stamps or marks in it. I recently had an emergency ...
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I don't know my nationality. How can I visit Denmark?

I was born in a Thailand refugee camp to Vietnamese parents, but quickly as an infant, they immigrated to Denmark. We lived there for 10-11 years and then moved to the U.S. I am a green card holder of ...
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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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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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How to book a flight if my passport doesn't state my gender?

I am asking on behalf of my friend. My friend doesn't have a gender (in other words they are gender-neutral) and on their new passport their gender is represented as X (indeterminate/unspecified). ...
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Why would a visitor destroy their travel document?

While doing some research about freedom of movement and the history of passports, I came across an image on Wikipedia depicting a warning sign next to a toilet door at London Stansted Airport: Close-...
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How do I avoid leaving my passport as a deposit while traveling?

I was looking into activities to do in Seoul and I saw a free public government sponsored bike rental. To use the rental, I need to give them some sort of ID for the duration of the rental. The ID can ...
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Are you protected in an untrusted embassy in a country you trust?

I have a friend in an interesting situation. He suspects that he will be unsafe if he returns to his home country, and he is currently living in the UK with a valid visa. In order to renew his ...
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Hard time proving I am the same person as seen in the passport photo taken 9 years ago

This is a bit funny. I had posted a question in June - Use of unused Schengen visa to travel to Switzerland. Based on that I travelled to Norway and faced another problem. Some background: I have an ...
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Is the RFID chip in e-passports read-only or is it read-write?

Is the RFID chip in e-passports read-only or is it read-write? If it's read-only, is all of the data locked-down when the passport is issued? Is the read-only portion extensible so that additional ...
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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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Which airlines might I have trouble taking, being an Israeli?

I'm an Israeli expat living in Europe (proper residence etc. but no citizenship/passport). I intend to travel from Europe to India, and I'm considering using an airline based in a state without ...
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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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My ID was stolen during my stay in Spain. Will Ryanair let me board the flight?

During my holidays in Alicante (Spain), my wallet was stolen together with my id. I left my passport home, because I live in another Schengen country. Will Ryanair let me enter the plane after seeing ...
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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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Why do consulates take away your passport to issue the visa?

As far as my passport is concerned, a visa is a (very fancy) sticker. Why is it that consulates actually take away your passport and give it back with the visa on it? Why not just examine your ...
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Is it possible to insist on having your ID checked at the police station, not in the street in Austria?

I am a non-EU citizen and I understand that I could be stopped in Austria and asked for my passport (and visa). Moreover, as far as I know, there are police officers in Austria dressed in civilian ...
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Leaving my passport at the embassy to receive a visa but it is my only identification document

I am an Egyptian citizen working and living in France, and I am applying for a Canadian business visit visa (a temporary visit). I have received notification that my Canadian visa application has ...
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Can I travel back to my homeland after being granted German refugee status?

I was recently granted German refugee status with a travel document and, in my interview, I told them I would never go back to my home country, Iraq. Now, someone I loved died in my country. Is it ...
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Why are you now required NOT to smile in passport photos?

Passport photos these days are usually pretty specific - certain size, color, etc. But the odd requirement the past few years is that usually you're not allowed to smile in them. We're discussing ...
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Married in secret, can marital status in passport be changed at a later date?

My friend (an Indian citizen) has gotten married in a court (court marriage) . Due to personal reasons, no one in the family has been told about it. His family now wants him to travel outside India. ...
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What happens if you cannot pay for a hotel?

What happens if you cannot pay for your hotel stay because you accidentally run out of money (can happen) or your credit card was blocked (much more likely)? I assume you cannot arrange the money on ...
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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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Can I keep my old passport when I have it renewed and a new one issued?

I have occasionally read about old passports people collect as keepsakes of their travels. Now, I just came across a mention of “all old passports” in a list of things to bring to a US visa interview ...
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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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What does this sticker on the back of my passport mean?

I am currently travelling in the USA and when checking in on the boarding flight to enter the country, the security personnel attached a small yellow-white sticker to my passport (see a somewhat ...
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Why 'photoshop' passport photos?

Intrigued by this question Is it legal to photoshop the background of a visa photo? and the number of personal attestations in comments by people having "photoshopped" their passport photos, I don't ...
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What is the difference between “Country of Issue” and “Country of Citizenship” of a passport?

On multiple occasions I have seen forms where it needs to be stated what the Country of Issue and what the Country of Citizenship is. What is the difference between the two, if your passport is issued ...
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I washed and dried my passport by mistake, do I need a new one?

Around two years ago I washed and dried my passport by mistake at the laundry room. My ID, my old US student visa and my stamps from european countries are still readable but the pages are not "flat" ...
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Is it legal to photoshop the background of a visa photo?

My friend is applying to get a visa for the USA. Her photo has a blue background, which I can photoshop out pretty easily. However, is it legal to do this? There is absolutely no detriment to the ...
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What should I do with my expired passport?

I recently renewed my passport, and have a shiny new one. When renewing, I sent in the old one as proof of citizenship/identity, but was surprised that, along with my new passport, the old one was ...
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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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Are there consequences to stamps in my passport that are not from border control?

I’m on a trip in Japan. I've seen many touristic places that offer stamps, many temples have it as a free souvenir. This is not the first time I’ve seen this type of souvenir, I also saw the same ...
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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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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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US citizen lost passport, stuck in Canada without a passport

My son is trying to return from Canada to the U.S. He is a U.S. citizen. He lost his passport at the airport. He has scanned a copy of his birth certificate and passport on his laptop. They will ...
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How to get my passport back to me in Michigan from a travel agent in California, when he wants me to buy his services?

An agent who was supposed to get me a visa to Saudi Arabia is not returning my passport. He wants me to send him extra money or buy his services, to mail my passport. I am time constrained, as I have ...
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Why do immigration officers ask to see ID other than your passport?

I have traveled a lot, and I am often asked by Immigration to show them an another ID than my passport. Should I have to show them another ID with my passport when asked? Isn't a passport sufficient ...
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Travelling soon and lost UK passport. What can I do?

UPDATE: Praise your choice of deity, I found it! UPDATE AGAIN: Due to a number of people wanting to know where it was found - I sold my car a couple of months ago and had a bag of stuff I'd removed ...
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Does the US Government Shutdown affect my ability or the speed at which I can receive a passport?

Does the US government shutdown currently occurring affect either my ability or the speed at which I can receive a passport? If so, what can I do to ensure I can receive my passport as quickly as ...
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How can I answer ESTA question when I don't have all the required details?

The ESTA application form asks Have you ever been issued a passport or national identity card for travel by any other country? How should I fill out the application form if I am no longer in ...
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What is the least useful passport in the world, visa-wise?

An Israeli colleague and I were debating the merits of his passport, and that he can't travel to many countries. So with the proviso that a passport is not 'useful' if you require a visa to get into ...
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Passport lost 4 days before grace period ends. How to avoid illegal stay?

I am a Pakistani citizen on a student visa in the USA. I am on a grace period to leave the country. Just a week before my 60-day grace period ends, I lost my passport. I want to return to my country ...
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What is the purpose of the odd sticker in a new British passport?

I have just renewed my British passport, and it contains a very strange sticker. I made a photo of it... It says "Please remove this label". By feeling and pressing the sticker I do not detect ...
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Can a teenage Ethiopian legally drink in other countries using their ID?

The current year in Ethiopia is 2009 as they use something similar to the Julian calendar. Could this mean that an Ethiopian born in 1995 (using their calendar), could present their passport/driver's ...
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Can I remove official documents stapled into my passport?

I have an American passport. When I received my French student visa 2 years ago, I also received work authorization for the duration of my study abroad. The work authorization is a two/three page ...
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What if passport is lost and home country has no diplomatic presence?

I come from a relatively small country and like to vacation in small countries where my home country has no consulate. I am just curious, hypothetically, what would be a course of action if my ...
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How can I ensure my trip to the UK will not have to be cancelled because of Brexit?

I've got a trip planned to the UK in June. Due to brexit, I'm worried what changes may be introduced before my arrival. I'm traveling on a EU / Polish passport. I'm going for a couple weeks of ...
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Using a non-US passport to travel domestically for a US citizen, as my US passport has expired

I am a US-(another country) dual citizen currently living in the States. The only forms of ID I have right now are the US and non-US passports. Naturally, the latter has no US visa in it. I need to ...
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If a baby is born mid-flight, what happens visa-wise for them when they land in a foreign country, sans-passport?

I asked a similar question about what nationality a newborn midflight gets, but I'm also now wondering - when they land, what happens? Normally you need a passport and possibly a visa to travel - so ...