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Will my passport number change when I renew it?

All biometric passports have serial numbers that change when issued. Per this notice from the Singaporean government, this is an ICAO requirement: https://www.ica.gov.sg/news_details.aspx?nid=12246 ...
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Emergency UK visa for an Australian to visit a critically ill parent

As an Australian Citizen, your wife is generally able to visit the UK for up to six months without a visa as long as she does not plan to work or study while she's there. Visiting a critically ill ...
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Will my passport number change when I renew it?

I called the Australian Passport Office, as I couldn't find this information anywhere on their website. They confirmed that passport numbers do indeed change both at a renewal and also at a passport ...
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What personally identifiable information should I delete from my smartphone and email before travelling to a high-risk country?

If you have a sufficiently modern iPhone (eg. anything that runs iOS 9 would be fine), then enable a passcode, set "Require Passcode" to "Immediately" (so you have to enter it every time you open the ...
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17 year old trying to get back to US, with dual citizenship in Australia

There are currently restrictions in place for Australians (including dual citizens) leaving the country. https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/leaving-australia#toc-1 If you are an Australian citizen or ...
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17 year old trying to get back to US, with dual citizenship in Australia

My kids have frequently traveled to the US on their own when they where minors without any type of special paperwork. No one ever asked for a travel permit or Guardian consent form. However there are ...
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This article in a major Australian newspaper says Aussies just gained visa-free access to Japan. Didn't we already have it?

So is this just a typical ignorant journalism howler Yes and no What they're referring to is the release of the annual 2023 Henley Passport Index The fact that it is annual means that the previous ...
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I am a citizen of three countries. I am going to travel to not two but all three countries. How do I book the tickets, on which passports?

This answer assumes that each of the countries allows you to be a citizen of the other two countries, and that your name is the same in all three passports. It doesn't usually matter what passport ...
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What personally identifiable information should I delete from my smartphone and email before travelling to a high-risk country?

None, as long as you lock your phone with a password. It took the FBI several weeks of efforts to crack an iPhone belonging to the San Bernardino mass shooter, so a random low-level thief won't have ...
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How can I stay more than 90/180 days in Schengen using Australia's bilateral agreements with Spain and Austria?

For days to count under a bilateral agreement but not the 90/180 rule, you must have exhausted your 90/180 rule days but not your bilateral agreement days. So you would have to finish your stay in ...
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I'm an Australian and have previously travelled to Iran; can I go to Guam without a visa?

This is only a partial answer, but it's too long for a comment. There is a separate Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program that is open to citizens of certain countries, including Australia. ("CNMI" stands ...
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Is there really no way for Australian citizens to return home from India right now legally?

They can spend 14 days in another country and then return, but that becomes increasingly difficult with travel restrictions. Australian citizens are simply not allowed to return home, even if they ...
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Emergency UK visa for an Australian to visit a critically ill parent

As an Australian citizen, your wife does not need any kind of visa (emergency, temporary, or otherwise) to visit the UK for up to 6 months at a time. Be sure to talk to your airline about "...
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UK visit visa ban after becoming an Australian national

Yes, the ban still applies. The ban applies to the person, not the citizenship. Even though as an Australian Citizen you do not need a visa to visit the UK, you are still subject to the 10 year ban, ...
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UK and Australian dual national travelling in Europe

Officially your time in the Schengen area is per person, so added for both passports. In practice people sometimes report that using two passports the border officials ignored the one not in their ...
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Will my passport number change when I renew it?

Yes the passport number changes upon renewal. The new passport will have it's own unique identifier i.e. its own passport number. This is a common practice. The old passport number will be invalidated ...
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UK and Australian dual national travelling in Europe

Let’s make it clear: you can have however many citizenships and passports, as long as the 90/180 rule applies to you, it applies to you, not each of your citizenships or passports separately. So, no, ...
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Norfolk Island Aussie citizen status when entering the USA

For the purposes of ESTA/VWP what matters is the persons citizenship. As you've stated they hold an Australian Passport, they are an Australian citizen and thus eligible to apply for an ESTA and ...
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Does an Australian citizen need an eTA for Canada for a 15-hour transit layover not leaving the airport?

Everyone transiting at a Canadian airport is subject to Canadian immigration control (except at Vancouver, Toronto Pearson terminal 1 and Calgary, where there are dedicated transit corridors for ...
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Am I required to renew my passport after losing 20Kg?

I suspect you will be very much more conscious of your change in appearance than others are and I doubt even eye and nose surgery will have made you unrecognisable from your photograph (unless of ...
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Can I, a non US resident, fly from Havana to Miami without special authorization?

Yes: "Cuban nationals applying for admission to the United States, as well as third-country nationals, with a valid visa or other travel authorization issued by the U.S. government may be transported ...
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Puerto Rico immigration

For the purposes of customs & immigration, Puerto Rico is treated the same as any other part of the United States. So: Assuming you are flying non-stop from Colombia to Puerto Rico, you will go ...
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Will my passport number change when I renew it?

Yes, your passport number will change. I have looked at my old and new passports (2 UK ones and 3 Australian ones) and the numbers are different for every renewal/replacement. Additionally for me, I ...
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Is it legal to peel off a visa from your Australian passport?

It is 'technically' illegal in general. The Australian Passport Office has: Damaged passports It is your responsibility to keep your passport intact and in good condition. Normal wear and tear will ...
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Is it practical to find travel insurance that provides a large amount of cover for disability?

In general the point of the medical component of travel insurance is to deal with acute treatement abroad and then if nessacery to transport you back home (flying someone home on a stretcher is not ...
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Is it cheaper for an Australian to obtain a Russian visa in Cambodia than in Australia?

Wow I got a reply from the consular section of the Russian Embassy to Cambodia already! For all types of visa for Australian citizens: Single Entry Visa 100 USD 7 business days processing ...
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Should I skip UK altogether and wait 6 months before re-entry?

You completed a YMS tour in the UK and have been in the Republic since then, and you contemplate returning to the UK but have reservations (well founded). To be honest, a British Immigration Officer ...
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Do Australian citizens need a letter of invitation to visit a Schengen and EU country for tourism?

You have to be able to justify the purpose and conditions of your visit (Schengen Borders Code 6(1)(c)). Unlike a visa applicant, however, who is required to submit documents supporting this ...
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Whilst on ESTA I was stamped a 6 month B2 visa, would this be considered overstaying?

Let's view this through the lens of current US immigration law and then you can use your judgment to determine your course of action Let's get this clear. In the case of KAMAL H. TURFAH, (Petitioner-...
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