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When travelling to Turkey my passport was scanned and then the immigration official called someone. Why could that be?

There could be many reasons for this: The MRZ (Machine Readable Zone, the two lines of characters at the bottom of the photo page) is smudged/difficult to scan. The MRZ has encoding issues (we've ...
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When travelling to Turkey my passport was scanned and then the immigration official called someone. Why could that be?

I have seen several such things with a family member who has a relatively rare passport. Reasons were somewhat unusual conditions for visa-free entry, or the format of her passport number (less digits ...
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Can I enter France on an expired EU passport?

Would UK border control refuse my exit to the EU on an expired EU passport or would they let me go on my way? (possibly warning me that I cannot re-enter on this passport) There are no physical exit ...
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Scammed applying for ESTA, looking for travel options

Croatian citizens have been eligible for ESTA since December 1, 2021, so even if you did not have a visa, you could use your new Croatian passport to apply for ESTA. However, since you do have a valid ...
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Why do passport validity rules exist?

Both the question and answers seem a little confused about the purpose of these rules. They are not there for the convenience of international travellers, to deal with unexpected situations or make ...
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Travelling with two passports, both are valid from the same country

That's a bit of an unusual situation: typically your old passport is invalidated as soon as you receive a new one. There are of course exceptions, so it would help to understand, whether you really ...
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Can I enter France on an expired EU passport?

Would French border control refuse entry to a person in possession of an expired EU passport? Without knowing your citizenship (or when your passport expired), no definite answer can be given. The ...
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Can a 15-year-old travel alone with an expired Jamaican passport and a valid green card?

Tricky. From https://www.pica.gov.jm/immigration/travel-documents-required Jamaican citizens are required to present the following documents to Immigration: A valid Jamaican passport, an emergency ...
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Can you travel by car across states with an expired foreign passport?

There are technically no immigration controls between states. And I believe that police are not allowed to enquire about immigration status (because I think that is a federal responsibility). However,...
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Dual Passports: Advice on API and destination entry procedures

For API, you should always provide the passport that you will use at passport control in the destination country, for each flight. Many (most?) airlines allow you to change the passport used whenever ...
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Travelling with two passports, both are valid from the same country

I can get a tourist visa on arrival for 90 days as I am eligible for it. Not. You're getting a visa exemption. I am more or less in the same situation as you, as I have 2 passports of the same ...
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Travel from India to USA with close passport expiry

India is in the 6-month club, so the expiration date of your I-94 granted at entry will be no later than the expiration of your passport, which is fine since a 6-month admission will still end before ...
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Dual Passports: Advice on API and destination entry procedures

Would it still OK or would it make things more complicated? It’s perfectly OK. I hold three passports and routinely mix and match them between check in and immigration. Just this past winter I’ve ...
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Irish passport holder travelling with spouse (UK passport holder)

My concern is not about length of stay initially,but this could impact at a later date,when or if the 90 days were exceeded. I have spoken with several couples,who don’t have,the luxury on of one of ...
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Travel in Schengen with Portugal residency card while US passport has less than 6 months remaining validity

The Schengen Borders Code restrictions on third-country nationals do not apply to your wife if you are an EU citizen or a citizen of an EEA country or Switzerland. See article 2, items (5) and (6), ...
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Have the US or the EU extended passport validity rules for their own citizens?

Speaking of an “extended passport validity rule” may be confusing things. This is no separate rule, rather third-country citizens are required to hold a valid travel document to enter the Schengen ...
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Can I enter France on an expired EU passport?

Would UK border control refuse my exit to the EU on an expired EU passport or would they let me go on my way? AFAIK, when travelling from the UK to France by Eurotunnel, UK Border Force does not ...
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Bought ticket using 2nd first name

I knew someone who had 4 given names and 6 words for his family name. He picked for daily use given names 1 and 3, hyphenated, something like André-Charles(*), and the last two words of his family ...
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Passport validity while transitting through Bangkok

As a transit passenger on a single ticket, there are no requirements at all on extra passport validity for Thailand. Actually, I don’t think there are any for Dutch citizens entering Thailand either. ...
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Leaving Sweden with a different passport?

I have done this and nothing bad happened. Went to Sweden on my Swedish passport, lost it and went back home to Australia on my Aussie passport. I did contact the travel agent to check, since the ...
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