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User currently offlineWaterpolodan From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1649 posts, RR: 5
Posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1937 times:

About a year ago I managed to leave my passport in the pocket of my jeans after returning from Canada and putting them in the washing machine. It came out basically intact, the only visible damage is that the first page with the photo and info has separated from the cover, so that it hangs free like any of the other pages. I've since traveled with it to Canada and the Bahamas, and each time it has scanned and the passport control officer hasn't said anything about it to me, but in 4 weeks I'm heading to Italy and I want to make sure that I'll be able to enter Europe and later return to the US without any problems, what is the legal status of a passport that appears slightly damaged but still scans? I asked the other customs guys when flying to Canada if it was ok, and they said it wasnt' a problem, but I'm worried that Italian passport control won't be so forgiving.

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User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9118 posts, RR: 76
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1933 times:
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Isn't usually the US passport control the worst and least forgiving?  duck   duck 

I don't have any experience with the Italian passport control, because I don't need one to enter Italy.
But if you haven't had any trouble in Canada, Bahamas and US, then I don't think you'll get any problems there. I only have passport control problems in the US... sorry.

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User currently offlineMisbeehavin From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 914 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1920 times:

I've managed to damage my passport before, and had to travel around Europe and to Asia with it. Usually, they will spend a little more time looking through it etc, and the officers in London and Bombay asked if I had any other form of ID - that was about it. They all "suggested" I get a new one asap though ("we're letting you through this time")  Smile

So yeah, its never been an actual problem, but best get it taken care of if you got the time.


User currently offlineRJdxer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1918 times:

Anything that can get you denied entry should be addressed before you leave home.

User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 26150 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1902 times:

I kinda agree with RJdxer.

My passport page with the the picture started delaminating along the edges and on one occasions returning to the US, the immigration inspector told me to get working on a replacement, and that he would make a note of it.

So ultimately since your passport is not in its original form with the hanging page why take the risk? Being the end of summer, I dont think the wait period would be long for a replacement anyhow, and depending on where you live you might be able to get the expedited service which here in LA is as quick as 24hours.



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User currently offlineIAirAllie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1879 times:

Take care of it now or be prepared for a potential hassle coming back in.

User currently offlineFr8Mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5657 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1851 times:

Why risk it? Damage to the picture page is an issue. You're basically at the mercy of the customs officials, and I guess the check-in agents. I would most definetly be more concerned with the return leg than the out-bound leg.


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User currently offlineTWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1831 times:

Make sure you get it stamped when you enter the EU though... last time, I flew into CDG and back from CGN... at CGN, the German immigration officer asked why my passport wasn't stamped upon entry... I told him I entered at CDG, and they didn't stamp it (I've NEVER had it stamped when arriving at CDG)... showed him my CO ticket stub. He wasn't very happy... I added jokingly "you know the French are lazy", but he wasn't amused and instructed me that next time I enter the EU I must DEMAND that my passport is stamped... AS IF such a demand would be heeded by the French, lol.


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User currently offlineJetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2838 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1796 times:
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I wouldn't be too worried. When I went to Austalia my leader had a really messed up passport and they didn't care. Just go to the agent that looks the happiest. And worst comes to worst they pull you aside do a check to make sure its authentic and then you go on your way.
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User currently offlineAlfa75 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 616 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 4 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1688 times:

I did the exact same thing a few years ago. As I did not want any issues I just applied for a replacement.

The new one has the statement "This is a replacement for a damaged passport" printed on the inside of the back cover.

Problem solved.



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User currently offlineJCS17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 10, posted (6 years 4 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1681 times:

The outer binding on my passport is a bit ripped up from getting caught in a zipper. No one has said anything about it yet. That said, I do often get pulled for a secondary screening upon entering the US... go figure. Customs/Immigration officers in the US are about as dumb as TSA agents.

Quoting TWFirst (Reply 7):
Make sure you get it stamped when you enter the EU though... last time, I flew into CDG and back from CGN... at CGN, the German immigration officer asked why my passport wasn't stamped upon entry... I told him I entered at CDG, and they didn't stamp it (I've NEVER had it stamped when arriving at CDG)... showed him my CO ticket stub. He wasn't very happy... I added jokingly "you know the French are lazy", but he wasn't amused and instructed me that next time I enter the EU I must DEMAND that my passport is stamped... AS IF such a demand would be heeded by the French, lol.

Truer words have never been spoken. In fact, you can probably just flash the cover of a US passport at CDG and get waived through. I've never had a problem on exiting the EU because of it, but CDG never stamps (and I'm usually too tired to ask). One nice thing that I've noticed at CDG is that they'll "profile" all day. I wish our American bretheren would do the same.



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User currently offlineElite From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2006, 2876 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (6 years 4 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1682 times:

You should probably get it replaced as soon as possible, seeing that it is the most important page that got damaged. Even though it worked on your previous trips, it increases the risk of customs not letting you through.

User currently offlineAvek00 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 4417 posts, RR: 19
Reply 12, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1639 times:



Quoting JCS17 (Reply 10):
One nice thing that I've noticed at CDG is that they'll "profile" all day.

Profile in what way?



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