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Travelers: Passports In Hotel Or On You?  
User currently offlineElite From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2006, 2872 posts, RR: 10
Posted (4 years 5 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2311 times:

Interesting question that came up during the debate over the Arizona immigration law regarding proof of legal entry into the United States (please do not debate about that issue here); do you keep your passport in the hotel or on you at all times? What are your reasons for doing so? I've always left mine in the hotel but I've been wondering whether it would be a good idea to start carrying it around just in case anything happens.

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User currently offlinevandenheuvel From Netherlands, joined Dec 2008, 502 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (4 years 5 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2294 times:

I always carry it with me. I think my wallet is a safer place than any hotel room. In The Netherlands and probably most other country's, your obligated to always carry a official identification license on you. In The Netherlans my drivers license is enough. I understand my Dutch license is not valid for this purpose abroad. Therefore I carry my passport all the time. I do not see a problem in this.

User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6127 posts, RR: 29
Reply 2, posted (4 years 5 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2250 times:
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Depends were I am at. If I getting loaded in a bar I don't carry it with me. If am out and about where I might need some ID I'll carry it.


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User currently offlineFlyer732 From Namibia, joined Nov 1999, 1367 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (4 years 5 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2248 times:

Depends where I am, if I'm in Europe I usually carry my drivers license with me, and leave the passport in my room. If I'm in some of the more dangerous places I frequent I'll carry a copy of my passport on me, and the real copy in my room hidden.
But of course there are countries (like Russia) where there are frequent spot checks of foreigners, so you're obligated to carry it at all times there.

I travel for a living, and have a pretty good idea of where I need to keep it on me, and where I'm better off with it locked up.


User currently offlineswissy From Switzerland, joined Jan 2005, 1734 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (4 years 5 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2246 times:

always leave it @ the hotels... our Euro trips the same, never had any issues, driver license ok so far..., do not visit the US anymore just because of the %#*..... lately way too much hassle for me to get in to the US, but pre 9/11 I left them always in the hotels...

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User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6072 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (4 years 5 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2238 times:

I'd like to expand this to if the hotel is mobile, i.e., a ship.

On every cruise I've taken so far, I've left my passport on the ship, and have my driver's license on me for ID.



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User currently offlinegatorfan From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 331 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (4 years 5 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2137 times:

original in the hotel safe. color photocopy of the first page with me in my wallet. high quality scanned image of the first two pages in a web accessible e-mail account in case I ever need to forward it. It's much easier to get a new passport if you have an image. Nobody who has ever asked for my passport overseas has ever had an issue with the photocopy. It's even gotten me access into a US embassy in Hong Kong and a consule in Sao Paulo.

User currently offlineeinsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 3182 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (4 years 5 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2071 times:

When I was in Europe a few years ago, I always carried my passport. The last thing I needed was to have an emergency and no way to prove my nationality. However, on cruise ships, it's a different story. I only need the passport when arriving at St. Thomas or boarding in San Juan. For everything else, my room key acts as ID.


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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27118 posts, RR: 60
Reply 8, posted (4 years 5 months 2 days ago) and read 1992 times:

Always at my hotel room safe, in fact I wouldnt stay at a hotel without a room safe .

User currently offlineStarAC17 From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 3385 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (4 years 5 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1927 times:

In the hotel in the safe or hidden among things that was make it hard to find or be undesired by a thief. I do have a copy in my wallet and if anyone asks me to prove my nationality I will gladly take them to where the passport is.

I have lost it for a week when I needlessly carried it with me when I didn't have to.

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 5):
On every cruise I've taken so far, I've left my passport on the ship, and have my driver's license on me for ID.

Some cruise lines will hold it for you while you are on the cruise and return it to you after the cruise is over.



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User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (4 years 5 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1921 times:

In Schengen-Europe I don't need a passport, an ID card in my wallet is enough, elsewhere I keep the passport at the hotel room.

Quoting gatorfan (Reply 6):
color photocopy of the first page with me in my wallet. high quality scanned image of the first two pages in a web accessible e-mail account in case I ever need to forward it.

Same here when outside EU.


User currently offlineMCO2BRS From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 542 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 5 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1854 times:

I carry my passport with me wherever I go, usually I keep it in my front pocket of my jeans/shorts - and my wallet in the opposite pocket. Its always a risk carrying personal info like that with you, but I don't trust hotel safes and would rather have the responsibility of my important documents lie with me, and me alone.

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User currently offlinelowrider From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 3220 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (4 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1747 times:

Depends on the country. In North America and the EU, I usually just carry my driver's license and leave my passport in the hotel safe. Africa or Asia I will carry either my passport or a high quality color copy of it. The only place I have ever been challenged by authorities where I needed ID is Japan. Most of the time I just have ID on me so that, in a worst case scenerio, the hospital could ID who they are working on, or notify next of kin.


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User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (4 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1739 times:

On my one (and so far only) trip abroad, I had it on my person at all times, in a separate pocket than my wallet.

Domestically, I only take it with me if I'm flying (or on job interviews that require two forms of ID). On those trips, I usually keep it in my room locked in my suitcase.


User currently offlinephotopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2771 posts, RR: 18
Reply 14, posted (4 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1731 times:

Quoting gatorfan (Reply 6):
original in the hotel safe. color photocopy of the first page with me in my wallet. high quality scanned image of the first two pages in a web accessible e-mail account in case I ever need to forward it. It's much easier to get a new passport if you have an image.

This is exactly what I do and have never had a problem. Hell, I travel quite often throughout Cuba and even the Cuban police have never had an issue with the photocopy of the info page. I really only ever need the original when I am taking a cash-advance on a credit card at the local bank. They want to see an original before handing over the cash. Can't say I blame them for that.


User currently offlineltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13140 posts, RR: 15
Reply 15, posted (4 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1706 times:

In some countries, one had to (or may still have to) leave their passport with the hotel for certain police reporting requirements. Probably now they would copy or scan it for such purposes. In my experiences in Europe and elsewhere, I always carried it or a copy of the 1st page, (along with my US home state Drivers License) to cash traveler's checks, exchange money in a neck pouch.

User currently offlinesoon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (4 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1680 times:

Hotel rooms are the worst place to keep anything of value...your passport is your ticket back home...Hotel employees have keys to everything...and know all the classic hiding places. ("We'll leave the light on!...and by the way, We'll watch your passport for you")...   

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