Elite From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2006, 2784 posts, RR: 10 Posted (3 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2166 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.
vandenheuvel From Netherlands, joined Dec 2008, 493 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2149 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.
Flyer732 From Namibia, joined Nov 1999, 1359 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (3 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2103 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.
swissy From Switzerland, joined Jan 2005, 1734 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (3 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2101 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...
gatorfan From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 331 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (3 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1992 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.
einsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 2677 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (3 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1926 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.
"You haven't seen a tree until you've seen its shadow from the sky."
StarAC17 From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 3334 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (3 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1782 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.
Andaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (3 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1776 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.
MCO2BRS From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 537 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1709 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.
lowrider From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 3220 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1602 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.
photopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2639 posts, RR: 18
Reply 14, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1586 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.
ltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12879 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1561 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.
soon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1535 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")...