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Can I Buy Airline Ticket (int'l) Without Passport?  
User currently offlineKEno From Malaysia, joined Feb 2004, 1842 posts, RR: 25
Posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 13025 times:

I just learnt that I need to fly to Japan in about 3 weeks time. The thing is, my international passport expires sometime last year. Do I need to present my passport when making the ticket purchase? There's some good deals on MH & JL to Tokyo and I need to book them a.s.a.p. Chances are my passport would not be ready by then.

So, do I need my passport to buy the ticket? I'll buy it from a travel agent and not online. As for the passport, I'm 100% sure that it would be ready by the date of my travel. Help!

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User currently offlineLY7E7 From Israel, joined Jun 2004, 2292 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 13008 times:

You don't need a passport to buy the ticket itself. Of course if you need a visa that's a whole different thing. Some countries also demand your passport to be valid for a certain time upon your entry.

2 things are endless: ignorance and space
User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 13006 times:

Well I don't know the proceedings in Malaysia, but in Germany you'd have no problem buying that ticket. Travel agents don't have the right to see your passport (and buying online does give you the chance to buy a ticket without presenting your passport anyway), and besides, BUYING the ticket is not the point...flying is. So don't try to fly without your passport when flying cross-border (EU Schengen notwithstanding of course, but hgat doesn't seem to be the prob here). Chances are pretty close to 100% or so you'll never get aboard.

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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 13001 times:

For travel to the US, Canada and Australia, carriers/agents are required to add passport information to the booking at the time it is made (regardless of when the ticket is issued). I don't think Japan has this requirement however.

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