Comments on: Protect Thy Passport http://uncorneredmarket.com/protect-your-passport/ travel wide, live deep Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:51:41 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Audrey Scotthttp://uncorneredmarket.com/protect-your-passport/#comment-1459797 Sun, 13 Jul 2014 15:35:03 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=9059#comment-1459797 Gemma, good place to keep your passport. As you said, if someone does try to take it from there then you probably have bigger problems. As my passport is almost 100 pages, not sure mind would fit without looking too outrageous :) Like you, I keep small bills or coins in an obvious wallet/place so that if someone does rob me they take that first.

Interesting story about the police check in Peru. Would you do it again now? Or would you hand over your passport?

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By: Gemmahttp://uncorneredmarket.com/protect-your-passport/#comment-1459789 Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:28:57 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=9059#comment-1459789 I always keep my passport in my bra – I figure if someone tries to take it from my bra, I’ve got bigger problems. I also keep my debit card and money in there, with some spare money in an obvious pocket for bribes/being mugged. I’m thinking about doing this with a cheap pretend passport to put off scammers.

I have denied my passport to legitimate police that held up our bus in Peru, despite the guns and the bus driver telling me they were real police. I was 18 and had more (over) confidence than fear. They ended up searching my bags and I think I held everyone up by a good hour!

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By: Audrey Scotthttp://uncorneredmarket.com/protect-your-passport/#comment-1226908 Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:19:15 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=9059#comment-1226908 @Martin: Thanks for sharing your experiences getting national IDs in India and Canada. Have heard that it’s also possible in Thailand, but haven’t tried yet. Another option to check out. Thanks!

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By: Martin Kostershttp://uncorneredmarket.com/protect-your-passport/#comment-1221155 Mon, 13 Jan 2014 08:32:19 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=9059#comment-1221155 Good question. I did this is both India and Canada, though Canada was not really necessary in my opinion. In both countries I was not on a tourist visa, but I’m sure this is not a problem in India. Though it took me a day and a half and about €15 to acquire the driver’s license which is also a valid id there, it was extremely helpful. From then on I left my passport at home, and got discounts for almost every tourist attraction I went to, because they charge less for Indian nationals, which they assume you are as you have their driver’s license. I even boarded a domestic flight with the driver’s license (although I had my passport in my back pocket, in case it was needed anyhow)!

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By: Audrey Scotthttp://uncorneredmarket.com/protect-your-passport/#comment-1219689 Sun, 12 Jan 2014 18:13:04 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=9059#comment-1219689 @Martin: That’s a great piece of advice to add to this. Have you been able to get an ID like this even if you’re on a tourist visa? Or is this more of a residency ID?

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By: Martin Kostershttp://uncorneredmarket.com/protect-your-passport/#comment-1217438 Sat, 11 Jan 2014 15:35:16 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=9059#comment-1217438 Great article to keep in mind before you leave. A small thing I like to add: when I’m in a country for a slightly longer period I try to get an ID from the country itself. In many countries this is possible, not expensive and it sometimes might even give you discounts as you’re regarded as a national.

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By: Daniel Nollhttp://uncorneredmarket.com/protect-your-passport/#comment-582325 Sun, 20 Jan 2013 22:42:41 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=9059#comment-582325 @Gus: Fair point regarding when dealing with government officials overseas. It’s really a judgment call whether one plays it “smart” or “stupid”. It depends on the situation, how you read it, and ultimately playing on both power and sympathies to one’s benefit. True, it could go either way. Thanks for the observation and the comment!

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By: Gushttp://uncorneredmarket.com/protect-your-passport/#comment-581243 Sun, 20 Jan 2013 10:20:00 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=9059#comment-581243 Just a tip here, this one could go either way, remember in places where legitimate govt officials pol/army whatever, are corrupt it can also work to your advantage to speak the local lingo (if you know it) rather than playing stupid, because then they know you’re not just another dumb tourist in their country.

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By: Audrey Scotthttp://uncorneredmarket.com/protect-your-passport/#comment-340374 Sat, 31 Dec 2011 20:41:53 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=9059#comment-340374 @Ashley: As you travel around, keep your eyes open in odd places for passport covers. I find that there are usually stands selling document and passport covers outside of post offices in foreign countries.

I picked up my Czech passport cover at the Vietnamese market in Prague and Dan found his Turkmen cover at the market in Ashgabat. Almost picked up an Iranian passport cover at the post office in Tabriz a few weeks ago, but thought that might not be the best idea…

Good luck!!

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By: ashleyhttp://uncorneredmarket.com/protect-your-passport/#comment-340352 Sat, 31 Dec 2011 19:16:21 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=9059#comment-340352 hey guys! i’ve been looking all over for a foreign country passport cover like you two have and i have not been able to find one at all! where did you get them??

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