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Brits asked to avoid passport woes, ETDs (VIDEO)

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In the desert I saw a creature, naked, bestial, who, squatting upon the ground, held his heart in his hands, and ate of it.

I said, “Is it good, friend?”

“It is bitter—bitter,” he answered;

“But I like it, because it is bitter and because it is my heart.”

It is always correct form to add the author's name to a quote. In this case Stephen Crane.

Quite what this has to do with the topic is beyond me. Anyone?

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I was thinking about tourists in this country, & how many times their passports need to be out of the suitcase/room safe..

...Changing money on pavement booths,(that could be daily).. renting a motorcycle, all the time they are riding that motorcycle (full days out, doing lots of activities).

OK them's only a couple of instances, but DOES lift up the chances of loss or theft by a big percentage.

Many tourists choose to use soft, open topped bags as their 'day bags'..this may be another area leading to loss/theft of passports..?

I'm not trying to make a bold statement here..just highlighting how easy these little books can be mislaid whilst on holiday.

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All the more reason to get good, reduced size, laminated photocopies of your passport and visa and leave your real passport in a secure safe place.

Yes ratchatcher yes.

I've only ever carried a copy, not laminated.

Logical to laminate. Thanks.

100% copy size is surely appropriate?

Why not have two copies and see how handing one over as surety for a jet ski hire goes down. smile.png

Just kidding.

How foolhardy to hand over a real one let alone use as a beer coaster !!

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All the more reason to get good, reduced size, laminated photocopies of your passport and visa and leave your real passport in a secure safe place.

Been doing it for years and years. Happy to see at least one other person on TV who has a clue.

If TV folks would spend less time telling us why this does not work .. and LISTEN for a change, they will learn a few things.

A professionally done two sided laminated card is gold here.

Side one is the inside of your page of your passport and the opposite .. your current Visa!

To the TV Peanut gallery ... Please do not reply with the standard urban legends of why these cards do not work ... THEY DO.

If you do not know how to do this .. drop me a line and i will direct you to a company who provides this service for the "not so tech savvy" crowd.

Cheers Ratcatcher ... have a good one !

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All the more reason to get good, reduced size, laminated photocopies of your passport and visa and leave your real passport in a secure safe place.

Which is fine if they didn't say that there's a law that says you have to carry it with you at all times.

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Makes you wonder how many passports wouldn't be lost or stolen if the tourists were officially advised on what to do reference carrying copies.

Who knows, keep hearing contradicting stories that the police require you to carry original or a copy will do! I do know the police in my area are on a self funding drive and asking for a missing passport could well be another reason to fine a foreigner!

Personally I have never lost a passport and also have reasonable teeth.

That said, a friend was off to get a replacement recently due to a volatile TGF flushing his.

Passport or teeth?

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If you live well outside it's 2 trips to Bangkok to simply renew a UK passport so they spread the pain around as it is.

That's got to be a tough one,what every 10 years? you can get someone to do the trip for you if you don't fancy a night in Soi Cowboy

I only had to do one trip to Bkk to take my renewal application paperwork, then for some unknown reason, following a phone call from a DHL depot, it came back to me at my place of work via a DHL delivery driver who just got someone in the school to sign for it before handing it over to them , to this day I do not know who that person was. So mmuch for the now improved security measures that are supposed to have been put in place when they changed the system recently. And the Brit Embassy have a cheek to lecture us about looking after our passports.

Additionally I also once washed my old passport when left in a pair of jeans, Yeah some of the stamps smudged a bit , but nobody ever queried its validity, they weren't to sure if i money was laundered though.

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Not surprised many go missing now - have to carry passport around everywhere now to get money changed since last year.......

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Not forgetting those who use them as surety against bike rentals, dent the bike refuse to pay for the damage and claim their passports stolen...

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Charge them 300 pounds each for a replacement.

And all other embassies whose residents lose theirs.

Apparently, Obama doesn't get a cut, does Cameron? A new US passport only takes one trip to the embassy, and it costs $110--it takes couple of weeks, but they messenger it to you. http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/information/fees.html

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Which is fine if they didn't say that there's a law that says you have to carry it with you at all times.

biggrin.png

Makes you wonder how many passports wouldn't be lost or stolen if the tourists were officially advised on what to do reference carrying copies.

Who knows, keep hearing contradicting stories that the police require you to carry original or a copy will do! I do know the police in my area are on a self funding drive and asking for a missing passport could well be another reason to fine a foreigner!

Personally I have never lost a passport and also have reasonable teeth.

That said, a friend was off to get a replacement recently due to a volatile TGF flushing his.

Here's one version of the flexible truth used in this country.

https://asiancorrespondent.com/2014/12/thailand-police-foreigners-not-required-to-carry-passports-at-all-times/

Dec 2014, we have had a few more versions since then.

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All the more reason to get good, reduced size, laminated photocopies of your passport and visa and leave your real passport in a secure safe place.

Been doing it for years and years. Happy to see at least one other person on TV who has a clue.

If TV folks would spend less time telling us why this does not work .. and LISTEN for a change, they will learn a few things.

A professionally done two sided laminated card is gold here.

Side one is the inside of your page of your passport and the opposite .. your current Visa!

To the TV Peanut gallery ... Please do not reply with the standard urban legends of why these cards do not work ... THEY DO.

If you do not know how to do this .. drop me a line and i will direct you to a company who provides this service for the "not so tech savvy" crowd.

Cheers Ratcatcher ... have a good one !

A local driving licence has the same effect & is less likely to drop you in the shit when scrutinized.

Edited by evadgib

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Another good reason not to have to rely on an ETD is they cost almost as much as a new passport yet have limited uses, primarily good for one trip only.

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