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Oct 09 2013

Don’t Forget Your Passport!

PassportYou might be thinking, ‘What? Of course I wouldn’t forget my passport!’.  I completely understand because I would have probably thought the same before I left for my most recent trip.

The thing is… you’d be surprised how many people do actually forget their passports, which is every travellers’ nightmare.  It certainly surprised me.

Over a six-week period, I recently stayed in a number of different places and in some of these, I heard of quite a few people who had checked out but accidentally left their passports behind.  The hostel or hotel staff in some of those places had to send passports through the post.  At one hostel in Split, a member of staff ran down to the ferry terminal with about 6 passports.  Having witnessed it on more than one occasion, in a relatively short period of time, I can see now how easy it is to do.

The check-in process differs from place to place but, most of the time, you have to produce an identity document, which tends to be a passport.  Some places, can quickly record the relevant details while you wait and immediately return your identity document.   Depending on the country, you may need to be registered with the police and that process can take longer.  For that reason, you might be asked to hand in your identity document.  This is where the problem lies.

I don’t like handing in my passport so, when asked, I always tell them that I need it returned to me as soon as possible.  Sometimes they seem surprised at my request but are generally happy to oblige.  I often hover around until they have finished or pop back to reception to retrieve it after a period of time.  On one occasion, the manager took my passport so I said I would be down to collect it later.  The thing is, I forgot, because I was thinking about other things and doing stuff.  It completely went out of my head.  Luckily, I was staying another night so I remembered the next morning and collected it.

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Have you ever forgotten your passport?  If so, how did you get it back?

About the author

Teresa Keane

Teresa has been to almost 60 countries. She started travelling independently at the age of 38 when she gave up her job, rented out her house, put her possessions in storage and spent a year travelling the world. It changed her life. She now creates, publishes, & promotes online travel content and is an experienced freelance trainer & EFL teacher.

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