When traveling, it should be top priority to protect your passport. A misplaced, stolen or lost passport can lead to you holidays been ruined.
And if your passport is stolen by a criminal, it can be used to create a new identity or even used for identity thief.
They could also access your financial and personal details.
Ways To keep Your Passport Safe
Here are our tips on keeping your passport safe when you are traveling.
Protect Your Passport
Your passport is the most valuable document that you will carry abroad. Simply put, your passport proves your citizenship.
- Protect your passport never leave it out of sight.
- Do not use it as collateral for a loan or lend it to anyone.
- It is your best form of identification.
When entering some countries or checking in at hotels, you will be asked to provide information such as your name, passport number, destination, local address and reason for travel.
You may be required to leave your passport at the hotel reception desk overnight so that it may be checked by local police.
These are normal procedures required by local laws. If your passport is not returned the following morning. Some hotels will hold a passport for the duration of you stay and return it when checking out.
If not, immediately report it to the local police and contact your nearest embassy or consulate.
Make Copies Of Your Passport
Make several copies of your passport. Take photos of your passport and upload it to a cloud storage service like Dropbox, google drive or make a few extra copies.
Leave a copy with a trusted friend or family member.
Beware Of Pickpockets
Thieves will use all kinds of ploys to divert your attention just long enough to pick your pocket and grab your purse or wallet.
These ploys include creating a disturbance, spilling something on your clothing or even handing you a baby to hold.
You can try to prevent theft by carrying your belongings in a secure manner. For example, consider not carrying a purse or wallet when going along crowded streets.
Walking around with your passport makes you a target because it’s an easy way for others to identify that you are visiting from another country.
Conceal your passport by purchasing a passport holder that will conceal the front cover.
Women who carry a shoulder bag should keep it tucked under the arm and held securely by the strap. Men should put their wallets in their front trouser pockets or use money belts instead of hip pockets.
A wallet wrapped in rubber bands is more difficult to remove without notice.
Be especially cautious in a large crowd, subways, on buses, at the marketplace, at a festival or if surrounded by groups of children. Do not make it easy for thieves!
Store Passport in Your Hotel
Once you have arrived and checked into your hotel. Make sure your hotel has a safe before booking and store your passport in the safe.
Don’t leave it in your room unattended.
If there is no safe in your room and you are staying in a hotel that you trust, ask the front desk if they have a safe available to store personal belongings.
Safeguard Your Passport
Carelessness is the main cause for losing a passport or having it stolen.
You may find that you have to carry your passport with you because you need to show it when you are using the foreign exchange or the country that you are visiting requires you to carry it as an identity document.
When you must carry your passport, hide it securely on your person. Do not leave it in a handbag or in an exposed pocket.
Whenever possible, leave your passport in the hotel safe, not in an empty hotel room and not packed in your luggage.
One family member should not carry all the passports for the entire family.
If Your Passport Goes Missing
If you passport is lost or stolen, report it immediately. Contact your nearest Embassy or Consulate and explain the incident in full detail as well as the local police.
They will advise you on next steps and can help you file a police report if necessary.
Finally, remember to always make a colour copy of you passport and visa. And then carry the copies around with you, with your passport safely back in the hotel safe.
And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if these tips on keeping your passport safe has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there is more to add.