Just asking for an opinion. If I am going on a long trip (6-12 months), is it a better idea to keep my current passport with a lot of visas and stamps (no Israeli visa or similar ) or would it look more reliable if I get a totally clean new passport? I thought it may impact the decision of granting a visa or not, especially if it is on the border, but maybe I am wrong and there is no difference at all?
It probably doesn't matter, unless you've recently been to some countries where eyebrows might be raised, such as Syria and Yemen. More important is when your passport expires. You should have more than six months validity remaining. Also, you should have several blank pages (not including the endorsement pages). Some countries, such as South Africa, require you to have at least two blank pages. If your passport is damaged in any way, such as torn pages, water-damaged pages, etc., it's best to get a new passport. My current passport has more than 100 pages with lots of visas; and I haven't encountered any problems at borders. Hope this helps.
Thanks for your reply, it helps indeed. I think I will then change my passport to the new one to have more empty pages just in case.
This morning I counted the pages of my current passport, which expires February 2019; and it has exactly 100 pages, of which 91 are for visas. I have 18 blank pages left, so I'll probably get a new passport in the next year or so. The U.S. is introducing a new passport book in 2016. I'll keep my old passport (after it's returned by the passport agency with my new passport) because many of the multi-year visas in the old passport still will be valid.
Have a great trip!
New Passport with old one (stamped and issued visas) has more value than newest one....
[ Edit: Edited on 02-Apr-2015, at 06:28 by ayazahmad ]
I never knew U.S. passport is so thick It's really like a book
Thickness depends on person's need...if a person do traveling more then it would be like a thick book....
[ Edit: Edited on 02-Apr-2015, at 06:35 by ayazahmad ]
If the passport hasn't expired yet, you can also get extra pages added, which might be cheaper and more convenient considering you have those multi-year visas in there.
As of January 1, 2016, Americans no longer will be able to add additional pages to existing passports. The current fee for additional pages is $82. It is $110 for a new passport.
The U.S. is launching a new passport book next year that includes an information page protected by a polycarbonate coating. The standard book will continue to be 28 pages; and the larger book 52 pages. The cost is the same for both books. Some U.S. embassies and consulates have noted on their Web sites that they only will issue the 52-page book going forward.
I currently have a 52-page book with 48 additional pages added by the U.S. consulate in Rio de Janeiro. The cover of the book can't stretch any further, so it would be difficult, if not impossible, to add a set of 24, or a set of 48, extra pages before the end of the year. Plus it would make the passport more unwieldy. As it is, immigration officials have to spend more time leafing through the book to find the right visa, so I often have to guide them to the right page.