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1. Posted by sofe1978 (Respected Member 127 posts) 8y

Hi There

I just wondered if anyone else has had any problems in the past with their passport photo?

My boyfriend's passport is about 6 years old now but in my opinion he only vaguely resembles the photo that is in his passport (thankfully he looks wwaaayyy better! ;)) It's not just that it's a bad photo either!

With 4 years of the passport still to run and a new one costing £72 he is reluctant to get a new one before we leave in June.

Has anyone else got a passport photo that you would have to look really carefully at to know it's you and do you have any problems at immigration with it?

Thanks

2. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 8y

Yes. My passport photo was taken when I was 19. I'm now 27. The photo looks like a younger version of me if you look REALLY hard. I've never had a problem with it. Remember that immigration officials are trained to check these things.

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 8y

the photo on my last passport was from when i was 17 and by the time i reached my early twenties i looked nothing like this picture. i had a completely different hairstyle which also made my face shape look different so i could easily have been a different person. i travelled alot on that passport and i had no problems but when i was leaving Malaysia an immigration official did comment in a lighthearted way that it looked nothing like me! as mikeyboab says, officials are trained to be able to recognise these kinds of things so you should be fine.

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 29, 2008, at 1:45 PM by bex76 ]

4. Posted by sofe1978 (Respected Member 127 posts) 8y

Thanks for your replies that is a great help.. I guess I never thought that they are trained to do this sort of thing!

5. Posted by hels82 (Full Member 96 posts) 8y

Sorry to do a negative post but I have encountered problems and it was scary. I looked nothing like my passport photo when i went travelling in the USA-whilst there the tour I was on made a a trip down to Tijuana and on the way back across the border into america I was stopped-the lady did not believe the passport was me. (to paint more of a picture of how scared i was we had previously been warned by our tour company that people often get stopped in Tijuana-the tour company are powerless to help so if we got stopped we had to make our own way to the embassy in Tijuana) Five minutes of arguing it was me to both her and her supervisor, showing her other forms of id that I had with me, pointing out the age of the passport etc and thankfully they let me through. It was one of my scariest moments whilst travelling. The week I returned home I had ordered a new passport!!

I guess it might depend on what countries you are going to.

Hels

6. Posted by sapphyre (Respected Member 418 posts) 8y

When I was using my old passport with a photo of me when I was 11, I would always get warnings from the Malaysian immigration people telling me to change my photo or they'll refuse me entry next time.

My uncle was also scrutinised very closely when he tried to enter China with a plaster over his brow as he had a cut there.

7. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

My b/f's pasport photo was taken when he was 16 and he's now 25. It barely looks anything like him but he's never had any problems.

8. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 8y

Quoting sapphyre

When I was using my old passport with a photo of me when I was 11, I would always get warnings from the Malaysian immigration people telling me to change my photo or they'll refuse me entry next time.

lol i get the same from the Singapore side even though mine was only taken 4 years ago...

But they just heckle you everytime you go through, i've never been denied entry before... Its a "don't let me catch you next time" thing everytime...

9. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 8y

I've never had any problems with my passport photos although that may be because I look exactly the same as I did 6 years ago. Anyway, it doesn't surprise me to hear about passport troubles at the USA/Mexico border. I've heard about these incidents. You can't really blame the immigration officers though. With all of the 'border problems' you should expect that they'll scrutinize more than usual.

10. Posted by hels82 (Full Member 96 posts) 8y

Quoting NantesFC

You can't really blame the immigration officers though. With all of the 'border problems' you should expect that they'll scrutinize more than usual.

I agree totally. I just think that passports should need to be renewed more often-particularly when you are under 18 as your features can change so much.