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Travel Forums General Talk Passports?

1. Posted by louloul (Full Member 75 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I would like to know if, when travelling hostels will ask to keep our passports at any time during our stay. Obviously i dont want to let my passport out of my site and dont want to leave it with the reception of any hostel.

Do hostels etc want us to do this and if so will they just accept a photocopy??


2. Posted by dougj (Budding Member 32 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I don't give up my passport for anything (with the exception of train conductor or police of course). I'd rather find another place to stay than do that.
I've only been asked once for my passport...but they gave me the option of paying a key deposit so I took that instead.

3. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

most places will ask you for it to photocopy but if you are prepared with photocopies they shouldn't need it, some countries need a copy of it for immigration laws, etc.....

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I can't think of a place that asked to keep my passport. They would often take it and photocopy it, or copy down the details in a book. Often they would just have me put the details on the registration form.

I tend to always carry my passport with me when travelling, which some people don't do. I'd rather have my identification with me then back in my hotel.

5. Posted by YerMan (Full Member 66 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

i don't give up my passport - too risky.

Take a few photocopies with you. In fact, that is a good idea for all your travel documents.

6. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


If a hostel owner asks for your passport, ask for his passport, and say that you will give it back when he gives yours back.