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Old 04-04-2014, 09:39 AM
 
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In China, hotels will not allow you to register without seeing your passport and a valid visa and entry stamp (as per Chinese law). The check-in clerk usually photocopies these pages.
I know I've been to China twice and will go again in a few months. In China you can't walk down the street without showing and registering your passport with the authorities. Slight exaggeration of course but we had to show our passport for the simple act of leaving luggage at a train station holding area.
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Old 04-09-2014, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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Your passport isn't some magical document made with fairy dust and unicorn tears. It's just another piece of Government ID.

For those of you who never let your passport out of their sight, you've probably never been on a cruise, needed a visa for a different country, or stayed at anything other than a big chain hotel.

Giving up your passport is common, pretty much everywhere in the world outside North America. Yes you should keep it safe, but it's no more special than your Drivers Licence that you're offering to give up. Actually I'd rather someone have my passport than my DL, as my passport doesn't have my address or other personal information to rip off.

It's an ID document. Use it for it's intended purpose.
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Old 04-09-2014, 10:45 AM
 
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Your passport isn't some magical document made with fairy dust and unicorn tears. It's just another piece of Government ID.

For those of you who never let your passport out of their sight, you've probably never been on a cruise, needed a visa for a different country, or stayed at anything other than a big chain hotel.

Giving up your passport is common, pretty much everywhere in the world outside North America. Yes you should keep it safe, but it's no more special than your Drivers Licence that you're offering to give up. Actually I'd rather someone have my passport than my DL, as my passport doesn't have my address or other personal information to rip off.

It's an ID document. Use it for it's intended purpose.
Yes all true. Some hotels may look in puzzlement when Americans make a big deal of giving up your passport. Part of it is just part of the American cultural thing on individual privacy and security (which is good actually).

However a few things that differentiate this from a drivers license or any other type of ID:
-There is a huge black market for stolen US passports, unique to any other country in the world. They are worth lots of money outside the US.
-The expense and difficulty or replacing a lost or stolen US passport, particularly if you are out of the country.
-And more trouble for a lost or stolen passport - expect "enhanced screening" at all US cusoms and immigration entry points from now on.

Off topic - I always get confused at people asking for social security cards or making a big deal of that (not the number, but the card itself). It's like "you mean that piece of flimsy paper with a typed number that I got back in grade school?" then I laugh. I think my public library card has more ID integrity.
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