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Old 05-31-2005, 02:28 PM   #1
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I've read somewhere on this site an advisory to NEVER give p your passport unless it's an offical type person. Today I read a blog that said it's common to give your passport to all kinds of people such as hostel owners (overnight) bike rental places etc. This sounds fishy to me. Any help?

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The rule of thumb is never give your passport to anyone *on the street* who looks unofficial or doesn't have a badge of some sort.

When you're checking into a hotel/hostel, renting a car, etc., it's common to have to show them your passport. Plus, when someone's behind a desk/counter, it's a lot harder for them to just run off with your papers!
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i've only been asked to give my passport once...and then I was given a choice of either giving it up or paying a deposit on the key (it was some kind of electronic key thing)....I paid the deposit. I don't give my passport to anyone besides someone like the conductor on the train.

I have heard of places asking to hold your passport...personally I'd refuse. my passport doesn't leave me in a foreign country..
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On a night train to Munich we had to give up our passports for the border crossing. It didn't make me terribly happy but nothing happened either. *shrug*
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Thanks for the input. Good to know.
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I had to give my passport number when checking into a hostel once, but have never been asked to actually give it up to someone. I don't really think I would be too happy about doing it. At a border crossing that is ok I guess, but even then I would be a little apprehensive.
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