Is Getting a New Passport Easy? How Much?
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Oct 11, 2012 12:46 PM Last Post By: kanka
Oct 9, 2012 9:03 PM
Is Getting a New Passport Easy? How Much?I posted a thread a couple months ago regarding my passport. I apparently wasn´t clear the first time so I´m going to give it another shot. My U.S passport is still good; it hasn't expired. What has expired is my length of alloted time in Colombia which should have ended in July of 2011. The last time it was stamped was in March of 2011.
In order to avoid the fines and other problems with immigration, can I just report my passport lost? As far as I know, without the passport, they have no way of knowing if I left and returned again. Is this correct?
Oct 10, 2012 7:22 AM
Oct 10, 2012 8:20 AM
Oct 10, 2012 8:24 AM
3#1 but would their records match up against a completely new passport? Do their systems cross check names rather than passport numbers?
I'm not sure about the USA but for most countries getting a new passport overseas is a pain. Firstly, you can only get an emergency passport, which has 7 months validity and is enough to get you back to your home country. Second you have to pay a fine for losing your passport. The whole process is really quite expensive. To replace a stolen Australian passport many years ago cost me $500 or so. I suspect you would be better off just paying the overstay fine, especially considering the risks that kanka points out.
Oct 10, 2012 9:07 AM
4What would happen in Panama, and I assume it would be somewhat similar here in Colombia, is that you would have to take your new passport to immigration and get a new entry stamp. They´ll look back in their records and see when you came in and put that same date. In Panama if you try and leave with a passport with no entry stamp then you will have a lot of problems leaving. Immigration in Colombia is much stricter in general than Panama so I can´t see it being too different.
Oct 10, 2012 9:48 AM
5#3 I can't confirm it, but I'd guess they would (and the more easily with biometric passports). I have been able to witness that the database of the DAS is fairly complete and updated: given the country is still officially at war with the guerrillas, the government certainly wants to keep track of who's entering and leaving the country.
Oct 10, 2012 12:00 PM
6Yep, I just called immigration here in Colombia. Entering and exiting is all recorded in their system. The fine is too high to pay so I guess I'll have to come up with another plan.
Oct 10, 2012 12:05 PM
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