Slightly Damaged US passport
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Sep 16, 2013 3:37 AM Last Post By: Its_me_rahul
Nov 13, 2012 6:29 PM
Slightly Damaged US passportHi Travelers .. I was hoping some of you could help me with a concern of mine. After an exstensive study abroad trip across Europe, My US passport has become slightly worn. Since then I have also made trips to Mexico and the Domonican Republic (without issue). My passport is showing obvious signs of wear and tear. However the information page is still fully intact and lamination is still down. The upper corner of the first page is also torn (very small). When the airport ticket lady took my passport last year before going to the Dominican she told me that it would not get me into Mexico. Therefore, after planning this trip to Mexico on Nov 26, I took it to a post office and they told me that it was fine I didn't need a new one. As my trip is impending however I'm getting more and more nervous about being denied entry into Mexico. Has any US travelers had any experience with a less than pristine passport?
Thank you soo much!
Nov 13, 2012 6:43 PM
Nov 13, 2012 6:48 PM
2My passports get pretty messed up by the time ten years rolls around--sweat, rain, handling, improper storage, and other forms of abuse. I've had people at borders express mystification--and sometimes actual anger--that I would so mistreat my passport, but this has never slowed me down entering or leaving a country. That includes Mexico, along with quite a few others. If anyone gives you a hard time, just agree with them: "Yeah, you're right, I know. I should take better care of it."
Nov 13, 2012 6:52 PM
Nov 13, 2012 6:54 PM
4Thanks Guys! You made me feel alot better. I've heard some stories of people being turned away by the airline people. I guess thats what mad me nervous. Most of those ( I did a google search) instances though seemed to be from Canada. I'll keep my fingers crossed and be as polite as possible :)
Nov 13, 2012 10:21 PM
Nov 13, 2012 11:46 PM
6There was a lot of talk about this about a year ago in Canada when Westjet started refusing boarding people if they had damaged passports - for example, see here: http://www.moneyville.ca/blog/post/1108643--check-your-passport-for-damage-before-you-travel
It appears that WestJet had got caught out by Mexican immigration officers making them return passengers with water-damaged passports. The issue seems to have died down but I guess there's still a small chance that it's a problem.
Nov 14, 2012 6:53 AM
Nov 14, 2012 7:23 AM
Nov 14, 2012 10:46 AM
9If its scanable you should be good to go. Mine is at replacement time now and looks rough, it got me in to Mexico last june no problem.
Nov 18, 2012 8:26 PM
Sep 11, 2013 12:11 AM
Sep 12, 2013 7:31 PM
12Odd, markharf, you beat me to it. I keep mine in a baggie also. However, I only have a few blank spaces left, expiration in 2014. The stamps in my passport are a joke. Most of them should have had their inkpad reconstituted, hardly readable, which is too bad, because the passport is a good way to remember where I went when.
Sep 12, 2013 9:09 PM
13I see the ever-alert mods have eliminated the former "previous post," making it look like I was criticizing #10, which I was not.
There are a couple of varieties of unreadable stamps out there. One type is received in countries too poor to buy new ink for their stamp pads; after three or four years of this, it's hard to tell you've even got a stamp at all, much less what country, border crossing, or date. Another comes from slightly wealthier countries which can afford ink....but only the cheapest kind of ink, which doesn't dry until after it's run and blurred and generally become an un-readable mass of blue or black. Same net result.
I like the brightly-colored sticker visas, preferably with holograms, photos, and stamps built right in. Makes for a vivacious passport.
Sep 16, 2013 3:37 AM
I also faced same issue.
My Passport got damaged because of frequent use.
To protects it from Moisture, Dust, Wear & Tear, I covered it with PVC covers.
It also protects from offices Stickers, travel agents gluey stickers, etc
I felt much Secured after using the Executive Passport cover...
Prefer using the Transparent Cover to Maintain the Originality of Passport, Colorful and Fancy passport cover are not acceptable at Some Offices.
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