So if you have followed Tuesday’s Travel Essentials before you may have read my post about always carrying passport photos with you on your journeys (my page is also a handy money and time saving tip by the way). But something else you definitely need is photocopies of your passport (s). Why?
Not in case you lose it, but so that you can travel with the knowledge that your passport is safe. Here’s what I often do – lock up my passport in a hostel safe or secure locker then venture out into the streets with a photocopy. I do this for security reasons.
The first real time I was glad I carried a photocopy of my passport was in Moscow, Russia in 2007 where the local police can be corrupt. They arrested about 15 New Zealanders from my hostel (Hostel Moscow) and took their passports off them. They then charged them a few thousand roubles each just to get their own passports back! Corrupt and fucked up, but true. It happens regularly. Everytime I ventured outside the hostel in Moscow I took only a photocopy of my passport.
Carrying photocopies of your passport also gives you security in the event of a mugging or theft. You will lose your photocopy, but you will still have your passport.
As a guide I carry two colour photocopies of both passports that I possess (one Irish and one British). These are cheap to get done, use of minimal space to carry round with me and give me added security. You may also be asked for details when booking buses etc. and they might ask for passport number, expiry date etc. which is no problem as you will have photocopies of them for reference. I only photocopy the important photo page by the way, the rest of the passport is pretty irrelevant.
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