I have booked a 3 day stay at the Elephant lodge in Luang Prabang, they have emailed us asking for our passport details for the tourist police?? Is this the norm, sorry to ask but I have no idea if i should give it or not!? Hope you can help
Thanks in advance
#1 chinhead has been a member since 1/11/2007. Posts: 1
it is standard for hotels in the region to collect your passport information to provide to the tourist police. i remember a few times in less-travelled areas of thailand where they even insisted on holding my passport overnight.
i have a faint recollection of a few hotels and travel agents requesting this information ahead of time as well. i know that one place i stayed in cambodia definitely did, for exactly this same reason.
the short answer is that this isn't particularly unusual, and that the lodge is just following the instructions they've been given by the tourist police. don't worry. cheers.
Yes, you must supply your passport details by law in Laos (and most other SEA countries). Usually this is done at registration, but I see nothing particularly unusual about doing it before you arrive. You should of course be discrete in supplying your details, but remember it is a requirement to give them to hotels and guest houses where you stay.