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Need to surrender passport to hotel/guesthouse?

  • cdpark

    Joined Travelfish
    24th February, 2008
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    I'll be traveling to Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. Is it mandatory to leave your passport with hotel management in any of these countries? That seems odd to me, but I've read a few posts that seem to suggest this is the case.

    #1 Posted: 24/2/2008 - 15:08

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  • theewadaa

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    27th August, 2007
    Posts: 5

    In Thailand some hotels ask for it for their own safety (in case You would take towels or something). You have to idetify Yourself with Your passport when You fill in the check-in form, but You don't need to give Your passport to the hotel staff.

    #2 Posted: 24/2/2008 - 19:04

  • exacto

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    It used to be much more common than it is now for hotel staff in places like Thailand to collect your passport when you checked in. Back in the mid-80's, I would typically be asked to surrender my passport. On my most recent trip, however, while I had to show my passport at check in most of the time, nobody asked to hold it at all.

    The staff always told me that this was because they had to register foreign guests with the local police. Anymore most hotels that even bother with this formality just make a photo copy of your passport.

    You'll also typically need your passport to cash a traveller's check and in most cases to get a cash advance on a credit or debit card.

    One other place that often asks to keep your passport is the motor scooter rental. Occasionally I've been able to leave a photocopy instead, but not always, so don't be alarmed if you go to rent a scooter and they expect to keep your passport as collateral. Regards.

    #3 Posted: 25/2/2008 - 00:57

  • khunwilko

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    27th January, 2007
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    It is illegal to travel around Thailand without ID...in the case of foreigners this is your passport....a photocopy photo page and visa) is all that the hotel should need

    #4 Posted: 25/2/2008 - 17:14

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