Don’t Leave Your Passport With the Hotel

Don't leave your passport with the hotelIt goes without saying that you should take good care of your passport (especially as some driver’s licenses will not be permissible as airport ID next year). But when a hotel asks you to hand yours over at check-in, you might not think that you’re putting it at risk. In fact, if you don’t get it right back, you are.

In , Griff Rhys Jones shares a tale that shows just how wrong this can go. It involves a visit to the Italian island of Ponza, a passport handed over at check-in and the underperforming Italian postal service. In the end, Jones has this to say: “Never again will I hand [my passport] over at a hotel without taking it straight back.”

(it’s quick).

Related: Review Your Hotel Bill Before You Check Out

 

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7 Comments on "Don’t Leave Your Passport With the Hotel"

  1. Isn’t it the law in some European countries like France? or the laws have changed now

  2. Re the article about not leaving your passport with a hotel…
    What does the author mean ” It’s going to get worse ?”

  3. I wonder why California is not in this list….they issue DId to illegal aliens.

  4. i carry a color copy of my passport page and give that to the hotel to register.
    only once did the hotel insist on the original
    this was not my original idea but after i read it online i started using a copy for 8 yrs

  5. It has been my experience that many European hotels will not return your passport until you check out. I hate handing it over to them!

  6. Wendell Rakosky | October 11, 2017 at 5:32 pm | Reply

    Can you give the hotel a copy of your passport?

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