Travellers flying off to international destinations around the world tend to know that they need passports to fly, however, travellers should make sure their passport is in good condition. In fact, attempting to travel with a damaged passport could find you detained, as one reality television star recently fund out. Passengers are warned to make sure their passport is in good condition before they jet off.
The Home Office warns: “You must replace your passport if it has more than reasonable wear and tear because you may not be allowed to travel with it.”
A damaged passport may not be considered a valid piece of identity.
However, it can be confusing to determine exactly what “reasonable wear and tear” is.
According to HM Passport Office damage may include the following:
• details are indecipherable
• the laminate has lifted enough to allow the possibility of photo substitution
• discolouration to the bio-data page
• chemical or ink spillage on any page
• missing or detached pages
• the chip or antenna shows through the end paper on the back cover for the new style e-passports
• the chip has been identified as damaged after investigation
The guidelines also include multiple visas and stamps which indicate heavy use.
By their standards, the more a passport is used the more likely wear and tear is.
If passengers believe their passport to be damaged prior to travel it is advised they pay for a new one, however, may have to send off additional identification with is as a damaged passport often can not be used as a valid ID.
Passengers should also keep an eye on the expiration date of their passport, particularly while Brexit negotiations are pending.