I was asked to send a photocopy of the passports of our 4 family members to hold a Sanur hotel room.
Has anybody heard of this?
some places ask for a deposit. i guess its their way of knowing you are seriously going to stay.
Yes, I remember Bali Discovery, a travel agent in Sanur, also asking this to secure a room booking. Also a hotel I stayed at in Lombok. I have a scanned copy of my passport just for such eventualities.
There's no hard and fast rule as to what hotels ask for in terms of securing bookings and deposit/no deposit etc.
If you're uncomfortable about providing this, then I suggest you find an alternative booking site.
I agree with happynoodle that if you are uncomfortable with this, just choose another hotel or booking site. I had the same experience once when attempting to book in Bali. The booking agency also wanted a photocopy of both sides of my credit card. I had already sent the passport page, but balked at the credit card photocopy and am glad I did. Plenty of places you can book via email. Sending a photocopy of all four passports seems over the top. Why not just the one of the person reserving the room?
They will scan your passport once you are there anyway , they scan everyones passport unpon check in to a hotel .
The proper proceedure is that each hotel/villa should take copies/orignal of your passport to the local police station to register you with them. These are the rules. Many hotels will only take your passport details on check-in, and then I assume that they take a list to the police station, but those following the rules as they should, will take a copy.
It's always good to carry photocopies of your passport with you anyway. And actually foreigners in Indonesia are supposed to carry their passports with them at all times, but a good photocopy will suffice. This is a rule that isn't enforced very often at all (never in all my trips) but you never know when you will need it and a police officer or immigration official is entitled to ask you to present it.
Thanks Whinnie, seems sus when first hear it. What is the purpose - do you know? Am l being too paranoid about identity theft??
You can never be too paranoid about identity theft, lol.
But they are just the rules in Indonesia, I guess it's how the Govt keeps track of tourists. Hotels in other countries take your passport details as well, who knows what they do with them after you give it to them.
We were asked by both hotels for copies for our passport as well. It isn't really suss, it's fairly normal practice it seems. I dealt directly with the hotels, not through third parties.
Re credit card details, I won't email them but rather will call them directly.