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Copy of passport?

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Copy of passport?

I have always kept my passport with me when traveling abroad. I keep it in my waist money belt (inside my pants). However, everywhere I have read says to just carry a copy. But I have also read that the safes in hotel rooms aren't necessary safe, given that they can easily be opened by employees (such as when a guest can't remember the combination). So I've always felt better having it with me.

Has anyone ever had a problem with keeping the actual passport in a money belt? Has anyone ever had any trouble by only having a copy with you?

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When my passport was stolen, I went to the consulate in Sao Paulo. Somehow, probably my wonderful fluent American English with a midwestern accent, I convinced the Brazilian guard that I was a US citizen and entered the door that had no line (the one for non-citizens was 300 people long).

Once inside I spoke with a consular rep who had me fill out a passport application and then interviewed me. I had no documents with me, not even a copy of my birth certificate and no copy of my passport. Obviously this was pre-Sept 11 and electronic surveillance. Anyway, they did that whole trick of asking me questions with incorrect details to see if I would catch them, asking the same question in different ways trying to get inconsistent answers, and (since I had been living in Boston) even asked with subway stop you get off to go to Red Sox game. Convinced I was a US citizen, they processed the form, told me to get some pictures, and told me to always have a copy of my passport at home.

What would it be like to do this today? No idea.

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Hmm...good to know. I am extremely cautious with the passport for obvious reasons; but I've always wondered what to do in the that situation.

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