If I understand your question correctly, and you wonder about any impact on future visa applications (i.e. after you have your new passport, say in April 2021 in your example), I doubt this would have any effect.
Countries you haven’t yet visited/applied a visa for generally won’t even know about it.
And even if they have the information, I don’t see how this would matter for any country.
Your passport is an official government document, and when marked for any non-official purposes (like collecting a souvenir stamp), you are technically defacing or altering it. In theory you could have it voided (or worse), or in theory, an immigration official could refuse to admit you if they believed that it was a signal the document was in any way invalid.
In practical terms, there are many places in the world that issue many thousands of unofficial stamps. I know they are popular to get at Checkpoint Charlie, various Antarctica stations, Timbuktu, Easter Island, and other iconic world locations. I got one myself at Machu Picchu, which raised no eyebrows at any of the half-dozen countries I visited subsequent to Peru. I’ve never heard any firsthand accounts of problems, and tend to think that if it were indeed a serious issue, the guidebooks and State Department advisories would include a mention of it.
On the other hand, that stamp was the only non-official one— and what does hold you up at immigration is a passport full of unusual stamps. The more of these meaningless stamps you collect, the longer it takes for the agent to find a blank page, and the more likely s/he’ll think something is “off” and refer you to the most persnickety bureaucrat you’ve ever encountered.
While it’s cool to have a full passport, I try not to think of mine as a souvenir. Above all, it is a working document that I need in order to travel. Some countries require entire pages to be blank before they will issue you a visa; I’ve had some flip through to find a blank page just to stamp me in. As a result, I’m extremely wary of filling up any more squares or pages than strictly necessary— and I only travel internationally once or twice a year.
For souvenir stamps such as those you collect at museums, temples, national parks, hostels, distilleries, and so on, I would simply invest in a small journal or passbook. These don’t expire, aren’t subject to the whims of any officious officials, and are entirely yours to mark up however you wish.
I have inserted the space in my passport name (the name in the old passport and the US visa is RASHEEDKHAN, and the name in the new passport is RASHEED KHAN). Do I need to apply for a new visa or can I continue with the old one?
I will try to provide some context first, so please bear with me for a moment – I apologize if it’s lengthy.
A few months ago, I was approached by a UK-based recruitment agency to do an IT consulting engagement for their client (based in another EU country). After several rounds of interviews with both the agency and the end client, I was offered to do the job which would have earned me ca. 20k EUR over two months. Everything was organized over the phone, email, Skype and the like, but I had no doubts that both companies were legit and the job was real. It all looked green and I was about to start the job in a few days when things got interesting…
I got a call from the agency guy and he says that since they use a “payment provider” and all payments will go through them, someone from that (yet another) UK company will contact me to set everything up. I don’t like the sound of it, since from my experience the number of “go-betweens” of any kind directly increases the chances you will not get paid (or at least not on time), but I am not protesting yet – even though some warning lights start to go off and I start inquiring about getting any paperwork related to the engagement (contract, PO, anything really that would outline the terms for me and provide me with any legal cover since so far this is all “gentleman’s agreement”).
I will spare you the details of the back-and-forth that followed but I outright refused to voluntarily upload my passport scan to an Internet-accessible database. I might be overly paranoid on privacy but I have been a victim of identity fraud in the past and I am not taking any chances.
Here are a few examples of why I refused (and that’s just from last year and only in UK):
After doing some research, I now understand that they are legally required to gather this information under the provisions of the UK money laundering laws: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/money-laundering-regulations-your-responsibilities#customer-due-diligence-requirements
Moreover, they are also required to keep all those records for 5 years, in some cases even longer, which means the person I was emailing with was either uninformed or lied to me when he wrote “You have right to request to remove those documents once contract is ended and we can proceed accordingly“.
Okay, so let me be clear here: if the UK government is stupid enough to create a legislation which essentially forces UK businesses to gather and store highly sensitive personal information of their customers, employees etc. while leaving those businesses to fend for themselves in terms of storing and securing that data (making leaks all but certain and priming a sizable portion of UK population for identity fraud), and the British people are either stupid or indifferent enough to put up with it, so be it – it’s your country, so run it any way you want. But as a security-conscious individual, I refuse to do business under those regulations and I was fully prepared to walk away from the job over this – as unprofessional as it would have been at last minute. Thankfully, we found a solution that was acceptable to both parties (allowing me to prove my identity without having to turn my passport into a hacker-bait on the Internet) and went ahead with it – and I don’t really care if it was in line with UK regulations or not – they are not my problem.
As for my “question”, the purpose of this post is to provoke some discussion on the topic, so: is it just me being paranoid or do others also see a big problem here? What would you do in my shoes – would you upload your passport or would you take a pass? And if you loose money over this, would you still refuse or would you bend?
Thanks for reading and looking forward to your comments!
I have applied for the UK visa in Paris and I am wondering whether I should choose the express courier return service or not. I have already been troubled a lot by Covid-19 and I want to recieve the passport as soon as possible after the decesion has been made. However, I am afraid the TLSContact courier service will take too long or perhaps it may not be something to trust very well. For those who know, how many days it usually takes for such a service to deliver a passport?
I hold a Philippine passport but a green card holder/permanent resident of the United States. I will be traveling to Maldives from the U.S. I have an 8 hr layover in Dubai. Do I need a visa to leave the airport and tour the city?
HM Passport Office has issued me a British National (Overseas) passport. I also have a Hong Kong passport, but I do not have actual British citizenship, any UK Visa, nor right to abode in the UK.
As others have mentioned, my BNO passport lists my other passports under the “official observations” section, but I’d prefer to be able to travel without disclosing this information all the time.
Must I carry all those other passports on me if I travel on the BNO passport? After an immigration officer sees the BNO passport and its official observations, will the officer want to see all my other passports listed there?
What if I use BNO when I travel to a country other than the U.K.? For example, if I were to travel to Japan on my BNO passport, would a Japanese immigration officer expect to be able to see the passports listed in this official observations section?
I have recently renewed my Indian passport. Now i entered US with my old passport. My question is when i exit US, the airlines sent my details to US CBP so that they have the record of my entry/exit. I believe this is tracked using passport number. Since now i have a new passport with a new number, do i book ticket with my old passport or new passport. How will CBP track my departure if new passport number in used by airlines to book ticket?
My passport is slightly broken as in pic, everything else is intact. Is it considered as damaged passport? My first passport was water damaged and this is second and if it is considered as damage, will it give a bad remark?