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Old Sep 29, 07, 3:25 pm   #16
 
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Mine got drycleaned in Geneva, Switzerland recently. I was amazed it was still in the pants pocket when I got it back.

It took all the lettering off the outside, and it looks pretty weathered, but it hasn't caused me any problems although they did give it a serious look in the Caymans.
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Old Sep 29, 07, 4:36 pm   #17
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Mine got drycleaned in Geneva, Switzerland recently. I was amazed it was still in the pants pocket when I got it back.

It took all the lettering off the outside, and it looks pretty weathered, but it hasn't caused me any problems although they did give it a serious look in the Caymans.

They once pointed out some damage to my passport in Germany I believe that I had not even noticed. Minor separation of the laminate on the picture page. They let mein, but strongly suggested I get a new one, as anything but a perfect passport was suspicious to them.

I say get it replaced. It may not be an issue, but for the next eight or so years you run the risk of somebody somewhere not accepting it. It may not be the biggest thing if you are coming back home, you could probably talk your way in after much suspicious looking, but if somebody denies you entry and says get back on the next plane home, well it's worth getting a new one.
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Old Sep 29, 07, 9:24 pm   #18
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Back in the 80's mine got pretty badly sweat-damaged due to always carrying it under my clothes while in Africa. The lettering was completely off the front and the first third of the stamps were blurred beyond readability. No problems with it although it only saw two borders after leaving Africa.
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Old Sep 29, 07, 9:46 pm   #19
 
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Just carry the old passport with the new and show it to the Brazilians when entering the country, they'll accept it.
You don't get the mutilated passport back when you turn it in for a replacement. I know, I washed mine with a valid Brazillian visa pasted inside.
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Old Sep 29, 07, 10:10 pm   #20
 
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When turning in a valid passport due to expire in 6 months, do the US passport offices always return the old with the new (non mutilated)?
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Old Sep 30, 07, 1:03 am   #21
 
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When turning in a valid passport due to expire in 6 months, do the US passport offices always return the old with the new (non mutilated)?
Yes, they now give the old passport back.
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Old Sep 30, 07, 1:38 am   #22
 
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About 2 years ago my passport got damaged with rain and melting cough drops on it while I was visiting Siem Reap. I still use it although I really ought to get it replaced - especially since it is completely full and doesn't expire until 2011
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Old Sep 30, 07, 3:12 am   #23
 
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I have had my passport washed before;

I used it a few times, but the extra scrutiny took up more time then it was worth, plus every place told me this would be the last time they would let me through with the passport, so I got a new one.

The consulate let me keep the old one, albeit with the corners clipped and invalid stamps on the data page, as it contained a number of visas that I needed.
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Old Sep 30, 07, 5:40 am   #24
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peetah, the person who asked the question did NOT have a mutilated passport. Ready2go, what do you mean by "now", AFAIK they have always done this and I have cancelled passports in my possession that go back over 30 years.
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Old Sep 30, 07, 2:31 pm   #25
 
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I washed mine a couple of years back and it was in a condition similar you yours. My next international trip was to Calgary, so I asked about it when I went through immigration and the agent told me it needs to be replaced when it no longer scanned. Mine didn't scan so I went ahead and replaced it.
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Old Oct 1, 07, 7:38 am   #26
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Big deal. My Mom threw out my comic books and baseball cards.
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Old Oct 1, 07, 7:40 am   #27
 
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Big deal. My Mom threw out my comic books and baseball cards.
Ouch ... a passport is replaceable at $50-100.
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Old Oct 1, 07, 9:19 am   #28
 
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peetah, the person who asked the question did NOT have a mutilated passport. Ready2go, what do you mean by "now", AFAIK they have always done this and I have cancelled passports in my possession that go back over 30 years.
i was about to say... i still have my first passport from age 3.
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Old Oct 1, 07, 9:52 am   #29
 
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Update on my passport.

After reading the different posts I was going to get a new passport but I afraid of having my passport hung up in processing. I travel once a month but I had about two months of no intl travel in the summer so I was going to wait. I passed through ICN in February and the agent scrutinized the passport and then called over someone else and talked and just let me go. On that trip on the return in SFO immigration they looked it over pretty good and then the agent pulled up the page from the cover. I explained my mother washed and he seemed to understand and let me. So I was going to send it in but there was news of the backlog so I was worried. My trips are every month and so I did not have the luxury to wait it out. I took some spray on glue and glued the cover back on. I have had no trouble. I did also clip off the strands so it still looks weathered and cool but neater.
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Old Oct 3, 07, 9:18 pm   #30
 
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This happened to me. The cover came apart from the first page. The main page was readable, but some of my old stamps were unreadable. I didn't have any visas wash away, and I've used it succesfully on two trips.
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