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Forum: TravelBuzz
Apr 17, 08, 4:52 pm
Replies: 50
Views: 11,699
Posted By raustin

Checkout clerk at this nice hotel in upstate NY...

Checkout clerk at this nice hotel in upstate NY asked me if I had any "issues" with the bathroom or the bathroom door. "Why?", I asked. She said the room was still being worked on and I got it by...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Apr 16, 08, 9:18 pm
Replies: 84
Views: 34,153
Posted By raustin

I had five inserts in one passport many years...

I had five inserts in one passport many years ago. I just used a rubber band to keep the whole thing in good shape.

Removing visas from your passport is never a good idea, and may render your...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Apr 15, 08, 2:27 pm
Replies: 24
Views: 7,451
Posted By raustin

FWIW I found these definitions from the State...

FWIW I found these definitions from the State Dept website:


7 FAM 1351.8 Altered or Mutilated Passports
a. Definitions
(1) Altered Passport. An altered passport is one in which an official...
Forum: China
Apr 14, 08, 2:14 pm
Replies: 156
Views: 17,444
Posted By raustin

Man, I'm glad I got my new multiple 2-yr F visa...

Man, I'm glad I got my new multiple 2-yr F visa just before this change (from the Houston consulate)
Forum: TravelBuzz
Apr 14, 08, 2:05 pm
Replies: 24
Views: 7,451
Posted By raustin

I read somewhere that the Passport Office will...

I read somewhere that the Passport Office will not return old passports which they consider damaged, mutilated or altered. They destroy them.
Forum: TravelBuzz
Apr 14, 08, 12:56 am
Replies: 51
Views: 4,496
Posted By raustin

I missed 1987 Black Monday - was circling the...

I missed 1987 Black Monday - was circling the globe and had no idea until I got off in MAN...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Apr 13, 08, 8:56 pm
Replies: 26
Views: 2,958
Posted By raustin

Nope. That concern ranks way below other things...

Nope. That concern ranks way below other things on my list - like air pollution, car accidents, food poisoning, infectious diseases...

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FYI:
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Forum: TravelBuzz
Apr 13, 08, 7:32 pm
Replies: 127
Views: 24,682
Posted By raustin

Yep, 'improvements' in next passport rev will...

Yep, 'improvements' in next passport rev will include change from blue cover to tricolor (red, white, blue) with advertising space... Maybe a picture of Washington chopping down a cherry tree.
Forum: TravelBuzz
Apr 13, 08, 7:23 pm
Replies: 84
Views: 34,153
Posted By raustin

I understand it's a big no-no among border...

I understand it's a big no-no among border control people, so they stay away from those pages (which are reserved for use by the issuing country only).
Forum: TravelBuzz
Apr 12, 08, 9:57 pm
Replies: 127
Views: 24,682
Posted By raustin

Yes, it is the stupidest passport ever: - Stiff...

Yes, it is the stupidest passport ever:
- Stiff cover; can't bend like the old one
- Flimsy, thin data page; no backing like the old cover; prone to tear/damage by scanner
- No 48-page version
-...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Apr 10, 08, 5:31 am
Replies: 11
Views: 1,083
Posted By raustin

Re. Vietnam visa: I've visited Vietnam many times...

Re. Vietnam visa: I've visited Vietnam many times - last time was in January this year. I believe the only way a U.S. citizen can obtain a visa on the spot is by prior arrangement, or else by...
Forum: China
Apr 2, 08, 10:57 am
Replies: 1,100
Views: 34,479
Posted By raustin

Call Cindy Mao in Houston at www.mychinavisa.com....

Call Cindy Mao in Houston at www.mychinavisa.com. She can get you a visa the same day she receives your passport & app. Use FedEx overnight.
Forum: TravelBuzz
Apr 2, 08, 10:34 am
Replies: 5
Views: 958
Posted By raustin

I just got it done by mail in 5 days

My ratty old passport had less than 6 months so I called up the Passport Service hot line. The lady told me it's probably oh, 3 weeks. Well, I went to Walgreens and had new pics taken for ~$7; put my...
Forum: China
Mar 23, 08, 10:36 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 2,353
Posted By raustin

Is it poor adhesive?

I wonder if the adhesive failed? I've visited China at least twice every year for over ten years, so I've had several Chinese visas... I think you're right that the issuing consulate will notice. The...
Forum: China
Mar 23, 08, 9:30 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 2,353
Posted By raustin

Old Chinese visa sticker missing

I recently discovered that an old Chinese multiple-entry visa sticker had fallen off my old trusty passport. It left a big discolored "rectangle" on one page. This missing area was then partially...
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