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Old Dec 14, 06, 1:05 pm
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I flew through sea this week on my way back from asia. I had a long 14 hour layover so I visited with my parents. When I got to their house my mother being mom wanted to do my carryon laundry. I told her not to worry that I would just do it myself or take it to the cleaners when I got home. While I was asleep she decided to do my laundry including my jeans which had my brand new passport with 48 pages which I got in November. The passport has dried out and everything looks okay. There are not smudges or anything but the cover is seperating from the first page which has my photo on it. It looks kinda cool - weathered and maybe the water messed up the rfid chip. anyway, should I get another or keep this one?
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Old Dec 14, 06, 1:09 pm
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I did the same thing about 10 years ago and recall that all the stamps still had some color to it, though not completely legible.

Pre-9/11, it was never a problem for me and it expired in 2001. I wouldn't bother getting another one.
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Old Dec 14, 06, 1:14 pm
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Best title I've read for a post in quite a while!

I'd be interested to learn if/how the RFID was affected.
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Old Dec 14, 06, 1:15 pm
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Your passport will now be treated as very suspicious by most immigration agents who see it. "Washing" passports can be used to help hide changes to the data pages or to remove stamps that you would prefer that immigration doesn't see.

Best you get it replaced (the passport, not your Mother!)
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Old Dec 14, 06, 1:39 pm
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Can I bring my laundry to your mom?
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Old Dec 14, 06, 1:43 pm
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Can I bring my laundry to your mom?
Just remember to remove your passport from your pockets.
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Old Dec 14, 06, 1:48 pm
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Generally RFIDs survive pretty harsh conditions. they dont break that easily
unless physically destroyed...

In OPs case.. I'd see if I can get a replacement passport.
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Old Dec 14, 06, 1:52 pm
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RFID was (most likely) not affected, because it's a passive sensor.
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Old Dec 14, 06, 2:06 pm
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Originally Posted by Aus_Mal View Post
Your passport will now be treated as very suspicious by most immigration agents who see it. "Washing" passports can be used to help hide changes to the data pages or to remove stamps that you would prefer that immigration doesn't see.

Best you get it replaced (the passport, not your Mother!)
I second this comment. I've gotten strange looks with a passport that got hit with a little rain. Better safe than sorry. Get it replaced.
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Old Dec 14, 06, 2:38 pm
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I didn't need my mom to do this......I do my own laundry "and" the wifes, but still........excrement occurs....heh.

I managed to wash my passport a year ago, and since I have been thru the US about a dozen times and other countries 4-5 times, never had any immigration issues at all, as the page they scan works just fine.

Does kinda look cool too....weathered......
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Old Dec 14, 06, 3:30 pm
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Before opening, and looking at the just at the thread title, I thought we might be in for another episode of greenery TV
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Old Dec 14, 06, 4:43 pm
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I also once washed my own passport. Then I dried it. The iron found it.

I brought it to the consulate in Johannesburg and they laughed. It was pretty much a waste; while everything was still legible and readable, it looked so suspicious as to be considered unacceptable. Many pages had torn and easily tore with even light handeling, ink had run and/or faded, the cover was pealing, it was a mess.

I received a new one within two days (the old style where they paste the photo into the second page), and the last page has a big stamp stating "This is a replacement for a mutilated passport."
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Old Sep 29, 07, 1:49 pm
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I just did this today...I don't travel internationally for 2 months so I'm right at the 2 month cutoff...

The front page is separating and covered with lots of blue dots, but everything is legible...that being said I will probably get it replaced.

However, I have a Brazilian Visa that's good for a few more years...how do I go about getting that transfered? Can I?
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Old Sep 29, 07, 2:55 pm
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Originally Posted by DukieDrew View Post
I just did this today...I don't travel internationally for 2 months so I'm right at the 2 month cutoff...

The front page is separating and covered with lots of blue dots, but everything is legible...that being said I will probably get it replaced.

However, I have a Brazilian Visa that's good for a few more years...how do I go about getting that transfered? Can I?
I have a similar question, with a passport that has not been washed, but due to expire in a few months. The 5 year Brasil business stamp is in the original passport. How does that transfer to the new passport for the remaining 2.5 years?
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Old Sep 29, 07, 3:21 pm
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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.
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