Can baggage allowance be combined or shared?

Can baggage allowance be combined or shared?

woman walking with her pink luggage down an airport corridor

You might think that combining your travel companion’s luggage weight restriction with yours would make sense. Most airlines prohibit combining or sharing baggage allowances. And the ones that will allow it only do so for checked luggage if you are on the same booking. Not just the same flight, but you also need to have the same booking number or reservation number.

This does vary from airline to airline, so we will give you a couple of examples below and if you don’t see yours here, just give them a call or google it.

We’ll cover what you need to know and a few other luggage-related questions (including luggage allowances) here too. That way you will be well prepared for your flight.

First, what is a baggage allowance?

The amount, weight and size of luggage that can be carried by one person on a flight is an airline’s baggage allowance. Each airline has its own baggage allowance for both checked and hand luggage.

This and any other rules or restrictions around passengers’ luggage is known as an airline’s baggage policy. Their baggage policy will have additional rules about carry-on luggage as well.

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What does it mean when you combine baggage allowances?

Sharing baggage allowances is generally prohibited by most airlines. The reason for this is that airlines need to be able to calculate and predict baggage weights and have the ability to plan where they will go in the aircraft during flight.

This is why most airlines just don’t allow you to combine or share baggage allowances… and why on airlines that do allow it, they restrict the practice the way they do.

The check-in attendant is the one that generally makes those decisions (within the airline’s baggage policies, of course.

Is checked baggage allowance included in my flight?

Yes, you have a specific checked baggage allowance that is included in your flight. You just need to check with your airline when you book your ticket to see what it is.

If you plan on sharing your checked baggage allowance, check the airline’s regulations so that if you need to book your tickets on the same booking you can do that then as well.

If you’ve booked already you can see if there is an option to add luggage to your booking online, or call the airline and talk to an agent.

What is 2 piece baggage allowance?

There are limits to how much baggage one can take with them for free.

2 piece baggage allowance just means the amount of checked luggage per passenger is generally limited to two pieces for most airlines.

Every airline sets its own limits. The luggage limits depend on the reservation, elite status, type of flight, and destination of the flight. They may also take into consideration if the flight is booked as a part of a series of flights (for instance, if the other flight is a long-haul flight.

Is baggage allowance per person or per family?

Typically baggage allowance rules are determined and set per person.

There are two different types of baggage though: carry-on baggage and checked luggage. Each has its own allowances and restrictions.

At times, to avoid fees, a passenger may need to switch something that is in one suitcase to another, for example, to ensure each bag is in compliance.

Can baggage allowance be shared for hand luggage?

Most airlines have an additional handbag allowance or restrictions for carry-on luggage to reduce costs and ensure all passengers have space on their flight.

Typically baggage allowance can’t be shared between passengers, but if you were to give one of your bags to a person flying with you to bring on board the plane, that will work just fine.

Which airlines allow the pooling of baggage allowances?

Emirates Airlines explicitly states that shared baggage allowances are permitted. Delta, for example, has no defined rule on the subject. American Airlines permits bags as small as 62 centimeters, whereas Delta said there would be no more information provided. Passengers from Europe and Asia may share their luggage weight limits. Qantas offers the ability to compute one’s luggage allowance

Different flight classes have different baggage policies. There may be exceptions to this if you are flying from Africa to the United States. Passengers traveling in Economy Special are allowed up to 20 kg of luggage.

Can you combine your luggage allowance Ryanair?

Passengers traveling on Ryanair can exchange or divide their checked luggage with another person, friend, or family who is booked to the flight. When the reservation included two 20 and 40-kilogram checked suitcases, for example, the total luggage might weigh 25 kg and 15 kg, respectively. Ryanair passengers are entitled to a luggage sharing service.

Can you combine your luggage allowance Air France?

Guests of Air France were entitled to two free combined bags (2 or more) when booking via the airline’s website. Passengers must arrive at the same time and travel together. Bags must not weigh more than 23kg / 50lb and 32kg / 70lb if the class they’re in is economy.

Can you share the weight of a suitcase?

Most airlines demand that you and your companion check-in together and fly in tandem. Luggage weight may be shared, but it cannot exceed the airline’s permissible weight limit for that flight. If you’re flying with a group, you may only combine a maximum of two person’s luggage on any flight.

Is checked baggage per person?

Yes, each passenger is entitled to a specific amount of bags for each airline. If you are traveling with a companion/companion, they may not be allowed to check-in baggage too.

If you are able to share your baggage allowance, the total weight of your bags is then divided by the number of persons traveling.

What happens if your luggage is overweight?

Checked luggage base fees are typically much cheaper than overweight baggage charges. If your bag weighs between 50 and 70 pounds or more, American and United charge $100 for each checked bag and $200 for bags exceeding 70 pounds.

Can I pay for extra luggage at the airport?

You can pay for extra luggage at the airport. At the curbside check-in to at the ticket agent’s desk, you are able to add additional bags for a fee.

Also, if your baggage is over the weight limit, you will need to pay extra for it as well.

What is a “no checked baggage” allowance?

Having “Baggage Allowance: 0PC” (zero pieces) on your ticket means you cannot check baggage for free in the cargo hold of the aircraft. You will simply have to pay for your checked luggage.

The “1PC” means one piece of luggage will be carried free of charge in the hold. Any additional pieces will be transported for a fee.

Should you carry your passport with you in London?

Should you carry your passport with you in London?

People walking on a walkway to the City of London School

Passports are not required by law to be carried with you at all times in London or the UK. Most people leave theirs in their hotel safe so as not to lose it while out on the town. 

There is of course more to this conversation, so let’s dive a little deeper.

What I do

I don’t like carrying my actual passport around with me while I am are out and about, a copy of my passport and your driver’s license has been sufficient as identification over the years in London and elsewhere in Europe. 

Passports and other valuables should always be kept in a hotel safe, according to the US State Department. That is what I do. Take a picture of it and keep that handy on my phone, but leave my passport in the hotel safe.

Remember that carrying your passport with you also increases the risk of it being stolen or lost.

Related: Should you carry your passport with you in Europe?
Related: Should you carry your passport with you in Germany?

But do I need to keep my passport on me in London?

If you are stopped by the authorities, you could be asked for both your passport or some form of ID that states your nation of origin. They can detain you if they would like while they review your paperwork and situation. The police are unlikely to require you to identify yourself unless you’re involved in a serious incident like a drug bust, terror raid or a fight though. 

Some other times you will need your passport in London, are checking into your hotel, changing money or renting a car. When you rent a car, you will also need to show your driver’s license. 

Even when you go out for the night. London bars will typically be fine seeing a US driver’s license. So you should be good without your passport for the night. 

You might feel differently if you are younger, or look younger. Then you might want to bring it so there aren’t any issues.

What is a valid ID in London?

There are a couple of types of ID you can use in the UK, depending on what you need it for:

A passport

A driver’s license with a photo on it

Biometric Residency Permit

Valid age-proving documents (like the PASS card)

Where should you keep your passport when in London? (Tips for traveling with your passport)

These things are important for keeping your passport safe and keeping track of it while you are in London or most any other international city or country.

Keep a color copy of your passport with you.

I have a friend who was in Cancun for a break from the winter weather in Minnesota. One day, she went to breakfast with friends and she left her passport on the table at the restaurant. She realized she had left it just a few minutes after leaving and ran back but it was too late: her passport had been stolen.

Leave it in a safe in your hotel

If you’re planning something, like swimming or a scuba dive where you feel like you won’t have a safe place to lock up your passport or keep it on you, you might want to leave it back at the hotel. I would.

Lock it up in the safe in your room. They are typically very safe and secure. Yes, I know they can be broken into if someone is really trying, but they typically are quite safe and unless you have someone who is really out to get you, or you have done something to make the hotel staff really grumpy, you will be fine.

Typically, people who try to tell you that hotel safes aren’t secure, are trying to sell you something… or are paranoid. Yes, even if it is a legit website or a close friend.

It boils down to personal preference and how much risk you’re willing to take on for yourself and those traveling with you during your trip abroad.

So You Know – You might get hassled by your insurance company if you don’t lock up your ID or passport in the hotel safe.

Carry a color copy of my passport and/or your driver’s license

You could carry another form of ID as well. If you were to lose your passport it could be hard to re-enter the US. It’s doable, but a bit of a hassle. Consider carrying a color copy of the Bio/identity page and the latest entry stamp if you do this.

Keep a digital copy on your phone

This could come in handy as well, especially in combination with the paper one.

If you need to, for any reason, be quickly admitted to the Embassy of your country, then carrying something that can prove your citizenship can be very beneficial for you.

Don’t just leave it in your luggage! 

It is more likely to get stolen there. Either by hotel staff, airport staff or pickpockets.

Be careful if someone starts talking to you in the middle of a busy touristy spot.

It might be fine, but it might not. It could be a distraction ploy by a pickpocket. They work in teams where one distracts, the other steals.

Be careful if a vendor requires you to leave your passport 

They might do it legitimately, with no ill-intent, as security to rent a car boat or scooter. Feel the situation out and see if you can leave them your paper copy. 

I just did that in Mexico to rent a scooter but they looked pretty legit, and I knew we weren’t going to be rally-driving the scooter so I felt the risk was pretty low. It turned out fine.

Though they could have scammed us by claiming that we damaged their vehicle… or kept it if we legitimately damaged the vehicle.

If it gets stolen, notify the authorities asap

If you do get your passport stolen, it’s important to notify the nearest authority and file a police report with as much information as possible:

The date, time, location (street address if possible), what color was the vehicle, license plate number, details of how you had your belongings (wallet or bag) open, etc.

Photocopy your passport two times

Make sure one of them is kept with someone who can email, text or fax it to you in an emergency, and the other you could keep with you at all times. 

Do the opposite of what I have suggested

Or carry the original passport and leave a copy in the hotel and pic of it on your phone in case you need to replace a lost original.  

To avoid losing any of these documents while traveling, I store copies of all documents, as well as a list of credit card numbers and phone numbers online.

Note – Having a copy of your passport won’t replace the original if your actual passport is lost or stolen and you need the original. But a copy might make things easier for the embassy staff and yourself if you need to get a replacement.

Make sure someone at home has a copy of your passport in case of an emergency

If you have any issues or if there is some unforeseen emergency, having someone who isn’t on the trip but is highly responsive and responsible keep a copy of your passport, digital or hardcopy, can be helpful. 

It certainly isn’t necessary, but for the same reasons that organizations ask for emergency contact on their applications and waivers, it could be good to have someone available to help with proof of your identity back home. 

Put an emergency contact person’s information inside your passport

And on that note, it would be good to paperclip in the back cover of your passport an emergency contact that has critical information about you and backups of your important documents. 

Do I have to carry my passport in London?

As I mentioned earlier, it is good to have a valid form of ID of some kind on you in London. It depends on your personal preference and how much risk you’re willing to take on for yourself and those traveling with you during your trip abroad. 

Do you need a passport to travel by train in London?

You don’t need a passport to board a train in London, you will need to have a ticket or pass that allows you to ride. But they won’t ask for ID.

Do they check passports on trains in London?

They don’t check passports on trains that are traveling within London. If however, you board a train in London that will be crossing into any other country they will check passports.

Can you travel without a passport to London?

If you are coming from the U.S., no, you cannot travel to London without a valid U.S. passport. And if you are traveling back to your country of origin from London, you will need a passport as well. 

Hope you have found this post helpful! 

Can you use a weighted blanket if you have sleep apnea?

Can you use a weighted blanket if you have sleep apnea?

Couple Sleeping - Can you use a weighted blanket if you have sleep apnea?

Do you struggle with sleep apnea? If so, you might have stumbled upon weighted blankets and thought: can I use a weighted blanket if I have sleep apnea?

You should not use a weighted blanket if you have sleep apnea. A weighted blanket may restrict breathing while you’re sleeping. However, weighted blankets are effective at treating anxiety and depression as well as ADHD.

There are three types of sleep apnea: obstructive, central, and complex.

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your throat muscles relax, closing your airways. You may wake up gasping for air or with dry mouth as a result. This is the most common type of sleep apnea.

Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain doesn’t tell you to breathe. It’s not sending the right signals to your diaphragm and abdominal muscles.

Complex sleep apnea is a combination of obstructive and central. It’s not nearly as common as either of the above types.

Whether or not you have obstructive, central, or complex, everyone’s body may react differently to treatment. For many, a CPAP machine is an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. They are sometimes used to treat central and complex sleep apnea as well.

To find out what treatment works best for you, you can choose to undergo a sleep study. Observers will monitor you while you sleep to help determine the best course of action to treat your sleep apnea.

Although a weighted blanket won’t help treat sleep apnea, there are many other things you can do.

  • Lose weight and stay active
  • Take decongestants, allergy meds, or nasal sprays
  • Try sleeping in a different position – on one side or on your back

Sleep apnea is more common and often more severe in people with pre-existing conditions such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • History of a stroke or heart attack

Everyone’s treatment for sleep apnea may be slightly different depending on its severity and your current behaviors and habits. So, it’s incredibly important to consult your doctor before treating sleep apnea.

Large hospitals will often have sleep centers with sleep specialists with whom you can book appointments. Your primary care physician may also have recommendations if you’re struggling with sleep apnea.

Check out our weighted blanket ultimate guide to find the right one for you.

Can weighted blankets be harmful?

Yes, weighted blankets can be harmful to people with obstructive sleep apnea, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, and other related respiratory conditions.

Weighted blankets, as the name suggests, can be pretty heavy. They put constant pressure on the ribcage and diaphragm while you are sleeping. To most people, this is not harmful.

But if you already have a respiratory condition that restricts breathing, a weighted blanket can exacerbate that problem.

If you have trouble sleeping and you have a respiratory condition, ask your doctor about other treatment options. 

If your weighted blanket is too heavy, it can cause some breathing problems. Make sure to find the right weight for your weighted blanket so you can sleep comfortably.

Is it OK to sleep with a weighted blanket every night?

That depends on the person. Some people will find comfort sleeping with their weighted blanket two to three times a week. Others may love to use it every day. Early on, you may want to use it just a few times a week. That way you get used to the weight and don’t become too sore over time.

After a few weeks, you can start using your weighted blanket more. Everyone is different so you just have to try the weighted blanket out for a few weeks. You’ll learn what works best for you over time.

If you have a respiratory condition, be cautious. Consult your doctor before using a weighted blanket, as it can be dangerous for sensitive groups.

Do doctors recommend weighted blankets?

Doctors recommend weighted blankets on a case-by-case basis. Studies have shown that they help reduce anxiety and depression, along with ADHD. Weighted blankets are a common treatment for children and may be recommended by doctors to treat these conditions.

Studies show that weighted blankets are less effective at improving sleep in children with autism, but they may still be recommended in some cases.

Are weighted blankets good for side sleepers?

Yes, weighted blankets can be great for side sleepers. Keep in mind that you’ll probably want a lighter weighted blanket than people who sleep on their back.

If you sleep on your side, your weight won’t be evenly distributed. Instead, you’ll be putting more pressure on your right or left side and hip. So, take 10% of your body weight, then subtract about five pounds from that number.

Do weighted blankets help with back pain?

Yes, a weighted blanket can help with back pain as long as it’s not too heavy. Consult your doctor first, though. You don’t want to make the back pain any worse.

If you continue to struggle with back pain while using a weighted blanket, try sleeping on your back. Your weight will be more evenly distributed. 

Does weighted blanket help with anxiety?

Yes. Weighted blankets increase dopamine and serotonin levels, stress-reducing hormones that help you relax and feel happy. The Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine conducted a study proving the effectiveness of weighted blankets to treat anxiety.

Are weighted blankets good for depression?

Yes, weighted blankets are effective at treating depression and anxiety. They increase the amount of dopamine and serotonin in the body. These chemicals are neurotransmitters that tell your brain to feel happy and relaxed.

Is a weighted blanket good for fibromyalgia?

Yes! Those with fibromyalgia have low serotonin, so increasing serotonin levels is key for treatment. Using a weighted blanket decreased cortisol levels (stress hormone) and increased serotonin levels (happiness hormone), according to one study

Is a weighted blanket good for insomnia?

Yes, weighted blankets are quite effective at treating insomnia, according to a study published by the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. The study involved 120 participants. Half were given a light blanket, the other half were given a weighted blanket. They were monitored for four weeks. 

With the weighted blanket, people felt more energetic during the day and had fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety, the study found.

Is a weighted blanket good for autism?

Deep pressure stimulation has shown to be effective at calming people with autism. That being said, there’s not a lot of research out there on this topic. Most researchers cite a study where Temple Grandin, who has autism, built a “hug machine” or sleep machine. She used this and, in short, it was calming for her. 

Here’s what she said about it, from this 1992 study:

“At age 18, I constructed the squeeze machine to help calm down the anxiety and panic attacks. Using the machine for 15 minutes would reduce my anxiety for up to 45-60 minutes (Grandin and Scariano 1986). The relaxing effect was maximized if the machine was used twice a day.” 

Temple Grandin is a scientist known for her work surrounding autism.

Is a weighted blanket good for the elderly?

Yes, weighted blankets are just as effective for the elderly as younger people. That being said, depression can be a common early sign of dementia as people age (see this study). So a weighted blanket can help combat depression (and anxiety) and thus reduce the risk of dementia.

Also, elderly people may have other respiratory conditions and heart problems that can’t be ignored. If they have COPD, sleep apnea, issues with circulation, or history of a stroke, weighted blankets are not recommended.

We hope you found this article on weighted blankets and sleep apnea helpful. Always remember to consult your doctor before using a weighted blanket. More often than not, it won’t be the right choice to treat your sleep apnea. Ask about alternative options for treatment.

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Do I need to carry my passport with me in Germany?

Do I need to carry my passport with me in Germany?

German castle

Generally, you don’t need to have your passport on you at all times while in Germany. You will likely be escorted to where you keep your passport if for some reason you’re stopped and you don’t have it with you.

If you are carrying your passport, you don’t need to carry any additional identification.

Read on for answers to other questions you might have and for tips for traveling with your passport through Germany and other international locations.

How much time do I need on my passport to travel to Germany?

If you are a non-EU national (not a citizen of the European Union) you must have a valid passport that doesn’t expire till three months or later from when you will be leaving Germany to get into the country. 

Should you carry your passport around with you in Germany?

German law does require you carry your passport with you at all times. That being said, my wife and I haven’t been to Germany yet, but when we go, we will follow what we normally do when we are in any other foreign country, Carry our US driver’s licenses and a copy of our data page from our passports and leave our actual passports back where we are staying. 

No police officer has ever asked to see my passport while in a foreign country. Some might say I get out and have enough fun. I think I do. They just haven’t asked after I have told them what we were up to and shown them my driver’s license.

Related: Should you carry your passport with you in Europe?
Related: Should you carry your passport with you in London?

Tips for taking your passport to Germany

These tips and ideas are important for keeping your passport safe and keeping track of it while you are on your trip to Germany.

Keep a color copy of your passport with you.

I have a friend who was in Cancun for a break from the winter weather in Minnesota. One day, she went to breakfast with friends and she left her passport on the table at the restaurant. She realized she had left it just a few minutes after leaving and ran back but it was too late: her passport had been stolen.

Leave it in a safe in your hotel

If you’re planning something, like swimming or a scuba dive where you feel like you won’t have a safe place to lock up your passport or keep it on you, you might want to leave it back at the hotel. I typically do.

Lock it up in the safe in your room. They are typically very safe and secure. Yes, I know they can be broken into if someone is really trying, but they typically are quite safe and unless you have someone who is really out to get you, or you have done something to make the hotel staff grumpy, you will be fine.

Typically, people who try to tell you that hotel safes aren’t secure, are trying to sell you something… or are paranoid. Yes, even if it is a legit website or a close friend.

It boils down to personal preference and how much risk you’re willing to take on for yourself and those traveling with you during your trip abroad.

So You Know – You might get hassled by your insurance company if you don’t lock up your ID or passport in the hotel safe.

picture of a building in Germany

Carry a color copy of my passport and/or your driver’s license

You could carry another form of ID as well. If you were to lose your passport it could be hard to re-enter the US. It’s doable, but a bit of a hassle. Consider carrying a color copy of the Bio/identity page and the latest entry stamp if you do this.

Keep a digital copy on your phone

This could come in handy as well, especially in combination with the paper one.

If you need to, for any reason, be quickly admitted to the Embassy of your country, then carrying something that can prove your citizenship can be very beneficial for you.

Don’t just leave it in your luggage! 

It is more likely to get stolen there. Either by hotel staff, airport staff or pickpockets.

Be careful if someone starts talking to you in the middle of a busy touristy spot.

It might be fine, but it might not. It could be a distraction ploy by a pickpocket. They work in teams where one distracts, the other steals.

Be careful if a vendor requires you to leave your passport 

They might do it legitimately, with no ill-intent, as security to rent a car boat or scooter. Feel the situation out and see if you can leave them your paper copy. 

I just did that to rent a scooter but they looked pretty legit, and I knew we weren’t going to be rally-driving the scooter so I felt the risk was pretty low. It turned out fine.

Though they could have scammed us by claiming that we damaged their vehicle… or kept it if we legitimately damaged the vehicle.

Checkpoint Charlie Germany

If it gets stolen, notify the authorities asap

If you do get your passport stolen, it’s important to notify the nearest authority and file a police report with as much information as possible:

The date, time, location (street address if possible), what color was the vehicle, license plate number, details of how you had your belongings (wallet or bag) open, etc.

Photocopy your passport two times

Make sure one of them is kept with someone who can email, text or fax it to you in an emergency, and the other you could keep with you at all times. 

Do the opposite of what I have suggested

Or carry the original passport and leave a copy in the hotel and pic of it on your phone in case you need to replace a lost original.  

To avoid losing any of these documents while traveling, I store copies of all documents, as well as a list of credit card numbers and phone numbers online.

Note – Having a copy of your passport won’t replace the original if your actual passport is lost or stolen and you need the original. But a copy might make things easier for the embassy staff and yourself if you need to get a replacement.

Make sure someone at home has a copy of your passport in case of an emergency

If you have any issues or if there is some unforeseen emergency, having someone who isn’t on the trip but is highly responsive and responsible keep a copy of your passport, digital or hardcopy, can be helpful. 

It certainly isn’t necessary, but for the same reasons that organizations ask for emergency contact on their applications and waivers, it could be good to have someone available to help with proof of your identity back home. 

Put an emergency contact person’s information inside your passport

And on that note, it would be good to paperclip in the back cover of your passport an emergency contact that has critical information about you and backups of your important documents. 

Should I carry my passport with me in Germany?

German law requires that you have a valid passport to get into the country. However, you are not required to carry your passport with you everywhere you go. You can carry it with you if you want. Both German citizens aged 16 and over and foreigners are subject to needing to have a valid ID.

Does Germany have its own passport?

Germany does have its own passports. German citizens need them in order to travel internationally. Passports and national ID cards give citizens free movement rights and the right to reside in any country within the European Union, the European Economic Area, and Switzerland.

Do you have to carry an ID in Germany?

If you’re a German citizen

In Germany, citizens over 16 are required to carry an identity card or passport and present it to authorities on request under the German Act on Identity Cards and Electronic Identification.

If you’re not a German citizen

You need to have a passport or other verified approved documentation with you in the country. You need to be able to present this document to authorities upon request.

A personal identification card is required for citizens of most European countries, including Austria and Germany. German identification cards, also known as Ausweis, serve the same purpose as driver’s licenses in the U.S.

Can I travel to Germany with only 3 months left on my passport?

Yes, you can travel to Germany so long as your passport is valid for three months after you will be exiting the country at the end of your stay. 

Do I need a driver’s license to drive in Germany?

Tourists with US driving licenses can rent cars and drive in Germany for up to six months. To be able to drive in Germany after the first six months of being there, without being in violation of the law, non-EU (European Union) residents must obtain a German license after six months. 

Things NOT to do in Germany

I hope this article has been helpful!

Related: Do I have to carry my passport in Turkey?

*References

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Germany.html

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/germany

Do I have to carry my passport in Turkey?

Do I have to carry my passport in Turkey?

In Turkey the law requires you carry some form of photographic ID. Passports or residence permits should always be carried with you. Turkey’s authorities stop people from time tit time in busy areas, especially Istanbul, or at any number of roadside checkpoints to verify their identification. 

Turkey is not the only country in the UK or Middle East to ask for tourists to carry their passports at all times.

Also, you will also need to make sure your passport is valid for six months beyond the length of your stay in Turkey to enter the country. Doublecheck your expiration date on your passport.

This brief article is a collection of Turkish laws, passport best practices and some stories involving passports in Turkey. 

Does Turkey require you to keep your passport on you?

A recognized ID and evidence of legal status are technically required. A passport fills this requirement. Photocopies are no substitute. 

In most places, I don’t carry my passport. I leave it back at my hotel in the safe. But in Turkey, I do carry it. 

I haven’t ever needed to show my ID to the police anywhere I have been, but I wouldn’t chance it. I’m sure it would be fine in the end, but I don’t want the headache of having my day’s agenda interrupted by sitting in a Turkish police station while my wife and kids go to the hotel to get my actual passport. You know? 

Related: Should you carry your passport with you in Europe?
Related: Should you carry your passport with you in Germany?

Tips for taking your passport to Turkey

These tips and ideas are important for keeping your passport safe and keeping track of it while you’re in Turkey.

Keep a digital copy on your phone

This could come in handy as well, especially in combination with the paper one.

If you need to, for any reason, be quickly admitted to the Embassy of your country, then carrying something that can prove your citizenship can be very beneficial for you.

Don’t leave it in your luggage! 

It is more likely to get stolen there. Either by hotel staff, airport staff or pickpockets.

Be careful if someone starts talking to you in the middle of a busy touristy spot.

In busy markets, tourist attractions or stores, be careful. It might be fine, but it might not. It could be a distraction ploy by a pickpocket. They work in teams where one distracts, the other steals.

Be careful if a vendor requires you to leave your passport 

They might do it legitimately, with no ill-intent, as security to rent a car boat or scooter. Feel the situation out and see if you can leave them your paper copy. 

I just did that to rent a scooter but they looked pretty legit, and I knew we weren’t going to be rally-driving the scooter so I felt the risk was pretty low. It turned out fine.

Though they could have scammed us by claiming that we damaged their vehicle… or kept it if we legitimately damaged the vehicle.

If it gets stolen, notify the authorities asap

If you do get your passport stolen, it’s important to notify the nearest authority and file a police report with as much information as possible:

The date, time, location (street address if possible), what color was the vehicle, license plate number, details of how you had your belongings (wallet or bag) open, etc.

Photocopy your passport two times

Make sure one of them is kept with someone who can email, text or fax it to you in an emergency, and the other you could keep in your hotel safe. 

Keep a copy in your hotel

In Turkey carry your original passport and leave a copy in the hotel and pic of it on your phone in case you need to replace a lost original.  

I do have copies of all my documents and a list of phone numbers from credit cards, etc stored online in case I lose any of these while traveling.

Note – Having a copy of your passport won’t replace the original if your actual passport is lost or stolen and you need the original. But a copy might make things easier for the embassy staff and yourself if you need to get a replacement.

Make sure someone at home has a copy of your passport in case of an emergency

If you have any issues or if there is some unforeseen emergency, having someone who isn’t on the trip but is highly responsive and responsible keep a copy of your passport, digital or hardcopy, can be helpful. 

It certainly isn’t necessary to do this, but for the same reasons that organizations ask for emergency contact on their applications and waivers, it could be good to have someone back home available to help with proof of your identity. 

Put an emergency contact person’s information inside your passport

And on that note, it would be good to paperclip in the back cover of your passport an emergency contact that has critical information about you and backups of your important documents. 

Should you carry your passport with you in Turkey?

Yes, the law requires you to carry your passport in Turkey. Our documents were demanded last year after we were stopped. We had ours with us. But I did ask about photocopies. They said only originals would do. 

Despite the fact that they are required by law, it is up to you whether or not you carry them. How much risk are you willing to take for yourself and those traveling with you.

Do they ID you in Turkey?

Yes, they ID in Turkey. Whenever you travel to Turkey, make sure you have an identification with a photo. In fact, it’s illegal to go without identification. To avoid any unnecessary issues, do not carry a photocopy of your passport, carry the real thing.

Things Not To Do In Turkey

Related: Do I have to carry my passport in France?

*References

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Turkey.html

http://vasington.be.mfa.gov.tr

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey/local-laws-and-customs

Should you carry your passport with you in France?

Should you carry your passport with you in France?

In France, it is advisable to carry a copy of your passport or your passport. A passport is not required as proof of identity in France; you must always carry some form of identification citizen card, your U.S. passport is your valid form of identification.

This is a collection of French laws, passport best practices and some stories involving passports in France. 

Does France require you to keep your passport on you?

A recognized ID and evidence of legal status are technically required. A passport fills this requirement. But if you’re obviously American, though, it’s rare that you are asked for your ID or papers. 

Exceptions to this rule are crimes and accidents. Police can place you in custody if you do not have an ID when they ask you for it. In practice, this would mean returning to the hotel to retrieve your passport. Theoretically, it might happen, but I’ve never heard of that happening.

So I generally don’t carry my passport and I know a lot of people do the same, making sure their wallet or passport does not get stolen or lost. I leave it back at my hotel in the safe. No police officer has ever asked to see my passport while I was traveling.

In my experience, I never had to present a passport for police business at a préfecture, just identification. The local police rarely get involved in what are essentially border issues.

Foreigners carrying passports comply with all French requirements. My driver’s license has not been questioned before when I was stopped randomly while driving.

Also, my driver’s license has been enough for ID in stores too.

TIP – You will also need a passport valid for three months beyond the length of your stay in France to enter the country. Doublecheck your expiration date on your passport.

Tips for taking your passport to France

These tips and ideas are important for keeping your passport safe and keeping track of it while you are in France.

Keep a color copy of your passport with you.

I have a friend who was in Cancun for a break from the winter weather in Minnesota. One day, she went to breakfast with friends and she left her passport on the table at the restaurant. She realized she had left it just a few minutes after leaving and ran back but it was too late: her passport had been stolen.

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Leave it in a safe in your hotel

If you’re planning something, like swimming or a scuba dive where you feel like you won’t have a safe place to lock up your passport or keep it on you, you might want to leave it back at the hotel. I would.

Lock it up in the safe in your room. They are typically very safe and secure. Yes, I know they can be broken into if someone is really trying, but they typically are quite safe and unless you have someone who is really out to get you, or you have done something to make the hotel staff grumpy, you will be fine.

Typically, people who try to tell you that hotel safes aren’t secure, are trying to sell you something… or are paranoid. Yes, even if it is a legit website or a close friend.

It boils down to personal preference and how much risk you’re willing to take on for yourself and those traveling with you during your trip abroad.

So You Know – You might get hassled by your insurance company if you don’t lock up your ID or passport in the hotel safe.

Carry a color copy of my passport and/or your driver’s license

You could carry another form of ID as well. If you were to lose your passport it could be hard to re-enter the US. It’s doable, but a bit of a hassle. Consider carrying a color copy of the Bio/identity page and the latest entry stamp if you do this.

Keep a digital copy on your phone

This could come in handy as well, especially in combination with the paper one.

If you need to, for any reason, be quickly admitted to the Embassy of your country, then carrying something that can prove your citizenship can be very beneficial for you.

Don’t just leave it in your luggage! 

It is more likely to get stolen there. Either by hotel staff, airport staff or pickpockets.

Be careful if someone starts talking to you in the middle of a busy touristy spot.

It might be fine, but it might not. It could be a distraction ploy by a pickpocket. They work in teams where one distracts, the other steals.

Be careful if a vendor requires you to leave your passport 

They might do it legitimately, with no ill-intent, as security to rent a car boat or scooter. Feel the situation out and see if you can leave them your paper copy. 

I just did that to rent a scooter but they looked pretty legit, and I knew we weren’t going to be rally-driving the scooter so I felt the risk was pretty low. It turned out fine.

Though they could have scammed us by claiming that we damaged their vehicle… or kept it if we legitimately damaged the vehicle.

If it gets stolen, notify the authorities asap

If you do get your passport stolen, it’s important to notify the nearest authority and file a police report with as much information as possible:

The date, time, location (street address if possible), what color was the vehicle, license plate number, details of how you had your belongings (wallet or bag) open, etc.

Photocopy your passport two times

Make sure one of them is kept with someone who can email, text or fax it to you in an emergency, and the other you could keep with you at all times. 

Do the opposite of what I have suggested

Or carry the original passport and leave a copy in the hotel and pic of it on your phone in case you need to replace a lost original.  

To avoid losing any of these documents while traveling, I store copies of all documents, as well as a list of credit card numbers and phone numbers online.

Note – Having a copy of your passport won’t replace the original if your actual passport is lost or stolen and you need the original. But a copy might make things easier for the embassy staff and yourself if you need to get a replacement.

Make sure someone at home has a copy of your passport in case of an emergency

If you have any issues or if there is some unforeseen emergency, having someone who isn’t on the trip but is highly responsive and responsible keep a copy of your passport, digital or hardcopy, can be helpful. 

It certainly isn’t necessary, but for the same reasons that organizations ask for emergency contact on their applications and waivers, it could be good to have someone available to help with proof of your identity back home. 

Put an emergency contact person’s information inside your passport

And on that note, it would be good to paperclip in the back cover of your passport an emergency contact that has critical information about you and backups of your important documents. 

Do you have to carry your passport with you in France?

Yes, the law requires you to carry your passport in France, but people don’t carry their passports with them. I don’t know anyone who has been stopped and asked for their passport, but I have read online of folks who have, and they just call back to the hotel or resort and get things sorted out pretty quickly.

It boils down to personal preference and how much risk you’re willing to take on for yourself and those traveling with you during your trip abroad.

I can’t tell you what to do, but just let you know what French law is and what I do. You can go from there.

Do you have to carry an ID in France?

You do have to carry some form of ID with you in France. French police would prefer you have that ID on you, but you can provide ID documentation at the police station, or Préfecture, within 4 hours of your encounter as well. ID options include passports, photo driving licenses, and other identity documents issued by government agencies. 

Do you have to carry your passport with you in Paris?

As discussed above, you should carry some form of identification on you in France. It is the same for Paris. It’s mandatory to carry some form of ID with you at all times in Paris. This does not need to be a passport. A citizen card or your U.S. passport will work great.

Things not to do in France

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I hope you enjoyed this article!

*References

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/France.html

https://franceintheus.org/