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Damaged Passports: Bali Crackdown

Recent news in consumer media suggests that some passengers departing Australia for Bali with passports in poor condition are being denied boarding.

It’s a timely reminder that travellers should take care of these important documents and do everything they can to keep them in tip-top condition.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that Indonesian authorities are enforcing a $US5000 fine on airlines if they carry passengers with damaged passports.

The Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website clearly states that, “It is your responsibility to keep your passport intact and in good condition. Normal wear and tear will not affect its usability, but serious damage to your passport could prevent you from travelling overseas.”

Given that all Australian passports, except emergency passports, have an embedded microchip that contains the details of the document and its holder, it makes practical sense to keep them in good condition.

Contact with water or other liquids can cause serious damage.

“Passports are vital to anyone’s ability to travel freely. It’s really important that passports are protected from general wear-and-tear by keeping them safely in a travel wallet or similar case”, says The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

The Travel Authority Group also reminds travellers of the importance of ensuring that your passport has sufficient validity for travel, as some countries may refuse entry to people with less than six months validity on their passports beyond the period of intended stay.

If you have concerns about the condition or validity of your passport, contact The Travel Authority Group or The Australian Passport Office.

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