Empty Passport Pages Requirements?

Old Feb 19th, 2010, 06:38 PM
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Empty Passport Pages Requirements?

Hi,
I just read an old trip report from Mitzy where where she described how she was forbidden to board her airplane to Bali from Bangkok because she didn't have two empty passport pages...and spent 5 unwanted days in Bangkok because the US Embassy was closed for Christmas so she couldn't get extra pages. I just checked the Bali embassy site under visas and passports, and no where does it say you need two empty pages to enter the country.
Does anyone know if this rule applies to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia or Viet Nam? I'm running low on pages too, and if one of these other countries requires 2 pages, then I'm in trouble. Thanks for the info!
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Old Feb 19th, 2010, 07:13 PM
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I had the same problem entering Cambodia. Finally, after long delay, they used last page facing the extra pages at the end. I would not chance it...get extra pages added to passport which you can do at any embassy.
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Old Feb 19th, 2010, 08:01 PM
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barefoot, I don't know of any official requirement in Indonesia but one of my clients did have problems on entering in Jakartga. She was told that she needed SIX blank pages (why six? who knows?). We paid an impromtu fine -- which I believe was IDR1 million -- and she went on her way. So you may or may not have a problem, but be aware that the visa itself takes up a whole page.

Indonesian immigration very strict on the regulation that the passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the date of arrival. Once in Indonesia, the problem can be solved in the same way, but I've had clients refused boarding in Hong Kong and in Singapore for this reason. Again, it's illogical because they'll only give you a 30 day visa anyway.

On this topic, we were advised that US Embassies will shortly begin charging US$85 to insert extra passport pages.
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Old Feb 19th, 2010, 08:08 PM
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If you are running short on passport pages, get more added now. You need two full facing pages for Cambodia, full pages for VN, Laos, Indonesia. Thailand simply gives you small entry and exit stamps.

BTW, when you renew your passport, you can ask for a passport with extra pages. I always do that. There has been no extra fee for that in the past.
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Old Feb 20th, 2010, 01:59 AM
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I had also read the report from Mitzy in advance of my daughter's trip to Cambodia and Indonesia last year. She had one double page free in her passport and two or three single pages. Her passport was only about four years old and in the U.K. you can't have pages added you have to apply for a whole new passport.You also have to pay more for a passport with extra pages when you apply for a new one.
She rang the Cambodian Embassy and asked if they would have a problem in placing a visa on a single page and they said no. She then sent in an application for an advance purchase visa asking in the letter if they would put it on a single page and refering to her conversation. Of course they didn't! They sent it back having used the only double page! This meant she no longer had a double page for Indonesia.
After a little thought she then applied for an Indonesian visa by post on the basis that if they refused it as there was no double page she would then have to get a new passport before travelling. Back came the passport with the visa duly applied to a single page.
She had no problem at all in Indonesia and in fact the customs and immigration ( in Denpasar) is divided into different queues according to whether you already have a visa or not. She said she was through and had reclaimed all the baggage of her complete party(seven of them) by the time the other six had queued for their visas.
There are no guarantees to this at all but it worked.
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Old Feb 20th, 2010, 04:08 AM
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Facing pages is not an absolute requirement, but you do need a full page available for the visa (Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia) plus a half page available for the entry & exit stamps in those countries. People often confuse a visa with entry and exit stamps. The visa for almost all countries takes a full page. The entry or exit stamps take a quarter page each.
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Old Feb 20th, 2010, 01:31 PM
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Thanks again for everyone's expert replies...I'm sure this is critical information to many travelers. I don't know why the embassies' are not more explicit on their websites.
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