Requesting Passport Number

Old Nov 24th, 2015, 04:52 PM
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Requesting Passport Number

Question: The guesthouse I plan to spend 6 nights at in Kyoto is requesting my passport number to secure the room. Is this normal? I've never been asked for my passport number to secure a booking before, but I do know some hotels will request it upon arrival, at least I've had this done by some Italian hotels. Should this concern me? He didn't request my credit card information as I was expecting him to do, but my passport number.

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Old Nov 24th, 2015, 05:32 PM
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I know nothing about practices of guesthouses in Japan, but I do know that one might make mistakes in typing the requested number. It happens all the time.
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Old Nov 24th, 2015, 06:30 PM
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Thanks MmePerdu. I did send an email asking to clarify if indeed he meant passport and why it is needed. Also not if it makes a difference but I'm renting an apartment.

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Old Nov 24th, 2015, 07:15 PM
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I think personal identifiers are always on a "need to know" basis. In this case, prior to arrival, I'd question whether the gentleman really needs to know.
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Old Nov 24th, 2015, 07:43 PM
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I don't have an answer to your question, but just an FYI: It is generally advisable to give people at least 24 hours to respond to a post before starting a separate thread. And any time you start a separate thread on a topic covered in an existing thread, please interlink them and make note of your reasons for doing so. Doing so would be greatly appreciated!
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Old Nov 24th, 2015, 10:05 PM
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Apartment or guesthouse? If it's an apartment, how did you find it? Are you renting from an individual or an organization?

I would not have concerns about giving my passport number to a Japanese hotel. I would not give it to a private individual. But then, I would probably not rent from a private individual, especially if it were my first visit.
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Old Nov 25th, 2015, 02:18 AM
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I'm not involved in any of this, but how can a passport number be used to gain any advantage by requesting party?

A credit card #, an email address, phone #, can all be used for advert purposes, or other less friendly ways, but i fail to see what possible harm can follow a passport number.
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Old Nov 25th, 2015, 04:20 AM
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I received a response clarifying the reason for the passport number. They don't accept credit card, payment upon arrival in cash/yen only. This is there way to secure the room, which I now fully understand, but as stated I've never encountered this, but then I've never had to pay cash for a rental before. They also said that I don't have to give my passport number if I don't want to.

@kja, your comment is duly noted. Thanks!
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Old Nov 25th, 2015, 06:49 AM
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" i fail to see what possible harm can follow a passport number."

Identity theft?

Did you mean advert or adverse?

I fail to see how a passport number "secures" the room.
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Old Nov 25th, 2015, 04:08 PM
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And, as far as i know, passport numbers change as a new passport is issued. Unlike the SSN, of the USA, which more likely can be used for 'identity theft'.
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Old Nov 25th, 2015, 04:42 PM
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How do you use a credit card number for advertising?
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