Passport damage?

Jul 15th, 2015, 09:09 AM
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Passport damage?

Hello everyone!

I just picked up a visa yesterday to study abroad for a semester in France. The process, even though it was successful, was extremely hard and gave me a lot of anxiety.

I have a new issue though. Because I had to go to NYC to obtain my visa, I had to ride the subways to get to the consulate and also on the way back so I wanted to keep my passport secure. After I got the visa, I didn't have anywhere to put it except for in my pocket. When I slid it into my pocket, I noticed that I felt one of the pages had been creased. I got back to my hotel room and took out my passport to discover that the blank visa page across from my French visa had been creased. I wouldn't consider it folded because the creases weren't that deep.

Here is a link to what the crease looks like:

Do you think that I'll have a problem making it through the airport or through customs? It really doesn't matter at this point if the answer is no because I don't have enough time/money to obtain a new passport. I'm just looking for reassurance because it doesn't seem that bad to me. Also, the information page and my French visa page are both 100% damage free.

Thanks for your help!
nathdep is offline  
Jul 16th, 2015, 09:50 AM
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I don't think you should have a problem because your face can be seen and the passport can be swiped.
tch912 is offline  
Jul 16th, 2015, 10:14 AM
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I'm no expert, but since the wrinkle is only on a blank page I would not expect it to be an issue. If you're worried you could contact the passport office and ask.
suze is offline  
Jul 19th, 2015, 12:45 AM
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You will not have a problem. You should see the state of my passport, creases, stains, staples, you name it! The only damage likely to incur problems is where the laminated page containing your photo and/ or any microchip is contained (the authorities may assume it has been deliberately tampered with. Don't worry!
crellston is offline  
Jul 21st, 2015, 09:50 PM
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I don't think this will be an issue since it is not really that damaged. It's not like the whole passport was crippled. Don't sweat it. You'll be fine.
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Aug 6th, 2015, 10:29 PM
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Even so. My wife's photo on her passport has been altered by water but she is still recognizable - perso I went to the visa authorities to ask if I may have been a problem.

Seems they accept a certain level of damage...
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