Leave Passport for Deposit

Discussion in 'Asia Pacific' started by North6633, Nov 19, 2018.

  1. North6633

    North6633 Been here awhile

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    What's the longest anyone has left a passport for a deposit for a bike rental.
    I have done it in the past for day rentals but looking at a couple weeks in Cambodia.
    One option is leave my passport for deposit
    The other option is a $2k cash deposit.
    Little nervous with each option
    Anyone with experience or advice in this front?
    Thanks
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  2. usgser

    usgser Long timer

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    When overseas ANYWHERE. NEVER EVER leave your passport with ANYONE period! Don't matter cops, hotels, (bike rental shop seriously???). Tell'em they are welcome to make a photo copy of it but NEVER give up your passport as collateral.
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  3. computer_freak

    computer_freak Been here awhile

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    I'm not aware of the laws in your country but in the Netherlands, my passport is property of the Dutch Government. It is not mine. So I am not able to hand it over to other people for other purposes than inspection by official authorities. Even the police or border patrol can't confiscate it. If they do, call you embassy directly so they can get put political pressure on getting your passport back.
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  4. Mark Manley

    Mark Manley Long timer

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    I would talk to the rental company and ask if there is an alternative perhaps involving a credit card deposit as you would leave in the US or Europe, I have left my passport for a day as a deposit but would be reluctant to do it for longer as you are obliged to have it with you when travelling in another country.
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  5. sieg

    sieg Wearing out tires......2 at a time, day after day. Supporter

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    I would NEVER leave my passport with anyone, $2000? maybe.
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