What are the possible dangers of travelling without having  legal documents of the individuals involved?Please elaborate on this topic from your own personal experience or of someone you know who...

What are the possible dangers of travelling without having  legal documents of the individuals involved?

Please elaborate on this topic from your own personal experience or of someone you know who had experienced that. Thank you very much!

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Your passport is your internationally accepted identification, so anytime you want to travel/cross a border, to almost any country on Earth, it's a good idea to have it with you.  Without your passport, a lot of legal issues can arise.  In some countries, they will assume you are there illegally, and you will be deported and/or detained.  You are subject to the laws and the legal system of the country you are visiting, so if you are arrested without papers for any reason, they will not know you are a citizen of your home country, and will likely not notify your embassy - which in some cases is your best hope of gaining your freedom.

Losing your passport is at the least inconvenient and expensive to replace, and at worst can lead to your detention.

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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There are huge problems that you may encounter if you do not have your legal documents. Say for example you are in a foreign country and lose your passport. This poses a big problem. First of all, you need this passport to board the plane. Basically, you are going to be stranded for a while.

In addition, you need your passport for checking into hotels, changing money, etc. It takes a while to replace a passport but they can be replaced at the US embassy or consulate of that country.

What you should always do when you are traveling to another country is make a copy of your birth certificate, a copy of your passport photos, and make a copy of you passport ID page. If you are traveling with a group it is always a good idea to give a group member a copy of these items as well.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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There are a few very big problems involved in traveling without having your legal documents.

First of all, you are likely to get in trouble with the authorities in the country where you are traveling.  You generally need to have proof that you are in the country legally.

Second, what are you going to do when you try to get back to your own country?  You will probably not be allowed in.

Finally, without documents you might have a hard time getting money or being able to use your credit card to pay for things.

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