Hi Andy. Great idea! Here in Guatemala, I found out from a Guatemalan "licienciado"-lawyer- that a foreigner can photocopy their passport , outside with a USA passport and inside page with your picture, name and other info. Then you present your passport to a Guatemalan lawyer, he notarizes the photocopy with his seal and signature. This costs 50-to-100 Quetzales-$7--12 bucks. It is valid to present the notarized copy of your passport to Guatemalan Police if asked. Meanwhile, I keep my Passport well hidden in my $180 a month 4-room apartment here in Xela! Apart from crossing the border into Mexico for Border runs, Guatemalan authorities have rarely asked to produce my passport. Then, I am a 61 year old "gringo." However, some of these 20- something year old dreadlocked fools who walk around San Pedro la Laguna puffing on Joints as big as Cigars constantly get checked by local cops for their ID. Triple A's? LOL! Reducing you Passport to business card size seems like a great idea. Keep up the good work, Andy, and enjoy Europe. Bon voyage!------Sal in Xela.
Wow, that is nice, especially for a person living, not just visiting Guatemala. I am coming there in January,and bringing my Mom.
Hello Andy. Are you coming to Xela-Quetzaltenango- when you visit Guatemala next January? If so, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to meet you and show you around town. BTW, coffee and cake are on me and Dalisa, my Guatemalteca novia. Adios y que todo te vaya bien, amigo------------SAL
Hey Andy, just got back from Staples here in Missouri. They did mine for only $2.65, very cheap peace of mind and one step closer to get moving. How many copies of what other documents would you recommend having handy for someone in travel mode?
You need driver licence, 3 birth certificates, this is for Visa, but depends on the countries you visit, and how long you are out. Try to scan these documents, or take a photo ,and send to yourself. Then move to a folder in a free email. Gmail or Yahoo normally.
Oops. If you are going to Africa, or Brazil, you need a yellow fever card, saying you have been vaccinated. Some countries are now wanting HIV / AIDS test. It is all dependent upon the countries you want to visit in one journey, one epic. And if you want to travel for years perpetually.
I forgot about those two, any idea how current they need to be or is it best to check that once deciding to go because the rules change? If I can find my military shot records my yellow fever is over 20 years old and the VA did an aids test a couple years ago as part of a regular checkup.