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Do Tourists Actually Have To Carry A Passport Around With Them Everywhere In Europe?

It can be a matter of personal preference on whether you should carry your passport with you everywhere you go while exploring abroad. Read this article from Explore to see some tips on how to keep your passport safe while you have it on your person.

Explore ~ "When embarking on a trip, everyone's list of travel essentials looks a little bit different. If you spend some time scrolling through social media, you'll likely come across thousands of travel influencers sharing their lists of must-haves. Depending on the person, everything from comfortable walking shoes to anti-humidity hair products and the perfect little black dress may make the cut. If you packed every single item that has been claimed as a "travel essential," you'll likely fill multiple suitcases. Most of these items aren't really crucial, but there is one essential that every single tourist needs to remember when embarking on an international vacation — a passport.

Passports are legal documents that verify a traveler's identity and serve as official permission to enter and leave countries. Regardless of whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, you'll need a passport if you travel abroad. If you arrive at the airport without one, you won't even be allowed to board your international flight. Some travel experts suggest that tourists keep their passports on hand even after they've arrived at their destination. Others suggest carrying paper copies of your documents instead and leaving your real passport locked up safely in your hotel. If you've ever wondered whether or not you need to carry your passport on your person while galavanting around Europe, we're here to help you sort through the facts. According to the U.S Department of State's Smart Traveler Tips, you should carry copies of your passport ID pages with you at all times while traveling abroad.

Whether or not you'll need to have your physical passport while sightseeing in Europe seems like a pretty straightforward question. Unfortunately, there's no clear consensus on whether or not you should keep it with you at all times. Some travelers claim that the safest option is to have your passport with you always, in case you need to show legal identification or leave a country quickly due to an unforeseen circumstance, like a natural disaster or an evacuation. Other travel experts insist that keeping your passport on you increases your risk of losing it or getting pickpocketed while traveling." ~ Explore

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