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    • Jenga12
    • By Jenga12 13th Jul 17, 7:46 AM
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    European Laws 13th Jul 17 at 7:46 AM
    Just out of curiosity - what are the rules regarding eg, Spanish hotels copying passports? I know that in Italy this is the norm and that certain European countries allow 'borderless' travel using the Schengen Agreement. Don't think the UK is part of this.
    So on checking in, happy to hand over passport to have details + photos checked but really don't like the passport being copied.
    Last holiday was to Spain, where they copied our passports. Is this routine in Spain?
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    • Browntoa
    • By Browntoa 13th Jul 17, 7:56 AM
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    It's routine ,

    They do destroy them at the end of the stay
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    • Voyager2002
    • By Voyager2002 13th Jul 17, 7:58 AM
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    In most EU countries there is a system of national identity cards, and a legal requirement to carry one (or acceptable alternative) at all times. So hotels are very used to copying identity cards rather than passports.
    • Jenga12
    • By Jenga12 16th Jul 17, 3:23 PM
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    So as a Brit with a passport (no identity card), they shouldn't have copied it?
    • Browntoa
    • By Browntoa 16th Jul 17, 3:29 PM
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    You can refuse to let them copy it , they can refuse to let you stay
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    • By Browntoa 16th Jul 17, 3:36 PM
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    Spanish hotels have a legal requirement to register your details

    https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/local-laws-and-customs
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    • comeandgo
    • By comeandgo 16th Jul 17, 3:37 PM
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    If you had an identity card, they would copy it, but U.K. citizens don't have identity card, they have passport and hotels, especially Spain, need copies.
    • martindow
    • By martindow 17th Jul 17, 10:12 AM
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    In the past French hotels used to take and keep passports until you paid on leaving. I suppose credit cards no longer make this necessary, but there is still a requirement to record details to be made available to the police if requested. In the UK, I imagine foreign visitors have to do the same.
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