Kiwi Flyer said:For those who refuse to let go of passport under all circumstances, how do you get on in countries where accommodation providers are required to register your passport with local police? Eg France.
Do you wait to check in until they do them all late at night? (I'm sure the hotel wont take too kindly to checking someone in without at least a copy of the passport.)
having spent quite a few hotel nights in france between 2001/2003 (90+), i've only ever given up my passport for just photocopy purpose and its always returned to me within a min or 2, including car rental!
don't think i would ever walk away from the check-in desk if i had to give up the passport for any great length of time