Is my brand new Indian passport damaged because of bad threading?

#1 May 22nd, 2018, 00:28
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Hello guys,

Unfortunately I'm coming back here with another passport question. I got my passport around 2 months ago and only until yesterday I realized that on pages 18-19 there is a bit of loose stitching at the bottom part of the passport.

There is little bit of thread coming out at the bottom stitching of the passport and is barely visible. I tried to cut it with scissors but only got a very tiny bit out and I didn't wanted to mess the whole thing up so I left it alone. When I flip the pages you can barely see it until you stretch out the page and then you see it dangling a bit. Should I leave it the way it is?

While this may be a minor issue, can this create problems at immigration in India or abroad?

I'm super disappointed with the quality of the passport stitching because earlier the passports were quite durable and were made of decent material but now I think that the quality level has certainly reduced.


Also, if one thread comes out in the future, are they all interlinked and will all of them become weak resulting in a completely damaged passport?

I know you guys are not experts but I would still like to hear your 2 cents on it.

The last thing I want is going through the daunting and painful procedure of passport re-issue because of this minor hitch with my passport stitching. It's not completely out in the open but in the bottom you can see a little bit of threading coming out.


The rest of the passport is in mint condition.

Ps- (I wanted to attach a picture of it but unfortunately it couldn't upload.)

Thanks
#2 May 22nd, 2018, 01:38
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Please do not play with stitching of passport. If you find any further damage, please visit RPO and take the advice of the officers.
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Originally Posted by Prakaant View Post Please do not play with stitching of passport. If you find any further damage, please visit RPO and take the advice of the officers.
You're right. But unfortunately it really came in this condition. I only tried to cut the little cotton part where the cotton thread was dangling and when I couldn't I left it alone. But since the passport is still in mint condition, do you think I can travel with it? And if there is further damage then maybe I can apply for a newer one in an Indian embassy abroad but for me it's really important that I can apply for my visa with it.

What do you guys think? Will a tiny loose thread create issues for me now (although I know that in the future it probably well).
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It would be better to contact RPO here instead of in foreign land. They may take curative measures If required. If required, they may suggest you to apply for reissue of passport.
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Originally Posted by Prakaant View Post It would be better to contact RPO here instead of in foreign land. They may take curative measures If required. If required, they may suggest you to apply for reissue of passport.

For now, I think I'll take my chances. I wanted to know if someone else had experiences like that too. But I don't want to go through the entire process as of now just because a tiny little danging thread. But later on I'd try to fix it if it gets worse.
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Wish you best of luck!
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Hi Prakaant,

Sorry to disturb you again. Could you please go on this website and take a look at the picture of the described passport page?

https://travel.stackexchange.com/que...he-middle-of-t

One of my friends here basically posted the picture of my passport which I couldn't do here due to size restrictions. (he asked the question under his name) I would really appreciate it if you can take a look at the actual picture and then tell me if it's worth going to the RPO. I already had a lot of stress in getting the passport re-issued and I don't want to go through the whole process again.

Thanks a bunch in advance Prakaant!
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It seems, the Passport has only three stitches in the lower side. If so, then you should visit RPO. They may guide you for future action.
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Originally Posted by Prakaant View Post It seems, the Passport has only three stitches in the lower side. If so, then you should visit RPO. They may guide you for future action.

Prakaant. I don't get it. You mean the entire passport has only three stitches or only the lower part?

Well the entire passport is well stitched from top to bottom (maybe it was hard to see in that picture) and since this is probably the newer version of the passport, maybe the stitches aren't done until the very end of the booklet. (In my older booklet it was done until the end)

I also checked my friends newly issued passport right after your reply and he doesn't have stitches running until the end either and is exactly the same as mine. If you click on that photo then you can see the magnified version of it as well.

So I guess my only concern is that tiny dangling piece of thread in the passport booklet's lower side. It's barely noticeable, so can I travel with this passport?

Also the passport is in mint condition and the stitching on the top and middle is rather firm but it's only that little dangling thread on pages 18-19 that is bothering me.

Once again thanks for having this annoying discussion with me. Maybe I'm being overcautious but I still want to get your opinion.
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Tiny dangling thread is matter of no concern.

Please relax if that is only issue.

Feel free to ask anything as no question is a silly question!
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Originally Posted by Prakaant View Post Tiny dangling thread is matter of no concern.

Please relax if that is only issue.

Feel free to ask anything as no question is a silly question!

Thanks for this Prakaant. Yes that is the only issue(so far) as the other stitching appear to be tight. I just hope that if one stitch is loose the others don't get loose either but hopefully it won't be soon enough and I'll try to take care of it so I can use it until it's full validity.
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Yes, you are correct! The thread should not come out, and you would be able to use it for the full term...
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Every thread has two ends!

Looks to me, from the British and Indian passports that we have in our house, that the ends should be at the back of the stitched section and glued into the space between the passport pages and the cover. Maybe it is a small production fault that a little extra has been left in the middle of yours. But the rest of the stitching must be caught in that glue, and I doubt that anything will come loose during the lifetime of the passport. You have sharp eyes to have even noticed it! It is nothing to worry about.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Every thread has two ends!

Looks to me, from the British and Indian passports that we have in our house, that the ends should be at the back of the stitched section and glued into the space between the passport pages and the cover. Maybe it is a small production fault that a little extra has been left in the middle of yours. But the rest of the stitching must be caught in that glue, and I doubt that anything will come loose during the lifetime of the passport. You have sharp eyes to have even noticed it! It is nothing to worry about.
Thanks Nick and Prakaant for your replies. Yes indeed, I was concerned about this tiny thing. So I guess right now I'm ready to go. If it's gets worse obviously I'll take it to the RPO but I'm happy that right now I can forget about it :P

I will try to contribute more on this website if I travel abroad. Maybe I can share my experience in other sections as well !
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My Passport still valid

Hi all,
I am travelling to other country from India in two days and I found that my passport is damaged a little on first page.

My question is that is it still a valid passport and can I travel with this?
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