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vabeckele



Joined: 19 Nov 2010
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 3:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SmithJones wrote:
Thanks all for the advice. It is a bit strange, but the part that made me think it was perhaps acceptable/normal behaviour was the fact that I am staying in one of the parent company's hotels, and as such figured it may be commonplace that the hotel would hold it.

Now to find a tactful way to bring up that they are breaching labour law...


The only way to approach this is directly. Do not beat around the bush. State unequivocally, you will not be handing over your passport. If they need a copy they can have one but no more.

I have had to learn to be able to walk away on the spot when things got too unfair as many of us have, I'm sure.
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skarper



Joined: 12 Oct 2006
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 6:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just ask for it back. Say you need it for something. You could say you need it for the bank or something if you want an excuse. Then don't give it back. If they won't give it back phone the embassy and report it stolen. Simple.
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VietCanada



Joined: 30 Nov 2010
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would explain to anyone who expects to just hold onto my passport that the passport belongs to my government, not me, and I have to tell my embassy if anyone else has it. I would absolutely do that.
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cb400



Joined: 27 Sep 2010
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Location: Hanoi

PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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am staying in one of the parent company's hotels,


This is not a good thing. You want your accommodation separate from your work even if it cost you more each month. Having your school/work arrange your accom. is not a good idea and not worth the hassle. Imagine having a coworking knocking on your door for 20 minutes Sunday morning because another teacher didn't show up... on your day off Smile

NOTE: It is illegal for a hotel in Vietnam to hold your passport after they register you with the police. I once got into a full brawl in a hotel in D1 because the hotel refused to give back my passport for 10 minutes so I could buy an airticket at the NEXT door travel agency.

DO NOT GIVE YOUR PASSPORT TO THE HOTEL TO HOLD... they do need to register with the police but they can use a copy or the actual passport for an hour or 2.
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Roth



Joined: 01 Sep 2013
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your passport is your most important document when abroad. Never forget this. Even if they don't have any bad intentions, stuff get lost very easily. Hold on to it at all times (only the hotel exception, although I'm not sure if they accept copies or not..).

It's unbelievable what people do with their passports. You see them handing it over to some random guys around Bui Vien as a deposit for a motorbike....
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