Travelling to Mongolia
Category: Sports and Recreation > Outdoors
Asked by: cocoa-ga
List Price: $20.00
28 Apr 2005 07:04 PDT
Expires: 28 May 2005 07:04 PDT
Question ID: 515349
Is it necessary to have a passport number in order to buy an air ticket from Berlin to Ulaanbatur via Moscow? My son will be taking a trip with a friend from Berlin. His friend says he will buy the tickets but needs the passport number. My son's passport has expired and he won't be able to renew it until after this college semester in June. His trip begins August 20, 2005.
Re: Travelling to Mongolia
Answered By: djbaker-ga on 28 Apr 2005 08:10 PDT
Greetings! I have good news for you a passport number is not required at the time of booking. Most sites which offer overseas booking list a passport number as an optional field when filling out a reservation but none require it. I verified this in two ways. First I attempted to book the trip you described using a couple of the major online booking sites, most notably Expedia. I was able to get up to the payment section (the last part of the reservation process) without having to enter a passport number. The only thing that stopped me from booking tickets was the fact that I didn't want to enter my credit card number (I don't really plan on going to Mongolia in the near future). To be doubly sure I called up the international reservations department for a number of international carriers (British Airways, Delta Airline and Lufutunsa) and asked them if they required a passport number when booking. They all said no and didn't know of any countries or reasons why it would be mandatory. Finally, I called two local travel agents that I found in the phone book and asked them and they said no as well. Your son should be fine to book tickets now and renew his passport over the summer. If you have any questions or need something cleared up please request a clarification before rating my answer and I will be happy to help. Best, djbaker-ga
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Re: Travelling to Mongolia
From: nsanova-ga on 03 Jun 2005 09:17 PDT
Hi, I actually had the same problem for my friend who's traveling for the summer & I found a site where the passport issue didn't come up. I was able to book the ticket and hae to worry about the passport. I actually gave them a call also just make sure everything was fine, he was very helpful, I think sam was his name. The site is www.mi-travel.com. If you are going to call ask for sam, he helped me out. Good Luck!
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