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Hi all

What's the use/advantage of signing the passport page and bank's debit card from back side?
I travelled from Lahore to Brisbane but no one asked for this.
Excellent question...

The signatures on both passport and debit/credit cards are to authenticate the holder/bearer and this requirement is obligatory too.The reason for not being checked/asked for not having signatures is simply lack of information on the part of persons who checked your documents....

Money Girl : Should You Sign the Back of Credit and Debit Cards? :: Quick and Dirty Tips ™

parents are required by law to sign for even a child:

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I hope someone more informed would add in here to address this very important issue.

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Excellent question...

The signatures on both passport and debit/credit cards are to authenticate the holder/bearer and this requirement is obligatory too.The reason for not being checked/asked for not having signatures is simply lack of information on the part of persons who checked your documents....

Money Girl : Should You Sign the Back of Credit and Debit Cards? :: Quick and Dirty Tips ™

parents are required by law to sign for even a child:

Frequently Asked Questions


I hope someone more informed would add in here to address this very important issue.

Thanks.
may b signing the debit/credit card is required for POS transactions only, i have done many transactions on-line without signing.
 

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So signing the passport is still a question, right?

So dude....I've got the answer....ICAO(International Civil Aviation Organisation) specialised agency of United Nations to promote safe and orderly development of international civil aviation.ICAO sets standards and regulates travel documents including machine readable travel document/passport.It has prescribed the signature of passport holder to personalise the document and as a deterrent or preventive control security measure to mitigate the risk of fraudulent alteration.Following is the link which is for further info:

http://www.icao.int/Security/mrtd/Downloads/Doc 9303/Doc 9303 English/Doc 9303 Part 1 Vol 1.pdf

Hope your question is answered..

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That's correct Hassan. Quite often customs (especially in Europe) will ask you to sign the passport immediate if it is not signed. And provide an explanation why you didn't sign it.
The proper procedure is to give the passport only after it is signed, so if it is lost or stolen the other person can't use it. Unfortunately some countries are still lacking proper procedures, which is one if the reasons they are considered high risk countries by members of ETA and ICAO.
 

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BTW I've signed my passport long ago as advised by a relative of mine who is a seasoned traveler ...

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