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Store your passport carefully
The passport holder must store his or her passport carefully. The holder is responsible for the consequences of careless storage. The holder is also not allowed to make any markings of his or her own on the passport.
Carefully store your passport in a clean and dry place, preventing exposure to strong variations of temperature, radiation or humidity and continuous sunlight.
Do not keep your passport in a pvc holder or in the immediately vicinity of pvc products, as the components of pvc plastics react with polycarbonate plastic and embrittle its structure. In addition, the pvc compounds may flatten the profile of the passport's information page or discolour its surface.
Do not expose your passport to exceptional mechanical stress (twisting, shocks or bending) which could damage the attachment or structures of the passport, its information page or the microchip component. A passport should be kept separately in a clean, straight and fairly sturdy case, for example in an inside pocket of a jacket or side pocket of a handbag, and away from sharp objects to prevent it from being distorted, scuffed or scratched. Do not expose your passport to long-term distortion or continuous bending, as in the back pocket of your trousers.
Do not expose your passport to water or other liquids which may damage the structures of the passport, leave forensic marks or damage the microchip, if present.
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