20 years ago my wife damaged her British Passport, almost cut in half, but we went to the UK embassy in Manila, fill in a few forms and we had the new one within a week. However things may have changed by now
While traveling in Russia a few years back I was booking a train ticket in a very obscure little town when the woman at the ticket counter ripped my passport in 2. She'd been claiming she couldn't make heads or tails of my visa. I think she'd never seen a foreign passport before. Luckily I still had a valid identity card, so I used that to travel back to Moscow. There it did take me almost a week to get an emergency passport and replacement visa. Cost me a nice amount too. Then the lady at the mongolian embassy in Irkutz said they couldn't put a visa in an emergency passport. I already had a visa in the broken one and for a while we tried to see if we could glue my old passport back together. When that didn't work, she did give me a new visa but said I had to take my chances... With that and several other irregularities during my three month travel there I was in for some unpleasantness should anybody wish to check my documents too closely... I do remember a guy with me in the train to the border who missed some obscure paper and he was so worried.
Thanks for your replies.
This is the original article from the Independent that piqued my interest:
Bobby is six months old. He has a black coat, white paws and a hyperactively friendly nature. Yet he has already caused the deportation of his owner from Indonesia and cost him more than pounds 1,000 in trying to salvage a holiday.
Ross Taylor, 34, is a barrister who lives in west London. He returned home one day to discover Bobby had rummaged through a document case, finding the passport to his tasteand munching his way through half the coat of arms on the cover. Mr Taylor was due to travel to Bali three days later, and realised he might face trouble leaving the country...