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User currently offline02hilliert From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2007, 516 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 8230 times:

Hi guys,

I'm making my first visit from the UK to another EU country (excluding Ireland) for several years at the end of January. My question is, how happy are the immigration guys to stamp your passport on request?

I'm going to be flying to BUD and would like a Hungarian stamp in my passport.

Any thoughts?

Toby


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User currently offlineSignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3003 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 8226 times:

I think most will stamp if requested, but it depends on how bored the agent is and how long a queue is behind you! Some years ago a friend asked for, and got, a stamp at Calais ferry port.
On return to the UK, you can ask for a stamp as well, and they'll scrawl something like "SR" on it - Stamp Requested (the exact wording may be different). Normally because the only time British immigration officers put a stamp in a British passport is when the holder is unde suspicion for something...

signol



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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7694 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8223 times:
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Quoting Signol (Reply 1):
Normally because the only time British immigration officers put a stamp in a British passport is when the holder is unde suspicion for something...

Haha, a nice theory, but no - that doesn't happen. Do you not think that might be a little obvious and counter-productive if somebody was 'suspected' of something?

Basically, as already said, you can always ask and there's a fair chance they'll oblige - just don't be offended if the answer is ever no. They are not obliged to do it. Just be nice and polite and you should be fine.



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User currently offlineEDICHC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 8202 times:



Quoting Signol (Reply 1):
Normally because the only time British immigration officers put a stamp in a British passport is when the holder is unde suspicion for something

They will stamp any non-EU passport. No grounds at all for stamping a UK passport unless they are a UK Overseas citizen who does not posess the right of abode in the UK.


User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7694 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 8178 times:
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Quoting EDICHC (Reply 3):
They will stamp any non-EU passport. No grounds at all for stamping a UK passport unless they are a UK Overseas citizen who does not posess the right of abode in the UK.

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There are very limited circumstances where a non-EU/EEA passport might not be endorsed, but your summary there is basically spot on.



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User currently offlineSignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3003 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 8173 times:



Quoting EDICHC (Reply 3):

Thanks for the clarification. But can you think why the UK immigration will stamp a passport then write on the stamp? I'm sure I recall this from somewhere...

signol



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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7694 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 8165 times:
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Quoting Signol (Reply 5):
But can you think why the UK immigration will stamp a passport then write on the stamp? I'm sure I recall this from somewhere...

In respect of EU/EEA/Swiss passports the answer is as follows:

EU nationals and obviously British nationals have the right to freely enter the UK. Having verified they qualify to do this by checking they have a valid EU/British passport etc, they are simply allowed to proceed with no endorsement in the passport.

To place a stamp in the passport could be interpreted as some kind of control or restriction being placed on the right to free movement, and therefore if a passenger requests a stamp it is necessary to signify in the passport that the reason it has been endorsed is because they specifically asked for it.

For other passports there are a large number of reasons a stamp may also have writing next to it, depending on what kind of endorsement it is and under what circumstances it was made.



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User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6084 posts, RR: 29
Reply 7, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 8144 times:
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Quoting Signol (Reply 1):
I think most will stamp if requested, but it depends on how bored the agent is and how long a queue is behind you! Some years ago a friend asked for, and got, a stamp at Calais ferry port.

That is the story at the US/Canadian border in Detroit. Sometimes the Canadians will stamp my US passport if I ask. They will always ask why and give me a dirty look. More often than not they will stamp it. The US guys will not stamp for Canadians, or so I have been told.



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User currently offlineSignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3003 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 8105 times:



Quoting RussianJet (Reply 6):

Thanks for clarifying that  Smile

signol



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User currently offlineIAirAllie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks ago) and read 8064 times:

Not to be a wet blanket but all EU stamps are now the same. They just have different airport codes pretty boring.

User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 43
Reply 10, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 8027 times:



Quoting EDICHC (Reply 3):
They will stamp any non-EU passport.

Completely incorrect. My wife gets stamps maybe 30% of the time with the notable exception of AMS where it happens always and FRA where it happens never.

I don't know why you'd want one, I soon need my 4th passport while the 1st one would have been valid without filling it up with all sorts of stamps...



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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7694 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 7946 times:
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Quoting IAirAllie (Reply 9):
Not to be a wet blanket but all EU stamps are now the same. They just have different airport codes pretty boring.

Incorrect. All Schengen stamps are the same design, not all EU stamps. UK stamps, for example, are completely different.

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 10):
Completely incorrect. My wife gets stamps maybe 30% of the time with the notable exception of AMS where it happens always and FRA where it happens never.

Actually, in respect of Schengen countries you are correct - I am not sure of all the reasons why, but the endorsing of non-EU passports arriving into Schengen from outside seems, how can I put this, sporadic. In the UK however, as I mentioned above, there are only very limited circumstances where a non-EU passport will not be stamped on arrival.



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User currently offlineIAirAllie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 7870 times:



Quoting RussianJet (Reply 11):
Incorrect. All Schengen stamps are the same design, not all EU stamps. UK stamps, for example, are completely different.

True but most EU countries have the same boring EU stamp.


User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7694 posts, RR: 21
Reply 13, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 7856 times:
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Quoting IAirAllie (Reply 12):
True but most EU countries have the same boring EU stamp.

Indeed - as I said, all the Schengen countries have a common format stamp (perhaps with the exception of the newly-joined Switzerland? Not sure what the state of play is there with stamps at the moment).



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User currently offlineAlexEU From Serbia, joined Oct 2007, 1817 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7836 times:

UK is not in Schengen, which means that you will have to go through customs and immigration when traveling from UK to Hungary.

User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7694 posts, RR: 21
Reply 15, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7834 times:
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Quoting AlexEU (Reply 14):
UK is not in Schengen, which means that you will have to go through customs and immigration when traveling from UK to Hungary.

I think the OP is aware of this. However, the UK not being in Schengen doesn't mean his passport will be stamped - it normally will not, which is why he is correctly raising the possibility of asking for a stamp if he does in fact want one. Schengen has no bearing whatsoever on the rights of any EU national, UK or otherwise, to move freely around the Union. It merely determines between which EU countries checks are carried out on the border.



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User currently offlineSflaflight From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1183 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (5 years 7 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7670 times:



Quoting IAirAllie (Reply 12):

True but most EU countries have the same boring EU stamp.

Yeah, the only difference is the port of entry abbreviations and the designated country letter(s) code in the EU circle of stars - I for Italy, F for France, HU for Hungary, boring!


User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7694 posts, RR: 21
Reply 17, posted (5 years 7 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7667 times:
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Quoting Sflaflight (Reply 16):
Yeah, the only difference is the port of entry abbreviations and the designated country letter(s) code in the EU circle of stars - I for Italy, F for France, HU for Hungary, boring!

There are some further variations in Schengen stamps, although of course this doesn't vary between the countries using them, but they also show the type of port the endorsement was made in; most common is obviously an aeroplane for airport, but also a ship for a seaport and a train for an international rail crossing. Having said that, some countries obviously don't have seaports for example, so you will not see that format from such a state.

I still like the fact that UK stamps bear no relation whatsoever to the Schengen format, and couldn't really be more different if they tried.



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User currently offlineSflaflight From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1183 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (5 years 7 months 22 hours ago) and read 7630 times:



Quoting RussianJet (Reply 17):
most common is obviously an aeroplane for airport, but also a ship for a seaport and a train for an international rail crossing.

Oh yeah, I forgot as I mostly enter the EU by Plane. What about entering the EU by car. Do they stamp?

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 17):

I still like the fact that UK stamps bear no relation whatsoever to the Schengen format, and couldn't really be more different if they tried.

That's because the UK is not in the Schengen agreement.


User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7694 posts, RR: 21
Reply 19, posted (5 years 7 months 19 hours ago) and read 7627 times:
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Quoting Sflaflight (Reply 18):
That's because the UK is not in the Schengen agreement.

Er, yes - I think I know that. Read the whole thread.



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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7694 posts, RR: 21
Reply 20, posted (5 years 7 months 15 hours ago) and read 7617 times:
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Quoting Sflaflight (Reply 18):
What about entering the EU by car. Do they stamp?

Of course.



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User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 610 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (5 years 7 months 12 hours ago) and read 7607 times:



Quoting RussianJet (Reply 13):
perhaps with the exception of the newly-joined Switzerland

After joining Schengen, Switzerland's stamps now have the same design as the stamps of all the other Schengen countries.


User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7694 posts, RR: 21
Reply 22, posted (5 years 7 months 12 hours ago) and read 7606 times:
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Quoting LXM83 (Reply 21):
After joining Schengen, Switzerland's stamps now have the same design as the stamps of all the other Schengen countries.

Thanks for that. I knew they obviously would be sooner or later, but wasn't aware whether the changeover in stamp usage had happened immediately after the joining date. Old-style visas are still valid.



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User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 610 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (5 years 7 months 8 hours ago) and read 7593 times:



Quoting RussianJet (Reply 22):
Old-style visas are still valid.

Yes, it looks quite unusual, the old style Swiss visas together with the new style Schengen stamps...

However Switzerland now issues Schengen visas since 12Dec08, but Swiss visas issued before are still valid as you said.


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25106 posts, RR: 22
Reply 24, posted (5 years 7 months 6 hours ago) and read 7584 times:



Quoting RussianJet (Reply 20):
Quoting Sflaflight (Reply 18):
What about entering the EU by car. Do they stamp?

Of course.

Perhaps that's true where you enter the EU, but before Switzerland joined Schengen, it was very rare to even have to show a passport when crossing any of Switzerland's borders with EU countries (France, Germany, Austria, Italy). You usually didn't even have to stop, they just waved you through with rare exceptions. That was also true on trains (and boats) crossing borders. I was on a train 3 or 4 months ZRH-MUC-ZRH where you briefly enter Austria (for about 10 minutes) before entering Germany. I didn't even see any customs/immigration officers in either direction. A couple of them usually just walk through the train and only stop to ask for a passport if you somehow attract their attention.

Over 50,000 residents of France work in GVA. If they had to stop to have passports stamped (before Switzerland was part of Schengen) the border crossings would be backed up for miles. They still stop random vehicles to check car trunks to see if you have exceeded customs limits on purchases etc.


25 JFKMan : They stamped my passport in BRU and DUB when i traveled between the two. And I think I saw them stamping one EU Passport...
26 Severnaya : That's indeed correct as you're leaving the Schengen zone in BRU. Hmm, they never stamped my (EU) passport on the Europe/UK&Ireland routes, maybe the
27 RussianJet : .....which is what I said. .....which was entirely up to Switzerland and the countries surrounding it. As I mentioned in an earlier post, Schengen's
28 Viscount724 : You said that when entering the EU by car passports would of course be stampled. My comment was that this has not always been the case. For example,
29 RussianJet : Fine, what perhaps I should have said is that normally they should be stamped on any entry to Schengen, but as I said - controls in and out of Scheng
30 Gabrielchew : Last month in Milan Malpensa (MXP), the guy refused to stamp my passport (UK) when leaving the country (en route to Singapore). In the past I've never
31 RussianJet : Which, as already discussed, he is perfectly correct and within his rights to do.
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