Jcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 38 Posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2329 times:
I have noticed that some countries in Europe dont stamp your passport when you arrive in their country (Italy, France, Spain, UK). I am a US citizen so I just consider it odd that those countries dont stamp the passport when you enter the country. Does anyone know why this is?
Airplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2279 times:
I think it just depends. I have been to three of those countries (UK, France, Spain) and I got stamped in two of them (UK, Spain). In the UK was in London at a train station. My mom, my brother, and I were visiting my mom's brother and his wife in Brussels and we came over to England for a few days. I got stamped at the BCN airport.
Notdownnlocked From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 944 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2235 times:
If you want a stamp just ask. I've made my way from the US through Germany with a US passport and have only had to show it to the airline that brought me there. I've even stopped the customs people and asked them if they want me to answer any questions since they are just waving me through. Even with that they will stamp your passport if you ask. The only time I've been turned down for a stamp was when driving to/from the US into Mexico/Canada.
Swissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 32
Reply 9, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2233 times:
With a Swiss Passport the only countries within the EU where I get a stamp into my Passport are the UK and Sweden so far. All other countries didn't stamp my passport. I could also enter all EU countries with my ID card (no, I can't drive my car with it) and they don't stamp anything (seems to be logical)...
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OH-LZA From Finland, joined Jun 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2191 times:
I've always got a stamp in my Finnish/EU passport inside the EU when I've asked, London Heathrow being the exception, they didn't have a stamp for the EU/EEA immigration line. Only times I didn't get a stamp in my passport outside the EU were Hungary (by plane from Finland) and Latvia (by car from Estonia).
I can tell you Finland always stamps your passport if you are a Non-EU citizen providing you are going thru passport control, which isn't the case if you arrive from inside the Schengen area (Iceland, Norway, EU - except UK and Ireland).
Airsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 33
Reply 14, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2173 times:
Yup, Gabriel, I walked over the border at Tijuana, and nobody gave a shit about it. In the opposite direction, it was very different indeed
I´ll check out the situation in Slovakia and Hungary in three days - and hopefully I´ll do some trips from there, e.g. to Romania, Croatia and YugoslaerrrSerbia-Montenegro. I wonder how much I´ll have to bribe the latter in order to get the visa upon entry at the border
USAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 16, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2148 times:
My passport experiences:
Travel by air:
No Canadian stamp (said they didnt stamp flights from US), but US gave stamp on way back
Australia gave both an arrival and departure stamp and US gave arrival stamp
Costa Rica gave arrival stamp, US did not give arrival stamp
Peace Bridge Crossing (I think)...Canadian stamp received upon request...
Tracked down the local immigration office in Cozumel and got a stamp
Same deal as Mexico
Same as Mexico (this stamp didnt have a date on it, it almost got me in trouble when I came home from Costa Rica and the Customs agent at the jetway after arrival started questioning me, he seemed suspicious)
Same as Mexico, but the agent wrote "Por Sovenir" on it...he also stamped it right on top of my US stamp from my Australia trip too...
In Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, on a cruise stop I attempted to find an immigration office. Me asking local police and other citizens "Donde esta la oficina de migracion?" led me on a wild goose chase for several hours around Limon looking for the Immigration office, but no such luck occured, we never found it
In Cartagena, no such luck either with finding an immigration office...
Thats about it...have a trip to England in 16 days so we'll see what happens then...
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Marcus From Mexico, joined Apr 2001, 1811 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2094 times:
While in Berlin in 1998 I got a stamp from the DDR as a souvenir......a guy had this stamp (he claimed it was authentic)......then my passport got stolen a couple of years later and that was the end of it.
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EL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1391 posts, RR: 13
Reply 20, posted (12 years 4 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2056 times:
The only place where I did not got stamped was Italy. In the other places (USA, Canada, UK, France, Turkey, Greece & some more) I always got a stamp.
In the Israeli border control they always stamp the passports.
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B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (12 years 4 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2044 times:
I'm close to 100% on stamps when arriving at airports. Notable exceptions are FRA (1 for 3), FCO (1 for 2) and MXP (0 for 1). UK has stamped me 100% of the time on arrivals, so I have a nice collection of >50 British stamps.
At Canadian land borders, I'm 2 for 8 on stamps. US land borders have never stamped me. Half the time they don't even bother looking at my documents anyway.