jcs17
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Passport Stamps

Tue Sep 17, 2002 8:41 am

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?
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airplanetire
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RE: Passport Stamps

Tue Sep 17, 2002 11:01 am

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.
 
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RE: Passport Stamps

Tue Sep 17, 2002 11:28 am

I didn't get stamped in France.
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mls515
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RE: Passport Stamps

Tue Sep 17, 2002 12:02 pm

Well if you are going from one of those countries to the other there is so much traffic between them it isn't feasable to stamp everyone.

I've been stamped upon arrival from the US each of the times in the UK (several), Belgium (1) & Spain (1). Spain was a connecting flight from LHR.

From the UK I was stamped in the Netherlands but not Ireland or France. France was by ferry boat.

I was stamped in Austria by road from Switzerland.

In the UK I was stamped from The Netherlands and Greece but not Ireland.
 
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RE: Passport Stamps

Tue Sep 17, 2002 12:44 pm

If you don't get stamped, can you just stay there for as long as you want?
 
qantas744
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RE: Passport Stamps

Tue Sep 17, 2002 1:05 pm

From a passport point of view the European Union is a single country-I hold a UK/EU passport and only get it stamped when I travel outside the EU.

Think of it like travelling from one US state to another.


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nonrevman
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RE: Passport Stamps

Tue Sep 17, 2002 2:12 pm

Italy did not stamp us going in, but they did on the way out.

France never stamped our passports.

London/Gatwick always stamped our passports each visit.

Other countries that have stamped my passport have been Mexico, Grand Cayman, the Netherlands, Germany, Russia, and Israel.
 
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RE: Passport Stamps

Tue Sep 17, 2002 3:53 pm

I didn't get stamped in the US when I travel there last month. Also, I didn't get stamped when I flew through London.

It's a shame that they don't stamp anymore.

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RE: Passport Stamps

Tue Sep 17, 2002 4:00 pm

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.
 
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RE: Passport Stamps

Tue Sep 17, 2002 4:31 pm

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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RE: Passport Stamps

Tue Sep 17, 2002 8:42 pm

Norway stamped my German passport (this was of course pre-Schengen), Mexico did not.

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RE: Passport Stamps

Tue Sep 17, 2002 9:00 pm

Daniel, you didn't get a stamp into your passport? I never visited any country outside Europe where you didn't get a stamp. I wonder if only Germans don't get a stamp or Swiss as well...
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RE: Passport Stamps

Tue Sep 17, 2002 10:57 pm

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).

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RE: Passport Stamps

Tue Sep 17, 2002 11:09 pm

OH-LZA
Two years ago I arrived with a Swiss Passport (non EU) from Budapest in HEL and they didn't stamp my passport, should I have asked for it  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: Passport Stamps

Tue Sep 17, 2002 11:28 pm

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  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
I´ll check out the situation in Slovakia and Hungary in three days Big grin - 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  Laugh out loud

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RE: Passport Stamps

Tue Sep 17, 2002 11:30 pm

ive gotten stamped at lhr
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RE: Passport Stamps

Wed Sep 18, 2002 4:17 am

My passport experiences:

Travel by air:

US-Canada-US
PHL-YYZ-PHL
No Canadian stamp (said they didnt stamp flights from US), but US gave stamp on way back

US-Australia-US
LAX-SYD-LAX
Australia gave both an arrival and departure stamp and US gave arrival stamp

US-Costa Rica-US
IAH-SJO-IAH
Costa Rica gave arrival stamp, US did not give arrival stamp

By bus:
US-Canada-US
Peace Bridge Crossing (I think)...Canadian stamp received upon request...

By cruise:

Mexico-
Tracked down the local immigration office in Cozumel and got a stamp

Jamaica-
Same deal as Mexico

Curacao-
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)

Panama-
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...

Costa Rica-
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

Colombia-
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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EGGD
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RE: Passport Stamps

Wed Sep 18, 2002 4:20 am

I've had stamps from all the countries i've visited outside the EU.
 
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RE: Passport Stamps

Wed Sep 18, 2002 4:40 am

got stamped in Mexico and again on re-entry to the US.
France did not stamp me in 1996. The UK did.
 
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RE: Passport Stamps

Thu Sep 19, 2002 7:52 am

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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RE: Passport Stamps

Mon Sep 30, 2002 6:37 am

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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teahan
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RE: Passport Stamps

Mon Sep 30, 2002 8:29 am

Swissgabe,

Swiss passports don't get stamps in England anymore. In Dublin, it is really hit and miss. Sometimes you do, most times you don't.

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RE: Passport Stamps

Mon Sep 30, 2002 8:57 am

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.
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airsicknessbag
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RE: Passport Stamps

Mon Sep 30, 2002 8:13 pm

OK, I´m back from the aforementioned trip:

Slovakia stamped.

Hungary, Croatia and Slovenia did not (neither did Poland and Czechia on past trips).
Can´t say about Romania and Serbia because I entered on foot via unmanned posts on back roads.

Daniel Smile

P.S.: Great trip, gave me five new countries and the lead in our office competition "who gets to visit more countries"  Laugh out loud
 
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RE: Passport Stamps

Mon Sep 30, 2002 8:20 pm

Hi Daniel,

great to hear that you had an interesting trip that gaves you a lot of new stamps in your passport.

Patrick

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airsicknessbag
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RE: Passport Stamps

Mon Sep 30, 2002 8:28 pm

Sheesh no - that would be a bit premature. All that´s going to happen tomorrow is the start of the phase which, upon its end, will formally ENABLE me to become a judge. I´ll get to do a judge´s work under the supervision of a "real" judge, but by no means I´ll be one myself. Kind of like an apprenticeship.

Daniel Smile
 
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RE: Passport Stamps

Tue Oct 01, 2002 9:26 pm

I should have gotten my passport stamp at the time when I was lost in Frankfurt/Mainz.. Looking back, I think I managed to arrive in Germany at least 3 times!  Wow!
 
swissgabe
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RE: Passport Stamps

Tue Oct 01, 2002 10:35 pm

Just to mention that as Swiss you don't get stamped your passport anymore when you arrive in the UK since you also can pass the same counter as all EU member citizen.

In Czech Rep. I just got it stamped
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RE: Passport Stamps

Wed Oct 02, 2002 6:35 am

I found it funny in the Czech Republic with my Canadian passport because they didn't stamp it when I arrived by train, but when I left by plane they stamped it stating I arrived in the CR and then stamped it stating I left the CR all at once.

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