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11. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

I quite enjoy getting passport stamps, but (whilst i miss the good old days) am happy that most European countries haven't stamped me for a number of years, or I would be going through a passport every month or so. I have more than 1 passport, but in my main one i'd guess i've got 100 or so stamps, plus another 8 or 9 full page visa stamps. It's getting close to needing replacing, but is ok around Europe [which is ever expanding, meaning less stamps, even from countries that you would expect to give you one]

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Secondly - whats the worst immigration experience you've had

I've had any number of immigration experiences which people may class as bad, but sh1t happens. Probably the famous licourice experience tops the lot, but i've also been strip searched more times than i remember, and frequently get stopped at random for lareg amounts of time. We once camped in no mans land for 2 nights due to a beaurocrtaic, erm, incident, have been refused entry on occassions for different reasons, been deported a couple of times and once spent 11days trying to cross a border, amongst many others...

12. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 9y

when my fiance died his family and Ithought thay we will bury him in his home country Venezuela.
We could not fly direct to caracas because the aireplanes fraight compartment was not big enough for the cascet.so we had to fly via Curacao with the bigger plane,who left early afternoon.We (two brothers of my beloved and me)had to stay till the next morning at the Curacao airport.About 05.30am we went to imigration,
the 2 Brothers presented there pass ports and ticket to the young women,no problem.I gave her my german pp,she looked at it and started to shout at me.No,no you dont go,you will come back and stay illigal at Curacao.I told her that I'm a resident from Bonaire and that I have my own business and that I would not be interested in staying on Curacao she just refused to let me go.
That was when my nerves snappt completly,I screamed and shouted at her that the cascet with my beloved men is in the airplan and she can not hold me back to fly with him.
Security and people from the aireline came and when the found out why I was screaming the tried to calm me down,I got my stamp,everybody felt sorry for me and could not understand why this women treated me like she did. When I tried to get the name from the imigration women,she was gone,and the other people who where wittnesses refused to give me her name,so I could later when
I reported to the chef from imigration only give the time frame when she insulted me and a vage discribtion of her.
This was 9 years ago but it still makes me cry
Marlis

13. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 9y

I love passport stamps as well. I love seeing the different stamps showing all the places I've been to - though I swear, some immigration officers seem to have that perpetual sour face. I remember this cheery guy at Schiphol was flipping through my passport and he asked whether I wanted a stamp. I said of course I did. He laughed and proceeded to stamp my passport. It was like giving candy to an excited kid!

As for horrible experiences at customs, I had one at Heathrow recently - shall not elaborate because I try to forget it, but I'm never going back to Heathrow again.

14. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 9y

I haven't really had any nasty passport experiences, but my dog got a hold of my passport a few years back. I had a few problems on my trip to Thailand and Cambodia last year. Imagine a goofy American girl trying to explain to the Cambodian border guards that "dog ate my passport"... I think he thought I was crazy or something. I got the most grief back at LAX, though. "Yeah, lady, I get that all the time."

15. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Purdy

The immigration and customs usually pay little attention, to me. I am lucky, with that.
With my latest passport, I have only 2 stamps. Only one place i have gone to in the last 7 years, has given out stamps.

Mel

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