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1. Posted by lost again (Budding Member 66 posts) 10y

What happens if you are traveling and use up all of your available passport pages to get stamped for visa entry and exits? I about to do a RTW trip and am curious if every country I will visit will actually stamp my passport. If you enter a country that you do not need a visa for, do they have to stamp your passport? And what would happen if I did actually run out of pages?

Thanks for the help.

2. Posted by s_hoot (Respected Member 497 posts) 10y

wow it must be nice to run out of room, ill be lucky to fill mine before it expires in 2011!

[ Edit: Edited at Sep 10, 2006 9:19 PM by s_hoot ]

3. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y

You never run out of pages; they'll always find a spot to squeeze in their stamp :)

There's a difference between not having to apply for a visa in advance, and not needing one at all, though. The latter as far as I know only applies to customs unions like Schengen, Mercosur and Nafta, although not even the latter... in all other cases where you don't have to do any paperwork in advance, you're granted a tourist visa upon entry, signified by the stamp in your passport. So yes, they *do* have to stamp it, if only for the trouble you'd have otherwise when entering other countries afterwards :)

Niels

4. Posted by PLUSCREW (Budding Member 28 posts) 10y

the stamps are not that big, and when you travel in Europe in the schengen zone you wont get any(france, spain, italy, portugal, germany, austria and i think holland). I flew from italy to germany, back to italy then to portugal and back to italy without getting so much as a glance from a customs official. i finally got one flying to ireland and one to the UK. Important visas like working holiday ones are likely to take a whole page but entry stamps are about the size of a postage stamp. it will take a while to fill your passport. My husband was travelling for 3 years before he filled his. then they gave him additional pages.
sadly he lost his so had to apply for a new one . ive been in and out of italy so much in the past 5 years they are beginning to stamp over old stamps. soon it will look like a pile of black smudges. half the time there is barely enough ink on the stamp to show where you got it.
eastern europe is a bit more officious so make sure you have all the appropriate paperwork and they will also stamp your passport, make sure it is in good shape as my english friend got refused entry to the czech republic after his went through the washing machine. he was made to walk back over the border to austria. not a happy bunny
border guards in some of the way out places are a bit scary too dont be surprised to see them carrying guns.
it is cool though to look back in your passport to see all the places youve been.

5. Posted by lost again (Budding Member 66 posts) 10y

Thanks, that is really helpful!

6. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 10y

Check out http://www.travel.state.gov/passport/fri/add/add_850.html ; should answer your question if the need arises.

You should be fine though if your passport is reasonably clean before you leave.

7. Posted by jekalo (Full Member 118 posts) 10y

You should have no problem running out of pages unless you travel to a lot of countries that take a whole page such as Nigeria, China, Ghana and Australia to name a few. South Africa also now requires two blank pages facing each other. You can have pages aded in the unlikely event that you do run short of space. You can have this done at an embassy but you may need to give up your passport for a couple of days to get this done. Unless you are going to be traveling to 30 or more countries on this trip, you should have no problems with space though.

8. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 10y

Virtually all VISA's are one page large, and many coumntries require at least 2 or 3 empty pages before they issue you a visa (and some require 2 facing pages). Most stamps are reasonably small, and you'd be amazed at how many they can squueze in, and in case, stamp over the top of other ones.

9. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y

My passport bears testimony to the fact that they sometimes also stamp over expired visa... is that empty-page thing you mention an official requirement, btw? I had never heard of it before.

10. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 10y

For some countries, it is, yes. And certain embassies will refuse visa's on such grounds, even if that countries official policy doesn't.

One country - that escapes me now - officially requires 6empty pages before it gives you a visa, although I have no idea if that is enforced in any way, shape, or form