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.
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 ]
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
Thanks, that is really helpful!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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