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1. Posted by Paulaboo (Budding Member 10 posts) 8y

If I'm outside of the US, and I run out of space on my passport, what do I do? Should I get extra sheets?

Is a relatively blank passport enough for a year of traveling? I can't be anymore specific, as we don't have an itinerary, and no solid destinations. We basically just need to get back when we feel like it.

Roughly:

Argentina
Chile
Ecuador
Colombia
Brazil
Morocco
Portugal
Spain
UK
France
Italy
Greece
Turkey
Jordan
Israel
Egypt
India
China
Thailand
Indonesia
Australia...

Um... that' the jist of our RTW

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4810 posts) 8y

Since different countries of the Schengen-area (Europe) wouldn't add anything to your passport, I only see 17 distinct possibilities of getting sheets filled on that itinerary. I don't know if this holds for all passports, but mine has 27 empty pages, so I'd say you should be absolutely fine.
(I've also heard stories of people who actually had their passport filled up that immigration officials would simply add new stamps over old stamps. Maybe not something you can rely on, but I suspect there'd always be some leeway.)

Would be interesting to hear from anyone who knows for certain what to do if one's passport does fill up, though.

3. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 8y

My boyfriend and I are in that exact situation...our passport has filled after 16 months of travelling! When we started we had around 25 pages...now we have 2! If you hold a US passport you can simply go to an embassy and get more pages added (from what Americans have told us) but if you are British (and I think from other European countries) you cannot do this. We have had to submit our passport for renewal and stay a while in one place while it gets renewed...it takes 2 weeks to do and also costs a lot more renewing at an embassy. What is more annoying is that we have 4 years left on our passports which we lose

The problem is countries like Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China and Indonesia using whole pages for their visas, the Immigration then use another page to put their entry and exit stamps on. Other countries Immigration insist on putting their stamps on a blank page, so very annoying. With the 'nicer and friendlier' Immigration officers in places like New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia they will stamp where you ask them to, others take great delight in stamping on a blank page

If you are conscious of space, try asking the Immigration officer nicely with a sweet smile if they will stamp in a certain place. As Sander says European countries don't really stamp passports any more, I don't know about the Middle East countries you have listed.

4. Posted by fires (Full Member 17 posts) 8y

Call the National Passport Information Center on 1-877-4USA-PPT (1-877-487-2778)

If you're really not sure you'll have enough room in your passport, just get a new one.

Too bad they don't do the 48 page passports anymore.
:)

5. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 8y

Argentina, Chile and Brazil seemed to be relatively careful not to waste a lot of space (although the stamps for Brazil take up a whole page for the entry and exit one to fit together). In Chile and Aregntina they tried cramming as much on a page as possible. I also had the same situation in Paraguay, Mexico Guatemala and Belize where they tried cramming as much on a page as possible without overlapping stamps, so I would think that most of South America and Central America (if you go there) would probably be like that.

I am not sure about Morocco but from what I read a while back they were trying to be included as part of the EU, so if this is the case they are probably either not going to stamp your passport at all or use one page maximum.

In Spain I didn't get stamped (or even have my passport looked at for that matter) and the same situation in Portugal, Italy and France. In the UK they stamped my passport but only because I asked and in Greece they didn't stamp it.

I haven't been to the countries in the Turkey-Israel part of your itinerary so I can't comment for them. Egypt used two pages (one was the visa I had got prior to arrival). India used a full page with a sticker on it, China did as well. Thailand was pretty good with only stamping the one page which had both the entry and exit stamps on. I haven't been to Indonesia so I don't know about there and I don't need a visa for Australia so I am not sure about that either. From my experiences in South East Asia, I have found that they generally take up one full page each even if they don't put a sticker on it.

I went to 38 countries before my passport got stolen and after all of that I still had quite a few pages left blank (a fair few of the countries were EU countries).

6. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 403 posts) 8y

stop at a US embassy.. you can get more pages added in just about an hour or so.. I have a number of times. But your list shouldn't even take up 1/2 your passport.

7. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 8y

I wish my passport was full :(

Only used like 3 pages!

8. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 8y

Quoting Erik85

I wish my passport was full :(

Only used like 3 pages!

We used to think that and now we have just had to hand over (with shaking hands) £144 or almost US$300 each for a new passport. I have to say I have been very impressed with the British Embassy at how quickly they do things and how helpful they have been!