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1. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

I love my passport (no it has nothing to do with nationalism). I would change it if I had a choice.

Its the passport as a record book of our achievement as travellers.

what makes me sad everytime I get my passport stamped is that the text dont come out clear.
I mean, immigration officers stamp our passport with no practically no INK.

I crossed the border from Cambodia and Thailand is only land and the Aranya whatever, it turns blank.

I crossed Laos and the only thing that appears in the passport is FRIENDSHIP BRIDGE. the name LAO is not visible.

It is a record of our travel and it may help some of us who will eventually try to get tourist Visa to travel in the 1st worlds.

I just wish the UN will donate inks to these countries who don't have ink for their immigration offices that charge us exit fees, but can't buy ink.

It is also very irritating when they stamp your passport at the wrong pages... like why stamp on the last page. For their convenience ofcourse. But I do wish they will be obliged by law to stamp on pages that will allow future offices to check your travel history conveniently.

Lastly, if you loose a passport, is there a way for you to get a document that certifies your travel history??? I mean does our government have records of our travel??? I'll just scan my passport just in case i WILL have the misfortune of loosing it.

2. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 8y

I went to Brisbane with only the word Immigration and the date appears in the passport.

3. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

I asked the guy in Laos to stamp the word Laos and he said you want this "word I cant understand"

and he stamps a scratch paper and it reads CANCELLED, so I back off! you dont want to mess with such guys on a booth for ages.

4. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 8y

Fortunately for me at least, having a UK passport, I don't need to prove I have travelled a lot before being allowed a visa to travel anywhere. Although I know this not the case for people in countries like the Philippines, which I find really unfair. My gf from Philippines wanted to come over to the UK for a holiday and to see me but they turned down her visa application and one of the reasons was that she hadn't travelled enough in Asia, so why did she want to go to Europe!! Crazy.

5. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

Quoting bwiiian

Fortunately for me at least, having a UK passport, I don't need to prove I have travelled a lot before being allowed a visa to travel anywhere. Although I know this not the case for people in countries like the Philippines, which I find really unfair. My gf from Philippines wanted to come over to the UK for a holiday and to see me but they turned down her visa application and one of the reasons was that she hadn't travelled enough in Asia, so why did she want to go to Europe!! Crazy.

I wanted to go to New York this year. But I didn't bother to apply for a visa. It will cost me 100 dollars, which is a fortune, and that is just to apply. Its clearly BUSSINESS. How many people apply for a visa everyday? Its multi million dollar industry.

well atleast for Germany, they return your money if they dont give you the Visa.

6. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 8y

I love my passport too....I have kept them all and have paid the (fucking bunkass) fee to have them stamp void across my old ones. It IS a record of past deeds....It is a memento....This is the ONE thing you kept safe through all your journeys....I would have lost it all to keep my passport and my bank card.

I cry for the days when you could go to Europe and get stamped EVERY MOTHERF'NG TIME YOU WENT THROUGH A BORDER....the same has happened to CA...I assume that SA is headed the same way.

My passport is like a storybook to me....I crossed this WHEN, I backtracked this WHEN.

On the the issue of rogue stampers....I have never had a bad stamper except for THREE FUCKING AMERICAN DICKFUCKS who stamped my boy on the last pages. My passport has 25 pages...I was on page 15...WTF!??! ANd it just gives me nothing but hassle to the next guy.

In short...I love gettin' stamped, man....I love it.

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7. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 8y

Uhhhhhh...Pardon the swears.

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8. Posted by pau_p1 (Respected Member 214 posts) 8y

yup.. I loved my passport as well.. specially my first passport before renewal... where I've almost filled up all the pages with stamps from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and China... plus my 3 US Visas and a Chinese and Vietnamese visa... heeheh.. i've got multiple entries to Singapore, Malaysia and the US.. heheh..

anyways.. one thing I didn't have was exit stamps for my travels in the US... which unlike most of the Asian countries where tourists need to pass through entry and exit immigration.. in the US you just leave your immigration card at the check in booths of the airport... eheheheh..

anyways.. next year I'll renew my passport to the new machine readable passport.. :D

well I guess about immigration officers stamping anywhere in the passports is based on their own immigration rules... some would have to stamp their exit stamps beside their entry stamps also.. and I don't think the UN will have any control on these specially for those non UN member countries..

9. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

Quoting Piecar

In short...I love gettin' stamped, man....I love it.

D

Well, I guess I am not alone. I love it when you said that is like a story book.

Yes, I am also sad when I learn that the EU changed the STAMPING culture.

10. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

Quoting pau_p1

and I don't think the UN will have any control on these specially for those non UN member countries..

Its a joke, the UN donating Ink to immigration offices in the 4th worlds.

I just really hate it when the stamp dont have the name of the country or border we cross.