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21. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 11y

I was asked at Schiphol whether I wanted my passport stamped. I was like, "Of course!" with a big grin. No matter how unfanciful some stamps may be, I always want to have one for each country I visit. It's like a little souvenir of that place and of my travels.

22. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting summer910

I was asked at Schiphol whether I wanted my passport stamped. I was like, "Of course!" with a big grin. No matter how unfanciful some stamps may be, I always want to have one for each country I visit. It's like a little souvenir of that place and of my travels.

That's strange that they ASKED you. I've been to Schiphol lots of times and when i'm arriving from the US they always just stamp my passport. They never asked if a WANTED it stamped.

Were you arriving from another EU country? Maybe that was it. Whenever I've arrived from another EU country then they never asked me and I don't remember them ever stamping it.

By the way, I agree, STAMP IT!!!

23. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 11y

Quoting Travel100

That's strange that they ASKED you. I've been to Schiphol lots of times and when i'm arriving from the US they always just stamp my passport. They never asked if a WANTED it stamped.

Were you arriving from another EU country? Maybe that was it. Whenever I've arrived from another EU country then they never asked me and I don't remember them ever stamping it.

No, not another EU country. Singapore. And it was last year, so maybe it was some new policy? I'm not sure. I was quite surprised they asked too, I thought passports are usually stamped upon entry. Still, it was something memorable.

I know I got excited as well when I got my passport stamped upon arrival in Japan. I'm such a kid.

24. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 11y

I have this really cool stamp, I got in Guatemala. It shows some sort of bird in the middle and several mayan signs on the sides. It's very extraordinary, but in my old passport :( (don't mind it's my old passport for the picture though)
In the new one the only thing that looks interesting is my WHV from NZ, definitely need to get more stamps!

25. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting steffbo

I have this really cool stamp, I got in Guatemala. It shows some sort of bird in the middle and several mayan signs on the sides. It's very extraordinary, but in my old passport :( (don't mind it's my old passport for the picture though)
In the new one the only thing that looks interesting is my WHV from NZ, definitely need to get more stamps!

Wow, don't remember that one. I'll have to dig out my old passport and see if I also got the same cool stamp.

26. Posted by biffen (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

You (normally) only get a stamp in your passport when your nationality needs some kind of visa to enter. If you look closely on your passport all the pages says "visas". If you are travelling between two countries and your nationality don't need visa you won't get a stamp.

27. Posted by dwalker66 (Full Member 210 posts) 7y

I have 4 passports bonded together with ribbon, courtesy of the British Embassy, as I have a valid visa in the first one; that one, and the following 2 are now full and I am half way through the 4th. I am hoping that by the time this passport runs out or gets full I will be able to start afresh! it does get confusing!

Stamps of interest! Zimbabwe is an interesting one! My Australian BAN is amusing, although have been back 6 times in the last 8 years since the ban! Then I have the usual, India, Pakistan, Syria, China, Afghanistan, (OK that's quite rare) and numerous residency visa's for the UAE and Bahrain!

I also have some hand drawn ones my friend and I did after copious amounts of vodka and wine on the plane heading to turkey.

Apart from the handwriting on one page, and the numerous writings of phone numbers of fellow plane passengers and reference codes for return flights, I have completely ignored the Queen's warning NOT to de-face my passport! It has the resemblings of my old school jotter!

28. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

the guy at new zealand stamped my passport with a visitors visa then I pointed out the giant sticker that says I am allowed to work there. Now I have a giant stamp that says "REVOKED- GRANTED IN ERROR" oh well

29. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 7y

Quoting biffen

You (normally) only get a stamp in your passport when your nationality needs some kind of visa to enter. If you look closely on your passport all the pages says "visas". If you are travelling between two countries and your nationality don't need visa you won't get a stamp.

Interesting, never heard of that one. Bascially because it is not a fact. Canada, Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Argentina, Brazil, Namibia, New Zealand...etc. etc. I didn't need a visa for, but I did got a stamp.

30. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

My best one has to be the visa I got, when entering Egypt by plane at Luxor. It was 5 sticky stamps (like postage stamps), 2 rubber stamps over the top of the 5 of them - and a signature in Arabic. Wicked.