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1. Posted by DAOonVT (Full Member 1187 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

This is an offshoot of another thread about unofficial stamps in your passport. It lead me to look at some of the stranger stamps I have (East Germany). What stamps do you have? Which are you most proud of? Which ones were hard to get? Please insert photos of those amazing once-in-a-lifetime adventures that a small rubber stamp made you say "I was here!".

2. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1450 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

The strangest stamp I would have is a One Foot Island Stamp when we toured the Aitutaki Lagoon. I also have a bunch of stamps from around Rappa Nui. None of them in my passport though. I keep novelty stamps in expired passports as I don't want to waste any pages but oddly the hardest stamp to get was to Montenegro from Croatia. We got to the border and the staff just wanted us to go through but I knew I needed to go through immigration so I just idled the car at the booth trying to indicate look at my passport. They kept insisting I go through after a few minutes impasse someone finally came to our car and looked at the passport. You could see the realisation on his face They probably assumed we were local because of our rental car license plate and it was a small border crossing. But it was funny to think I was being allowed to illegally enter the country.

3. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 609 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

My first passport contains loads and loads of East German stamps in many different bicolour looks. They seem to have daily changed the combination of colours.

4. Posted by DAOonVT (Full Member 1187 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

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Here are mine from East Berlin. I also went through Checkpoint Charlie, but they did not stamp passports when I was there.

[ Edit: Edited on 26 Jan 2021, 18:18 GMT by DAOonVT ]

5. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 4645 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

I love my Paraguay stamp as it's not somewhere I planned to go to (I did an impromptu day trip from Puerto Iguazu) and it's not somewhere I'm likely to go back to.

It's in an old passport and it's too late at night for me to go and find it!

[ Edit: Edited on 26 Jan 2021, 23:26 GMT by bex76 ]

6. Posted by nzhamsta (Respected Member 302 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

My first passport is of a similar vintage to DAO's (1986 was my first trip overseas).

- lots of east German stamps, all brown and green as shown above;
- a visa for Spain (NZ passport holders needed a proper visa back then);
- a page full of stamps for one night in Bulgaria;
- a Polish visa issued in Moscow (the tour rep convinced the embassy in Moscow to issue them individually rather than a group visa so that we had something to say we had been in the USSR);
- a Nepalese visa sticker without an official embassy stamp on it. Border guards took a bit of convincing to let me in;
- the fake Liechtenstein tourist office stamp that everyone seems to have;
and so on.

7. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 609 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

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Always a pair in the same colours from the same day, marked "Marienborn" and "Drewitz", from the transit route to West Berlin and back. We used to meet our relatives in East Berlin at least once per year by going transit to West Berlin and then over to East Berlin with a day visa via Heinrich-Heine-Stra├če (the checkpoint for West German citizens). For the latter, no passport stamps were given, though.

The black ones were for transit by train.

And some Israeli stamps in between.

[ Edit: Edited on 27 Jan 2021, 09:04 GMT by Kathrin_E ]

8. Posted by DAOonVT (Full Member 1187 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

When I went to the Soviet Union (from East Berlin) in 1986 the Soviets were very protective about NOT putting stamps in passports. On arrival they stamped a white card and stated in no uncertain terms that we would not be leaving unless that card was in the passport when it was time to leave. On departure from Leningrad (St Petersburg) the white card was removed and duly stamped and retained.....

9. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 609 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Yes, now that you mention it, I remember - the day visa for East Berlin was also stamped on a separate card that had to stay inside the passport until we returned to the West in the evening, then they would take it back.

10. Posted by DAOonVT (Full Member 1187 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

That probably explains why I can't find a Checkpoint Charlie stamp....