What constitutes actually being in a country??

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21. Posted by paulf_1969 (Budding Member 8 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I think that unless you have been through the passport checkpoint or customs check, you are not in the country and therefore have not visited.

22. Posted by -Lisa- (Inactive 6 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Quoting applegirl

It's in there with Vasteras Airport, Sweden. Definitely.

At least we have an airport

23. Posted by cruisegirl (Respected Member 244 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I am in the same kind of position. Working on cruise ships, I have been to several airports en route, including Schipol, Detroit (a 7-hour layover), and Frankfurt. I don't consider myself as having "visited" those places. But, the stamps are in my passport?

24. Posted by jenko2 (Full Member 123 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

being to a country is having drunk in a bar there !lol

25. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Quoting monkeypaw

and do wales and scotland count seperately ?

If you're Welsh or Scottish, heck yeah! One tour of Edinburgh Castle and the arms demonstration ought to clear that up. They usually pick on the English tourists there, give them a hard time. Kinda funny...

Besides, the Scots have their own parliament back in EB now after 250~ years (which is about the age of this debate, come to think of it).

I had a couple of layovers in Taiwan this summer because I flew on a Taiwanese airline, and I actually learned a lot about the culture because of it--talking with people on the plane, being exposed to the music, some of the museum displays in the airport itself. No passport stamp, though, although when I show people pictures of the orchid displays, obviously I would have to say that I have been there.

I do like the bar theory, though. To pass through a country is human; to imbibe is divine! Viva la pint!

26. Posted by acetravels (Full Member 181 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

i would call it touching base...even if its the airport...u have still visited the airport of that country..so ineffect u have been to the place.....but if u call going downtown into the city as having set foot into the city....then havnt u set foot into the city at the airport already havent u....huh/......nevermind... all those in favour pls raise ur hands...

27. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I think fudge a few of them together. Having passed out of customs to actually be in that country (as opposed to air/port side), to have stepped on the land for a bit (so transit passengers on trains don't count, unless they've got off and left the station) and had a drink or meal in the country.

Agree it's different for everybody. I personally wouldn't count somewhere that i just passed through on a train without at least getting off for a few hours, but i know some do. If your happy counting it, so be it. I think spending a night is more tricky, as some places don't neccessarily justify it. Not spending a nightin teh vatican, Monaco or Liechtenstein to give 3 examples, to me wouldn't mean that you hadn't seen everything that you wanted to. You can easily cover places like that quite thoroughly in a day trip.

Definition of a country is always fun as well, and that can wildly distort your numbers. And one of the biggest "country counting" clubs, actually counts territories and certain provinces seperately (which doubles the numbers, more or less) instead of neccessarrily counries. The UN list is good enough for me, but as a Welshman I know that that means that i've just removed my own country from the list...