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1. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3891 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Is it possible that you could be refused entry to a county for not having any blank pages in your passport? I know for a visa you need a full blank page, but what about if you just require a stamp upon entry?

My passport is almost full but I have over 4 years left on it, so I am reluctant to get a new one until absolutely necessary.

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

It's most definitely possible. If the officials for some reason are keen on denying you entry, this would definitely be a reason for them to make trouble. As would a host of other stupid little things.

It's not very likely, though. I never heard about anyone having trouble in this regard. It becomes different if they would need an empty page to glue a visa sticker in your passport (in my own experience, the officials of one country show great reluctance to mess up the bureaucratic achievements of their colleagues in another country by putting things on top of one another), but a stamp they'll manage to squeeze in.

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Jun-2009, at 02:28 by bentivogli ]

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5157 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Also see this old thread on the subject. (I thought I remembered the possibility of pages being added to the passport, but rereading that thread, that's apparently only for passports from the US and a very few other countries.)

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I know my dad has extra pages in his passport, but I think he ordered it like that when he got his new one (Dutch). I'm not sure about the option to add them in whilst the passport is already in use. I vaguely remember hearing about this, but like Sander says, that's probably vastly different across countries.

5. Posted by loubylou (Respected Member 664 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I think as long as you have some space in your passport for stamping (ie 1/4 or 1/2 pages) you will be fine but if every page is crammed with stamps I think you'll need to get a new one!

Unfortunately as travellers we do go through passports more than people who only go away for 2 weeks a year on holidays. We managed to use up a 10 year passport in 4 years and we then paid extra last year while we were away to get a bumper 48 page one (probablt worth it too in your case!) and we have filled 17 pages in 15 months...seems like that one won't last either

Again, some space for stamps is ok, in our old passport the Immigration guys were pretty good squeezing the stamps on bits of pages where there was space!

6. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 975 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I have had the immigration stamp my observations page if I was out of space. But, yes, they CAN deny you entry, tecnically....I have never heard of this happening though.


7. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

As others have said, it is possible to be refused entry - but normally the border guards will just staple an additional piece of paper into your passport and stamp it. I have many friends in non-EU countries that travel a lot and that's what's happened with them, when their pages are full.
Obviously, visa requirements are much stricter and you normally need a full clear page for each one.
Good luck.

8. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3891 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Thanks everyone for all the responses; it's put my mind at ease.

9. Posted by jennwtb (Budding Member 35 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Good for you Bex ;);)