I will be traveling to Panama shortly. In Germany, where I am from, all kids know the Tigerente (tiger duck), who traveled to Panama.

I am considering buying/building such a wooden toy and asking at immigration to have it stamped.

Is this a reasonable thing to do? In my mind, the worst that could happen is a stern Are-you-serious-look, but I thought I should ask for a second opinion on this.

  • Bonus question: Does anyone have an idea what type of wood finishing would be best suited to hold the stamp? ;)
    – mrks
    Feb 13, 2018 at 6:32
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    Rather than asking an official to use an official stamp for a clearly non-official purpose, which seems iffy, why not just purchase some postage stamps and affix them? It's authentic and inexpensive and you can find one that's official-looking.
    – choster
    Feb 13, 2018 at 7:36

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Not a good idea in non-EU/EFTA countries, as they can refuse you entry for any reason they like, and a grumpy officer may perceive your odd wish as suspicious behaviour.

Much better to ask for a German stamp - the Bundespolizei can hardly do much more than say no. I collect stamps on a blank sheet when in the mood (I use a Swedish ID card) and the Germans have always given me one when asked.

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