Questions tagged [passport-stamps]

Questions about the ink-pad stamps typically added to passport pages or visas upon entering or exiting a country.

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Schengen exit stamp on old passport

i travelled to schengen zone from pakistan on a 6 month mutientry visa.i exited the schengen area from milan malpensa airport.the passport control officer stamped exit on one of my old passports ...
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I'm on vacation in Vienna and was never asked to stamp my passport, what do I do?

I'm a Canadian but I'm on vacation in the Netherlands and Austria. Today I had the flight from Amsterdam to Vienna and after I had checked my bags I just was able to walk through as I had nothing to ...
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Visitor stamp with BRP number on it?

I entered the UK using my passport and BRP card an received a visitor stamp (6 months) with my BRP number written on it. Should I be worried? Should I contact anyone? My BRP is valid for 2 more years.
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As a (non) resident alien in the US, what documents (if any) does one need to carry at all times?

As a (non) resident alien in the US, what documents (if any) does one need to carry at all times? Different sources indicate different documents: a passport with the entry stamp, the I-94 printout, ...
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What to mention in the visa application form for the issuing authority of passport while applying for UK Transit visa from India

What to mention in the visa application form in the section for issuing authority of passport while applying for UK Transit visa from India? is it the officer who signed the passport when we open it?
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Exit Schengen with residence permit (no exit stamp on tourist visa) - Implications on choice before travel and where to get married?

I'm an EU citizen, my fiancee got a Schengen tourist visa valid for 14 days (she's not resident in the same country as me). We plan to marry very soon (in the next month, we have been planning this ...
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USA stamping passport inconsistently [duplicate]

I am a US citizen. 2013 to 2018, I left USA and returned many times. Looking through my passport now, I see that only about half the entries were stamped. I don't recall any significant differences ...
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Stamp ink split of cover page and line of thread [duplicate]

Stamp ink of front page has been split due to humidity and there comes one line near the thread, but thread is ok and holding the passport is properly. Let me know that is there any issue for getting ...
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F1 Visa Duration and Passport Expiration

I am planning to attend my masters in US for upcoming Fall 2022. My passport is expiring on January 2024. However, my course duration is from Sept 2022 till June 2024. When the F1 visa gets stamped, ...
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Regarding exit and enter stamp in passport while leaving entering schengen with an EU temporary resident permit

Does anybody know why sometimes they border police stamp the passport while leaving the Schengen and sometimes not? My friend left a schengen country yesterday with the same country temporary resident ...
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Can a missing Schengen entry stamp on UK passport cause problems elsewhere?

I am a dual EU/UK citizen (recently naturalized in the UK). Since the end of the Brexit transition period, I have tried to collect stamps in my UK passport. I travel frequently between the EU and the ...
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US Passport Control - should my passport have an exit stamp when entering the US? [duplicate]

Here's the situation; I'm a citizen of two countries. One is eligible for Visa Waiver Program (Portugal) and the other isn't (Israel). As an Israeli citizen, I must present my Israeli passport when ...
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No exit stamp after leaving the Schengen area?

I recently noticed that my Schengen visa wasn't stamped when I left. Although I really left and I am now at home, my sponsor has asked me to go to the Embassy and get an exit stamp. He is now afraid ...
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Can a "shorter-than-usual" entry stamp be extended?

I entered Paraguay by land and they gave me 15 days instead of 90 days. It was due to the fact that it looked suspicious to them that I didn't have hotel reservations for all of my stay. But I never ...
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Entered EU on EU passport, marked as leaving EU when entering Gibraltar on Canadian passport. Will this cause problems?

I have dual nationality, Canada-Poland (EU). Born and raised in Canada, but parents are Polish. Normally reside in Canada. Background: back in November 2021, I flew to the UK via Toronto > London &...
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Slight smudge in Indian passport's officer stamp, can I travel with this?

I have got my decision letter from Norway for Work permit. I had submitted the same passport with this smudge. Now only stamping is pending, just noticed this, will this create a problem? Can they ...
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Are visa exempt travellers to the Brazil allowed to stay for the full 90 day period even if their passport stamp shows a lesser period?

I had entered Brazil in 2020. I had initially planned to stay for 33 days and I had told the same to the immigration official. My visa-free stamp had the number "33" written by hand on the ...
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Are visa exempt travellers to the Schengen area allowed to stay for the full 90 day period even if their passport stamp shows a lesser period?

I travelled from outside of Europe to Madrid, Spain via Frankfurt, Germany. As my first point of entry into the Schengen area was Germany my immigration was done there. I had initially planned to stay ...
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Meaning of four/five digit/letter codes on passport stamps

There are 4 or 5 letter/digit codes on e.g. US passport stamp (here 1943): and Canada passport stamp (here 50174): and Australia passport stamp (here 098U): What is the meaning of these codes?
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Without passport stamps, can my country's authorities still know what countries I've visited?

My home country (Israel) has enacted a set of quarantine rules for residents returning from abroad depending on which countries they visited in the 14 days prior to return. Question: If I were to fly ...
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Souvenir stamps on old/cancelled passport

I made a huge mistake during my recent trip. I got the 3 souvenir stamps on my canceled passport and then realized that I might still need my old passport for future travel. I still have valid long-...
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Passport stamp for EU citizen travelling from EU to UK and back

I am a German citizen. 2 weeks ago I travelled to the UK (using Eurostar, so I went through French and British border control), and then came back on a plane and went through German border control. I ...
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Upon entering the United States, is it ok to ask the US immigration agent not to stamp one's passport, and if so, would they always/typically agree?

When entering the United States as a permanent resident, US immigration agent sometimes doesn't stamp one's passport. Upon entering the United States, is it ok to ask the US immigration agent not to ...
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Why do US officers sometimes stamp non-US passports? [duplicate]

I wonder why US officers sometimes stamp non-US passports, since nowadays all entries/exits are electronically recorded. E.g., I have a green card + French passport, and I don't the point of receiving ...
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Why do some countries typically stamp one's passport when arriving by air but typically not by land?

For example, if one enters canada or the United States by land, typically no stamp is applied to one's passport. However, if one enters Canada or the United States by air, typically a stamp is applied ...
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Do I need to replace my passport if a stamp on the front page is slightly water damaged?

Should I go for a re-issue of my passport? The front page of my passport is showing water damage. My name, passport number, and photos are intact. I want to apply for a US visa in February. Should I ...
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Countries you may not visit after Israel - even if you don't have an Israeli stamp

There's been a lot of discussion of issues that arise when you visit Israel and countries like Lebanon and Iran. However, the discussion, both on this website and in other places, almost always ...
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Does Germany stamp my passport upon exit?

I'm wondering if I fly to Frankfurt Main from Spain and stay overnight in a hotel outside the airport and then fly out of the EU the next day, does my passport get stamped? I have residency in Spain ...
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Can I re-enter the US with 1 month validity [closed]

I have a new passport and the H1b visa stamp in my old passport expires on Aug 21. I have a valid I-797 till Dec 22. Can I travel outside the US and return in July without getting a new visa stamp or ...
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Damaged U.S Passport.. Need Help & Advice Please! (photos included)

I've been traveling for over 20 years. This is the first time my passport has accidentally taken a trip through the washing machine. I was so sad and even a bit upset at myself earlier today when I ...
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Are there any countries that will not allow entry with a Japanese visa stamp in my passport?

I'm aware that you might have trouble for example entering Israel with an Egyptian visa stamp in your passport. Ignoring any COVID-19 related restrictions etc. are there any countries I might have ...
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Cancelled stamp on passport [closed]

I have a friend, from Zimbabwe, that stated, some time back she wanted to visit SA and got the stamp in her passport, she then, however, decided not to travel anymore. They cancelled the stamp. Can ...
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Can I ask for an extension from my ''leave to enter'' stamp in the UK?

I arrived to UK on 19th December 2020, and at the border control after the general questions that why I came as a visitor she asked me for a return flight (It was to Italy for March 2021)the officer ...
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NL Refuse Stamp meaning and effect? What I can do to remove it?

I am a Colombian citizen without EU residence. My boyfriend is German citizen and we were travelling from Tanzania to Amsterdam. I had already 90 free to stay in the Schengen area without visa. When ...
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Passport Stamping and Residents cards

I am a U.K. citizen with a Bulgarian residents card. If I fly into Spain, does my passport have to be stamped as a third country national now after Brexit. Also if I transit Spain or another Member ...
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Missing entry stamp into USA. Indian Passport with F1 Visa [duplicate]

I Travelled from DEL to EWR in Jan 2021. After Immigration in EWR, I found out that my passport is not stamped. I cross-checked the i-94 and It was updated. I'm sure that I won't face any issues in ...
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When driving from Paraguay to Brazil via Ciudad del Este, with the intent to drive back to Paraguay, does one need to get a stamp at the border?

When driving from Paraguay to Brazil via Ciudad del Este (Puente Internacional de la Amistad aka Friendship Bridge), with the intent to drive back to Paraguay (without going to another country before ...
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No stamp when entering France from UK [closed]

We moved to France last August. We come by car and the officers (both British and French) didn't stamp any of the passports. Now we are applying for my wife's residence permit - because she's not ...
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My USA passport to France wasn’t stamped, can I re-enter?

I’m American and recently bought a house in France. On July 17 I traveled from USA to France. On Oct 10 I returned to the USA (to make sure it was less than 90 days). Leaving France the border agent ...
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Can an Indian citizen on H-1B travel to visa-free countries for Indians (such as Nepal, Thailand) without an H-1B stamped on an Indian passport?

From what I know, you cannot get certain visas, such as a Schengen visa, from the US, if you do not have an H-1B visa stamped on the passport. However, certain countries do not require Indian citizens ...
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Why stamp a passport at LGW when only changing planes?

Wife and I flew JFK-LGW-BCN. At LGW, we were supposed to have 02:35 to change planes, but it was actually much shorter. Don't remember much other than some helpful people rushing us from place to ...
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Do blank passport pages have to be consecutive?

I have several blank pages in between already stamped pages. They didn't stamp the first available page, they just opened my passport and stamped. Do the pages still count as blank if they are blank ...
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Which Schengen countries (don't) stamp passports of ordinary residence permit holders?

The Schengen Borders Code doesn't prescribe an exception from stamping travel documents for holders of ordinary residence permits (as opposed to family member "Article 10"/"Article 20&...
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Can one extend a Thai 30-day visa-free stamp any time before the stamp's expiration or can one extend it only when close to the expiration?

I read on https://www.dontworryjusttravel.com/asiapacific/thailand/thailand-60-day-tourist-visa/#How_to_extend_your_stay_for_30_more_days_without_getting_a_Thailand_tourist_visa: Can I extend my ...
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UK immigration Stamps: Are there Different types?

In other years, I have received multiple stamps on my visa indicating "leave to enter" terms et cetera, but most recently, my visa was just stamped once with the entry date and no other stamps. What's ...
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Cross mark on a visa stamp - Bahamas

I've applied for a Bahamas visit visa from India and I just got my passport today. I see two stamps in my passport - one Bahamas 3 months visit visa stamp and another stamp (same visa) with a cross ...
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Passport not stamped French carte de sejour

I am an Egyptian national who lived as a student in France and when I flew out in 2008, my carte de sejour had expired some 3 months prior. At the airport, the official remarked upon it but I ...
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Will my Indian passport be stamped at Bangkok airport while I'm transiting?

Please assume the following: I am travelling from Bangalore to Singapore transiting through Bangkok. I am an Indian national. I will be travelling on one ticket. I won't be leaving the airport. I do ...
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Will my Indian passport be stamped at Kuala Lampur airport while I'm transiting?

Please assume the following: I am travelling from Singapore to Bangalore transiting through Kuala Lampur. I am an Indian national. I will be travelling on one ticket. I won't be leaving the airport. ...
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Indian citizens living abroad, renew passport in India

I am an Indian citizen living in Germany (with Residence Permit), I can renew my passport in Germany. But, I will be in India for 3 months and I can also easily renew my passport in India. If I ...
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