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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What can I do to prevent passport stamps being put on blank pages?

I'm running low on blank passport pages which are sometimes needed for full page visas such as those issued by Armenia, India, and Vietnam. When I crossed the border into Turkey the other day I got ...
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How to correct a passport stamp in the UK?

My daughter is visiting the UK from the US for a semester study-abroad program. Because it is less than 6 months, she doesn't need a Tier 4 visa. She arrived a few weeks before the program started in ...
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I didn't do any exit passport control when leaving Japan. What should I do?

I left Japan today on a 3 month tourist visa (I am a US citizen). I guess I was following some other people, or perhaps even I was just waved on, but I didn't speak with the exit passport controller ...
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Are there consequences to stamps in my passport that are not from border control?

I’m on a trip in Japan. I've seen many touristic places that offer stamps, many temples have it as a free souvenir. This is not the first time I’ve seen this type of souvenir, I also saw the same ...
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Immigration officer stamped “Indefinite leave to enter UK” in US passport of EU citizen. How to fix it?

At Heathrow yesterday, a US-Swedish dual citizen presented his US passport to immigration, as he had forgotten his Swedish one at home. He went in the non-EEA queue and was initially interviewed like ...
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Are there any repercussions from having an Israeli stamp in my passport?

I have heard people say that having a stamp from Israel in your passport can cause problems when trying to get into other countries. Is there any truth to this statement? If so, which countries does ...
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I was given someone else's visa, stamped in my passport

I applied for a UK visa but I received it with the wrong stamp. Somebody else's visa is stamped in my Passport. What do should I do?
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What does this strange code stamp on my passport mean?

On my last trip to the UK I got this strange stamp. I have the feeling I have been flagged but not sure why. Does anybody know if it is something I have to worry about? I am a US citizen.
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Passport stamps art, can it be done?

I've seen a photo in Twitter claiming that someone managed to make an art out of immigration stamps, as follows: Is it really possible to ask immigration officers to stamp in a certain way to end up ...
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Can I write notes in my passport?

There are many times when I'd like to jot a short note in my passport. For example, the business purpose of an entry into a country -- or for countries with automatic passport control and when I don't ...
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Are there any problems crossing Kosovo's international borders or having their stamp in your passport?

I'm thinking of heading from Romania to Serbia to Albania, possibly via Kosovo (on an Australian passport). Since Kosovo becoming a country wasn't unanimously popular in the region I'm a bit ...
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Will an Iranian or Kuwaiti visa or stamp in my passport pose a problem on a future visit to Israel?

In this question I learned that entering Kuwait with an Israeli stamp in your passport will be a problem. (Less surprising was that Iran doesn't like them either). Later during my current trip I am ...
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Can I re-enter the USA after a 1-day overstay 3 years ago?

I visited the USA with an ESTA Visa Waiver 3 years ago and I left the country one day late; instead of 90 days I left on the 91st day, because the flight was bought like this. I do not have any stamp ...
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My passport was stamped with an exit stamp while transiting to another Schengen country via Turkey. Was this a mistake?

We were travelling from Valencia to Athens via Istanbul, Turkey. We had a travel itinerary to visit Greece and had a valid Schengen Visa. However the visa officer at Valencia Airport stamped an exit ...
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Is it possible to travel to Israel if it's not recognised by your passport's country?

I'm wondering if it's possible for passport holders of countries that do not recognise other countries to travel to that particular country. Israel is not recognised by the Malaysian passport, so ...
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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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Will a UAE stamp in my passport cause problems entering Israel?

I will be traveling to Israel soon and am concerned because some colleagues have suggested that the visa stamps in my passport from the United Arab Emirates (eg Dubai) might cause me difficulties on ...
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Is there a program for Malaysia-Singapore commuters to avoid passport stamps (so the passport doesn't get full)?

Next year I'll be in Singapore for a month with school, visiting a university as a guest, but will have my hotel in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, and commute by bus CW2 or SJE to central Singapore. I know ...
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Can I enter Thailand without having my passport stamped?

Saudi Arabia and Thailand have no political relations due to the bizarre blue diamond affair. If my passport found to have a Thai stamp during renewal I will be fined some big fine and my passport ...
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Will I be allowed back in to UK despite a passport stamp as shown?

I am a Canadian who entered the UK a few weeks ago from Holland. I am an idiot and didn't really have much of a plan for how long/what I would be doing while in the UK. I didn't have a ticket out of ...
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What happens if there is no space for entry stamp in the passport for US visa?

I hold an Indian passport and have an F-1 Visa (multiple entry) for USA. I applied for a Schengen visa and it got approved but the Italian consulate has affixed the schengen visa sticker in a page ...
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Not stamping my foreign passport at US border

I have a question about having not been stamped in my passport at the US border. I am a non US citizen and arrived to JFK airport last year with a B1/B2 type visa. A woman officer standing at the ...
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Dutch immigration at St Pancras intl

We are a family of 3 taking direct train from London St Pancras intl to Amsterdam which has started in April 2018. We have valid Schengen visa already and we hold Indian passports. However I have a ...
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I am a Jamaican travelling on a B1/B2, transited through the US but never stayed, what does this US stamp mean?

I traveled through the US on 13 August to get to India. I didn't leave the airport, just got on a connecting flight, but the immigration officer stamped my passport to leave the US by February. Do I ...
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Is it a bad idea to travel to the USA when I have been to China with the same passport?

I am from Germany and plan to travel to the USA later this year. Following the current administration's questionable immigration and travel policies, I have concerns that I might get into trouble when ...
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No exit stamp on leaving Schengen area from Budapest to UK

I'm a Georgian national holding a multiple entry Schengen visa. Last summer I was traveling to Hungary, spent a few days there, then flew to the UK. The Hungarian border official did NOT stamp my ...
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Are there countries that are known to place their stamp at the end of the passport?

Like many travelers, I like collecting country stamps in my passport, and review them once in a while. I have visited a few countries on my current passport, and I've noticed an intriguing tendency. ...
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Not getting passport stamped when entering USA from abroad

I (a US citizen) recently returned from a trip abroad. When I entered the US via San Francisco (SFO), I had to do a bunch of stuff at a machine: scan my passport, answer a few questions, and take my ...
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Will Armenia and Azerbaijan permit a tourist to enter if they have the other country's stamp in their passport?

I know that there are certain pairs of countries (which do not get along with each other) where a traveller will not be permitted into one country if they have a stamp in their passport from a visit ...
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No Until date in USA admit stamp B1/B2

My USA entry stamp for B1/B2 only has admit date but the officer forgot to stamp or write Until date. How long can I stay in USA or do i need to reach out to anyone so I can stay in USA legally for 6 ...
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How do I ensure that border agents stamp my passport neatly, without wasting space, ruining blank pages, etc? [duplicate]

I'm an American living in the UK with my European-national spouse, and we recently entered the Schengen zone to visit family for Christmas. As I've been living here in Europe for 7 years and ...
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Missing Schengen entrance stamp

Last night I took a night train from Romania to Hungary. I shared a compartment with another American backpacker (and others.) The border crossing on the Romanian side was normal -- all of our ...
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What does this pen notation in my UK entry stamp mean?

I entered the UK from Paris once (riding the Eurostar train), and after the UK border control officer placed an entry stamp in my passport, he added a notation in pen (picture below). What does it ...
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What do the passport stamps for Guernsey and Jersey look like?

I am curious as to what the passport entry stamp for the Bailiwick of Guernsey and Bailiwick of Jersey look like. I would assume that I would receive a stamp if I enter from France since I am leaving ...
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Visa National - No Exit Stamp From France on Return to the UK

I work in the UK on a Tier 2 visa, and am an Indian citizen. I received a two-year French Schengen visa, which has a remark "COURT SEJ. CIRC." (short stay circulation) which I believe refers to the 90/...
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Declaring 'countries visited' at immigration after travelling with dual citizenship

I will travel on holiday to several countries eventually using both passports of my dual citizenship. When I return to my home country and enter immigration, I will need to fill in an entry ...
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Is it true that Canada doesn't stamp foreign passports by default?

I recently sent the CBSA (Canadian border agency) an e-mail asking whether one would get two or just one entry stamp if first entering Canada by air, then going to the US by land for two days and then ...
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Not getting passport stamped in Sweden

I just arrived to Sweden and did not get my passport stamped. However, it got stamped in Germany (I flew to Sweden through Germany) Is this normal?
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What's the difference between a square and hexagonal Visit Pass in Singapore?

I frequently visit Singapore on short business trips, and have usually received a rounded rectangular (for brevity, "square") Visit Pass stamp. However, on my last visit, the officer first stamped a ...
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Entered UK using my now-lost UK passport; can I go to Spain using my US passport?

I am a dual US and UK citizen. I was born in the US, but my father is British and I have lived in the UK the last 4 years. I have a trip booked to Spain that leaves tomorrow and through a complicated ...
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Left UK without passing through Immigration, why?

Last year, I traveled to the UK for a conference. Upon entry, my passport was stamped confirming my entry via immigration. Upon my exit, surprisingly (and something I'm been wondering about ever ...
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Wrong passport stamp when entering Schengen

I was flying into Schengen Area (Denmark) from a non-Schengen country (Ireland), and with a non-EU/EEA passport of course I will get a passport stamp every time I cross the Schengen border. But this ...
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Getting passport stamps inside Schengen Area

It is known that passport stamps are a kind of collection for many people. But, inside European Union, we -EU citizens- are allowed to travel without passport, just with our national ID card (if we ...
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What do “RIC” and “RE” on Armenian passport stamps mean?

I'm a Turkish student studying in Armenia and while we were crossing the land border with my Israeli friend, no one else but us got these abbreviations (I guess) written on our passport stamps (and we ...
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Does the UK still issue visa refusal stamps in passports?

I was refused a visa in 2015 and received the letter with the explanation for the refusal and code etc, however there is no stamp in my passport showing I was refused. In years gone by (admittedly ...
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What does this black-font Israeli stamp on my Passport mean?

I applied for B2 Tourist visa at Israel embassy in New Delhi last week. But my visa application got rejected and stamped a black stamp on my passport. What does black stamp mean? After how much time ...
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No Albanian entry stamp received at the border. Would this cause issues for future visits?

I recently entered Albania with an EU passport, but I noticed that I received no entry stamp. As an EU citizen, was I supposed to receive an entry stamp? If I was, would this cause problems for me ...
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Is immigration unmanned at Mayotte airport when arriving from Paris?

A Peruvian guy is flying from Paris to Mayotte (a French overseas department) on a direct Air Austral flight. He is visa-exempt for mainland France, but not for Mayotte. When I flew from Paris to ...
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At US Immigration if stamping done says until xyz date, does it mean leave the country by that date or reach home country by that date

I am on visitors visa to USA from India . At the immigration in USA , the stamping was done and on it was written "until mon 02 2019" (as I told the offficial my return ticket is on 25th february 2019)...
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Is it possible to request a passport stamp when traveling between Schengen countries?

I was just reading San Marino's Wikivoyage page and saw this under "Do": Get your passports stamped at the tourist information centre. This is an excellent souvenir as they stick a visa tax stamp ...

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