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What's it like? Do you have many stamps?

MarkH (MarkH), Monday, 16 September 2002 12:28 (seventeen years ago) link

I don't have many, coz most of the countries I've visited are in the EU.

MarkH (MarkH), Monday, 16 September 2002 12:29 (seventeen years ago) link

My passport has no stamps. I think it is in a drawer somewhere.

jel -- (jel), Monday, 16 September 2002 12:29 (seventeen years ago) link

i don't even got one.

g-kit (g-kit), Monday, 16 September 2002 12:30 (seventeen years ago) link

Mine has a picture of me when I was v. chubby with long platinum blonde hair, with a fringe. It looks nothing like me and I think I'll have to buy a wig just to pass through customs - but they'll probably work out it's a wig and still think I'm an imposter.

toraneko (toraneko), Monday, 16 September 2002 12:34 (seventeen years ago) link

Never been used (my current one, anyway), apart from to prove to Alix that I'm not a fogey like her. When is it you do get your passport stamped?

Graham (graham), Monday, 16 September 2002 12:35 (seventeen years ago) link

Have Japan, Mexico & Sri Lanka in mine, which is about three years old. You stamp for various visa purposes - not usually in the EU.

Pete (Pete), Monday, 16 September 2002 12:37 (seventeen years ago) link

I was expecting to get it stamped when I went to Switzerland, seeing as that's not in the EU, but the Customs man there was the most blasé of all. He was even chatting on the phone in his booth (from his body language I would guess it was a personal call) and didn't even look at my passport. The best stamp was from Jordan. There were three bits to it, one of which was like a postage stamp and one of which read (somewhat ominously) "Please Contact the Nearest Police Station Within 14 Days". I think I only stayed 14 days as I recall.

MarkH (MarkH), Monday, 16 September 2002 12:37 (seventeen years ago) link

i have one stamp and my picture looks like nan goldin met andy warhol- i love my passport.

anthony easton (anthony), Monday, 16 September 2002 13:22 (seventeen years ago) link

I've got a new one that has a photo that thankfully looks like me. Unused up until The Big Trip I was just on, and now the tender offices of Australia and NZ's immigration services have left their mark.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 16 September 2002 14:28 (seventeen years ago) link

I got a new one which has this picture of me looking haggard and angry from walking around town all day before it was taken. My hair is quite long in it unlike the previous shaved head picture I had, but it's still all wrong and a possible target for jokes from bouncers because now my hair is short again, oh well.

Ronan (Ronan), Monday, 16 September 2002 14:34 (seventeen years ago) link

I only have one stamp, from Estonia. The picture is me as a 16-year-old goth (well not quite goth, but going through a 'hey, dressing like Melissa Auf Der Mayer is really cool' burgundy hair and magenta lipstick phase. I look like a drug addict runaway.)

Anna (Anna), Monday, 16 September 2002 14:49 (seventeen years ago) link

bet they loved that in Tallinn. I did consider heading down to San Marino whilst in Italy to get a stamp. There's no passport control, but the local Post Office will stamp yr passport for 5 euros. As it was, the only tiny independent state I visited was the Vatican, where only the wearing of skimpy gear will bar your entry. I do look like my passport picture but I look a scruff in it (shirt collar out of jumper on one side, tucked in on the other).

MarkH (MarkH), Monday, 16 September 2002 14:56 (seventeen years ago) link

It's got loads of stamps, most of them visas of one sort or another saying that yes, I am qualified to reside and work in the USA.

The photo is 13 years old, it's from when I was a goth. I had long black hair, purple eyeshadow and a nosering in it. It gets lots of funny looks as I'm going through airports.

My green card is much cooler. It's not green, it's white, and it's got secret computer chip coding stuff on the back of it. An interesting fact about my green card: the shirt I am wearing in my photo is exactly the same shirt from the cover to 13 tales from urban bohemia. Oooh, isn't that exciting?

kate, Monday, 16 September 2002 15:36 (seventeen years ago) link

I have Estonia, Japan, New Zealand and the USA. I look like a dork in the photo. Well, I think I look all right, but everyone says ha ha dork. I'm wearing a suit and stuff.

The USA stamp is the crappiest. The Japanese one is the most ornate.

N. (nickdastoor), Monday, 16 September 2002 15:48 (seventeen years ago) link

I used to have a passport with Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and Liechtenstein stamps -- Liechtenstein cost 2DM I believe, which made it very beautiful and ornate. Now I have a new passport since the old one's expired and it just has one stamp from entering the UK. Oh, and in the photo I resemble a serial killer.

Mandee, Monday, 16 September 2002 15:56 (seventeen years ago) link

In my photo, I am wearing headphones. I forgot I had them on, which says something about how much I wear them. Still, if I'm travelling alone, I'll have the headphones on when I go through customs anyway. I was slightly sorry to lose my nice solid old passport, because it had a few trips to America and India and lots of Euro destinations on it. The new one is a bit clean.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Monday, 16 September 2002 17:56 (seventeen years ago) link

err reykjavik and london. but it's since expired, which means i'll have to start again with a bunch of empty pages.

still waiting for effing poland to get accepted into the EU.

mark p (Mark P), Monday, 16 September 2002 18:12 (seventeen years ago) link

Bergen, Bangkok, Istanbul and Perth in mine. I look like a convicted murderer in the photo.

chris (chris), Monday, 16 September 2002 18:15 (seventeen years ago) link

Mine has Germany, England, Israel and Italy.
My passport was in my trousers (hehe I almost said pants hehe) and went through the wash. My passport doesn't look very nice anymore.

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Monday, 16 September 2002 19:17 (seventeen years ago) link

I look like a thug, despite the tasteful suede jacket and plaid shirt combo. Or is that my photocard?

(goes to check)

yes, it is my photocard. I do look like a thug in my passport, though. I could pass for an Eastern European spy, if it weren't for the visible upside-down Belle and Sebastian badge on my lapel. However, it's better than before, in which I had a purple tie-dyed shirt, lank, unwashed chin-length hair and a slightly obscene pout.

I only have the USA. I used to have Canada and the USSR, which are cooler. Sigh.

Mark C (Mark C), Tuesday, 17 September 2002 09:06 (seventeen years ago) link

The USA stamp is the crappiest

I agree, N., the one in my passport only has the words "Admitted: Houston" and the date in library-stylee datestamp format. The Canadian one is better coz it at least says Canada and has a maple leaf. It's odd how the EU passport makes a big deal of the "this passport contains x numbered pages" malarkey in all the different languages, but the customs officials blatantly disregard what's there already and stamp on whatever page they want.

When I applied for a passport I gave my birthplace as 'Edmonton, London', but wished I'd just said 'London' as the passport came back with just 'Edmonton', giving many ppl the impression that I was born in Canada. This was because I remember being told how my father had given his birthplace as 'London' for my birth certificate and was told this was insufficiently detailed. He replied, quite reasonably, "I can't remember it was a long time ago."

As my picture, it was the first one I had done in the newer, posher (or so it seemd in 1996) PhotoMe booths where you get the chance to choose which pic to actually use. It's mnonochrome and I look v. sombre, perhaps in response to hearing that yr not supposed to smile. I look very dark around the eyes, but maybe not enough to make me look like a Goth.

MarkH (MarkH), Tuesday, 17 September 2002 09:25 (seventeen years ago) link

Thailand give you a whole extra page for the visa, but then they crudely staple it in. Australian visa stramps are kind of boring, but Bergen has a nice cute mountain hut on it.

chris (chris), Tuesday, 17 September 2002 09:31 (seventeen years ago) link

My photo is indescribable - instead of the smiley, pleasant person I (sometimes) really am, I look like a Nazi death-camp guard.

I have lots of stamps, let's count - USA (23), Australia (3), NZ (1), South Africa (1), Japan (3), Singapore (2), Estonia (Nooooo-oooo!!). I seem to have a valid Australian visa too.

Most of these stamps date from 1997-2000, when I travelled lots with work. I hated the job more than I could say, but I discovered some great record shops!

Dr. C (Dr. C), Tuesday, 17 September 2002 09:58 (seventeen years ago) link

What's with Estonia? I think I've heard of it (hold on - Googles...) it's somewhere it Europe. Why have so many of you been there?

toraneko (toraneko), Tuesday, 17 September 2002 12:28 (seventeen years ago) link

It's the Ayres Rock of Eastern Europe.

N. (nickdastoor), Tuesday, 17 September 2002 12:31 (seventeen years ago) link

mine has a pic of me when i was a teenage wigger. it has two stamps - one for going into aussie, and one for leaving.

di smith (lucylurex), Tuesday, 17 September 2002 19:55 (seventeen years ago) link

Do americans no longer get stamps entering EU countries? I made it in & then back out with no stamps at all this summer. I've always wanted to ask for one at the CA border, but the line of cars is so long that I haven't wanted to hold up the line to ask for a stamp.

lyra (lyra), Tuesday, 17 September 2002 20:05 (seventeen years ago) link

mine has two russian visas in with 'anulirovano' stamped on one, which prompted russian policemen to almost arrest me several times. it also has other russian stamps in as i tried to prolong my stay, with some hotel related ephemera. i like the redones, that i still think of as the 'new' ones. my folks really made a fuss about losing their old style blue ones (im talking uk here)

ambrose (ambrose), Tuesday, 17 September 2002 23:13 (seventeen years ago) link

The USA stamp is the crappiest

Can't we do anything right??

Mary (Mary), Wednesday, 18 September 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) link

yes, combine peanut butter and chocolate.

chris (chris), Wednesday, 18 September 2002 08:33 (sixteen years ago) link

What is a "teenage wigger"?

Sarah (starry), Wednesday, 18 September 2002 08:37 (sixteen years ago) link

You are.

Dr. C (Dr. C), Wednesday, 18 September 2002 08:44 (sixteen years ago) link

I am twenty one don't you know!

Sarah (starry), Wednesday, 18 September 2002 08:46 (sixteen years ago) link

five years pass...

kind of red, not too well-used, with -- yep -- an embarrassing photo. still, not long before i can change it.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Tuesday, 18 September 2007 11:40 (eleven years ago) link

Mine has: a couple of pages of full page Australian residents visas, which are kinda cool, the horrible US Visa Waiver stamp (and associated shitty bit of paper stapled in), an awesome full page full colour Indian visa, and two or three apparently indestructible Virgin Atlantic hand luggage stickers on the back. Good times.

caek, Tuesday, 18 September 2007 11:43 (eleven years ago) link

Very boring, nothing apart from US visa waiver stamps. A bit battered by use.

Ed, Tuesday, 18 September 2007 11:45 (eleven years ago) link

an awesome full page full colour Indian visa

I have a few of those. Personal visa of pride: Myanmar. Not out of love for regime or anything, just not a lot of people have them. Oh dear, that's not something good at all :(

kv_nol, Tuesday, 18 September 2007 11:47 (eleven years ago) link

Not much in it. Two older passports were more interesting but:

1. Lost the first one in New York

2. Boiled the other one to smithereens in a washing machine in Portugal, trying to do a wash while still drunk from the night before

Tom D., Tuesday, 18 September 2007 11:48 (eleven years ago) link

I've just got my third passport. Wow that makes me feel old. Haven't used it yet, it remains pristine for the time being. Happily to change in January. The other two have lots of stamps in them though.

gem, Tuesday, 18 September 2007 11:49 (eleven years ago) link

Pretty new-ish with the electronic chip in it which means only lining up for two minutes in Melbourne compared to oh, fucking hours in LA. Not much except for US and New Zealand stamps. My old one was better with some cool EU stamps.

King Boy Pato, Tuesday, 18 September 2007 11:49 (eleven years ago) link

Mine is coming to the end of its life.

From the front:

Green Virgin security dot (cover)
stray staple from somewhere
Japan customs sheet (stapled)
Hong Kong
US A2 (expired) and shitload of A2 stamps
another staple
Sri Lanka
some Thai handwriting for about half a page
yet another staple
Big Full Page India Visa
US A2 (valid) and a shitload of A2 stamps
just one more staple
Big Full Page Cambodia Visa
Jordan (including a laminated postage stamp and giant CONTACT POLICE STATION WITHIN 14 DAYS stamp)
Pile of Virgin security stickers

aldo, Tuesday, 18 September 2007 11:59 (eleven years ago) link

business or pleasure?

RJG, Tuesday, 18 September 2007 12:01 (eleven years ago) link

Both. Thanks for asking.

aldo, Tuesday, 18 September 2007 12:01 (eleven years ago) link

a pleasure doing business

RJG, Tuesday, 18 September 2007 12:03 (eleven years ago) link

The only stamps I have are from Barbados.

I was promised an Albanian one but it didn't materialise. Fucking bastards.

*rumpie*, Tuesday, 18 September 2007 12:19 (eleven years ago) link

some stamps from US and Ukraine

Ste, Tuesday, 18 September 2007 13:13 (eleven years ago) link

UK 2x, Holland, Canada on the latest.

Lost one in Glasgow years ago and it was confirmed by US immigration on the last trip that I will be asked for the circumstances of that loss and my mother's maiden name for THE REST OF MY LIFE whenever I re-enter the US.

the higgs, Wednesday, 19 September 2007 05:32 (eleven years ago) link

Mine only has exit and entry stamps for the UK and is about to expire, which means I went almost 10 years ago now blimey. Only OS trip Ive done :( I'll get to the US some day soon.

Trayce, Wednesday, 19 September 2007 09:58 (eleven years ago) link

five months pass...

I accidentally left my passport in my pant when I came back from Amsterdam and it went through the washer and dryer. It's pretty rumpled up, the front cover is trying to pull away from the photo page. Would a customs agent accept my explanation that it went through the laundry, or would they suspect me of trying to fuck with it? Should I get another before I travel out of the country again?

Rock Hardy, Friday, 22 February 2008 01:40 (eleven years ago) link

im sure thatll come in handy

lag∞n, Saturday, 24 March 2012 14:13 (seven years ago) link

At this point it's mostly good for getting to use shorter customs lines when traveling but that's certainly something.

wolf kabob (ENBB), Saturday, 24 March 2012 14:19 (seven years ago) link

so weird how DL pictures usually suck, but I can't think of a bad pp picture I've seen.

pplains, Saturday, 24 March 2012 14:49 (seven years ago) link

u get to choose yr passport pic, where at the dmv they just take it w/a super sucky camera and youre stuck

lag∞n, Saturday, 24 March 2012 14:52 (seven years ago) link

i worked at photolab where we took passport pictures and people were always asking for reshoots

lag∞n, Saturday, 24 March 2012 14:53 (seven years ago) link

The one I took for this one was horrible. I thought I looked like a serial killer but then the lady at the embassy said something about how it was a great picture and I should be in hollywood and I couldn't tell if she was mocking me or not. I felt like The Griswolds in European Vacation when the French concierge makes fun of all their pictures.

wolf kabob (ENBB), Saturday, 24 March 2012 14:59 (seven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Mine recently expired. I suppose I have to get a new picture? It says I can renew through the mail and my old passport picture is accurate enough!

Pretty sure you have to get new pics, sorry

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 13 April 2012 18:12 (seven years ago) link

general rule of thumb: whatever option costs money is the option that Immigration will recommend

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 13 April 2012 18:12 (seven years ago) link

Recently renewed my passport. The previous one contained stamps from just one trip to Ireland in 2000.

The passport before that one expired after a single use in 1981. On that trip I flew to London as the cheapest possible way to cross the ocean, after which I took a bus from London to Athens. This meant I got to cross a lot of borders and so it contained many stamps from countries I 'visited' for a few hours en route.

Aimless, Friday, 13 April 2012 18:57 (seven years ago) link

£77 to renew this thing kmt kmt kmt

before i did the conversion i was boggling at how inexpensive a uk passport is

but otm

Masonic Butt (Lamp), Friday, 13 April 2012 19:55 (seven years ago) link

heh last summer I got pages added to my passport. did it about three weeks after a new policy was implemented that charged $77 USD for the privilege. before that, it was free. fuckers

swaghand (dayo), Friday, 13 April 2012 19:58 (seven years ago) link

Renewing an expired passport / renewing a valid passport = costs exactly the same. which seems really assholeish to me.

Immigration are jerks and I hate them always.

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 13 April 2012 21:32 (seven years ago) link

Immigration are jerks and I hate them always.

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pplains, Friday, 13 April 2012 21:38 (seven years ago) link


Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 13 April 2012 21:58 (seven years ago) link

whatever option costs money is the option that Immigration will recommend

sex change

L'ennui, cette maladie de tous les (Michael White), Friday, 13 April 2012 22:01 (seven years ago) link

they would if they could make you pay them for the operation

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 13 April 2012 22:32 (seven years ago) link

While I'm at it, I might look at dual citizenship too, costs not much more than a passport.

really love going through my passport for the stamps in it, to remember all those trips. which is why i do not want to hand it over once it expires/runs out of empty pages. is that smth you can do?

Jibe, Saturday, 14 April 2012 05:19 (seven years ago) link

Ask to keep the old passport and they'd prb do sth like stamp 'void' on the picture page and/or cut the corners off the other pages.

salsa shark, Saturday, 14 April 2012 11:24 (seven years ago) link

'or cut the corners off the other pages'

salsa shark, Saturday, 14 April 2012 11:25 (seven years ago) link

beachville, Saturday, 14 April 2012 11:34 (seven years ago) link

right they clip a corner off the cover, here in canada
i get the 48 page passport now which makes me feel worldly and special but
it's just really easy to rack up stamps going in and out of places

just walking across the border from shenzhen to hk and back = chinese exit stamp + hk U CAN STAY FOR 90 DAYS stamp + hk entry stamp + hk departed + china entry

some of the worst moments of my life have been losing my passport in foreign states---- i never actually LOSE it, i just can't find it. last time i lost it in korea somehow, with zero money in my pocket, just a plane ticket. i tore through the home of the girl i was staying with several dozen times, then did this inch by inch search, sweating profusely, heart racing. funny storrrry. suddenly a vague memory came to me of giving it to the girl to look after or something and i sort of asked her casually, "hey have you seen my passport???"

my passport is always weathered and looks slightly waterdamaged from soaking in lapsweat in a front pocket.

also i like standing in airport customs lineups or whatever and checking out passports.

dylannn, Saturday, 14 April 2012 11:37 (seven years ago) link

thanks to seeing this thread a few days ago, i remembered to renew my passport!

they just clipped the upper corner off and let me keep the old one.
it's too bad its time has come to an end - i had a pretty gnarly stamp collection going (for someone who doesn't travel for work):
Egypt (this one is super nice looking with a little silver reflective sticker)

Porto for Pyros (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 18:10 (seven years ago) link

My passport is mainly full of US entry stamps, US Visas and holes where the uncivilised thugs staple I-94s in place.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 20:56 (seven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

currently renewing mine, using this pic from a wedding 'photo booth'

sup h8rs

lag∞n, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 22:03 (seven years ago) link

classic passport facial expression

mine will never be revealed itt

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 22:07 (seven years ago) link

ooh btw I learned about travelling with dual passports on the fly

totally got confused by the whole, use my Australian pp to enter/leave, use my american pp to enter. Customs/Border/Immigration ppl at the airports were v helpful in this regard, which surprised me bc their office-bound counterparts are the exact opposite of helpful

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 22:09 (seven years ago) link

you mean use the aussie passport to enter and leave australia, right?
and the US passport to enter the US, right?

makes sense. shorter lines, no time limit on your stay.

mr. jane goodall (toandos), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 00:50 (seven years ago) link

sup icey

pplains, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 00:57 (seven years ago) link

xpost - exactly! it makes total sense when you say it out loud but for some reason this was a v difficult concept for my tiny brain to grasp

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 01:25 (seven years ago) link

rip 2002

lag∞n, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 18:14 (seven years ago) link

why is this so stressful?

Lamp, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 01:47 (seven years ago) link

because everything to do with Immigration is always stressful, imo

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 02:28 (seven years ago) link

I am dealing with country A -> use country A passport if you have it. I am so silly about travel. If I had two passports, they'd be labeled or buried in a pouch labeled by country

mh, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 02:52 (seven years ago) link

Luckily they are labelled by country on their front cover :)

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 02:53 (seven years ago) link

some are blue, some are maroon, maybe there are other colors

lag∞n, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 02:54 (seven years ago) link

feel like green could also be a passport color

lag∞n, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 02:56 (seven years ago) link

I would like a red passport

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 03:00 (seven years ago) link

the real question is why did i wait so long to renew my passport

Lamp, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 03:34 (seven years ago) link

everyone waits so long to renew their passport. you are not alone <3

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 03:47 (seven years ago) link

this is probably true. otoh i have left this about as long as i could before i made it impossible to actually go on the trip that i have booked. despite the fact that i work about ten minutes from the consulate and have had a completed application sitting in my desk drawer for like a month oh well baring any extraordinary circumstances i should have my emergency passport tomorrow

it is annoying that it takes so gd long to get a non-emergency passport my bf got his in like two weeks w/o any rush stupid canadians

Lamp, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 04:01 (seven years ago) link

having it is the main thing, don't beat yourself up too much

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 04:25 (seven years ago) link

trip-wise, where are you going?

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 04:25 (seven years ago) link

three months pass...

Just got a new UK passport, I rather like the pastoral scenes and weather symbols. Very practical temperature conversion scale in the gutter margin as well.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Thursday, 9 August 2012 14:22 (seven years ago) link

eight months pass...

I had my UK first adult passport interview today, quite odd. It felt like a mix between a conversation with someone who finds you inexplicably interesting and psychoanalysis. (Maybe that's also what psychoanalysis feels like.) Is this new? Whenever I mention it to people they're surprised that it's a thing.

the kind of man who best draws girls' eyeballs (Merdeyeux), Friday, 26 April 2013 19:58 (six years ago) link

Argh. I have to renew my (Canadian) passport. Apparently, they'll let me back in with an expired one, but getting back into the Land of the Free™ will be a challenge. It'll be my first time renewing it whilst outside of Canada. Anyone have experience with this?

c21m50nh3x460n, Friday, 26 April 2013 20:30 (six years ago) link

Idk how hard canada is, but renewing my nz passport while in the US was way easier than expected (except I wanted to change it to my married name but that was gonna make it 10x harder).

just1n3, Saturday, 27 April 2013 02:12 (six years ago) link

Well, the biggest issue for me is if I can still claim my place in Canada as being my place of residence. Think I'll give the Canadian consulate a ring.

c21m50nh3x460n, Monday, 29 April 2013 17:25 (six years ago) link

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