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Getting your passport stamped

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Where can I get my passport stamped since I'm crossing boarders by train
9 years ago, February 18th 2010 No: 1 Msg: #104065  
Hello, I will be backpacking parts of Europe by Eurail and I would like to get my passport stamped for each country I go in. Is there a place or places that I can go to to get a stamp? Reply to this

9 years ago, February 18th 2010 No: 2 Msg: #104116  
Not to my knowledge. I didn't get mine stamped anyway. Was disapointing. Also makes you wonder how they prove how long you've been in a country if they don't know when you arrived... Reply to this

9 years ago, February 18th 2010 No: 3 Msg: #104136  
Hello Lorriann 😊

They dont always stamp the passports. If they wave you on, I would just go with whatever they do or dont put in your passport. An Australian friend of my ex used to insist that the border guards always stamp his passport. They used to be irritated about it. No point in irritating them, in my opinion.

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9 years ago, February 18th 2010 No: 4 Msg: #104137  

Also makes you wonder how they prove how long you've been in a country if they don't know when you arrived...


I dont think they care much, if you are just a tourist from a country they dont consider to be a security risk. All this stuff about Schegen visas is still new, and things keep changing, so this may be why the boarder guards dont pay too much serious attention to when tourists enter and leave. Maybe that will change at some stage. Reply to this

9 years ago, February 18th 2010 No: 5 Msg: #104144  
On the train between Spain and France there weren't even any border guards. No checks of any kind. Reply to this

9 years ago, February 18th 2010 No: 6 Msg: #104150  
I have read in people's blogs that they would stop someone where and get their passports stamped. I don't know if it is tourist offices or what, But I know there is places that you can get it done other then boarders, well at least that's what I understood when I read the blogs, But I can't rememeber what blogs they were. Reply to this

9 years ago, February 18th 2010 No: 7 Msg: #104166  
Immigration offices maybe? Maybe they are at all borders, but I dont pay much attention to it, because I have a European passport so dont know for sure. Reply to this

9 years ago, February 18th 2010 No: 8 Msg: #104176  
Why not ask your countries consulate? They'd know. Reply to this

9 years ago, February 21st 2010 No: 9 Msg: #104462  
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Most places in the EU do not even have anything at the boarder you do not need the stamps it just cost more to get a new pasport when it runs out. Just enjoy your time and do not worry about stamps.

I would not stay longer then you can as they may notice and then you would not be allowed back.

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9 years ago, February 23rd 2010 No: 10 Msg: #104753  
I am thinking she isn't worried about her passport costing more. It is more to have a piece of memorabilia in her passport. I crossed the US/Canada border and i never got it stamped which i am kind of bummed about. I'll get it stamped this time. Reply to this

9 years ago, March 6th 2010 No: 11 Msg: #105854  
If you are travelling to Europe, you will only be stamped for your first stop into one of the Schengen countries, and then another stamp on your final stop when you are departing to a non-Shengen one. Land borders in-between the Schengen countries (such as the borders of Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Austria, Germany) are not likely to have passport controls at their borders, so you will not be able to get a stamp. I have driven through all of the borders mentioned above and the only indication you have entered a new country in most cases is a welcome billboard and a difference language on the road signs.

Some countries do allow you to pay for visas for tourist purposes, but these are the really small countries - such as Lichtenstein and San Marino. If you can, the visa stamp from San Marino is a really nice one, just head to the tourist office - but it will cost you five euro.
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9 years ago, March 8th 2010 No: 12 Msg: #105963  
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Mine was stamped when I got the Eurostar from London to Brussels - only on departure though. Reply to this

9 years ago, March 12th 2010 No: 13 Msg: #106313  
Yes u will get yours stamped if you use eurostar (UK stamped it). If you take a plane...mine got stamped in Ireland and Holland...but not when I took a plane from Italia to Spain....

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9 years ago, March 16th 2010 No: 14 Msg: #106597  
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Mine was stamped when I got the Eurostar from London to Brussels - only on departure though.



The UK is outside of the Schengen area, and it's a ridiculously paranoid country, so they always check passports when you enter or leave it, and obviously if it's not an EU passport you get a stamp. I believe the passport control desk at Brussels-Midi/Zuid has had more spiders behind it than people in the last few years.

AFAIK, tourist visas valid within the schengen area are still valid in all countries within it for the visa's duration, so you don't need the stamps. If you want to get stamped as a souvenir then they probably won't let you, because having stamps you don't need in your passport arouses suspicion in immigration officers. However when an international train crosses over a border to or from a country outside of the European Union, police will get on at the border station and check all passports. You'll get stamps here.
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9 years ago, March 17th 2010 No: 15 Msg: #106671  
Hi lorriann8you,
When I got my first Passport I thought it was "cool" to fill it with as many different country stamps as I could. Soon I was at a point that I needed to replace my full passport. Also, some countries require that you have 3 to 5 empty pages to enter. Today I am on my third passbook and I try to avoid having my passport stamped when possible, making it last quite a bit longer. But that's up to you. Good luck.
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