I wonder why member countries of the European Union will not stamp a passport.

@Asylum (48273)
Manchester, England
May 6, 2016 10:18am CST
We are all aware that travel throughout the European Union is unrestricted and therefore stamping a passport is superfluous, but I discovered that they will not even do so on request. I found this out several years ago when I flew to Poland. I actually miss getting the entries in my passport these days compared with the selection of stamps that I used to accumulate. Therefore, on arrival at passport control at Krakow airport I asked if my passport could possibly be stamped as a memento of my visit. This request received a rather abrupt “No”. Since I have the right to remain in the country for as long as I wish, the stamp would not cause any issue or conflict whatsoever. Does anyone know of a valid reason for this, other than the attitude of the person on passport control?
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@LadyDuck (163770)
• Switzerland
6 May 16
Those are the Schengen zone rules, you cannot have the passport stamped if you travel among Schengen countries. You can have it stamped if you go from Schengen country to non Schengen country or vice versa. May be from July you can have the passport stamed at Krakow airport... if you quit Europe.
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@Asylum (48273)
• Manchester, England
6 May 16
I accept that the ruling exists Anna, but cannot understand any reason for it. The stamping of a passport may be superfluous, but there is no logic behind forbidding the practice.
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@Asylum (48273)
• Manchester, England
6 May 16
@LadyDuck It does sound absurd enough to be a European Parliament decision.
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@LadyDuck (163770)
• Switzerland
7 May 16
@Asylum I suppose that everything about Schengen and European borders is ruled by European Parliament. More money wasted by tax payers.
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@Inlemay (16654)
• South Africa
9 May 16
we had our passports stamped in Ireland from Spain and they are both EU ?
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@Asylum (48273)
• Manchester, England
9 May 16
Yes, but you did not arrive there from a member country. If you flew from Ireland to Spain they would not have stamped the passport in Spain. You would receive one stamp on entering the EU, then none afterwards.
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@Inlemay (16654)
• South Africa
9 May 16
@Asylum Ok - so we flew from Belgium to Barcelona, to Rome, then back to Barcelona then to Ireland then Home to SA - Is Ireland not included in the Schengen Visa EU states?
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@Asylum (48273)
• Manchester, England
9 May 16
@Inlemay Ireland is not part of the Schengen area, but it is a member of the European Union.
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@blitzfrick (2912)
• United States
19 May 16
After reading some of the comments, I now believe I must travel Europe while I'm a US citizen. I wonder what they do about people who hold dual citizenship, one as a EU member and the second as a non-EU citizen.
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@Asylum (48273)
• Manchester, England
19 May 16
In such a case it would depend on which passport you used.
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• United States
19 May 16
@Asylum I didn't even think of having two passports but ::slaps forehead:: U R Right!
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@Asylum (48273)
• Manchester, England
20 May 16
@blitzfrick There have been instances where a dual passport holder has been deported and has attempted to return on a different passport. Of course this does not work because the deportation is recorded on the computer system.
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@Bluedoll (17063)
• Canada
6 May 16
Not sure why when requested they would refuse. Hope you get the answer to that question.
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@Asylum (48273)
• Manchester, England
6 May 16
It did come as quite a surprise to me, especially since I already have all the permissions that the stamp would provide.
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@Bluedoll (17063)
• Canada
6 May 16
@Asylum It's possible you ran across a lazy worker?
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@Asylum (48273)
• Manchester, England
6 May 16
@Bluedoll That is always a possibility.
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@yukimori (9066)
• United States
6 May 16
Are they one of the countries that only track things electronically? I remember seeing somewhere that there are a few countries that don't bother with stamps at all, so it would make sense if they didn't have the ability to actually stamp the passport. Have you ever run into the issue again, or was it just that one time in Poland?
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@Asylum (48273)
• Manchester, England
6 May 16
It is only member country passports that do not get stamped.
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• United States
6 May 16
@Asylum Actually, my students and I are Americans. When we passed from one EU country to another, they did not want to stamp our passports either.
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@Asylum (48273)
• Manchester, England
7 May 16
@ElizabethWallace The system is that they would stamp your passport at the point that you entered the EU, but once inside further movement is unrestricted.
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@wiLLmaH (8230)
• Singapore, Singapore
20 May 16
Here in Singapore, if you resident/citizen they are not stamping our passports.
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@Asylum (48273)
• Manchester, England
20 May 16
Obviously every country has the same scenario, but there are about 20 countries in the EU.
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@wiLLmaH (8230)
• Singapore, Singapore
20 May 16
@Asylum In Philippines, they will stamp the passport every person who went through the immigration.
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@Asylum (48273)
• Manchester, England
20 May 16
@wiLLmaH I flew home from Malta a few days ago, but my passport was not stamped in Malta.
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• United States
7 May 16
I've been to a number of foreign countries and my passport is still pristine. Not a ghost of a stamp. :-(
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@Asylum (48273)
• Manchester, England
7 May 16
The first time that I travelled abroad and did not have my passport stamped was to Russia, which was a real surprise.
• United States
7 May 16
@Asylum The only way to get a passport stamped for me, is to get a National Parks Passport!
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@Asylum (48273)
• Manchester, England
7 May 16
@Jeanniemaries I am assuming that this is a document granting access to national parks.
@BelleStarr (39060)
• United States
14 May 16
I miss them too and I have no idea why we don't get them any more, it makes our passports look awfully empty!!
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@Asylum (48273)
• Manchester, England
15 May 16
I only have 8visa stamps in my passport so far.
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@BelleStarr (39060)
• United States
16 May 16
@Asylum I think I have less even though I travel quite a lot.
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@thelme55 (14716)
• Germany
20 May 16
I think the reason is because we are members of Europe and the Schengen rules applied to us. The passports are only controled, checked on the duanne computers but no stamps on them. Maybe to those who are not members of the European Community will have their passports stamped. I miss those times when my passport was full of stamps from the European countries I have been to in the 80s.
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@Asylum (48273)
• Manchester, England
20 May 16
Yes, other nationals do have their passports stamped.
@LoriAMoore (4678)
• United States
19 May 16
I don't understand it either and it's not just European Union countries. Cuba wouldn't stamp my American passport and some of the Caribbean nations won't either, even if you ask.
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@Asylum (48273)
• Manchester, England
20 May 16
My passport was not stamped in Russia, although I know the reason for that one. That happened back in 1981 and anyone applying for a US visa would have problems if their passport held a Russian visa stamp.
@garymarsh6 (14264)
• United Kingdom
8 May 16
MY old passport is full of stamps however non from the EU. I was really lucky in China as every airport we arrived at they stamped my passport but would not stamp some of the others. I had around six in total or perhaps they were just keeping an extra eye on me. A smile and a gesture seemed to work for me but when others attempted it they were met with a blank faced NO.
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@Asylum (48273)
• Manchester, England
8 May 16
My current passport has 8 stamps so far, but my previous 10 year passport had just one.
@acelawrites (11804)
• Philippines
7 May 16
Don't know about it; maybe they have some protocols to follow.
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@Asylum (48273)
• Manchester, England
7 May 16
It seems quite illogical and without foundation.
@Corbin5 (109662)
• United States
6 May 16
I have no idea why a simple stamp would be met with a "no." Strange.
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@Asylum (48273)
• Manchester, England
6 May 16
It came as a complete surprise to me.
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@Fleura (7195)
• United Kingdom
6 May 16
No idea, sorry. Perhaps they no longer have the stamps available? Do they still stamp non-EU passports?
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@Asylum (48273)
• Manchester, England
6 May 16
Yes, passports for non EU members are stamped, so naturally they must have stamps.
• United States
6 May 16
I was still taking kids when this first started being the case. I was able to talk a couple of men into doing so for the students, but that didn't last long.