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