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Counting passport stamps

Airborne_Again wrote:

Do you mean illegal for citizens of that country or for any traveller? (Do you have examples of such countries?)

Both. Each country has different rules for both situations.

skydriller wrote:

Both. Each country has different rules for both situations.

Do you have an example of a country where it is illegal for a foreign traveller to carry two passports?

ESKC (Uppsala/Sundbro), Sweden

Saudi Arabia

There re loads of countries which don’t like you having a different (or a specific – Israel and the Middle East is a famous example) passport, but I don’t expect there will be any which care if you were physically searched and they found you carrying 2+ passports belonging to other countries unless there was something else going on (resulting in the physical search).

Regarding the funny numbers in the passport stamps, I am sure they either auto increment or are periodically changed, but unless they are entered into some database, they won’t do anything useful. The stamps are made with simple manual devices, not with anything tied to a “computer”.

Shoreham EGKA, United Kingdom

How do peripatetic immigration and customs inspectors manage, I wonder? A series of little inky holsters on their belts?

Last Edited by kwlf at 16 Oct 17:04

What happened to innocent until proven guilty? Is it really the traveller’s obligation to prove that he did comply with immigration rules? I can only guess that this can only be because immigration rules are rules applying to foreigners and not law applying to citizens.

EDQH, Germany

I think a country can choose to treat foreigners at the border any way it chooses.

Anyway, it will be interesting if anybody notices that backwards stamp in my passport. I will report here if anything happens

Between Andorra and Spain, no checks were being made in both directions (they are random) so you could easily get mismatched stamps; probably even more likely if you entered from say Spain and left via France.

Shoreham EGKA, United Kingdom
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