Visas and passport stamps come in all shapes and colors.
There are larger visas, smaller visas, decorated visas and text only visas. Some are purchased at the border and called Visa on Arrival (VOA), while others have to be previously requested at an embassy.
Some entry or exit stamps are blue, others red and some colored in pink. Some are beautiful, others less appealing and some even blurred.
I think that even if a traveler does not travel to “collect” stamps in the passport, we all feel glad to have them. Somehow we can recall the experiences through which we passed while on the road, and the memories they might bring through our old passports.
👮 Passport under UV Light
Do you know what a passport looks like under the UV Light from a counterfeit bill detector machine? I guess this is how immigration police checks for fake passports.
I have five full passports and my current one is almost full. On this page I “show off” two of my previous passports full of stamps and visas. Get inspired and go explore the world…
🛂 Peek Inside a full passport – Gallery 1
🛂 Peek Inside a full passport – Gallery 2
👍 World’s most useful passports for traveling
- Finland, France, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom
- Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, United States of America
- Austria, Japan, Singapore
- Canada, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, South Korea, Switzerland
- Greece, New Zealand
- Hungary, Czech Republic, Iceland
👎 World’s least useful passports for traveling
- Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Nepal, Palestinian Territory, Sudan
- Kosovo, South Sudan, Yemen
- Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lebanon, Sri Lanka
- Burundi, Myanmar, North Korea
NOTE: I hold a Portuguese passport. In February 2016, Portuguese citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival – VOA – access to 172 countries and territories. Ranking the 6th in the world tied with Canada, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, South Korea and Switzerland. Germany ranks 1st with access to 177 countries visa-free or VOA. Portugal is a neutral political country in the majority of problematic world events. Due to that reason, apart from raking in 6th place, this passport has no difficulty on getting all the other missing visas and at a cheaper price.