Peek Inside a Full Passport and be inspired to Travel

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Updated August 10, 2016 / João Leitão / 21 Comments / / Reading time 1 minute
Peek Inside a full passport and be inspired to travel

Peek Inside a full passport and be inspired to travel

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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.

How many stamps can you fit in one passport page? Countless...

How many stamps can you fit in one passport page? Countless…

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

Page of passport full of stamps

Page of passport full of stamps

🛂 Peek Inside a full passport – Gallery 2

Page of a full passport

Page of a full passport

👍 World’s most useful passports for traveling

  1. Germany
  2. Sweden
  3. Finland, France, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom
  4. Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, United States of America
  5. Austria, Japan, Singapore
  6. Canada, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, South Korea, Switzerland
  7. Greece, New Zealand
  8. Australia
  9. Malta
  10. Hungary, Czech Republic, Iceland

👎 World’s least useful passports for traveling

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Pakistan
  3. Iraq
  4. Somalia
  5. Syria
  6. Libya
  7. Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Nepal, Palestinian Territory, Sudan
  8. Kosovo, South Sudan, Yemen
  9. Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lebanon, Sri Lanka
  10. 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.

Visual artist shares inspiring photos and exotic travel destinations. Adventure travel blogger with ideas and narratives to motivate independent travelers and audacious backpackers. Intense journeys into more than 126 countries around Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Oceania since 1999. Expat in Morocco - North Africa since 2007, polyglot and proud Lonely Planet Pathfinders blogger.

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Hi Joao,

This is an impressive collection of stamps! I have a few from Japan, the USA, and morocco. But I will catch up with you very soon! 🙂

As you’ve clearly had little trouble with them, I’m curious if you have a website for easily finding out about visas and other travel documentation (i.e do you need a visa etc.)

Also, do you have any specific sites you use to research a country’s culture before you go? Or do you like to ‘live and learn in the moment’?

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That’s a really novel and interesting blog, thanks. My favourite visa story was a couple who got a sort-of-visa for Nigeria stamped in their passports in the UK – and were told it had to be confirmed at an embassy before they actually arrived in Nigeria. No embassy they went to would provide the real visa while the quasi-one was in their passports! So they bought some kiddies’ stickers, pasted over the sort-of-visas and then stamped them with assorted stamps some kind trader lent them in his shop. That would be a weird visual visa memory to look at in a passport.

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OMG that’s a story! thanks for sharing and for leaving your comment. bye!

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That’s awesome! When I went to renew my old passport I requested my old one back for posterity, but it never arrived. Was gutted. As good an excuse as any to try to fill my current one I suppose…. 🙂

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You are right, even if you don’t “collect” passport stamps, they are definitely cool to look at and can bring back some great or bad memories.

Thanks for the memories, and man have you been around lol

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I just love the look of passports like that! Mine’s a bit full but not as detailed and vivid as its represented here, it certainly will make people think about travelling!

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That’s amazing! What’s your favorite stamp? Mine is a hoverport stamp from England to France when I was a kid. They didn’t have the Chunnel back then but you could take a hovercraft! I threw up on it :#

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Love this post!! I don’t necessarily travel for stamps, but I do like to look through my passport and think back to all of the wonderful places I’ve visited. Can’t wait to get some more!! 🙂

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Lovely! I love keeping my old expired passports as momentos from my travels. It reminds me of what I’ve done in the past!

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I’ve got all my old passports, even those from when I was a kid. They are such a great reminder of where you have been – and you’ve been to a lot of places!

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What an interesting post!! Slightly relieved my passport didn’t make it to the top 10! Haha. A passport is a great way to remember all your trips!

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I find that they fill up so quickly. I mean if you travel to just three countries a month it is gonna fill up pretty quickly. Good insight though.

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I love to collect stamps on my passports, so beautiful souvenir from my travel life! 🙂

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How awesome to have five full passports! Antarctica would be my favorite stamp for sure! I noticed stamps overlapping one another. Is that allowed? Or would passport control refuse because you have no blank pages?

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thank you for your comment Jackie. Well, usually passport control officers don’t mind on stamping while overlapping other stamps… that is just the way it goes I guess… 🙂 I wish you all the best! happy travels!

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Blimey I thought my passport was busy (and I so do love collecting stamps even to the point of insisting Israel stamped my passport!)

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haha… busy passports are great! 🙂 thank you for commenting dear.

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Wow, now that is a full passport! This is a good reminder that it may be time for me to get a new one, too!

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good luck on getting a new passport and filling it up quickly! Thank you for your comment Lois.

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Wow, that is #travelgoals!! If you had to pick one place to go back to which would it be?

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to pick one place??? wow just one? hum… maybe Antarctica. or Galapagos… ups.. two… difficult just to elect one. thank you for your comment.

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