Anyone who travels collects stamps in their passport from countries they’ve entered and exited. Additionally, some countries require a visa which also ends up in the passport. The stamps are placed there by the immigration officials at the borders, and visas often need to be obtained before starting the journey to their country although sometimes they are obtained at the border—just depends on how finicky the country is. In the ‘old days’, traveling in Europe filled up passport pages quickly as one traveled over the borders of the relatively small countries; with the development of the European Union, travel in Europe is essentially borderless and the only place one gets the passport stamped is at air or sea ports...more convenient but less impressive in the passport. Moving around the rest of the world still results in a nice variety of passport stamps—colorful souvenirs of travel to wonderful places. Travel by cruise ship generally results in fewer stamps because the cruise lines and the countries visited have agreements for passengers to enter without snaking through passport control.

  US passports are now valid for ten years, and I’m on my fifth passport. I like to page through my old passports occasionally and relive some of the memories; I thought a collection of the stamps would make an interesting webpage. So here they are, alphabetized by country – all except the illegible stamps from the last forty-five years or so...

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Albania

Entrance and exit stamps at Sarande seaport

7 June 2011

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Port Lockroy, Antarctica

13 January 2008

This stamp is actually illegal in the passport as Antarctica is not a country, but visitors to the British station/museum at Port Lockroy are given the stamp if they ask for it and I don’t know that US authorities really care about its legality.

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Argentina

Exit stamp at Ezeiza Airport, Buenos Aires

23 January 2008

Argentina

Entrance stamp at Ushuaia seaport

21 February 2014

Argentina

Exit stamp at Ezeiza Airport, Buenos Aires

1 March 2014

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Ascension Island

Entrance stamp at Georgetown seaport

28 January 2013

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Australia

Entrance stamp at Perth Airport

19 January 2012

Australia

Entrance and exit stamps at Thursday Island,Torres Straits Islands

28 January 2008

Australia

Entrance stamp at Sydney Airport

8 November 2013

Australia

Entrance stamp at Hobart seaport, Tasmania

20 November 2013

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Austria

Entrance stamp at Vienna International Airport on the way back from the Soviet Union

11 January 1987

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Barbados

Souvenir stamp

19 February 2010

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Belgium

Entrance stamp at Brussels International Airport

17 August 2010

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Belize

Entrance stamp at San Ignacio on the western border with Guatemala

27 March 2007

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Bolivia

Visa

27 September 2013

Bolivia

Entrance stamp at El Alto Int’l Airport, La Paz

27 September 2013

Bolivia

Exit stamp at El Alto Int’l Airport, La Paz

1 October 2013

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Botswana

Entrance stamp at Kazungula Road border crossing

31 March 2016

Botswana

Exit stamp at Kazungula Ferry

5 April 2016

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Brazil

Visa

25 October 2006

Brazil

Entrance stamp at Macapa on the equator in the Amazon delta

4 December 2006

Brazil

Visa

9 August 2013

Brazil

Exit stamp at Fortaleza seaport

23 January 2013

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Brunei

Entrance and exit stamps at Bander Seri Begawan seaport

8 February 2012

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Bulgaria

Entrance and exit stamps at Vidin on the Danube River

3 October 2006

Bulgaria

Exit stamp at Varna seaport

22 October 2015

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Burma (Myanmar)

Visa

2 November 1999

Entrance exit stamp at Yangon International Airport

8 January 2000

Exit stamp at Yangon International Airport

22 January 2000

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Cambodia

Visa

Entrance stamp at Bavet river port

29 December 1999

Exit stamp at Siem Reap airport

4 January 2000

Cambodia

Entrance stamp at Phnom Penh river port

25 November 2008

Exit stamp at Dong Chorlor at the Laotian border

3 December 2008

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Canada

Entrance stamp at Winnipeg airport, Manitoba

10 November 2010

Canada

Entrance stamp at Toronto Pearson International Airport, Ontario

20 September 2011

Canada

Entrance stamp at Vancouver International Airport, British Columbia

19 June 2013

Canada

Entrance stamp at Calgary International Airport, Alberta

18 June 2016

Canada

Entrance stamp at Chief Mountain, Alberta, border crossing

20 June 2016

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Chile

Entrance stamp at Santiago Airport, Chile

17 February 2014

Chile

Exit stamp at Punta Arenas seaport, Chile

20 February 2014

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China

Visa for Yangtze and Li Rivers tour and Yunnan Province tour

June 1998

China

Visa for Silk Road tour

May 2005

China

Entrance stamp at Pudong International Airport, Shanghai

10 May 2005

Exit stamp at Beijing Capital International Airport

27 May 2005

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Churchill, Manitoba

Souvenir Post Office Stamp

17 November 2010

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)

(Commonwealth in political union with the United States)

Entrance stamp at Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport, Saipan

24 March 2011

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Costa Rica

Entrance stamp at Juan Santamaria International Airport, San Juan

4 March 2007

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Croatia

Exit stamp at Cilipi International Airport, Dubrovnik

19 September 2006

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Cuba

Entrance stamp at Jose Marti International Airport, Havana

19 March 2015

Exit stamp at Jose Marti International Airport, Havana

28 March 2015

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Cyprus

Exit stamp at Larnaka International Airport, Larnaka

7 May 2015

Cyprus

Entrance stamp at Larnaka International Airport, Larnaka

27 April 2015

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

Identification form

Entrance stamp at Nicosia border crossing

27 April 2015

Exit stamp at Nicosia border crossing

1 May 2015

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Czech Republic

Entrance stamp at Prague Ruzyne International Airport

30 November 2004

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To Passport Stamps, Page 4, N to S

  Page 1 includes countries and territories beginning with the letters A through C.

    Albania

    Antarctica

    Argentina

    Ascension Island

    Australia

    Austria

Barbados

Belgium

Belize

Bolivia

Botswana

Brazil

Brunei

Bulgaria

Burma (Myanmar)

Cambodia

Canada

Chile

China

Commonwealth of the

       Northern Marianas

Costa Rica

Croatia

Cuba

Cyprus (North & South)

Czech Republic

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Canada

Entrance stamp at Iqaluit, Nunavut, seaport

13 September 2016

China

Visa for Hong Kong to Tokyo cruise

Feb 2018

China

Entrance stamp at Shanghai seaport

27 March 2018

Exit stamp at Tianjin seaport

3 April 2018