6 Rare Passport Stamps You’ve Never Seen Before
These days a passport stamp in many countries is a frivolity- they’ll have you line up in a queue with the OAPs if you insist on collecting one, while your fellow passengers stream past with their electronic visas and robotic ticket barriers. Here’s my guide to the truly rare passport stamps of the world that are indeed worth the wait.
But, my friends, a passport stamp is also a beautiful memorial and a badge of honour. Here are my picks for those you really must grab before you end your travelling days.
Forget the island beauty, this stamp is critical for travellers as the state of climate change leaves question marks over whether this location could even be visited in the future. As with Venice, get your skates on and visit now!
The stamp of this tiny land-locked nation is coveted by travellers as it’s extremely hard to get. There are no borders between San Marino and Italy, and no way to reach the San Marinese nation without passing through Italia. Getting the stamp will require some special diplomacy.
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea)
Requiring a considerable amount of courage to obtain, but equally a major coup if you could get it. This is one country you may not wish to support, or you might feel tourism is could be a force for good in this country, I leave the decision to all travellers. Note that if you are South Korean this will never, ever find its way into your passport.
This island North East of New Zealand was once known as Savage Island until its original name, Niuē, which translates as “behold the coconut” came into common use. Who wouldn’t want to see that?!
This island constituting part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands gifts you images of tiny local creatures in its stamp. If that weren’t reason enough to stop by, the island is legendary for the close proximity of its landing strip to the thriving Maho beach, so this is one of the most talked about passport stamps in the world.
Whether Abkhazia is or is not a country depends very much upon who you ask- that would be why it’s an immensely rare passport stamp. If you can talk your way into this hard to access region, and find an official who recognises Abkhazian independence, this stamp could be your memento.
Which stamps in your passport are you most proud of? Do you have any of these rare passport stamps? Have you received the coveted Machu Picchu stamp in Peru?
Images courtesy of Wikimedia Commons- until such time as I get to visit all of these myself!