How many blank passport pages do you need to travel to each country

JUAN MARTINEZ

May 17, 2022

How many blank passport pages do you need to travel to each country

Every country has different regulations on how many blank passport pages you need to travel. Either one, two, three, or more, here is a guide for each country in the world.

After traveling over 105 countries with a Colombian passport, I mastered the art of managing passport pages and visas. I come from a country where, most of the time, I need to apply for a visa beforehand. Furthermore, if I want to travel to multiple countries on one trip, I have to keep a lot in mind. I must calculate how many empty pages I will have left by the end of the journey, how many visas I need to apply for beforehand, and how many blank pages are mandatory before arrival.

Today, I’m trying to keep my 5th passport for as long as possible, and I want to fill all of its 32 pages before applying for a new one. In this article, I will tell you the number of blank passport pages required by each country and a couple of tricks and tips I learned through the years.

Colombian passport
In July I will have to apply for my 6th Colombian passport in the past 15 years. My current passport is at the Mali Embassy in Berlin

Blank passport pages required by each country before arrival

Africa

Algeria1Madagascar3
Angola2Malawi1
Benin1Maldives1
Botswana3Mali1
Burkina Faso1Mauritania1
Burundi1Mauritius1
Cameroon1Morocco1
Cape Verde1Mozambique3
Central African Republic1Namibia6
Chad2Niger2
Comoros1Nigeria1
DRC1Rwanda1
ROC1Sao Tome & Principe1
Cote d’Ivoire1Senegal1
Djibouti2Seychelles1
Egypt1Sierra Leone1
Equatorial Guinea1Somalia1
Eritrea2South Africa2
Ethiopia1South Sudan2
Gabon1Sudan2
The Gambia1Swaziland (Eswatini)2
Ghana1Tanzania1
Guinea1Togo2
Guinea-Bissau1Tunisia1
Kenya2Uganda1
Lesotho1Zambia3
Liberia1Zimbabwe2
Libya1

INSIDER INFO:
Namibia is the country where you need the most amount of the pages to travel to. The Namibian stamp occupies almost an entire page, and if you need an extension permit in Namibia, they will stamp an additional page. I visited Namibia and extended once my visa. I ended up giving 3 total pages on this trip.

Americas

North America

Canada1
Mexico1
United States1

NOTE: The United States does not stamp your passport when exiting the country. However, each time you transit in U.S. territory, you need to have all the necessary paperwork as if you were to enter the country – this means visas and ESTA are mandatory for transfers in the USA.

Central America & Caribbean

Anguilla1Grenada1
Antigua and Barbuda1Guatemala1
The Bahamas2Haiti1
Barbados1Honduras1
Belize1Jamaica1
Bermuda1Nicaragua1
Costa Rica1Panama1
Cuba2Saint Kitts & Nevis1
Dominica1Saint Lucia1
Dominican Republic1St Vincent & the Grenadines1
El Salvador1Trinidad and Tobago1

South America

Argentina1Guyana1
Bolivia1Paraguay1
Brazil1Peru1
Chile1Suriname1
Colombia1Uruguay1
Ecuador1Venezuela1


Travelers holding a passport from the “Comunidad Andina” do not need to stamp their passports unless they want it. Additionally, these travelers can also just cross between South American countries by land or air with just an official I.D.

Asia

Afghanistan1Macau1
Bahrain1Malaysia1
Bangladesh1Mongolia1
Bhutan1Nepal1
Brunei6Oman1
Burma1Pakistan2
Cambodia1Palestinian Territories
China2Papua New Guinea1
East Timor (Timor Leste)1Philippines0
Hong Kong1Qatar2
India2Saudi Arabia1
Indonesia2Singapore2
Iran1Sri Lanka1
Iraq1Syria1
Israel1Taiwan1
Japan1Tajikistan1
Jordan1Thailand1
Kazakhstan0Turkey1
North Korea2Turkmenistan1
South Korea1United Arab Emirates1
Kuwait1Uzbekistan1
Kyrgyzstan1Vietnam1
Laos2Yemen1
Lebanon1

INSIDER INFO:
If you enter the territory of Palestine from Israel, your passport will not be stamped – and the blank passport pages rule won’t count. Also, for travelers entering Israel, and the territories of Hong Kong or Macau, the stamp will be printed in a paper, which you will have to keep until the end of your stay.

Europe

Non-EU countries

Albania1North Macedonia1
Andorra1Moldova1
Armenia0Monaco1
Azerbaijan2Montenegro1
Belarus2Norway2
Bosnia and Herzegovina1Russia2
Georgia1San Marino2
Vatican City2Serbia1
Iceland2Switzerland1
Kosovo1Ukraine1
Liechtenstein1United Kingdom1

European Union

Austria1Italy2
Belgium2Latvia1
Bulgaria1Lithuania1
Croatia1Luxembourg1
Cyprus2Malta1
Czech Republic2Netherlands2
Denmark1Poland0
Estonia1Portugal2
Finland2Romania1
France1Slovakia1
Germany2Slovenia1
Greece1Spain1
Hungary1Sweden0
Ireland1


This regulation of blank pages only applies to the first country you enter in the European Union. If you travel between several countries of the European Union, your passport will not be stamped (and in most cases won’t be controlled) – except for Cyprus, Romania, Bulgaria, and Croatia.

Additionally, you won’t have to pass any border control if you travel overland in other territories like Liechtenstein, Vatican City, Monaco, Switzerland, San Marino, or Andorra.

This is called the Schengen Area, and once you enter the European Union, you can have free movement over these Schengen States. – See the full list here.

Oceania

Australia1Palau1
Fiji1Samoa1
Kiribati1Solomon Islands1
Marshall Islands1Tonga1
Micronesia0Tuvalu1
Nauru1Vanuatu1
New Zealand1

FUN FACT:
The passport stamp of the country of Palau is a full-page pledge, in which you sign that you will protect the nature of the country and not cause any harm.

Palau passport stamp - Palau pledge
Palau passport stamp, also known as the Palau pledge

How to save blank passport pages during long trips

As a basic rule, most embassies and travel experts recommend adding the requirements for each country together if you are planning to visit multiple countries during the same trip. However, I find this rule a bit over-cautious; then, each page can be stamped six times in most cases.

And yes, there are border agents who love to stamp a new page every time they see one. However, if you can keep better control, where border agents can stamp your passport, you can visit many countries only using a few pages.

If I’m traveling with a new passport and want to keep as many pages as possible, I always ask the border officers to please stamp the first page. They might not do it, as many officers consider the first page some kind of taboo. Still, they will keep that in mind and try to stamp you on the first pages of your passport.

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Between EU countries, you will usually just see one small sign that separates one country from the other.
Between EU countries, you will usually just see one small sign that separates one country from the other.

Also, if you are running out of pages, and you need to have as many blank pages as possible, simply put a sticky note on your blank passport pages, asking to not stamp there. I’ve done it dozens of times traveling around, and this trick has saved me multiple times. In most cases, border patrol officers find it funny, and they will greet me with a smile and good wishes.

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Sticky not at passport - do not stamp
This trick always makes the officers laugh and helps me keep as many blank pages as possible

Finally, make the most of the countries that do not stamp passports. Smaller territories like San Marino, Liechtenstein, or Andorra offer “official” tourist stamps when traveling. And while these stamps will not cause you any problem, when traveling to a new country, they might be a bit annoying if you lack out of pages and need to get a new passport because of that San Marino stamp you didn’t need.

Additionally, souvenir stamps are mostly a No-Go. Some countries consider souvenirs stamps an alteration of the passport, and they might deny you entry into the country.

I met once a traveler who got the souvenir passport stamps of West and East Berlin, and later he couldn’t enter Russia because of them. I’ve also heard similar stories with the stamps of Machu Pichu and the Galapagos Islands.

Read more: What is the Palau Pledge and how does it help conservation

Berlin Checkpoint Charlie stamps in Germany
If you really want to have some of these souvenir stamps, do it with expired passports or old passports with free pages.

What about visas?

Regarding visas, regulations might also change from country to country. As a basic rule, if you need a visa to a particular country, just add one blank passport page to the amount you need before arrival. However, to make sure the information is 100% true, call that country’s embassy and confirm it.

For the application of e-visas, an additional page won’t be necessary. Also, if you are applying for a visa using a third-party service, they are very happy to help you with the application and inform you about the visa, and blank page regulations you might face.

INSIDER INFO:
For complicated visas or express processes, I use iVisa. This company can take care of all your visa applications for a fee. This might increase the cost of your trip in general, but if you live in a remote area, your country does not have this embassy, or you simply do not have the time to deal with the visa process, this companies is a lifesaver.

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border in India
While some visas might take just 1-2 application days, other might last weeks

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