Keep Track of Your Passport Stamps
If you have a passport that has a lot of stamps, make sure to keep mental notes or use actual Post-It notes to remember where relevant entry stamps are located. I almost missed my flight last week when a German immigration officer couldn’t find my European entry stamp from Portugal. I couldn’t find it either, and it was only after a few minutes that I remembered the stamp I’d been given in Portugal had so little ink that it was barely visible.
The interaction ended up costing me five precious minutes when I was already running late for my connecting flight to Qatar, and so I almost missed my flight. I’ve never had an official go through my passport like that. In fact, the only reason I think the agent let me slide was that my wife had just gone before me (she had gone to a different agent when we arrived in Portugal that had more ink).
So, always try to keep track of where your stamps are, just in case—and if you get a stamp without much ink, ask to get it stamped over again.
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