This is most likely the dumbest question I have asked thusfar, but I just realized that when crossing the border on a cruise, my passport will not be stamped...Or will it??
Can anyone make my day by telling me that I will indeed get a stamp when going to Canada on my cruise!?
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They don't routinely stamp your passport, but a friend told me if you *ask* they will do it - which I forgot to do.....
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Canada doesn't usually bother, but as Dorothy said, they probably will if you ask.
Some countries do and some don't. Some do sometimes, depending on the mood of the officer. England used to be very scrupulous about stamping you in and out. Lately I've noticed that they just stamp you in.
Returning to the US is anybody's guess. Over 35 years of "coming home" they've stamped me in roughly half the time. We're among the most inconsistent of all the countries, at least with respect to US passport holders who are coming home.
Not only are passport stamps becoming a thing of the past, visas are being replaced by the ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization). I recently searched online for information about an Australian visa and was surprised to find I could obtain an ETA on the spot by entering my passport number and credit card information (for the $A20 fee). Had I wanted an actual visa stamp, I would have had to fill out an 8-page form, submit photos, paperwork, passport, a stamped return envelope and a $54 postal money order by registered mail to the embassy in Washington (Australian consulates no longer handle tourist visas). The ETA is very convenient - provided you're willing to conduct credit card transactions with a foreign agency online - but I feel a tradition has been lost.
Carey, I think it depends on the itinerary. An Alaskan cruise I took last year was round trip from San Francisco. The cruise line checked our passports before departure. We were issued in transit passes for the two Canadian ports we called at - no customs. At the first American port we called at we had to pass through US customs and immigration. After that, no more borders were crossed and there was no further inspection. Unless you are debarking at a Canadian port, you may not have to pass through Canadian customs at all.
i too am dissapointed that my passport was not stamped when i went to canada. i had a picture in my head that my passport would be '' marked with a stamp '' to show the travels i made on my cruises and too have another rememberance of it. the next time i will ask for it too be stamped though.