Passport stamps in EU. Couldn't answer Mrs. 744's question

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  1. Lufthansa Flyer
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    Not the first time she has stumped me, but any who:

    We're going to FCO next week, and she was flipping through her passport today and said it looked like the only place we ever go is MUC or FRA. We fly LH, so our EU point of entry is always germany.

    She was asking me if its possible to get an entry or exit (or both) stamp from our final destination cities as a "souvenir" just like it used to be in pre EU days. Sounds like more work, but can someone confirm if its possible or not?
     
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    I don't even know where you'd go to get one once inside the "real" destination country. It might be possible but I'd chalk it up to way more effort than it is worth. The fact that the only difference is the country code in the corner (unlike days of yore where the stamps were also unique) and I'd say it really isn't worth it.
     
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    Buy a refundable ticket from FCO to a non-Schengen location. Go through exit passport control, then re-enter Italy (collect stamp.... and possibly explain that you forgot to give a friend something) and refund the ticket. Way, way too much hassle IMO.
     
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    Thanks, I wasn't sure if there was an easy way to do this. Fortunately there isn't, and its one less thing I have to worry about. She can take a picture of the airport when we taxi up to the gate.
     
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    Even many first point of entry Schengen airports often do not stamp passports from uncontroversial countries (e.g. Canada) and some usually stamp no passports that do not require visas. I have not once had my Brazilian passport stamped on Schengen entry except for Germany and Spain. There is no way to get stamps AFAIK from intra-Schengen flights or other travel.
     
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    That sounds like the best plan!
     
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    I live in a Schengen state and while flying to a Non-Schengen destination, I ask everytime whether they could stamp my passport. In 8 of 10 cases, my request is declined :(
     
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    One option :) is to include a visit to either Liechtenstein or San Marino in each European itinerary.
     
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    I got the San Marino stamp last year. It is a souvenir stamp that you pay around 5 euros for at visitor information. I also searched and asked all around the Vatican with no luck of any stamp!
     
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    There is no immigration process in either of those nor Andorra or Vatican City. One simply drives in and out. Without road signs there is no way to know when you're entering or leaving one of them.
     
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    Same with San Marino
     
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    Yeah I asked in CDG while enrt to Austria. They refused.
     
  13. I've heard, but never tried, that stamps for your current country can be obtained at your home embassy within that country. So, for example, if I, as a US citizen, flew into Germany then drove to Austria that there's a chance I could get an Austrian stamp if I visited the US embassy in Austria.
     
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