The World's Coolest Passport Stamps
Going through customs can be a pain for those of us who don't like long waits, hoards of people, or fluorescent lighting. In some countries, however, there's opportunity for a little bit of happiness. In places like Antarctica and San Marino, visitors get a passport stamp that's, well, a bit creative.
Sure, there have been personal competitions among travel obsessives to see how many stamps they can get to fill their passports, but collecting stamps at Machu Picchu and the South Pole are a step beyond. From adorable and rare to totally bizarre these are the 10 of the coolest, brag-worthy passport stamps in the world.
Though not technically a country, this continent is managed by more than 50 nations. There’s no official passport stamp, but visitors can get souvenir ones at the various scientific stations based there.
Given that fact that only about 1,500 tourists are allowed to visit the secret country each year, getting one of these on your passport is something pretty special. To get access, you must book a tour with approved companies—and you’ll receive your stamp upon entry.
Though this UNESCO World Heritage site is located in Peru, visitors can receive an additional special stamp in their passports at the entrance of the Incan ruins. What better way to mark the hiking feat?
No, that’s not a typo. With 58 characters, this village in Wales has the longest place name in Europe, and second in the world. The novelty stamp is available in the James Pringle Weavers shop.
Tristan da Cunha
This island located in the South Atlantic Ocean is considered the most remote, inhabited isle in the world. There’s no airport, so visitors have to take a five-day boat ride from the nearest point in South Africa before getting the coveted stamp.
Considered a micro-nation, this spot is located on the northern Mediterranean coast of Israel and is only 2.5 acres. There are only two residents, but they have the their own passport stamp.
Republic of San Marino
It’s not the hardest stamp to get a hold of, but it’s certainly unique. This destination located in central Italy is the world’s oldest, smallest republic.
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
Now that Cuba’s borders are a bit more relaxed for Americans, there will likely be a larger influx of visitors. But, getting into Guantanamo Bay still remains elusive. Only those with military business are allowed.
The South Pole
If you make it to the South Pole, you deserve a stamp. It's obviously not a country, but ambitious trekkers can get a commemorative passport stam at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station nonetheless.
This passport stamp is just downright adorable. Sir Turtle was created by Suzy Soto in 1963 and still greets visitors today.