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Sad about having to renew my passport

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Old Jul 11, 19, 5:17 pm
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Sad about having to renew my passport

In 6 months I'll have to get a shiny, new, unstamped passport. I never thought I'd be able to travel this much and I get some sense of satisfaction out of the number of stamps in my passport. Sure I'll have the old one but it won't be the same. No more watching boarder agents flipping through pages trying to find an open spot. Anyone else feel this way?
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Old Jul 11, 19, 8:01 pm
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My previous passport was so full that I had to add extra pages. That is no longer allowed. My passport was almost expired but I learned that adding pages was going to end so I had them added before the changeover.

My new passport was the thick version. Unfortunately, many places stop stamping the passport or stopped stamping exit stamps. The new passport will never be full.
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Old Jul 11, 19, 9:08 pm
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At one point I had to "renew" mine every two years because it became full.
I say "renew" because Canadian passports can't be renewed... we have to get a brand new one each time. They won't even add pages.
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Old Jul 11, 19, 9:23 pm
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I need to travel with two since the old one had still valid visas in it.
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Old Jul 11, 19, 9:40 pm
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Fewer and fewer stamps these days. The last international trip (UK) meant no stamps - E-gates at LHR and Global Entry return = no stamps.
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Old Jul 11, 19, 9:57 pm
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Originally Posted by OskiBear View Post
Fewer and fewer stamps these days. The last international trip (UK) meant no stamps - E-gates at LHR and Global Entry return = no stamps.
If I were not in a hurry, I would forfeit E-gates in order to get a stamp.
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Old Jul 12, 19, 12:58 am
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My husband's is due for renewal next year. He too is sad that he has to start again with a fresh blank passport. He loves looking through it.
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Old Jul 12, 19, 1:20 am
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Originally Posted by OskiBear View Post
Fewer and fewer stamps these days. The last international trip (UK) meant no stamps - E-gates at LHR and Global Entry return = no stamps.
Originally Posted by Toshbaf View Post
If I were not in a hurry, I would forfeit E-gates in order to get a stamp.
you can often go to the supervisor’s desk behind and ask for one. However some places have stopped doing even this (looking at you Australia!!)
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Old Jul 12, 19, 1:57 am
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I was sad, too

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Old Jul 12, 19, 2:02 am
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Visa in old passport

Originally Posted by milepig View Post
I need to travel with two since the old one had still valid visas in it.
is that ok ?
I have a ESTA US visa in my old passport and I am switching to a new passport .
so I do not need another ESTA or Visa for the new passport ?
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Old Jul 12, 19, 2:04 am
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How many stamps ?

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how many stamps in your passport ?
how many countries have you been to ?
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Old Jul 12, 19, 2:10 am
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Just back from taking photos and monday starting renewal process.. while I can keep the old one(s), it's indeed a bit sad.
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Old Jul 12, 19, 2:23 am
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Originally Posted by Beano View Post
is that ok ?
I have a ESTA US visa in my old passport and I am switching to a new passport .
so I do not need another ESTA or Visa for the new passport ?
you would need to check. I believe US ESTAs need to be reapplied to the new passport. I know that Australian and NZ visas have to be transferred to new passports as well. However I believe some countries such as India allow you to do the “carry old and new passport” thing

bottom line: no easy answer. You need to check individually
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Old Jul 12, 19, 3:04 am
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Originally Posted by Toshbaf View Post
If I were not in a hurry, I would forfeit E-gates in order to get a stamp.
I was told by a UK border officer last week that they are no longer stamping American passports for the standard 6 month business/tourist entry, only if you're admitted for a different purpose or length of time. She was also really excited to tell me that I could use the e-gates at Heathrow next time I'm unlucky enough to find myself there

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is that ok ?
I have a ESTA US visa in my old passport and I am switching to a new passport .
so I do not need another ESTA or Visa for the new passport ?
An ESTA is not a visa.

Valid US visas in an expired passport remain valid as long as you have both the old and new passport. ESTAs are tied to a particular passport; when you renew your passport you have to pay $14 for a new ESTA.
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Old Jul 12, 19, 3:10 am
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Living in China and traveling around Asia means I need to change my passport every 3-4 years, even though I no longer get China passport stamps. Very few countries in Asia have caught on to the no stamping trend and I’m upset about this. It’s a PITA to change my passport number at banks, on company documentation, on my phone, etc every 4 years. The USA disallowing adding pages was a huge bummer for me.
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