Passport stamps are still the most coveted item for a traveler. Getting one’s passport “tattooed” gives a sense of accomplishment and achievement, as well as a way to look back on trips and memories long gone.
While some countries no longer stamp passports and are turning to a virtual system, there are still far-out places and territories offering unique passport stamps only available to the most adventurous globetrotters. Here is a list of our favorites.
Tristan De Cunha
Tristan da Cunha is a group of volcanic islands in the South Atlantic, the most remote archipelago in the world, still inhabited.
A British Overseas Territory 1,732 miles off the coast of Cape Town, being so remote it’s no wonder this is one of the most difficult and coveted passport stamps in the world.
2,487 miles off the coast of Tristan de Cunha are the Falkland Islands, another very remote group of islands in the South Atlantic 300 miles off the coast of Patagonia in Argentina, and only 752 miles from the northern tip of Antarctica.
Famous for its five different species of penguins, it’s one of the coolest-looking and rarest passport stamps one can possess.
Arctic Circle, Finland
While Finland is obviously not the only place in the world where you can access the Arctic Circle, it seems like one of the few if not only countries that give out a passport stamp on arrival.
While it may be famous for the “Here to Timbuktu” saying, meaning in the middle of nowhere, turns out it still exists in the middle of the Sahara Desert.
This may be the most interesting stamp you could receive in your passport, think of all the stories you’d have just to get this passport stamp.
Great Wall, China
Isla Hornos, Chile
When we say North Korea passport stamp we don’t mean the one received by going to the DMZ. Actually go to North Korea for a few days and earn your stamp.
The longest town name in the world, can you try pronouncing it?
Peru has some of the coolest stamps in our opinion. From the spectacular and remote Rainbow Mountain to Machu Picchu and of course the Nazca Lines further south, there is no shortage of awesome and unique passport stamps in Peru.
Middle Earth, New Zealand
Fin Del Mundo, Argentina
Easter Island, Chile
You may wonder why this is on the list since it’s now impossible to obtain. Hong Kong removed its passport stamp in favor of a simple paper card.
In either case, some people still have these in their passports from years past, and if we may say so ourselves, it’s one of the nicest, classic-looking passport stamps.
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
Probably a passport stamp you’ll never obtain unless you’re an American with a specialized military passport involved with business at the prison – no? Didn’t think so.
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