Hi there -- I'm traveling to South Africa tomorrow (from the US, but I have a British passport.) I'm exempt from needing a visa (because of the British passport), but I've only just realized that I need to have TWO blank pages in my passport anyway. I called the South African Embassy to confirm, and said "I know I need to have one blank page---" and the guy cut me off and said "two pages! You need two pages!"
Here's the issue: my pages aren't consecutive (which the guy at the South African embassy did at least say was okay) but one of the pages has a pretty heavy duty stamp on the page behind it, and the ink shows through. So while page 9 is "technically" blank -- ie: nothing has been stamped on it -- you can pretty clearly see the stamp on page 10 behind it (Barbados must have very strong ink!)
Is this going to be a problem? Technically, it feels like I'm okay, but in practice, I'm scared that it could be an issue if someone wanted to make it one. My other blank page is way in the back of my passport, adjacent to the page with my picture on it. It doesn't have any writing on it that makes it exempt, though (ie: it's still a normal passport page.)
British passports can't have pages added to them, so that's not an option, even if wanted it to be (and I'd do it for peace of mind.) I don't think the consulate here would consider this an "emergency" and give me an emergency travel document, so there's nothing I can do but hope it's okay. Am I panicking for nothing?Edited: 17 November 2011, 19:34