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Blank passport pages actually used for Finland arrivals by US citizens

Per the US State Dept, Finland requires two blank passport pages. Are 2 pages actually used?

We have two Finland arrivals on an upcoming trip, (using FinnAir for transAtlantic) and we are getting close to running out of blank passport pages. (Did not think of this earlier since our passports have four years left.)

The State Dept states most countries require only one blank passport page, which I understand. Thanks,

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If that is what they require you need a new passport.

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Alan, Thanks for your input. If it matters our routing will be:
Incoming flight from the USA at Helsinki Airport;
Departing ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn.
That seems like one passport page to me; however the rules per the State Department say two blank pages for Finland.

If anyone has been to Finland within, say the last year; appreciate if you would please check how many pages were actually used in your passport.

For most countries, State Dept advice is one blank page. I checked our recent March, 2019 travel and found that Portugal was another 2-blank page country and only one passport page was used then. In fact, 1/2 page.

We have 9 blank pages left and 10 countries to visit. Three of the border crossings will be within Schengen, so I think there is no page needed for those.

Time is tight to buy a new passport; however we might have to do an urgent processing. Thanks again.

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Although our final destination was Finland (HEL) we connected through Denmark (CPH). Both Denmark and Finland are Schengen treaty countries. Our passports were examined and at the CPH passport control/immigration check. No passport control check at HEL.

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You will be fine, you have 9 blank pages. A page is defined as one face of a sheet, so one piece of paper in the passport has two sides..two pages (provided nothing else is on the other side) so depending on how you are counting, you may have more..

Further, you do not need a separate page for each stamp, at least two, if not several stamps usually fit on a page.

Additionally, you will only have one stamp on entering the Schengen area, and one on exit, no stamp when crossing borders intra-Schengen.

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Incoming flight from the USA at Helsinki Airport;
Departing ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn.
That seems like one passport page to me; however the rules per the State Department say two blank pages for Finland.

Both Finland and Estonia are in the Schengen Area, no passport controls (no stamps) when travelling between Schengen Area countries. Zero pages required.

We have 9 blank pages left and 10 countries to visit. Three of the border crossings will be within Schengen, so I think there is no page needed for those.

Correct. Since most of Europe in is Schengen, not sure how you can get 7 (10-3) non-Schengen crossings, unless you are doing a lot of travel in the Balkans or points east

The rules for Schengen countries are all the same, you get stamped once entering the Schengen Area, and once again exiting, that's all. Normally both stamps on same page. Same for Finland, France, Portugal or anywhere else in between, Finland is not different.

It is not the US State Dept. that decides this, it is the Schengen countries. Treat what they say as here-say (no more authoritative than posts on this forum)