When a head of state visits another country, is his (or her) passport stamped? (That is, those that do this, I mean.)
I know, a U.S. head of state (or high-ranking official) will be using a diplomatic passport, instead of the boring blue one the rest of us schlubs carry. Dunno if other countries use these; I assume many if not most do. So, are diplomatic passports stamped? Corollary question: If you have a diplomatic passport, do you still need a visa?
I have an image of Clinton, Albright, etc. (and now Bush, Powell, etc.) getting a new little book every month because the old one is completely full, and throwing that one into a box with a couple of dozen previously filled-up ones. Similarly, I wonder about when Arafat comes to visit the U.N. or whatever. I assume he gets preferential treatment (no standing in line), but does he still have to show his passport to somebody and get a little stamp when he arrives and departs?
(And as I ask that question, I wonder what passport Arafat carries, since, as I understand it, Israel hasn’t officially signed off on Palestine becoming its own nation yet. I can’t believe it, I’m hijacking my own thread in the OP. Sigh…)