Monday, January 10, 2011

Consular Service Stamps

Consular Service Stamps issued by Brazil.
These stamps are affixed to the passport's visa page to record the visa fees paid.
Malaysia do not issue special Consular Service stamp for immigration purposes. Hence, definitive stamps were used for passport renewal fees. Modern Malaysian passport is designed with high security biometric passport and memory chip embedded, affixing stamps to signify visa fee payment is not necessary anymore.

What is Consular Service Stamp?
A Consular Service stamps are used for the payment of consular fees for applications such as Visa entry and exit documents. It is issued by the authority and used in embassy and immigration department. These stamps are official but not issued for postal purposes, and therefore, it is categorized under “Cinderella stamp”.

End last year, I managed to free up sometime to write a short article for The Malaysian Philatelist Journal (Pemungut Setem Malaysia). This is the official journal published twice yearly by the "Philatelic Society of Malaysia" (PSM). All members will get a free copy of the journal. I plan to write more in the future if time permit. For those who wish to read the above complete article and many more worth reading materials, you are encourage to join PSM (