Countries visited

Countries visited

At age 59 I was challenged to have been to 60 countries by the time I was 60.  This I achieved and I am trying to maintain it.   

At the time of writing (June 2008) I am 69 and there are 69 countries on the list.

The dates correspond to the first and last visit to the country. 

To make a dry list a little more interesting the status of the various European countries has been included.

Rod

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 Countries visited 

as at 16/06/08


EU members before 2005 (15)             

(Schengen, Euro and Eurail pass valid)
UK               1968,     2008      Non Schengen, Non Euro, Eurail not valid
Ireland         1972,     2007      Non Schengen
Germany      1968,     2008
France          1968,    2008
Holland        1968,     2007
Belgium        1968,     2007
Italy              1968,     2008
Luxembourg  1968,     2000
Austria          1968,     2008
Sweden         1968,     2008      Non Euro, Swedish Kroner
Denmark       1968,     2008      Non Euro, Danish Kroner
Spain            1978,     2008
Portugal        1979,     2005
Greece          1969,     2008
Finland          1968,     2007

EU members from 2005 (12)            

(Schengen, Euro and Eurail pass valid)
Latvia            1998,     2007          [E],           
Lithuania       1998,     2007           Euro from 01/01/2010
Estonia          1998,     2007           Euro from 01/01/2011
Poland           1987,    2007           [E],              Eurail not valid                                                             First visited with IPhO
Czech            1968,     2008          [E],              Eurail not valid
Slovakia         1988,     2008          Euro  01/08/2008.  Eurail not valid
Slovenia         1999,     2008
Hungary         1987,     2008           [E],          First visited from IPhO
Malta             2005                                                                   Cyprus           2006                       Schengen from 2010              Bulgaria         2005     20       [E],  Schengen from 2010, Eurail not valid
Romania        2001,     2007          [E], Schengen from 2010
   

        [(E) indicates country currently uses local currency but is required to adopt the Euro, however this will not happen before 2012]

Railways in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia all run into Russia and a Eurail pass would not be of value, thus it is not valid.  Cyprus, Iceland and Malta do not have railways

 

Abstaining members from EU (4)              

(All Schengen members, All non-Euro, Eurail pass valid)
Norway         1968,     2008           Norwegian Kroner
Switzerland   1968,     2008           Swiss franc,                                                                                          Schengen from November 2008
Liechtenstein 1968,     2008           Swiss franc,                                                                                          Schengen from November 2008 Iceland         1992,    2007             Iceland Kroner.   No railways.                                                                First visited with IPhO

Small countries inside EU boundaries (8), 

None in EU.    Most accessible without passport checks. No railways
Andorra        1999                     Euro, passport necessary
Monaco         1968,    2004        Euro
Guernsey       1998                    Sterling
Jersey            1997                    Sterling
Vatican          1968,     2007      Euro
Gibraltar        1998                    Sterling, passport necessary
San Marino     1996                    Euro
I of Man         2005                    Sterling

Other Europe (7 visited;  5 not visited)

Russia          1995, 2005    Requires invitation & visa                                                                 First visited with IPhO
Belarus         1995              Requires invitation and visa
Serbia          1968, 2008
Croatia         1999, 2008    Eurail pass valid.   EU applicant.
Turkey         2005, 2008
Montenegro  2006              Euro in use
Bosnia          2007
Macedonia    NEVER           Visa required
Kosovo         NEVER            Visa required,    Euro in use
Albania        NEVER            Visa required
Ukraine        NEVER            Requires invitation and visa
Moldova       NEVER            Requires invitation and visa

-------------------Total Europe visited 46------------

America (5)

US                1965,     2000
Canada         1965,     2004
Mexico          1965
Panama        1965
Cuba            2002                                 First visited with IPhO

Asia (8)

Japan            2001
China            1994                                 First visited with IPhO
Thailand        1969
Malaysia        1969,     1985
Singapore      1969,     1985
India             1969
Sri Lanka       1983                              Where my daughter comes from.
Hong Kong     1976,     2000

Africa (7)

S Africa        1985,     2004 
Zambia        2004
Zimbabwe    2002,     2003
Botswana      2004
Egypt            1969
Morocco        1999
Mauritius       1984

Pacific (3)

Australia        1938,     2008
NZ                1965,     2004
Tahiti            1965


Total 69    as at 26/11/07 on my 69th birthday
All countries listed are sovereign countries or overseas “colonies” like Gibraltar and Tahiti.
Not included are component states like Alaska, Scotland, NSW etc.
Isle of Man and Channel Islands are not part of the UK
East Germany (which no longer exists) is not included
Belarus (which was a state of the USSR at the time) is included.  No-one would want to go there now
Places not listed are fuel stops in the Persian Gulf which include:
Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Syria, (6)
In 1965 we anchored off Rarotonga but did not land
Asian countries not visited include: Indonesia, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Laos, Philippines, Taiwan, S Korea.
Desired places include Greenland, Spitzbergen (Svalbard), St Petersburg, Panama, Norfolk Is, Fiji
Remaining European countries: Ukraine (invitation and visa required), Moldova (same), Albania (visa required), Macedonia (visa required) Kosovo (visitors probably unwelcome).


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