Immigration cards are the greeting card of a country, the first touchpoint for new arrivals. From design to material to information required they are glimpses into national character. Many are dull and bureaucratic, some stand out.
In my recent trips Nicaragua put in a strong entry for most tedious, in addition to the extensive immigration card there are separate, lengthy health and customs forms, reminiscent of China’s old triple forms. My flight from Panama City to Nicaragua was hardly long enough to complete the job.
Ireland’s disembarkation card I love. The simple, sturdy index card construction and layout is reminiscent of a simpler era, eliciting a feeling like checking into a gracefully aged B&B where the host maintains a classic guest register. It signals the relaxing, traditional land awaiting the visitor.
Readers, what immigration cards do you love or loathe?