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It is often asked in official immigration forms (US) about the countries visited in the past. Do flight connections count in this case, or do they mean exiting the airport/gate area?

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It is normally considered a visit if you are processed by Customs and Immigration, which you don't usually do on a connecting flight.

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Unless, of course, that connecting flight happens to be in the U.S. or you leave the airport during the connection. –  reirab Nov 12 at 4:08

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