Customs and immigration covers a range of border control procedures (referred to as 'immigration' in most countries other than US) and import of goods.

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What does Clearance event mean?

I was sending some papers for one of my colleges using DHL, I was monitoring the shipment using the tracking number they gave me, It passed different locations PARIS, LEIPZIG ,, and finally Arrived. ...
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Why do arrival and departure cards exist?

When I clear passport control in every country I've visited so far, one of the first things the officer does is scan my passport and pull up my info on his computer. He then collects an arrival card ...
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Shipping Personal Items from Canada to the US [migrated]

I initially studied in Canada and will now be shipping my stuff (mainly my clothes) to New York to continue my studies (as a student). I was told that I would have to complete the CBP 3299 form ...
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When you're not able to pay custom duty in the airport

I heard about custom duties (tax) we have to pay when we purchase something from another nation (in own country it may included in bill, for instance in India added as VAT - Value Added Tax). So for ...
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How many iPhone 6 devices can I bring into India?

My Aunt lives in Newyork (United States) she's Indian, she's been there more than a year. I just ordered her 2 iPhone 6 phones for me and my brother personal use. The main problem is that with 2 ...
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Can I visit India for 2 months with an extension on I-94 and an expired L1B visa?

My L1B visa expired February 2014, and I got an extension on I-94 till January 2016. I have a new petition valid till January 2016. My son was born here in the US August 2013. My wife also has the ...
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Travelling to India from China - Limit on Customs?

I am traveling to Kolkata, India, from Guangzhou, China for the first time, flying via China Eastern Airlines. When discussing with friends how many items (electronics, jewellery, perfumes, ...
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Luggage was stopped by customs (we learned about it after our flight)

We have returned from Russia 4 days ago (Moscow-St.Petersburg-Prague). After we've arrived to Prague, we learned that our luggage didn't come in our airplane and was lost. Today we've received ...
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Oat Bran in Sealed Canisters

I will be travelling to Australia for a couple weeks. Daily intake of oat bran is a routine for me. Am I able to take a couple of manufacturer-sealed canisters of oat bran?
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Is it legal to bring Jamón Ibérico from Spain into the United States?

I'm in Spain and I'd love to bring some Jamón Ibérico back to the states with me. Is it legal to bring it with me? If so, how much is allowed and under what conditions (sealed, treated, etc).
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Entering the EU with insurance info on cellphone

My question concerns entering EU via Sweden to get to Helsinki, I have given all the documents (invitation, contract of my house, bank account, etc.) to my friend. She has printed all of them. I have ...
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In which EU countries it is illegal to carry/have a kubotan keyring at customs?

I had the situation in the past when I had a plastic kubotan key ring at the security checks at the airport in the UK, so one of the officer called the police and it was confiscated and I've received ...
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Is a transit visa necessary for flying from Tunisia to Romania stopping over in Germany? [duplicate]

I am flying from Tunisia to Romania via Lufthansa. I will be laying over in Frankfurt then Munich. Do I really need that transit visa or having a Romanian visa is enough? If a transit visa is ...
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Is there an obligation to renew a small child's passport before its expiry date?

I obtained my daughter's first children passport when she was just a few months old. Now she is three and during our last flight an immigration officer complained that her passport had a baby photo. ...
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Which countries I must get a transit visa in order to board on a second flight?

Being an owner of one of the world's worst passports (Henley & Partners ranked Sri Lanka the 6th worst), I always have to worry about visa. Other than the United States, what countries require a ...
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Why does my boarding pass read “APIS OK”

I flew from Turkey to France on a direct flight. When I checked in, I saw the boarding pass given to me read "APIS OK". I thought APIS was a program of US immigration, mostly for passengers to the ...
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Clarification on Immigration Stamping - In Flight to UK-> Sailing to South Africa->Flight to India

I am an Indian Citizen. Planning to travel to Gibraltar using visa for UK with 6 months validity and multiple entry visa. After reaching Gibraltar since I love sailing in boat planning to travel in a ...
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Which passport to use immediately after naturalisation?

I'm having a tough problem: A Korean lady living in New Zealand has just gotten naturalised and has a New Zealand passport. She used her South Korean passport (with her resident visa) the last time ...
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Norway to Paris — immigration check?

My wife, my daughter and I are travelling to Paris from Kristiansand via Amsterdam on the 27th Aug. We all have Indian passports and I have a work permit for Norway. My question is, will there be any ...
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Visit Pakistan for a week [closed]

I'm an American citizen, born and raised in the US. I spent a week in Pakistan, and upon returning today, I was questioned for about 5 minutes. Why is that? I'm 24 years old, and felt really ...
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Flying Winnipeg - Calgary - Amsterdam - Berlin, when do I go through customs?

Not sure when I go through customs? Leaving on international flight from Calgary to AMS, and connecting in AMS to Berlin. Any info?
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Can shaving my head cause problems entering the US?

Does anyone know about any possible complications that one may face whileentering the US with completely shaved head while the passport photo has hair? Many Indians do shave their head as part of the ...
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L1 Blanket Visa expired, Valid I-94 can L2 dependent travel from and back to the US?

Current Status: L1 Blanket Petition Exp Date of Visa stamp on passport: Oct 2013 I-94 Validity Date: Dec 2015 L2 Dependent: Exp Date of Visa stamp on passport: Oct 2013 I-94 Validity Date: Dec ...
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Can I bring cheese to the US from Holland?

We are going to visit our relatives in the US. I'm thinking of getting sweets, cookies and old Dutch cheese as small presents, but I'm not really sure about cheese. I found this that says it is ...
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Can you enter the UK via Eurostar on an EU passport with only one month of validity?

I'm like two hours away and just realised my passport will expire in September.
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Entering Canada - visa delays and tourist authorization

My fiancée and I are moving from Switzerland (residency and nationality: Switzerland) to Vancouver, BC, Canada in a week or so for five years with a student visa. The issue is that my fiancée might ...
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Cameras to the Delhi airport [closed]

I would be carrying two cameras, two watches, a tablet and a Kindle to the Delhi airport. Do you think there would be a problem? Thanks in advance!
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10-hour Layover at Heathrow. Possible to explore London?

Traveling from Washington DC to Johannesburg, SA. We have a 10-hour layover in London. Have been to London before, have done the tourist thing, have oyster cards, and would love to stop in, meet a ...
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Light at Canadian border crossing

My friend recently posted a picture on Facebook that he took while waiting to cross from Canada back into the United States. Here is his caption... These little black squares at customs blink ...
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Heathrow Overnight Layover - claim and recheck luggage? go through immigration?

I am flying from Stockholm to Hong Kong, with a 23-hour layover at London Heathrow, via Cathay Pacific. I booked the flight as a single ticket on the same itinerary(with the same booking reference), ...
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Bringing mobile bought in US to india [duplicate]

I have bought a mobile through a friend in the US. What is the best way to get it to India without getting into trouble while departure from US and on arrival to India (customs)?
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Can I carry an iPhone, iPod, iPad, laptop, and smartphone while travelling from the US to India? [duplicate]

Can there be trouble while carrying these electronic items? I have a company-provided laptop and 1 personal smartphone with me. I am willing to purchase a brand new iPhone, iPad and iPod (all brand ...
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Traveling only with first and last name (instead of full name)

Okay this is a bit complicated if you're not chinese. But I will appreciate any help I can get so please take the time to read. My chinese name is being left out of my e-ticket and I'm afraid that I ...
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Is a layover of 1 hour 30 mins enough at IAD (Washington Dulles) given its the port of entry and immigration will be required?

I have an Indian Passport, and I am traveling FRA-IAD-BUF (Frankfurt-Washington(Dulles)-Buffalo. I have a single Lufthansa ticket, however the connecting flight from Washington to Buffalo is United ...
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Duty free liquor from Hong Kong to China

Can you buy duty free alcohol at Hong Kong International Airport for travel into China?
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Did not declare jewelry from Aruba

I bought a set of rings in Aruba. I traded my wedding rings in on the set. They told me not to declare them they were going to send the paper work to me in the mail. I got a receipt, and we got back ...
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do i have to retrieve my luggage and re check in upon arrival at usa? [duplicate]

I will be travelling to Buffalo, NY via Qatar airlines from Malaysia. Its like K.Lumpur -> Doha -> JFK, NY -> Buffalo, NY. I'm flying under a code sharing flight between Qatar n Jetblue from JFK to ...
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Restrictions on the amount of cash I can carry when entering the US? [duplicate]

I am a green card holder of USA, and I am travelling to India. While leaving India for the US, I want to carry dollars. What is the limit that I can carry to US, being a green card holder?
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Traveling to India from USA with 2 laptops and an iPad [duplicate]

I'm sure this question has been asked many times, but having gone through all the different answers, I'm more confused than ever before. I'm traveling to India from USA (point of entry: Delhi). I have ...
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Can Someone bring a packed phone from US to India [duplicate]

One of my friend is coming to India from US. He bought himself a laptop and a camera which he is using their. Also I requested him to get a Nexus 5 phone for me. Is it possible to bring this phone ...
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Which passports to use travelling between two countries of citizenship?

My kids are dual Danish and US citizens. My husband and I are permanent US residents, our kids being born here. When we travel back and forth between Denmark and the US, we have been solely using ...
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Can I carry Homeopathic medicines and uncooked rice to Germany?

I am traveling to Germany. Can I carry Homeopathic medicines and uncooked rice to Germany? Thanks for the answers.. I am traveling from India to celle Germany.. I am used to Indian cuisine.. Is ...
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Visiting Costa Rica: How to prove sufficient funds?

Upon visa-less immigration to Cost Rica, I would have to prove sufficient funds of $100 per month of residence (Source) Since I don't expect them to have a dollar-giving ATM before immigration ...
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Can we carry three new smart phones in hand luggage to India?

I bought two smart phones for my father and sister in Europe. Will the customs officer in India (Chennai) give any trouble if I carry two new unopened smart phones with the box in my hand luggage? ...
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If I have an outstanding medical bill in America, can I go back there? [duplicate]

In 2007 I was in Texas when I fell really sick. I was rushed to hospital because my throat closed up and walked out with a medical bill of $1,200. I had travel insurance but they where being difficult ...
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What rights do you have in China to appeal stuff being taken off you in transit?

I debated this, but I think it's askable. I just flew transit through Beijing. Did NOT enter the country. You still have to go through security though, but whatever, it just takes time. Until I got ...
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When you fly to Beijing (PEK) and then to a domestic final destination, when do you go through passport control?

I am planning a trip to China and will be flying to my final destination via Beijing (PEK). At what point do I go through passport control: at Beijing (i.e. before boarding my second, domestic flight) ...
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Waiting for a Latvian residence permit with an expired Schengen visa

My Schengen visa has been expired for 10 days now on 25th June 2014 but my residence permit will be issued on 15th July 2014 (was supposed to get it before my visa expired but the person who deal with ...
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Does a US immigration officer really have the power to deny entry to the country at personal will?

Quite some comments exist that in the end it is the individual immigration officer that has the final call to let you enter the US or not and that there is no way of objecting that decision. Given ...
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Why was there no immigration control flying from Dublin (DUB) to London Southend (SEN)?

So I recently made a return journey from London Southend (SEN) to Dublin (DUB), flying out of SEN and into DUB on Saturday on Aer Lingus, and back to SEN on Sunday via a similar Aer Lingus flight. In ...