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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Should I address customs/immigration in their language when I can?

I'm an American traveling to Central America for the first time this summer. I'll be entering Costa Rica and Panama. My Spanish is pretty good, but not native, and I wouldn't mind using it, but as a ...
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Can you travel to Canada if banned from the USA?

This page from the Government of Canada indicates the two countries are sharing relevant information. So would Canada refuse entry to someone who is banned from the US because of overstaying?
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Do CBSA officials “accept” electronic I94s for transmission to the CBP?

I'm considering flying to New York, spending a week and then continuing to Montreal by Train before flying home to Europe. I've been trying to find out whether Amtrak (the US train operator) records ...
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I changed my travel plans after entering the Schengen area. Will this cause me trouble with immigration?

I have issued a Schengen visa from the Italian embassy for tourism. In the visa application, I declared that I will enter Germany first, and then I will stay the longest in Italy. I'm in Germany now, ...
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What documents to show upon arrival in Doha, Qatar? [migrated]

I'm a Filipino Citizen and live in Canada. I got a job offer in Qatar and visa approved. What do I need to bring to show immigration in Qatar upon arrival?
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Can I import a drone into Argentina?

I've got a DJI Phantom, and am planning to take it with me from UK to Buenos Aires, Argentina. I've heard customs officials can be a bit sticky with drones, Argentina being one country like that? I ...
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Is it true that, when entering the US by land, you no longer need an I-94W form IF already having a valid ESTA?

I've received very different info on this, even from CBP officials. Some say you will always have to fill out and buy an I-94W form at land borders even if you have a valid ESTA. Others say you don'...
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Is there any list of countries I should not visit if I want to go to the US?

I have heard that if I have been to some countries I might be refused entry to the US. I'm planning to travel (vacation) a bit in the Middle East; that will include Iran, Lebanon, Qatar, Oman and ...
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Can I bring a friction lock baton to Dubai?

Is it legal to import and possess a friction-lock baton in Dubai for self-defence purposes?
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Travelling from Vancouver to Budapest via Amsterdam (connecting flight); do we go through Dutch customs or just transit?

We are flying from Vancouver YVR to Amsterdam AMS and onto Budapest BUD with KLM. Do we go through customs in AMS or just transit the airport?
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Importing a brand new laptop in the UK from the US. Can it be confiscated by customs if undeclared?

Next October I going to the US from the UK. I want to buy a Macbook Pro as it's much cheaper over there. I was going to take it out of it original packaging and put it in a laptop holder. My question ...
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Does Amtrak send passport information to the CBP so exits from the US can be recorded?

I am considering flying to New York, spending a week there, and then going to Montreal or Toronto for a week before flying home. For those who don't know, when entering the US by air, the CBP (US ...
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Is my Finnish Schengen residence permit (issued for work) still valid if I'm no longer employed?

I have a residence permit (Finland), the valid days as per permit card is until June 30, 2016. I de-registered my SSN and moved out of Finland on October, 2015. Now I would like to travel to Germany, ...
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Passport validity to Pakistan

Can I go to Pakistan with 2 months expiry date on my passport? I don't need visa for Pakistan as I have a valid NADRA card. I am coming back within passport validity time as I have return ticket. ...
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How to intentionally get denied entry to the US, without getting into trouble?

I have a multiple entry visitors visa for five years. I went to USA last year and lived there for one year with my husband (6 months entry and other 6 months of extension). I left USA legally. Now my ...
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Do I need to do anything special before visiting the US on a 10-year multiple entry B1/B2 visa?

Last year I visited the US to go to a conference. I am a Romanian citizen, and I got a B1/B2 visa. To my surprise, the visa in my passport says it's valid for 10 years, and it has the M mark for ...
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Can an Australia visa rejection blackmark me forever?

I have a parent living in Australia, last time I visited them with a tourist visa and everything went alright. The second time I applied for a family sponsor visit visa by mistake and had it refused ...
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Depart US through Mexico while on B1/B2 Visitor visa - how US will know I did not overstay?

I am currently in US with B1/B2 Visitor visa. Plan to depart US through Mexico by car. And then depart Mexico for another South American country. All within 120 day limit of B1/B2 visa. When ...
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Traveling to USA from NZ, how much money do I need for CBP to let me in?

I'm traveling from NZ to North Carolina to stay with my partner for a number of weeks. My ESTA has been approved. While I'm staying with him, he will be covering my daily costs and necessities, ...
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US tourist visa - re-entry after three days possible for conference?

I am a PhD researcher at university and will be spending two months in the US this summer to conduct my research there under ESTA. I was just asked by my PhD supervisor to accompany him to a ...
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Will an EU residency card be sufficient to depart China?

My Chinese wife is planning to visit China this summer and is normally resident with me in Austria. She has her Chinese passport and a EEA residency card (for Austria) as a spouse of an EU national (...
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Travel to England From Portugal [duplicate]

I'm travelling from Portugal to England in September, now that the Brexit has been approved, Do I need a passport? and my brother that is under 18? tks!
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How soon can a UK citizen return to Canada after previously spending 6 months there? [duplicate]

My husband and I have retired and want to stay with friends in Canada and travel to the USA in the winter in an RV for a couple of years then go on to New Zealand after that. Can anyone tell us if we ...
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5 years ban/re-apply US visa [duplicate]

In 2009, I had a 5 year ban after 11 legal years in America understand different type of visas and a clear transparent report with both the law and immigration. I had at the time an apt in America ...
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Can I remove receipts from imported products from my passport?

I have recently imported books into Canada from Japan. As I bought in excess of 5000¥, the purchase was tax free and the receipt was stapled to my passport and stamped. Since I've now come back to ...
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question on stamping [closed]

Do you need a stamp for coming back into California even though you are America citizen and you were born in California.? I have read on your site that you only need a visa and passport to come back ...
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Will a non-EU citizen get stamped with a family permit at the airport?

Is it true that a non-EU citizen will get stamped with a family permit at the airport when arriving in the UK with their EU spouse? My husband and I lined up in the non-EU line when we arrived. I am ...
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Transfer at Munich, do I have to clear immigration and is 40 minutes enough time? [duplicate]

I am visiting Paris from India. The flight is via Munich. There is only a 40 minute gap before departing to Paris from there. So my question is 40 minutes a sufficient time to get the immigration and ...
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Foreigner crossing the Canada/ U.S border by car [duplicate]

My boyfriend is from France and I am from Michigan, he is coming in July to visit with me and my family but we are flying into Toronto and from Toronto we are crossing the U.S border by car. Would ...
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Can I use German tax free shopping if I have a 6-month J-1 visa from the US?

I am a German citizen with a German passport and I currently hold a J1 US Visa for 6 months. I am planning to buy a purse and import it into the US. Can I use Global Blue for this since my visa is ...
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Can I visit the US under the terms of VWP after previously being in Iraq for business?

Husband and I are going on holiday to Orlando with our kids in July. I was going to do our ESTA's online but because of new rules not sure if my husband needs a visa now. He works for an oil company ...
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Can I re-enter the US with a valid I-94 but without my expired visa-bearing passport?

I've exited the US for a short (few days) trip to Canada. I've used my passport, but forgot to take my old passport — which has my (unexpired) US visa (tourist). My current passport carries my most ...
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Can I work as a photo assistant when entering the US under the terms of VWP?

I've got a question about ESTA and business travels. I'm French, I'm living in Paris and working for a french company in digital retouch and digital assisting. I'm paid in France in euro. I'm ...
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Would I be allowed to get on a plane from the UK and fly to America with tea?

Today I was doing some research on food and drinks and realised that tea is not a very big thing in America and that all the "good" brands of tea are extremely overpriced or quite "un-attractive". So ...
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2½ hour layover Doha (same airline) - do I need to go through customs/immigration? Recheck bags? Enough time?

I have some queries and kind of worried about my international flight for Sweden. My flight would be from my country of origin Manila, Philippines to Sweden but having a 1 stop layover at Doha. My ...
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Can I bring a brand new, package iPhone into Costa Rica for another person?

Will I get in trouble with TSA/airport security for bringing a brand new, packaged iphone in my carry-on luggage from the USA to Costa Rica?
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How can I bring a broken tablet on an airplane to the US?

Earlier this year when in America I bought a Nexus 7 tablet and brought it with me to Argentina. The tablet stopped working shortly after arrival and nothing I tried to do made it work. By chance I'm ...
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Taking dried food into another country through customs

I'm due to visit Canada to see an old friend who used to live in the UK. He wants me to take a favourite snack (Pot Noodle (really!)) for him. Is this likely to be a problem taking it through ...
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Do I clear immigration and customs in heathrow T3 for stop over on seperate ticket

I am travelling from Prague > London > Dubai > Sydney. The Prague to London is with BA and London to Dubai is with emirates. They are booked on separate tickets so I don't think my bags will be ...
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What are defined as goods breaking copyright laws and how are they determined?

I read https://south-africa.visahq.com/customs/#!import-regulations . In the Prohibited section it is written • Goods breaking copyrights laws now my lappy does have a variety of movies, music and ...
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Would taking my used laptop to South Africa attract an import duty?

I will be traveling BOM (India) – DOH (Qatar) – CPT (South Africa) and return. I plan to take my personal/work laptop or if it is too much hassle (for customs bit) then leave it behind in ...
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Have there been any more recent notifications after Notification No. 76/2015-Customs (N.T.) [closed]

I looked at How much electronics and other valuables can I bring duty-free when going to India? and had a look at www.cbec.gov.in/resources//htdocs-cbec/customs/cs-act/notifications/notfns-2015/cs-...
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How many phones can I take to Ukraine?

I will be going to Ukraine soon from New York. Some of my family members in Ukraine were asking us to bring some phones. How many phones can I take to Ukraine if the other phones are packed into the ...
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Can I leave the Schengen Zone before my student visa expires and come back as a tourist? [duplicate]

I'm studying in Denmark with a student visa, but it expires on July 14th and I've booked to stay in Europe for an extra month. I already booked Airbnbs with friends on the July 15th and don't want ...
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New Irish passport (dual citizen) can I use it to avoid longer non EU passport control lines?

I just got my Irish passport today (I have my U.S. passport too). When I have gone through airports in Europe (just recently to Italy) I had gotten a connecting flight in Paris. By the time I had ...
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Can I bring Swiss cheese into Canada?

Title says it all: I gather the answer is "yes", but wasn't able to find an authoritative source. For extra credit, distinguish between these three types: "Hard" cheeses (Gruyere etc) "Soft" ...
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What line can I use at Immigration?

Me and a friend will be travelling to the USA, Since we have a short layover in JFK airport, I was wondering if we have to use the non-US passport line, or if we can use the US passport line. (just ...
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Use of Biometric Residence Permit for multiple visit to UK [migrated]

I have a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) valid till Feb 2017, whereas vignette on passport is valid till April 2016. Can I visit UK again on BRP I have? If not do I have to follow any other process?
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What happens if RFID system in my “biometric” travel passport malfunctions when I cross the border?

My travel passport contains the "biometric" RFID chip. While I can at any moment check that my passport itself is intact (not torn or anything) I can't check whether the chip inside is functioning as ...