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 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 ...
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What happens when you exceed the import limits of alcohol in Norway?

What happens when you arrive at the border of Norway (as an EU citizen) and you get caught by the customs with an amount of alcohol (beer, liquor) that is greater than the allowed amount? Do you ...
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Bringing (outdoor) food to Japan [duplicate]

In august I will go to Japan to visit relatives and to make a trekking. In europe I usualy bring trekking meals with me, the kind of meals that you can easily prepare on a stove by just adding water. ...
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Dual Citizen UK Australia, Entering UK on OZ passport to avoid possible UK arrest warrant

My first post here and its a tricky situation. Basically I need to know if I enter the UK on my Australian passport (I have done this before with no problems) will the authorities know about any ...
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Bringing outdoor food to Japan

In august I will go to Japan to visit relatives and to make a trekking. In europe I usualy bring trekking meals with me, the kind of meals that you can easily prepare on a stove by just adding water. ...
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Customs on the way to Zambia

I am traveling to Livingstone, Zambia from Tampa, Florida. This is my first time making this trip and I'm wondering at which stopping points I will be going through customs and immigration. I am ...
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Dual US/UK citizen. Will this show when my UK passport is scanned in America?

I have dual US and UK citizenship, but the US citizenship has only just been realized (wasn't aware I had claim to US citizenship earlier). Unfortunately I haven't received my US passport yet. Can I ...
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Heathrow Customs - “Arrivals from the EU” exit

At Heathrow, after collecting your baggage, there are three exits. Green - nothing to declare Red - something to declare (not sure of text) Blue - arrivals from the EU What is the blue ...
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Bringing laptop with US keyboard layout back into the UK

I will be visiting the US and will be taking my work laptop with a US keyboard layout. In the past, I have had trouble reentering the UK because the laptop looked like it was bought in the US and I ...
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What happens if you are caught (accidentally) not declaring something at customs?

So, you get into the "nothing to declare" line, but you get selected for a random bag check anyway... and the customs officer finds something you were supposed to declare. It's something small, like ...
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Entering the US with US citizenship pending

Just looking for a little advice about a passport application and travelling. I currently live in the UK, and I am a British citizen. Since my father is an American citizen, I have claim to US ...
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How many cigarettes can I bring back from Serbia to the European Union?

I am going to Serbia this summer and I would like to know how many cigarettes I can bring back to the European Union. P.S I am going from Serbia to Latvia through Frankfurt (Germany) by plane.
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Do I have to claim and re-check in my baggage in international transit when traveling with the same airline?

I'll be traveling to Memphis, Tennessee form New Delhi, India via Qatar Airways. The itinerary would be: New Delhi <--> Doha || Doha <--> Chicago || Chicago <--> Memphis Would I be required ...
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Long lay over in Seoul. Do I need a visa as a Filipino citizen?

I'm a Filipino immigrant from USA about to visit home in December. I have a 14-hour lay over in Seoul, South Korea. Do I need a visa to leave the airport to do a little sightseeing?
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Forgot to submit consumption tax (GST) declaration form upon exiting Tokyo

I travelled to Japan last year and bought some stuff from shops in Tokyo which were subject to return of consumption tax (GST). However, I forgot to submit those consumption tax receipts (which the ...
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Is an entry to Mexico a red flag in U.S. immigration?

A few years ago I went from Washington, D.C. to Cancun, Mexico for two weeks. I'm an Indian citizen on a U.S. visa, and I had a visa for Mexico too. However, while returning from Mexico to Miami, I ...
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How can I ensure that a specific passport is used for US immigration?

I have two passports. One (Canada) does not require a visa (or ESTA) to enter the US. The other (New Zealand) would require at least an ESTA. If I am flying to visit the US, how can I ensure that the ...
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How can I get rid of my I-94?

Back in May 2013 when I entered the US on an F1 Visa I had my I-94 stamped and the little card stapled to my passport. When I left again in August, they had already discontinued the form and switched ...
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Eurostar security control: Taking pocket knife for camping

I want to go camping in the UK. A Swiss army knife, or any pocket knife, is standard equipment to go camping. Now I'm wondering if border control will allow me to go through, with a knife in my ...
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Is bringing tea from coca leaves to Europe illegal?

When travelling in Chile, tea from coca leaves was something you could buy at regular places. It is even sold as a preventive to altitude sickness in places like San Pedro de Atacama. After feeling ...
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Will having a cancelled departure stamp in my passport cause problems when I travel?

Will I have problems in entering a country if I have a cancelled departure stamp from my home country? Will immigration ask questions about it, and what should I do?
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Can we travel with a faulty Malaysian visa?

We are suppose to travel from Kolkata, India to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The required procedures had been taken care of and the passports with the Malaysian visa has also arrived. But there is a ...
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Would travel by bus count as an onward ticket?

I am travelling to America next month, and have not booked a returning flight. I have read online that this is needed otherwise I will not be able to board the plane in the UK. I will be in the US ...
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Can I import absinthe into Australia?

While absinthe is legal in Australia, several sources like this Sydney Morning Herald article and this article on absinthe.com.au claim that a special permit is required for importing it from ...
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Will I get into trouble at customs if I take electronic devices for thousands of dollars into India?

I'm going to India and I'm planning to take a couple of electronic devices with me that are worth at least 30'000 USD. I don't have any bills for that. I plan to use these devices there for 10 days ...
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Travelling from Dresden to Delhi via Munich with 45 minutes transit time, is it sufficient?

I am travelling from Dresden to Delhi via Munich (holding Indian passport with Schengen visa) through Lufthansa airlines. The transit time at Munich airport to board Delhi flight is just 45 minutes. ...
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Are customs liable if they break something doing their job?

I watched a reality show on the Australian border controle where they destroyed an object in a mail package and found drugs. The destruction wasn't really subtle, you couldn't use the object ...
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Do I need to pass customs if I enter by swimming over a body of water?

Suppose I'm a long distance swimmer and swim across a large body of water to another country, like from France to England, or from England to the USA. Do I need to pass customs? Do I need the same ...
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Customs for two new laptops bought in USA

I was going to take two laptops from USA to India, as I am a computer science student. I generally use both of them for programming. As the law is stated in India, only one laptop is allowed as free ...
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Will one be refused entry on a full passport?

My question was triggered by How do I decide whether to be worried about having enough blank pages in my passport? The question is pretty simple. What happens at a border when you need an additional ...
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Malaysian passport holder, transitting/arriving at US with no visa [closed]

Will they stop me at departure in Malaysia, or at the US airport? I'm seeking asylum.
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Have anyone experienced inspection of their laptop or digital media content? [duplicate]

There is a question about the UK and the US and whether their border officers can search your laptop. This is a more general question. Can customs check files and software inside your laptop or ...
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Can I bring a new coffee maker and several small sealed bags of coffee to India from the USA?

Can I bring a new, small sized coffee maker and several small bags of coffee, with me to India? In my checked luggage of course.
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If I enter the USA with dual US/Caribbean Island citizenship and only present my Caribbean passport will they know I am a USA citizen?

I have dual citizenship, USA & a Caribbean island. If I enter the USA with only my Caribbean island passport, will they know I am a USA citizen?
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What's the smoothest airport to enter the US for passport control out of Newark, Boston or Philadelphia?

I'm travelling with a student VISA to Pittsburgh. I'm flying from Lisbon and the flight connections are to Newark, Boston or Philadelphia. I would like to know if there's an "ideal" option between ...
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What is the procedure with people at CBP who cannot speak english

I currently have the situation, that someone is visiting me in the US from Germany. But this person cannot speak english at all. How and what should one do to get the person through the CBP as ...
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Will I get into Sweden with the souvenirs listed?

I have been traveling From Australia to Fiji, Bali, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam over the past 2 and a half months and I have many souvenirs that I have gotten over the borders with, with no ...
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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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Do I have to go through customs in Paris?

I am travelling from Winnipeg, Canada to Toronto, to Paris, France and then to Edinburgh, Scotland. I believe my plane to Edinburgh leaves from the same terminal that I arrive at in ...
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When you go to Passport Control, what does the agent see about you? [closed]

After landing at a foreign airport you pretty much go straight to passport control, where an agent receives your passport, swipes it into a computer and then, perhaps after asking a few questions, ...
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US Immigration Worries - Overstayed in 2000

I'm a Canadian citizen and back in 2000, when I was young and stupid, I stayed longer than I should have in the US. I entered only with my passport. Eventually I came back to Canada and upon trying to ...
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How can a traveler with a green card but no ability to get a passport fly to Mexico?

What travel document can a U.S. green card holder (with no passport, and no ability to get a passport, such as a refugee) use to enter Mexico via air, and then re-enter the United States? How long ...
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Getting a weak passport stamp restamped?

If you get a passport stamp where the ink is barely visible can / should you ask to have it restamped? No doubt everyone passing through this stamper has had weak stamps put on their passport so it's ...
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Any way to find out what US Customs & Border Protection has in their database?

I travel from the US to Canada occasionally (about once per year on average) with my family. We are all US citizens and travel with US passports. Every time we re-enter the United States, I am given ...
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Is there a way to find old passport records via the government?

Is there any way to find out where a deceased relative traveled by passport 40-50 years ago? We are trying to provide a date when they brought back ivory items legitimately. We know they traveled to ...
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8-hour stop over in Mauritius MRU - can I exit the airport?

I have a 8 hours daytime stop over at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, and intend to make the best of it. But will I be allowed to get out of the airport? Wikivoyage says: ...