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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Is there an international language at sea?

When the Russian pilot of an Aeroflot jet is approaching Moscow's airport staffed by Russian Air Traffic controllers, convention still holds that everybody is speaking English. Even if that English ...
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Can you travel to Canada by road with an expired US passport?

Is it possible to leave and re-enter the US through the land border with Canada with an expired (US) passport? My passport expired in December and I didn't realize that until now. In addition to the ...
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How long does it take for a Global Entry application to be approved?

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection runs a program called Global Entry, allowing low-risk travelers to complete an application, submit to a background check and interview, and eventually be ...
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Proving onward travel on a South America tour

My question is related to / inspired by Does Colombia require proof of onward travel? but isn't quite the same. I'm thinking of a trip around South America (from Europe) such that: I would not ...
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If I don't declare a not-yet-used engagement ring at airport security, am I smuggling jewelry?

In How do I get an engagement ring past security/customs in an airport without alerting my significant other?, MikeV posted a pertinent question which is worth asking: If I buy a ring in the US, ...
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What to expect at Chinese customs when bringing in items for friends who live there?

I am taking a trip to Shanghai next week to see some friends. They have requested that I bring a few items with me to give to them that are difficult (or expensive) for them to obtain where they ...
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Will a UAE stamp in my passport cause problems entering Israel?

I will be traveling to Israel soon and am concerned because some colleagues have suggested that the visa stamps in my passport from the United Arab Emirates (eg Dubai) might cause me difficulties on ...
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Maximum cash allowed when travelling to the US

I was wondering if someone knows the legal limit of cash money allowed per adult tourist when entering the US, especially from the UK. The reason is that I would like to get the best conversion rate ...
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Arrivals forms or customs agents may ask if you packed your own bags. Must I pack them myself or is it OK to answer in the negative to this question?

When arriving in some countries you must fill out an arrival form at customs and immigration. You may also be asked some questions by customs agents. In some countries one question is whether or not ...
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Can I import honey to Norway?

My mother has a few beehives and she is producing honey for home use. I am traveling to Norway in a few days and I'd like to bring one jar (1 kg) of honey to my friend there. I am a resident of Bosnia ...
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Item held by customs until I pay tax; what are my options?

I just arrived in the UK yesterday, from the US, carrying a piece of jewelry, which I intend to carry with me for the following months before I give it to someone at the right time and place, then ...
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Bringing a camping knife to Japan

And before you ask, YES, it is for camping. I have travelled to Japan a couple times and enjoyed it. I know Japan law allows knifes of a certain size (under 6cm the last time I checked, but I'll look ...
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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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Lost passport with Schengen visa

My passport was stolen in Prague on my way to Vienna. I filed a police report and our embassy swiftly acted by giving me a temporary passport for my onward journey to Munich and Rome. Upon exit from ...
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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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Can I bring my desktop computer as check-in baggage on a flight?

I am moving from Malaysia to the US, and planning to bring my desktop computer with me. I plan to pack it in my checked-in luggage. Will the computer risk being damaged? Any precaution should I take ...
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How much money can you take into Canada?

I'll be travelling to Canada from the UK in the near future. Is there a limit to how much money I can carry with me? Ideally I'd like to take 5,000 CAD in order to sort out some legitimate family ...
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What are the practical implications of a name change for international travel and activities abroad?

I am considering a name change, which seems to be a relatively straightforward action, when one remains in the same country: certain documents are replaced with new ones bearing the new name, and ...
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What countries allow the export of butterflies?

I have a strange question regarding moving butterflies from one country to another (kind of a lame explanation, but please bear with me). I am collecting butterflies (basically doing something like ...
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Can immigration authorities make cross checks between multiple passports of the same (German) person?

I have the following specific case but it would be nice to have a general answer if one does exist: A fellow German traveler just spent 3 months in Turkey on his passport. He just then left to ...
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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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Is there a risk with flights stopping off in Russia?

Here is a thought experiment... Assume one wants to go from the EU to Japan. There will of course be different carriers (and paths) available to choose from, and usually there will be a stopover in ...
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New H1B arrival, what do I need for the port of entry?

I just got my newly-approved H1B visa stamped into my (UK) passport and am flying to America in a week. Besides my stamped passport, and my I-797B (Notice of Action) document, is there any other ...
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Amtrak Cascades from Seattle to Vancouver - What is the border crossing like northbound?

I'm pondering using the Amtrack Cascades train to get from Seattle up to Vancouver. The ticket price seems pretty good, the views are supposed to be great, and it seems to be fairly quick too! When ...
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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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Can I import homebrewed alcohol to Norway?

In Norway, as far as I know, the sale of all alcohol is nationalized. I'm going to visit my friend there, and his parents want to send him a bottle (He is from Slovakia, same as myself). Is it legal ...
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When travelling internationally with valuable personal effects, how do I avoid paying duty at each border crossing?

Some people travel internationally with valuable personal effects. The most obvious example is photography equipment which could easily be valued over $15k. Jewelry, watches, and specialized medical ...
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How to travel to California with my cat?

I am moving to California from Ukraine. I know the exact requirements from Ukranian part, but what about USA part and especially California? What is the exact list of requirements for the cat?
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Why there is passport check at the check-in counter, immigration and even at the gate?

I was wondering, why there are passports check at the check-in counter, immigration and even at the gate. For example, I was at Istanbul flying to either UK or US. There's a security check at the ...
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What if you don't get an ETA for a flight to Australia?

As a US citizen, I've gone to Australia twice, and dutifully signed up for the ETA visa on the website and paid my $20 or so and had no hassles on entry. There was no mention of the ETA at any point ...
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One-way tickets into the US and Canada?

So I have a series of weird flights I can use to get to Bangkok from London with a stop in Vancouver, where it may actually be cheaper for me to fly to Vancouver, bus down to LA/San Fran, and then fly ...
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Will Nagorno-Karabakh put my entry/exits stamps on a separate piece of paper?

Certain countries won't let a visitor enter if they have a passport stamp from certain other countries. One case is Azerbaijan which will not permit you to enter if you have a stamp of ...
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What would be considered “evidence of adequate funds” for entering Hong Kong?

I'll be visiting Hong Kong for a few days next week. I noticed this statement on the Hong Kong Visa Requirements page: must have a U.S. passport valid for at least six months and evidence of ...
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US Customs Pre-clearance in foreign airports

Recently, I was traveling back to the US through Vancouver, BC, Canada. I was delighted with the fact that I was able to get pre-screened through US Customs before even getting on the plane. What ...
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How does VIP service work at the Managua Airport?

At the Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (the airport in Managua, Nicaragua), I have heard there is a VIP service you can pay for, where an agent will meet you when disembarking from the plane ...
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US Visas: O and P

Some young semi professional musicians are planning a tour that might include some dates in the USA. I called the CBP and they confidently assured me that an O or a P status, which can be obtained at ...
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Can I take two laptops to India from United States? One bought in India and one in US

I will be landing at New Delhi airport. The worth of new laptop (Lenovo Yoga Idea Pad 13) is about $1000 and old one (Macbook Pro) is > 1 lakh INR. I want to leave the new laptop in India. I have a ...
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What are some ways to minimize the time spent in customs?

Every time I've gone through customs, it has been a relatively quick and friendly series of basic questions and credential verification. However, I have heard people complain about delays due to ...
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What is the difference between customs and immigration?

Maybe this is a question that should be asked at english.se in stead. I am just wondering if you can talk about "going through customs", when referring to all processes involved in ...
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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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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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Can I get in trouble if, at customs, the police finds media files that I can't prove are mine?

I have ripped some of my DVD series to my phone and laptop so I do not need to waste space and battery with the extra discs. But what happens when I am traveling, say from Europe->USA or ...
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How does customs work if my layover is in a third country?

I want to fly from the US to Israel and am looking at a flight with a layover in Canada (PIT -> YYZ -> TLV). How does customs work on such a multi-country trip? Do I have to go through the process ...
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Can anyone get the NEXUS card, and how?

I've been told vaguely after seeing on a forum that the NEXUS Card is the greatest thing since sliced bread. My understanding is that it's a card for frequent travellers between the US and Canada. ...
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Are US citizens legally required to provide a current address on a US customs declaration?

When returning to the USA, US citizens are required to fill out a written customs declaration. This form has space for a "Street Address". See a sample form here: ...
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Is there an 'ideal' crossing between Michigan and Ontario?

I'm going to be driving through Michigan into Canada next week. My point of origin and destination are far enough to the West and East respectively that the net mileage difference between using the ...
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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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I stamped my passport before international departure, but I want to cancel now!

If I stamped my passport for an international flight as we usually do before international departures and then I changed my mind for any reason, for example a family emergency reason. What's the ...
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Swiss customs: necessary when travelling from France to USA via GVA?

I'm a USian planning a summer trip to France. I've already bought my tickets to arrive in Nice and leave from Geneva. I will be travelling thru France mostly via car which I plan on returning to the ...
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What to expect at a Global Entry application interview?

I applied for the Global Entry program a couple of days ago, and I noticed a few mentions throughout the application process to an interview that I would need to schedule as part of the process. What ...