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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Returning after being removed from UK

I've recently been refused entry at Heathrow Airport and was detained for 6 hours with some interviews before they decided to put me on the next immediate direct flight back home. I wrote that I was ...
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Travel from New Orleans to Dominican Republic via Miami

We are planning a trip to the Dominican Republic, departing from New Orlenas with a stop over in Miami. My question is - do we need to allow for a 3 hour or so stop over in Miami to go through ...
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Missing baggage after connected Flight - what steps to take?

My connected flight was purchased from Air France from Paris to Vancouver. The first flight (Paris-Toronto) was operated by Air France, the second one (Toronto-Vancouver) was operated by Air Canada. ...
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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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How many mobile phones can I bring to India?

I am traveling from the UK to Delhi and I am bringing 4 phones with me + mine the rest are for friends. These phones are all used so will this be an issue in bringing them through customs?
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Visiting the Philippines as a dual citizen with a different name in passport?

Do I need to apply for visa if I am going to the Philippines, as I am a dual passport holder - 1 Taiwan and 1 Philippine passport). In my R.O.C. passport both names appeared but my phil. passport ...
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Dual Citizen (US/UK) Cuba Travel

This is a bit of a complicated case. I am a dual citizen of UK and US, though am a resident of the US. I left the USA with my British passport (the exit stamp is in my British passport). Since then I ...
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Why does US Customs & Immigration ask the purpose of my trip when I'm returning home?

As a US citizen, when I re-enter the US, I am often asked where I was, how long I was there, and the reason for my visit. Why am I asked these things? Am I required to answer? Don't I have a legal ...
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Duty free shops at airport [duplicate]

What exactly does duty free mean at the various airports? Does it mean that the items are cheaper because they have no tax/duty applied on it OR does it mean the item would "not count" for the free ...
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I have ESTA. Do I need a visa for Costa Rica?

I am Taiwanese with Taiwanese passport. I will be traveling to USA with ESTA (not visa). However, my friends and I are planning to visit Costa Rica during our stay in USA. Would I be able to travel ...
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Do I have to go through customs, recheck my bag, etc. during my Heathrow layover?

I am flying from New York to Nairobi, Kenya, with a layover at Heathrow. Both flights are on the same itinerary with British Airways (i.e. it was booked as a flight from New York to Nairobi). They ...
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Can I travel to Germany on a bus through France with a “Deutschland” visa not a Schengen stated visa? [duplicate]

I have been issued a German family reunion visa type D. it clearly states that the visa is for Germany and not Schengen states as I used to get in the past. Can I travel by bus from London through ...
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Customs / Immigration formalities for Europe short vacation

I'll be travelling to Europe on a Schenegen visa for around 8 days. The entry point would be France (Paris) This would be my first international visit. What are the general customs / immigration ...
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Can I leave the UK and come back in, on a Tourist visa?

I am a United States citizen with a 6-month Tourist visa to the UK (a stamp in my passport). Additionally, in 2013 I spent about two months in the UK on tourist visas, split between two separate ...
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Carrying medicines internationally for a friend

A friend of mine has asked to carry medicines from India to UK. She is also going to provide me the prescription for those medicines. However, I am a bit reluctant because the prescription that she ...
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Does the duty free laptop come under 25K entitlement? (India customs) [duplicate]

I will be traveling to the US shortly from India and will be returning back. I am planning to purchase a laptop in the US and want to bring it to India. I read in the website of India customs where it ...
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Time taken for customs check in Brisbane Australia

What is the average time taken to clear a customs checkpoint in Brisbane ? I am (not an Australian citizen) flying in from the US in a flight that lands at 6.15 AM and have a connecting flight to ...
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Travelling from USA to Australia [closed]

I am on H1B and travelling to Australia on my permanent residency visa. Since I am a Indian citizen / passport are there any additional formalities that needs to be done?
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What items can be taken to Australia

This Australian customs website lists a few prohibited articles for import. When they say 'cannot be imported' does that mean goods only meant for commercial use (imported and then sold) ? Or does ...
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Customs check points in Australia

If someone is flying from the US to a city in Australia and has to take a connecting flight in a different state, e.g. flying from Dallas to Darwin in the Northern Territory, and they have to take a ...
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US Customs when coming through Canada

I have an upcoming trip where I will be flying to and from Copenhagen, through Toronto. I notice that my departure and return gate in the Philadelphia airport is not in the international terminal. ...
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Been in the USA for 2 months visiting family in Canada - can I enter USA again? [duplicate]

I am visiting the United States and family at the moment. I have been here for a couple of months traveling cross country and enjoying my time but I also have a daughter in Canada whom I want to visit ...
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Are feathers in my hat allowed through UK & Irish customs?

I wear a hat with feathers stuck in the band. Can I bring/wear them through customs into UK & Rep of Ireland? And then re-enter Australia? (possibly with a couple more I find when over there.. ...
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UK tourist visa refused 3 times. Need to get there for flight home

Around 3 years ago I applied for a temporary working visa for the UK, but it got rejected because I lied to the police once and had some old DUI charges. So I never went to the UK. I recently arrived ...
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Does an (almost) full passport increase the time you spend at immigration?

I have been in front of immigration officers who thoroughly inspect every stamp in my passport. Is it a proper inference that it is more efficient to travel on an "empty" passport then a fully stamped ...
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Bringing cooked meat to Germany?

I know it is prohibited to bring meat or dairy products to Germany, but I wonder if bringing cooked meat would also be a problem? It is part of our curries and other material in the curry are beans ...
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Why are some non-Nexus travellers sent through the Nexus line at Pearson?

I've connected through Toronto Pearson International Airport to the US twice this year, and both times I was directed to the Nexus lines, even though I'm not a card holder. I scanned my passport as ...
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How to find the genuine websites for consulates, embassies, and immigration offices around the world?

Very often when travelling about the world you need to check the official word on obtaining visas and visa extensions and other related information. But increasingly it's getting very difficult to ...
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Baggage didn't clear customs - how do I get it?

I was traveling from India to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada via Montreal by connecting flight. My airline's (Qatar) agent told me in India that you will get your baggage at the final destination ...
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Canada's Automatic Border Clearance for visiting citizens

I'm a dual citizen of Canada and the United States. I have a passport for both countries. I live in the United States, but I'm traveling to Canada for the holidays. I've read that Pearson has a new ...
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Finding a country to work and live in: China or Latin-South America (Chile, perhaps) [closed]

I'm pretty far from politics, I'm newbie in it. As a programmer traveling in SE Asia for pretty much a long time, I have a plan to eventually move to either China or Hong Kong or Latin or South ...
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What are the immigration times like at Entebbe airport?

Are there any current statistics on the average time it takes to pass Ugandan immigration at Entebbe airport when requiring a visa on arrival?
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Do I need a transcript to re-enter the US along with my F1 visa and I-20 form?

I'm a French PhD student in a US University. I'm going abroad for 3 weeks. Do I need a transcript to re-enter the US along with my F1 visa and I-20 form? If so does the transcript have to be official? ...
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Can I take 2 laptops to India from US? [duplicate]

I have a laptop for my personal use that was bought in US. I'm planning to carry another, a new laptop again bought in US. Now, with 2 laptops bought in US, will I be allowed to carry them into India? ...
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Can I carry One office laptop, one personal laptop and one Surface tablet? [duplicate]

I am returning from US to Bangalore. I was travelling on B1 Visa. While going to US, I was carrying one Laptop from Office. I have ID for this Laptop as well. In US I have purchased a Laptop ($399) ...
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What kind of 'proof of onward travel' do I need for Brazil? [duplicate]

I recently purchased a one way ticket from Frankfurt, Germany to Salvador, Brazil with low cost carrier Condor. I am a Belgian citizen and don't need a visa for Brazil (or any South American country ...
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Will I be granted a Swiss reunification Visa after I was refused a student visa?

I applied for a Swiss student's visa as a means to go and meet my fiance (we are both Cameroonians) but was refused as I come from a risk country (Cameroon). The reason for refusal was that they were ...
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Can I bring an anti-religious book into Saudi Arabia?

Could I bring books like The God Delusion from Richard Dawkins to Saudi Arabia? What will happen if they saw this book in my hand during the check-in or somewhere else in Saudi Arabia? What about ...
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US immigration mix-up: will it cause problems on my next visit?

On my last visit to the US, there was some kind of mix up at the immigration. I was with my niece at that time (a GC holder.) Apparently, when they scanned her passport my picture came up with her ...
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Revisiting the US after 2 months

My last visit to the US was for 2 weeks back in August 2013. My point of entry was in San Diego. I plan to revisit for Thanksgiving in November. Will it be an issue that I came back "too soon"? I am ...
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First address in the US in case of missed flight

As a non-US citizen traveling to the US, I am obliged to provide the airline and the border control officer with the address of the hotel where I will be spending my first night in the US. (The ...
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Are there any taxes on product purchsed from US and taken to India [duplicate]

Can i buy a MAC in US and take it to India? Ofcourse i can! But my question is do i have to pay extra taxes or something for that maybe in US or india?
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How to find when a previous flight occured?

I want information about a flight in 2009. My dad came to Canada from the US. He went back in August 2009. He forgets the exact date. He travelled by US airways. He need to know exact date for ...
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What types of plants are allowed through US customs?

I would like to bring a small potted plant from Taiwan to the US as a gift for someone. Will US customs allow me to do this at all? I hear that there are some species of plants that are definitely ...
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Au Pair in France OFII question [closed]

I am living in France (have been here just about 2 months) and have an au pair contract that runs from September 15 2013 until August 2014 (long stay visa). I have the visa in my passport, but it just ...
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Can growing a beard cause problems in crossing borders?

I just recently renewed my passport with a picture taken just after I shaved. I haven't shaved since (>3 weeks) and I kind of like it. I am even looking into how to maintain a beard, but that is a ...
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How long do I have to leave South Africa before returning?

I am a British citizen owning a house in South Africa, I intend to travel to South Africa for 8 weeks this month, return to the UK for 10 days approx at Christmas time and then return to South Africa ...
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Biometric passport: How can I know if the chip is still working? Does it matter?

My biometric passport inadvertently spent some time under the rain. It's not badly damaged but some sheets are a bit deformed and there are tiny brown spots on the side. I am wondering if there is an ...
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Traveling through Munich Airport

I'm traveling from the US, through Munich Airport, to connect to another flight to Turkey. What exactly is checked when going through passport control in the Munich Airport?
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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 ...