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 do the intra-Schengen border controls - reinstated in September 2015 - change?

In September 2015, some countries of the Schengen area decided to put border controls back in place. It might not last, it might happen again in the future, but I am curious about the changes this ...
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Flying to Frankfurt with a transit through Paris - is 90 minutes enough for a layover?

I have a flight booking from San Jose, USA to Frankfurt, Germany. The itinerary has a transit through Charles de Gaulle, Paris. Since this will be my first stop in the Schengen Region, will I have to ...
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Crossing the Lao/Thai border at Ban Than - no border office?

My brother and I are biking from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai just realized our bike route takes us through a border crossing with no immigration office. Is this a problem? I know we can do 15 days ...
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US Quarter Dollar Coins of different states (4 sets)

I have been collecting US quarter dollar coins for different states and I have 4 sets of these coins. Can I take them along with me when travelling back to India. Can I take them in my carry on ...
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How can I rectify my passport error with the USA embassy?

I'm a Nigerian. I applied for a visiting visa in October 2014 but was denied visa because I had a fake stamp of another country on my passport (not USA). I did it because I was having a problem at my ...
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Am I banned from entering the USA?

Am a Nigerian. I applied for a visiting visa in October 2014 but was denied visa because I had a fake stamp of another country on my passport (not USA). I did it because I was having a problem at my ...
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Entering the UAE as a Filipino citizen resident in Taiwan: do I need any documents besides my tourist visa?

I'm a Filipino citizen legally employed in Taiwan. What documents do I need to prepare aside from a tourist visa and a plane ticket before flying to Dubai, UAE?
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Can I buy a Graphics card in the US and bring it back to EU?

A friend is in the USA and is coming back to Slovenia (EU). Can he buy a graphics card for me in the US and bring it home with him? Because it's so much cheaper in the US, I thought this would be a ...
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What happens if you are refused entry between two countries?

Last month, I was travelling on a backpacking trip across Russia and the Baltic states (Schengen zone). I'm an Indian by nationality. So I had to get the respective single entry visa for Russia and ...
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Returning to the US on a student visa after failing to pay for outstanding bills [closed]

I'm an international student in the US. Since the last two months, I stopped paying my bills because I had to pay my tuition fees for the school that couldn't pay other bills. Probably, I'll go back ...
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Maximum amount of money allowed when immigrating into the U. S [closed]

My husband and I will be travelling to the U.S. as immigrants. Is there a limit in bringing in $ cash since we are migrating to the U.S.? Or it is the same amount ($10, 000) as for tourist? If ...
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Can i carry two iphone 6s from hongkong to india? [duplicate]

I m planning to buy 2 iphones 6s in hongkong, one for me and one for my girl friend , but I m not sure If I will have any problem bringing the iPhone 6s even before it launches in india.
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Is there a difference in max alcohol allowed to take to US between personal use and marketing use? [closed]

I'm planing to fly to the US for some meetings with local alcohol distributors. I need to bring with me about 10 beer brands from China 25-30 bottles each (the last leg of my flight will be China-US). ...
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Staying exactly the number of allowed days in the visa. Problems?

I received a short term visa for the Schengen zone, and I planned my trip so that my return flight is scheduled exactly the day my visa expires. The visa duration is 20 days, and I stay exactly 20 ...
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Flying from Canada to Australia w/ Stop in US (Baggage claim question)

I leave Toronto INT Terminal to LAX - switching terminals to Tom Bradley INT terminal then on to Sydney Australia from there. Questions: Do I need to claim my baggage in LAX because I'm switching ...
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What counts as “in original packaging” when traveling with prescription drugs?

The usual advice when traveling with prescription medicine is to bring it in the original packaging. I'm wondering exactly how strictly that is enforced. The medicine I take come in big cardboard ...
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Does being refused entry to Singapore mean I am now blacklisted?

my friend who is an Indonesian citizen tried to enter Singapore this week and was refused entry at the Singapore Harbour Front Ferry Terminal by immigration. This was his first trip overseas and is ...
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Returning to India from the US with two laptops [duplicate]

I will be taking my MacBook Pro as a personal laptop with me. I will be bringing back an additional work laptop. Would I have to pay duty on either one?
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Declaring illegal goods on an airport [closed]

This question is answered in a few other questions on this site, but it is never the question asked. As I believe it is a useful question to answer, I put it as a standalone question so it is easier ...
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Luggage, connecting flights and customs question for USA

I'm flying to the USA, from Australia, through LAX and catching a connecting flight 6 hours later, think it's the same ticket, booked all at once. I've never traveled before, and I'm wondering what ...
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Bringing snacks purchased in India into the EU

I am currently in India and I was planning on bringing back to Europe (Spain, in case it is relevant) some Indian Chips (packaged, about 100 to 200g each). The reason is not relevant for this ...
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Is immigration officer check if i'm working or studying or unemployed?

Is immigration officer going check if I'm working, studying or unemployed? I'm a Moroccan citizen and I'm planning to visit the Philippines ( visa free for a stay up 30 days ) And my question is ...
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Do I need to show proof I will be leaving UK when I enter (as an EU citizen)?

I will be studying abroad in Edinburgh in the fall and will be using my Dutch passport the whole time I am there, as EU citizens don't need visas to study in the UK (I have dual citizenship for the US ...
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ESTA, Visa, USA, Overstay, Help please!

I am currently in the US. Have been travelling and have only just checked my passport to find the stamp to leave says the 17th Sept. I must plead ignorance as I throughout applying for an ESTA I did ...
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Multiple entry Schengen visa: Documents required at Immigration/Border control during second visit

I am an Indian passport holder having residence permit and working in Kuwait, I received a 90 days multiple-entry Schengen C visa issued by German embassy Kuwait for a business purpose. I successfully ...
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International connection at US airport with US re-entry issue [duplicate]

I need to get to the Caribbean from Europe but had overstayed in the US about 7 years back and am supposedly denied re-entry fr 10 years... since all reasonable flight scenarios I find involved going ...
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Children with a different surname to parent - UK citizen - UK passport control

Assume a child (aged 15) has a different surname to its mother. They live with their mother and father, but the mother did not take the father's name on marriage. All three are UK citizens, have UK ...
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Luggage Transfer for International Transfer

Purchased tickets thru Cheapflights on the Internet. When traveling to Thailand from Canada there are 2 stops. One in USA and Amsterdam. Will our luggage transfer thru or do we need to pick it up? Not ...
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Is NEXUS clearly better than Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check for US citizens?

I'm considering joining one of the US government's Trusted Traveler programs. I found this comparison chart on the Homeland Security website comparing TSA Pre-Check, Global Entry, NEXUS, and SENTRI. ...
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Is it possible to ship something from China to my Hotel in the U.S. if I am not a U.S. citizen?

Hope this fits the travel category. I will be travelling in the U.S. and I need to ship something to myself from China. How would customs work in that case when they get the package? Is there any ...
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Schengen visa application rejected because my US visa stamp expires in December. What are my options?

I went to the Italian consulate in Washington, DC today and they would not accept my visa application because they said my US visa stamp cannot expire less than 3 months after the end of my trip to ...
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Can we bring lavender wands from the US to the UK and back again?

We're traveling to the UK next week, and would like to take some lavender wands with us (lavender, dried, then woven with straw to make a nice smelling block). Does anyone know if UK Customs will ...
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Can I bring a beach sand to the US as a souvenir? [duplicate]

When entering the US, there is a question (11d) on Customs Declaration about bringing soil with me. Does a beach sand count as a soil? Can I still bring it? Do I have to declare it? This is a ...
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Can I travel to Australia with my UN traveling document? [duplicate]

I have a refugee travel document (UN Passport) issued to me by Greece. I would like to travel to Australia or Canada. Do I need a visa for this travel?
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If I get a tourist visa to Israel prior to traveling can I still get denied entry to Israel?

I heard that it's always a good idea -regardless of your destination- to get a visa to the country you traveling to prior to your travel even if it was the case that you can get a visa upon arrival as ...
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Proof for onward travel in Non-schengen countries of EU

I'm from Singapore and planning trip to Eastern Europe, landing at Romania and taking a train to Bulgaria and back to Singapore. If I buy a one-way Singapore-Romania ticket and another one-way ...
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Minimum connection times at YUL, allowing for US pre-clearance

My wife and I are currently looking to travel from Canada to the United States in December. Looking at the itineraries currently on offer, one of the options is a Canadian domestic flight to ...
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Does airport immigration ask for boarding pass on arrival?

I have dual nationality (although China doesn't recognise that) and will be leaving China to Sri Lanka on my Chinese passport which is in my Chinese name and which I have done on previous ocassions. ...
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Customs in coach travel between France and UK

When travelling between France and the UK via the Eurostar train, I have never actually been stopped by customs on either direction. I've seen some people being stopped, but it seems that it's on a ...
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Carrying Bitcoin Internationally

I was reading this question and @Mikaveli's answer regarding a list of things not to bring, including money. So my question is, what if I bring my laptop across borders and its hard drive has a ...
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Can I travel with my video game to Germany?

I will be going to Germany next Monday and I will be there from 20 to 22 days, and I would like to take my PlayStation 4 with me, since sometimes I have problems to sleep. Is this possible. I come ...
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What is a Seaman's book, and can it really replace a passport?

What is a "Seaman's book", and can it really replace a passport for some or all immigration purposes? Even Wikipedia the all-knowing does not seem to know, although it contains many tantalizing ...
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Canadian Citizen, but can I leave Canada with a foreign passport? [duplicate]

I am Canadian citizen with an Austrian passport as well. I wish to leave Pearson Airport using only my Austrian passport to live in EU. (I am in Canada a Canadian) Would this be acceptable?
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Bringing brand new iPad and tablet

I planning to buy brand new iPad and tablet from the UK as I live here to take to Thailand for my cousin and my grandchild. Do I need to pay for custom tax?
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Importing shells from a US beach into Japan

Can someone take sand dollars found on a U.S. beach to Japan in their suitcase? Do they have to be treated to get through customs?
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Coming to stay in u.s.if you have proof of a place to stay do you still need proof of funds [closed]

If coming to the u.s to stay if they provide proof that they have a place to live and someone who will provide till they are working do they still havr to have proof of funds on them .she is coming ...
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Crossing from Sarnia to Port Huron, MI in a car without a passport

Can we drive across the blue water bridge from Canada to the US and back without a passport? We have proof of Canadian citizenship but our passports just expired.
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How many times will I go through security on this trip? [closed]

I have a trip booked as follows, single booking, same airline: YUL-YVR-NRT then NRT-YVR-YYZ-YUL (Montreal, Vancouver, Tokyo, YYZ being Toronto on the way back) Seeing as I fly with film I'm trying to ...
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How many laptops can I take to UK?

I'll be traveling to England with a stopover in Dubai. I'm a student going to study in England and have two laptops (both Macbook Pros) and of course they're for my own use (can't seem to transfer the ...
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Do I need to register my Russian Visa?

I am staying in Russia for a period of 15 days however... Following will be the cities I will be travelling to : - Moscow for 6 days (Arrived by flight - Staying at hostel) - Murmansk for 5 days ...