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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Going to India from US to work at a non-profit, Can I bring 10 laptops as a mobile training lab?

I will be travelling in January to India to volunteer at a non-profit. I have donations from friends and families and would like to bring in 5-10 laptops as a mobile training lab. Does anyone know ...
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What are the legal implications of exporting a tarantula from Brazil to Mexico?

I'm not sure if this fits on this site or not, since it boils down to a question about animal import/export. As mentioned here, a Mexican friend has requested a rather odd souvenir from Brazil: A ...
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US 2013 sequestration, how much extra time to take on a Visa Waiver when traveling to a non-international US destination?

This post from 2011 considers the question how much time one should take when connecting from an international flight to domestic transportation in the United States. Most answers report one should ...
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I am bringing some wood brackets on my luggage. Is that allowed?

I am bringing some wood brackets on my luggage and have been checking out if there is a problem with that. They are not painted, so I was not sure if I will have trouble going through customs. ...
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Is it legal to look for work in the US while on a B1/B2 (Business Visitor) visa?

I have got 10-year multiple entry US VISA on my Indian passport. I got it to attend a technical conference. I was curious to know if I give job interview during this visit? I may not have time in ...
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Leaving Brazil without entry form

When arriving to Brazil, I had to fill the customs declaration and entry form. The entry form then was stamped and returned to me. I was told, that this piece of paper is very important and that I ...
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Is it really permitted for travellers to work while visiting Georgia on a tourist visa?

Last night at a party with lots of expats and Georgians the topic came up that foreigners don't need any special visa or work permit to work in Georgia while they are visiting the country as tourists. ...
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Customs charge for bringing a 3D printer into India?

I am travelling from US to India via Qatar, I am carrying a Prusa 8" i3v kit. The dimensions of the box are 18×18×6, and it weighs around 9kg. If I check the 3D printer box with my ...
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At what point(s) do you go through customs when stopping in a third country?

My 17 yr old daughter will be traveling alone to volunteer at an orphanage in Kenya. Her itinerary takes her from Atlanta to Washington Dulles to Dubai to Nairobi (with a reverse of that on the return ...
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Does Colombia require proof of onward travel?

I will be flying into Medellín within the next few weeks. I purchased a one-way ticket, as I will be flying to Asunción after I leave Colombia. I'm not 100% sure which city I will be flying out of, ...
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Can I take a flight to Canada which stops in the USA, if I have restrictions from entering the USA?

I am a Canadian citizen and I have been denied from the USA in the past 2 years and last year I entered illegally and was caught and given voluntary departure, but I do not have a criminal record in ...
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Penalty for overstaying tourist visa in Taiwan

In Taiwan, what is the penalty for overstaying a tourist visa with legitimate reasons (for example, a flight was cancelled or delayed, or a transportation closure made someone miss getting to the ...
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How does one not get hassled for duties/taxes for items that aren't new but look new?

I'm one of those who buys new things before a trip and I even get my dry-cleaning folded which the cleaners put in a plastic bag. Now thinking about it I wonder if it's only a matter of time before ...
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What will happen if I overstay in South Africa?

I arrived in South Africa from Australia at the end of october, so I have 3 months in the country, but in december I left the country for a month and recently re-entered thinking I would get another 3 ...
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Driving from US to Central America

Is it possible to drive from the US through Mexico to Central America? What route is recommended, and how long would it take? What safety or immigration/customs concerns would you face?
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If I am banned from entering the US can I still land at an airport there, for a flight transfer? [duplicate]

I'm legally banned from the US and I need to get to Cost Rica or at least close to it. I can't find any direct flights from Ottawa or Montreal. Will they arrest me if I land in the US for a flight ...
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Outstanding medical bills - will this prevent entry into the US? [duplicate]

I had my baby in America last year, and I paid part of the bills before leaving. But I lost my husband shortly after I returned home so I couldn't continue with the payment plan since I left so they ...
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Is it legal to bring Jamón Ibérico from Spain into the United States?

I'm in Spain and I'd love to bring some Jamón Ibérico back to the states with me. Is it legal to bring it with me? If so, how much is allowed and under what conditions (sealed, treated, etc).
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Can one take wooden toys to Australia?

I have given my grandaughter a wooden doll house and little table and chairs. My son and his partner are emigrating to Australia. Can they take children's wooden indoor toys to Australia?
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I have a 16 hour layover in Morocco - can I leave the airport and go back in through customs?

I am a US citizen traveling from New York to Ghana. I have a 16 hour layover in Morocco and want to make sure that if I leave the airport I will be allowed to go back through customs to board my last ...
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Can I travel to Switzerland with EU ID?

I know, that Switzerland and Liechtenstein are not members of EU. However, they are members of Schengen. Schengen rules remove all internal border controls between member countries. If I travel to ...
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What kind of masks are the British border control officers wearing at the Gibraltar Border?

When I crossed the Spanish-Gibraltarian border, the British officer was wearing a mask that seems like a replica of the mask worn by Hannibal Lecter in the movie Silence of the Lambs. It looked weird ...
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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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Extending an expiring I-94W, land based entry to US

I live in Canada with a German passport and a student visa. From a recent climbing trip to the US I still have this green I94-W form in my passport. I didn't surrender it on leaving the US back to ...
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1.5 hr layover in Amsterdam

I am flying from US to Marseille through Amsterdam. Single ticket but we fly Delta first leg and partner AirFrance for the second leg. We arrive Amsterdam mid morning on a Thursday and and have a 1 ...
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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 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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How are customs duties handled by the Fedex “Baggage Free” service?

Fedex offers a baggage free traveler's service. It purports to ship your belongings to your destination rather than taking them on your person. This raises a question: How are customs ...
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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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14 hour transit time at Sydney airport with no visa arrangements [closed]

On return flight from Bali-Sydney-Samoa, the transit is 14 hours as there is only one flight 4 days a week from Sydney-Samoa. I arrive at 6.00am and depart that evening, so technically not staying ...
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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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Traveling abroad with an expensive watch

If I am wearing an expensive watch, what should I do not to get in trouble at customs? Should I declare it when I enter a country? I will travel from Germany to Russia.
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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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Is it legal to bring Hentai/Yaoi from Japan to Europe (EEA)?

Last year my friends and I visited Japan and naturally we wanted to bring some souvenirs for our friends and family. We were looking for some yaoi/hentai manga books for one of our friends, who is ...
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Can I bring cheese to the US from Holland?

We are going to visit our relatives in the US. I'm thinking of getting sweets, cookies and old Dutch cheese as small presents, but I'm not really sure about cheese. I found this that says it is ...
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Where should I carry food when crossing national borders — checked luggage or carry-on?

According to this USDA document I'm allowed to bring certain foods (for personal use) into the US from other countries but I have to declare them. For dried fruits it says "INSPECT AND RELEASE". ...
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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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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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Is it still allowed to travel to the US without booking hotels in advance?

I'm a German citizen. I used to live in Florida back in '88 - '90. During the 90s I went back there a few times on vacation, booking just a flight and a rental car, and just travelled around, booking ...
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If I leave through Hyder, will Canada know I've left?

I'm from the U.S. and I've been a visitor in Canada for almost six months. I was planning on going up to Hyder, AK and from there traveling around Alaska for a couple weeks before returning home (to ...
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How to access Heathrow Terminal 3 duty free zone without a plane ticket?

I'm writing my master thesis on Travel Retail & Duty Free with a specific focus on Heathrow's terminal 3 boutiques. In order to visit this terminal and take pictures for my research paper I ...
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Why do arrival and departure cards exist?

When I clear passport control in every country I've visited so far, one of the first things the officer does is scan my passport and pull up my info on his computer. He then collects an arrival card ...
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Is a layover of 1 hour 30 mins enough at IAD (Washington Dulles) given its the port of entry and immigration will be required?

I have an Indian Passport, and I am traveling FRA-IAD-BUF (Frankfurt-Washington(Dulles)-Buffalo. I have a single Lufthansa ticket, however the connecting flight from Washington to Buffalo is United ...
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Travelling to the US with codeine-based medicines

I'm travelling to the US next month, and I'd like to take my codeine-based painkillers with me. In the UK these are available without a prescription, over the counter from a pharmacist. (It isn't just ...
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Can I get a Schengen visa after being deported from the UK 3 years ago?

I'm an Indian national. I was holding a Tier 4 students visa in UK for 2009 to mid of 2011. I was removed to India on working excess of permitted hours, a breach of section 10(1)(a) of the immigration ...
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Issues when carrying medication on an airplane when travelling to Germany?

I am going to fly to Germany tomorrow. I wished to take few tablets and syrup for cold,fever etc. Now I want to know whether there is any problem to carry drugs. Moreover it is my first trip, so ...
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Where can I get an export certificate of customs in India?

I had noticed about the export certificate which allows me to carry goods without paying the duty. But there is a problem, I couldn't know where to get that and do we have pay for that?
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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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Can I bring my personal electronic items to US?

I'm entering the USA in 10 days as a refugee, but I have concerns relating items that I can bring in to the US. I've read the list of items that I can't bring in, but I think it might be a little ...