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 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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Carrying confidential corporate data into US on laptop/Drive/device - how to prevent data theft?

If I travel to the US and had privacy concerns (for instance may be I was afraid that a rogue customs official may steal said data) what is the current recommended best practice to avoid this?
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Is it legal to import software from the US to India, which is presently not for sale in India?

I am a big fan of GTA (Grand Theft Auto) and I am a PC gamer waiting for GTA V PC version for months now. I have seen that it will be available from Jan 27th on amazon.com so that we can pre-order ...
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Is a naturalization certificate required as well as a valid passport for reentry into the United States from the Philippines

I am a naturalized US citizen with a valid passport and I've heard rumors that trying to reenter the United States from the Philippines requires a naturalization certificate as well as the valid ...
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Taking everyday medicine to Australia - do I need documentation for these?

I was planning a trip to Australia next month and was wondering: do I need to do anything/carry permits or prescription for everyday medicine like tylenol (acetaminophen), tums and Imodium? The ...
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Does my duty free allowance stack with other people in my car to Canada?

I am planning to purchase a road bike in the United States rather than in Canada, since the price is around $400 cheaper (thanks to the 63%+ import tax on bicycles). Right now duty-free is ...
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Do French immigration police at St. Pancras for Eurostar speak English?

I'm travelling on Eurostar from London to Paris next week, and speak very little French. I'm meeting a friend of mine in Paris who does speak French, so there shouldn't be any problem there, but ...
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if I lose my passport in the US and the I94 along, how will I prove I leave US soil?

I am under the Visa Waiver Program and when I entered the US by car I got a green paper form stapled to it, the I94W. This is the paper to turn in when I will leave the US that is the proof I leave ...
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United Airlines' online check-in procedure : “stay” or “transit” for one night?

I have booked flights which involve me transiting through the USA (Newark) en route to Costa Rica. My itinerary includes an overnight stay in New York; I'll be spending the night with relatives. I ...
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Can I take two rings to Canada without paying any fee?

I'm going to travel to Canada and stay there for a long time. I want to buy two rings (the total value is less than 1000 CAD) for my wife and myself, and take them with me to Canada. Besides reporting ...
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Can I take soya milk into Australia in my luggage?

Does any one know if I can take soya milk in my luggage to Australia, and if I need to or is it easy to obtain in Australia?
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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 you get passport checked on a round trip to Antarctica from Ushuaia, Argentina?

I'm considering travelling to Antarctica this November, from Argentina. I have a passport which will hit the six months-remaining window around mid-November. While I'd enter Argentina before that ...
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Can I use the Blue “Arrivals from EU” queue on arrival in the UK, if I entered another EU country on a layover?

As explained in the Heathrow Customs - “Arrivals from the EU” exit question, the UK is somewhat unusual in having 3 customs exits from the baggage hall. There's a Red one for something to declare, a ...
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Do I need to return the Hong Kong immigration card to the authorities?

I recently visited Hong Kong. I am British. When I returned to the UK I noticed that I still had the white Immigration Card in my passport. Do I need to return this to the Hong Kong Immigration ...
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Cash limit counting in traveling to US

The CBP document states that There is no limit on the amount of money that can be taken out of or brought into the United States. However, if a person or persons traveling together and filing a ...
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Is the use of APC Kiosks quicker than the paper method

In a week I'll be traveling from Europe to Santiago de Chile via Atlanta-Hartsfield (ATL). Does anyone have experience with the Automated Passport Control (APC) kiosks at ATL? I have a relatively ...
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Arriving at a different port of entry than specified in the Indian visa application?

When applying for my Indian visa, I had to state my point of entry (POE) among many other things. The actual visa in the passport doesn't mention the POE, can I now change my mind and arrive in a ...
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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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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 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 happens when someone inadvertently enters the UK without a landing interview?

As a follow-on question to UK Immigration Control - Which Queue for EU/non-EU Couple Travelling Together for a question that arose in the commentary... There may remain several routes into the UK ...
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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 [duplicate]

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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Is there a way to avoid extra scrutiny in India - Dubai flights?

I'm a 25 year old unmarried male Indian citizen My parents live in Dubai and hence I fly there atleast once every 3 months on a tourist visa. Departing from India, immigration often grills me on if ...
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Is it possible to bring fudge from New Zealand to UK?

I have bought fudge for gifts in NZ but am now unsure whether I will be allowed to take it inti UK - will I?
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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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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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Dual US/Canadian citizen with an expired passport [duplicate]

I'm hoping someone may able to answer my question... I am a dual citizen of US and Canada. I was born in the states but grew up in Canada and like alot of other dual citizens, I hold both Canadian ...
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passport damaged?

I have a problem with my passport, the booklet of pages was separated from the cover, i took my passport to authorities they only did scotch tape... so i traveled three times with that passport ...
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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 ...