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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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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How soon can I re-enter the USA having stayed for 90 days under the Visa Waiver Program?

I am currently visiting the USA from the UK (I am a UK citizen) and am intending on staying here for the full 90 days under the Visa Waiver programme. How long would I have to stay out of the US at ...
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When traveling to the USA what are the consequences of having been arrested but not charged with a crime?

When entering the USA I am often asked "Have you ever been arrested?" to which, fortunately, I can honestly answer "No." Question 'B' on form I-94 also begins "Have you ever been arrested...?" At ...
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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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How to travel to California with my cat? [closed]

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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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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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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What is the minimum wait before I may I re-enter the USA after a 90 day visit on the Visa Waiver Program?

I entered the USA on a three month visa waiver program from Australia. I am about to return to Australia and would like to come back again to the USA. How long do I have to wait until I can re-enter ...
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Can I import teabags into the United States? [duplicate]

I'm going to the US through SFO from Europe (Germany to France to US) and would like to bring loose teabags of British Yorkshire Tea. They are not packed like they were for sales, but rather in ...
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Can I take rifle scope (scope only) in checked luggage to India

I would like to visit India next month approximately between December 15-25 [ticket didn't taken yet] from UAE Dubai. I have already purchased a telescope from Dubai market for my Indian air rifle. ...
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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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What is the difference between the Australian 600 and 601 visas, for people who are eligible for both?

I'm traveling to Australia in July and I've been looking into getting a visa. I see two visa options, a 600 and a 601 that appear to be appropriate (I'm going for leisure and not for work). The 600 ...
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How do I clear an incorrect red flag on my US Visa for overstaying, when in fact my departure date has not been recorded in the database? [duplicate]

I am a resident of New Delhi, India. I received a 10 year B1/B2 type US visa on 17th Jan 2014, which expires on 15th Jan 2024. On account of this visa, I travelled to the United States for 15 days in ...
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Is an entry to Mexico a red flag in U.S. immigration?

A few years ago I went from Washington, D.C. to Cancun, Mexico for two weeks. I'm an Indian citizen on a U.S. visa, and I had a visa for Mexico too. However, while returning from Mexico to Miami, I ...
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Can I bring cheese to the US from the Netherlands?

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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Is it allowed to bring sex toys on a flight to Singapore?

I'll be taking a flight from Tokyo to Singapore. If I take a "pocket pussy" (artificial vagina) as carry on, will it be confiscated? Also will it be removed from my bag? I'm traveling with my family ...
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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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Refused Entry and Removed from the UK; What are the Consequences?

Last week I was travelling to London Heathrow from Pakistan. The immigration officer asked me my reason for coming to the UK. I replied that I was going to visit my friends and also meeting with an ...
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What are the documents we need to carry for flight journey within India?

I need to go Kolkata from Vijayawada in flight. But I don't have passport. What are the documents I need to carry? I have valid voter card, aadar card and pan card.
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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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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 Europe->Asia,...
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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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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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Is there any way to easily check in advance if a country has exit immigration at the airport?

I was travelling out of Turkey the other day and was surprised that they have exit immigration (checking passports/visas on the way out). This introduces somewhat of a delay into the airport process, ...
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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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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: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/...
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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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What can I expect when bringing in my netbook to China?

I am considering bringing a netbook on my trip to China, arriving via Beijing International Airport. I am mostly concerned about what will happen at the border. Do I have to show it at the border, ...
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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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Can I bring Swiss cheese into Canada?

Title says it all: I gather the answer is "yes", but wasn't able to find an authoritative source. For extra credit, distinguish between these three types: "Hard" cheeses (Gruyere etc) "Soft" ...
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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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Can I bring a small, decorative deer skull from Germany to the US?

I received -- as a gift -- a small skull mounted on a carved wooden background, typical of Bavaria. I've looked online but am confused about US customs requirements. Can I bring this through? If not, ...
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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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Traveling from Bangladesh to India by train

Here's a bit of background about myself I'm an Indian national, who is in working in the US. My wife is Bengali (Indian), her grandparents were from Bangladesh. The next time we travel back to India ...
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How do I prove excessive quantity of goods are for my personal use?

Europe has this regulation of certain amount of certain goods you can cary while traveling between EU countries. For example you can carry 800 cigarettes, 90 litres of wine etc. Now some EU ...
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Exporting a queen bee from Australia to Beirut

I live in Sydney. My cousin who is a hobbyist bee keeper asked me to get him an Australian queen bee. I know that Australian laws are very strict on what to get into the country but how about ...
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What exactly can US immigration search or ask me to do to enter the US

There's a discussion on the (probably soon to be vanished) comments on this question about what US immigration can and cannot do. Is it possible to get a definitive answer on this? I assume they can ...
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Are Pakistani nationals restricted to entering India through four airports only?

A Pakistani friend who needs to go to India was informed (very late, near visa approval) by an Indian embassy official (in Singapore) that he can only enter* India through one of the four major ...
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How efficient is the immigration service at Oakland?

OAK doesn't handle too many international flights. How efficient are CBP at processing arrivals for those it does handle? I'm arriving as a U.S. citizen from Stockholm on a Monday evening (scheduled ...
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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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Can I go back to my native country and come back again with single entry visa?

I am an Indian and now in Hungary, the visa stamped in my passport is marked as single entry but I have a residence permit valid for 1 year. Can I go back to India and come again with the same visa?
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What are the rules for taking electronics and other expensive gifts from the USA to the EU?

I am an American with residence in Belgium. I came here to the USA for the holidays and brought my old, iPhone, iPad and my MacBook. Now, here, I want to buy a new iPad and also a surface pad, among ...
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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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Failed driving test; alternatives to driver's license for minor's re-entry to the US?

My 16 year-old from the U.S. wishes to visit me in Canada for the holidays. She planned to obtain an enhanced driver's license, but she failed her test. Can she be refused re-entry into the U.S. ...
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Visiting the US twice under one ESTA? [duplicate]

I'm from the UK and will be visiting Florida for the second time this year to spend the summer under an ESTA. I have enough money to cover accommodation for two months and expenses without having to ...
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The barcode sticker which VFS in India puts on the back of my passport got damaged by water. Will this cause me problems upon re-entering India?

I have an Indian passport. I have travelled to UK on a work visa. VFS in India puts a barcode sticker on the back of the passport. Unfortunately, here in the UK, some water applied on the barcode ...
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Visa received in one country, boarding from another country

My friend got a visa to travel to Japan from the Japanese Embassy in Nepal. Instead of boarding from Nepal ie Kathmandu Airport, he wants to board from India ie Delhi to come to Tokyo. Is that OK, or ...
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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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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 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 ...