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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Can my brother photograph my wedding as a tourist?

I will be getting married in Guatemala. My brother (a US citizen) is an excellent photographer, and I would love for him to take some photos before and after the wedding (he will be in the best man, ...
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Money at UK border control

If I'm travelling to the UK for a couple of days as a visitor: do I need to have cash on me? if I only show my bank cards will I be asked to withdraw to prove I have funds? do I need a bank ...
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Maximum cash allowed when travelling to the US

I was wondering if someone knows the legal limit of cash money allowed per adult tourist when entering the US, especially from the UK. The reason is that I would like to get the best conversion rate ...
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Is a UK company granted a duty free allowance?

I'm planning to buy some electronics in Asia in person and carry them back to the UK. Can UK companies have their own duty free allowance (separate legal form), or not (in any circumstances)?
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In which country do you pay tax and duty when travelling through multiple countries?

In example, my journey would look in the order: Vietnam, Hong Kong, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and back to the UK. How the customs duty and taxes work? Do you pay in the next country ...
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US wife visiting me in the UK - what to tell the immigration officer?

I am an Indian national currently residing in the UK. My wife is a US citizen. She will be visiting me in the UK soon. What should she tell the immigration officer? Does she tell him/her that we are ...
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What is the duty-free allowance limit when purchasing electronics in Hong Kong?

I am planning to travel from UK to Hong Kong and buy there some electronics (either iPhone, iPad or Mac mini‎). Then I'm travel by air to Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and back to UK. ...
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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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Can I carry Whey protein powder to India?

Is the following Protein powder allowed while traveling to India (New Delhi) ? http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000QSNYGI/?tag=stackoverfl08-20
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Will I have to clear customs In Heathrow when traveling from US to Lisbon?

Will I go through customs at Heathrow when traveling from Dulles via Heathrow (airline change from United to TAP) to Lisbon?
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How many electronics can I take with me when I travel from USA to the UK

I will travel in USA net week and some of my friends asked me to buy Iphone6 for them. Maybe I have to take 5 Iphone6 with me when I am going back. Is that possible? What if I open them all and active ...
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Do I really have to register with the police when staying with a friend in Croatia?

Situation: I'm a German in the UK. I'll be traveling from London to Zagreb next week and staying at a friends house. The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office says: Unless staying at a hotel or ...
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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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I am flying to India from Toronto. I have 3 phones with me including my personal phone Do I have to pay custom? [duplicate]

Apart from phone I have a personal laptop which is about an year old. but i have two brand new iphone 5s which are gifts. Please help
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working from USA but not US job [closed]

This visa stuff is so confusing and i dont think my situation comes under any of them specifically. i can work from anywhere that has an internet connection. Is there a visa that would allow me to ...
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Declare an item is not liable for duty?

I go on an overseas trip and buy a new camera while there. I declare it (when returning to my country of origin) upon going through customs. I pay a duty. I go on an overseas trip and buy a new ...
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What countries allow to export butterflies?

I have a strange question regarding moving butterflies from one country to another (kind of lame explanation, but please bear with me). I am collecting butterflies (basically doing something like ...
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How do custom officers determine if the imported goods of a passenger are old or newly bought?

Almost all countries levy custom duties (with an allowance) on imported goods by passengers, such as electronics, clothes, etc., that have been bought from outside that country and are intended to ...
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Do you have to pay immigration to leave Malaysia?

I have a friend who says she needs to pay immigration and also pay to exit the country. Is this true?
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What are the practical implications of a name change for international travel and activities abroad?

I am considering a name change, which seems to be a relatively straightforward action, when one remains in the same country: certain documents are replaced with new ones bearing the new name, and ...
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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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How do I get an engagement ring past security/customs in an airport without alerting my significant other?

A related post, made me wonder how you can hide a ring from a "special one" traveling with you to a place where you will propose and yet get it legally through security or customs? You don't want the ...
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If I don't declare a not-yet-used engagement ring at airport security, am I smuggling jewelry?

In How do I get an engagement ring past security/customs in an airport without alerting my significant other?, MikeV posted a pertinent question which is worth asking: If I buy a ring in the US, ...
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Item held by customs until I pay tax; what are my options?

I just arrived in the UK yesterday, from the US, carrying a piece of jewelry, which I intend to carry with me for the following months before I give it to someone at the right time and place, then ...
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What food items cannot be brought from China to the USA?

What common food items should I pay attention to when travelling from China to the USA? What items are restricted or prohibited when bringing them for personal use? I know that this depends on many ...
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Is iPad counted as a second Laptop?

I will be carrying my personal laptop to New Delhi from USA in a laptop bag. I am planning to keep a new iPad (cost $900) in my laptop bag. If I keep it unpacked and keep the box in the checked in ...
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Can I bring whey protein powder to India in my checked in baggage? [duplicate]

I am planning to carry the following protein powder to New Delhi: ...
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Carrying two laptops to India - will I have to pay duty? [duplicate]

I went to the U.S. on a business trip for 3 days. After reaching there, I purchased a laptop to do my business work. However, the very next day, my company provided me a new work laptop, and I had no ...
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Will I be allowed to bring 3 iPhones to Argentina (Buenos Aires) from the US?

I am traveling to Buenos Aires next month (from the US) and I wanted to bring an iphone as a gift for my sister and her husband who currently live there. I will also have my own iphone bringing it to ...
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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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How many iPhone 6 devices can I bring into India?

My Aunt lives in Newyork (United States) she's Indian, she's been there more than a year. I just ordered her 2 iPhone 6 phones for me and my brother personal use. The main problem is that with 2 ...
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American citizen that visited Pakistan

I visited Pakistan, to visit my family, and upon arrival home, I was asked questions, such as why did I visit. I was born in the USA, I'm in my twenties, and have visited Pakistan before. I was ...
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Is an EEA registration certificate (EEA1) valid ID for travel within the Common Travel Area?

I am an Irish citizen, resident in the UK & looking to fly back to Ireland without my passport (currently submitted for a driving licence application). Wikipedia lists a number of documents as ...
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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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Canadian overstayed a US visit by one year what is the penality and when can he return to the US?

A Canadian was recently denied a weekend visit from Toronto to NY due to two previous overstays for about a year. What is the the penalty for this overstay? How does he correct this so the next ...
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Traveling to Brazil as a Dual US / South African citizen

I am a dual South African / US citizen, living in the US. I want to travel to Brazil but avoid having to get a visa as I would have to do as a US citizen. As a South African, a visa is not required. ...
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What happens if you arrive in Malaysia with a one-way ticket but are asked for proof of onward travel?

As we know, most countries require that visitors have a return or onward ticket as a condition of entry. But often, depending on where you're from and which country you're visiting, you won't be ...
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How much electronics and other valuables can I bring duty-free when going to India?

I am planning to travel to India (COK airport, Kerala) from United States. I want to take my laptop as well as my tablet (iPad). Am I allowed to take both in my backpack with my documents related my ...
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Unpaid hospital bill [duplicate]

I am a tourist who visited the US recently, during our stay my daughter had a high fever with chills so we brought her at the emergency, I told them we are tourist, I signed some few papers which I ...
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Travelling from Brussels to London without a passport

I hold a non-eu passport which is expiring and needs renewing. To renew it will take 4 weeks. I was planning to travel to London from Brussels via Eurostar whilst i await my new passport. I hold both ...
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Visiting Costa Rica: How to prove sufficient funds?

Upon visa-less immigration to Cost Rica, I would have to prove sufficient funds of $100 per month of residence (Source) Since I don't expect them to have a dollar-giving ATM before immigration ...
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What would be considered “evidence of adequate funds” for entering Hong Kong?

I'll be visiting Hong Kong for a few days next week. I noticed this statement on the Hong Kong Visa Requirements page: must have a U.S. passport valid for at least six months and evidence of ...
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Taking electronic equipment to India from USA

I am planning to take a digital oscilloscope from USA to India which I brought on ebay for about USD 500. The usual cost of the scope can be couple of 1000 dollars. Can anyone advise what will the ...
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Do I need to show my passport when I leave the UK?

I'm a dual US/German citizen, residing in the UK. I am currently applying for a visa for South Africa with my German passport, which may take another 3 weeks to process. Now, I need to travel to the ...
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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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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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Travelling to India from China - Limit on Customs?

I am traveling to Kolkata, India, from Guangzhou, China for the first time, flying via China Eastern Airlines. When discussing with friends how many items (electronics, jewellery, perfumes, ...
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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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When you're not able to pay custom duty in the airport

I heard about custom duties (tax) we have to pay when we purchase something from another nation (in own country it may included in bill, for instance in India added as VAT - Value Added Tax). So for ...
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What if you don't get an ETA for a flight to Australia?

As a US citizen, I've gone to Australia twice, and dutifully signed up for the ETA visa on the website and paid my $20 or so and had no hassles on entry. There was no mention of the ETA at any point ...