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Why does US Customs & Immigration ask the purpose of my trip when I'm returning home?

As a US citizen, when I re-enter the US, I am often asked where I was, how long I was there, and the reason for my visit. Why am I asked these things? Am I required to answer? Don't I have a legal ...
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How long does it take to get a tourist visa for Thailand in Chile?

I'm planning to request my tourist visa for Thailand from the embassy here in Santiago, Chile. However, my flight leaves mid next week, and I'm concerned that – even if I show up first thing tomorrow ...
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Can a passport survive an accidental trip through a washing machine?

When the error was realized and the passport retrieved from the pocket of a shirt in the dryer, it was certainly damp and the cover and many pages had curled, but perhaps it can be reflattened by a ...
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Is a Brazilian tourist visa tied to specific entry and exit ports and dates?

Brazil requires that US Citizens have flight reservations prior to applying for a tourist visa. Per the suggestions in this question, I have found what I believe to be the most reasonable round-trip, ...
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Can I apply for a 60-day tourist visa while I'm still in Thailand?

If I show up in Thailand and pick up the 30-day tourist visa upon arrival, do I have to leave the country to apply for the 60-day visa?
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Can I leave the UK and come back in, on a Tourist visa?

I am a United States citizen with a 6-month Tourist visa to the UK (a stamp in my passport). Additionally, in 2013 I spent about two months in the UK on tourist visas, split between two separate ...
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Using emergency US passport to leave/enter UK while UKBA is reviewing my visa

I am a US expat living in the UK. I am currently renewing my UK visa, but I need to travel during the process. The US London Embassy says If your current U.S. passport is being held by the UK ...
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Dual Colombian and US Citizenship - can I enter Brazil visa-free as a Colombian?

If I have dual Colombian-US nationality, can I enter Brazil visa-free since they do not require visas for Colombians. Even though they do require visas for US citizens? In others words, do I have to ...
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Kazakhstan transit visa costs

Does anyone have a DEFINITIVE price for a Kazakhstan transit visa for U.S. passport holders? ( at the Kazakh embassy in Tashkent in person)
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U.S. Citizen Wants to Travel to UK, but take side-trip to Spain?

I'm a U.S. citizen and my boyfriend is from the UK. I am planning to visit him for 2 weeks. I will probably stay with him the first week in the UK. In the second week, if we wanted to take a side-trip ...
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Schengen overstay fee, which Schengen country will impose fine?

I am entering Germany just to connect to flight to Italy. Counting from day of entry Nov 7 into Germany and departure date from Italy Feb 6, I count 91 days. I did not know 90 day limit rule. Called ...
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What is the penalty for exceeding the 90 day limit in Rome on an US passport

My daughter went to Rome to work as an au pair without a visa. She has overstayed and will be returning after spending 130 days in Rome. Could someone please tell me what will be the consequences? ...
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Must I provide proof of onward travel when entering South Africa?

I will be flying one-way from Europe to Cape Town, South Africa in early December. Some time later (early January), I will fly from South Africa to the USA. My employer will be purchasing this ...
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Do U.S. citizens need a Russian transit visa?

On a five hour layover in Moscow, changing planes but not airport, would a U.S. citizen need a transit visa?
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Valid visa in an expired US passport and an additional renewed passport [duplicate]

I have a valid Indian visa in the US for an expired passport. Additional I have a new US passport. Can I carry both my passports with me when I'm traveling to India? Will I have problems at the ...
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Does the US Government shutdown make me stateless (like Viktor Navorski)?

I'm a US expat, living in India. Does the government shutdown affect my rights to live in the country? How about my rights to travel on a US passport? (In the past, I have been able to enter many ...
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Do US citizens need a visa for Turkey?

I understand that Turkey does not belong to Schengen area. So would I need to have a visa to visit Turkey?
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Singapore transit visa

I have upcoming business flight between Seattle and Shenzhen, China, This flight has a 9-hour layover in Singapore, and a quick stop in Tokyo (No plane change here). Do I need additional visas beyond ...
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U.S. passport holder to travel in the Philippines with expiring passport

We are residing in Japan but is it OK to leave Japan and visit the Philippines for an emergency reason on Aug. 19, 2013 if my son's U.S. passport will expire on Sept. 16, 2013?
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Is a stopover in Havana a problem for a U.S. citizen?

I'm looking at flights from Mexico City to Paris, and the cheapest option has a single stop in Havana, Cuba. As a U.S. citizen, can this get me into trouble--specifically when returning to the U.S.? ...
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If you are a US Citizen, do you need a visa to travel to Ghana?

I am traveling for one week to briefly work alongside a non-profit that is implementing a healthcare intervention in Ghana. I am a US citizen. Do I need a visa?
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Can you enter and exit Canada with an expired US passport?

My 18 year old daughter US passport has expired we are going to Canada in two weeks. Can she get into and out of Canada with an expired US passport.
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Do US Citizens need transit visas for New Delhi airport?

I am travelling from JFK to KTM via New Delhi, India. My transit time is around 16 hours in New Delhi. Do I have to get transit visa in New Delhi to stay in the airport?
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Can you travel to Canada by road with an expired US passport?

Is it possible to leave and re-enter the US through the land border with Canada with an expired (US) passport? My passport expired in December and I didn't realize that until now. In addition to the ...
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Replacing windshield with Mexican auto permit

When you drive from the U.S. into Mexico (past the free-trade zone) you are required to obtain a foreign vehicle permit, which is affixed to the windshield (with a receipt portion to be kept in the ...
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Is it possible to obtain a visa to Brazil without entry ticket?

I have plans to meet a friend in Paris mid-September. Before that I will be visiting Brazil. Therefore, I am considering buying a flight Brazil to France. This should satisfy the ...
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Do U.S. citizens have to get a Brazilian visa before leaving the country?

Or can I pick it up in another country among my travels? I'm planning a 6-month trip through South America and am wondering if I can go to the Brazilian consulate in Colombia on my way to Brazil ...
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Traveling international from Peru with dual citizenship baby

My wife, son and I currently live in Lima, Peru. We're planning on taking a trip to Poland in June/July sometime. My son is an American/Peruvian dual citizen. We recently traveled to Chile, and when ...
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How can a US citizen obtain a Russian tourist visa from Berlin?

I'm in Berlin and plan to travel to Saint Petersburg in the not-too-distant future. How can I obtain a Russian visa while I'm in Berlin? Here are my criteria: Obtain a Russian tourist visa while in ...
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Cuba Travel by US Citizen and Non-citizen/Non-Resident spouse

As there is no ban on actual travel by a US citizen to Cuba but rather on the financial transactions, on which side of the legal fence would the following scenario fall?: I am a US citizen. My ...
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Is it possible for a U.S. citizen to rent a car in Brazil?

Is it possible for a U.S. citizen to rent a car in Brazil? If so, what are the requirements, from the leasing companies, as well as the transit authority (to drive in Brazil)?
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What are the consequences of a US citizen overstaying a Schengen visa?

According to law, what are the consequences of a US citizen overstaying a Schengen visa? In practice, how likely is one to be penalized for overstaying by a day, 10 days, and a month? Are there ...
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Taiwanese traveling to Xiamen, China - do I need to get a visa or Tai Bao Zheng before I go?

Me: US passport and Taiwan passport Trip: Going to Taiwan for a few weeks but also planning on going to Xiamen from Taiwan for a few days. Problem: So far, it seems like it is more annoying to use ...
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Travel to Cuba as dual citizen (USA+other)?

Suppose I am a U.S. citizen with dual citizenship with another country. Citizens of this second country are allowed to travel to Cuba. Suppose further that I live and work outside the United States ...
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What are the visa (or any other crucial) requirements of Bhutan for US or EU citizens?

I heard that access to Bhutan is quite restricted for all people of outside South-Asian countries? Can I have the details on that?
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Is it possible to obtain a Brazil visa without confirmed travel plans? (US citizen)

I'm a US citizen and I will be traveling to Argentina this winter. While I'm there, I'd like to make a short one-week trip into Brazil. I haven't picked the dates yet, so I don't have my travel ...
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Is it pretty easy for an American to get a Chinese visa in Hong Kong?

I know standing in line to get a visa is never fun, but was wondering if any Americans had experience getting a standard tourist "L" visa in Hong Kong. I'm leaving on a RTW trip in less than two ...
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Can an American (USA citizen) visit Cuba and make a videodocument and put it on Youtube or sell to PBS etc.?

Can an American (USA citizen; no dual-citizenship) visit Cuba and make a video-documentary film and put it on Youtube or sell to PBS etc.? Could some legal issues emerge? And if can, how to prevent ...
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Do I need an ESTA for Austria as a US citizen?

I am American. My Italian girlfriend who lives in Vienna says that I may have to apply for an ESTA visa to visit her. Is this correct? The last time I went to Europe (not Austria) I did not have to ...
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How can I find an ATM card usable in Cuba, by a US Citizen?

It is apparently quite easy to enter Cuba (illegally) as a U.S. citizen, by flying from a third country. But according to Wikitravel, it can be tricky using a credit card while there: For ...
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What is the reciprocity fee for US citizens entering Argentina?

I am having the hardest time finding the exact reciprocity fee for US citizens entering Argentina. Does anybody know what that amount is?
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Do you only have to pay the reciprocity fee once per passport?

So I just arrived in Santiago this afternoon, and wouldn't you know it... my passport was the wrong color. So I trudged over to the desk to pay the reciprocity fee. I noticed that the person who ...
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Is the reciprocity fee for US citizens only charged if you arrive at Santiago International Airport?

According to the US State Department website (emphasis mine): A Tourist Card will be issued for a stay of up to 90 days upon payment of a reciprocity fee, currently US $160. Currently, the fee is ...
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Do US passport holders need more than 6 months validity on their passports to be allowed entry into the US?

I'm holding American passport when I enter the States on Sep 22 2012, with a passport that has the expiry date on Mar 2 2013. So it has slightly less than 6 months validity left, about 5 months and 9 ...
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Stay at the airport for my 8-hour layover in Tocumen, or spend a few hours in Panama City?

On my way to Asunción, I will have an 8-hour layover at Aeropuerto Internacional de Tocumen in Panama from 8 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon. If there's a lounge at the airport, I can ...
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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 drive in Spain using my U.S. (New York State) license?

I know I can get an IDP, but I read in some places that they recognize US Driver's Licenses specifically New York. Can anyone confirm?
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As a US citizen programmer, what kinds of visas can I get to work abroad remotely for my US employer? [closed]

I am a programmer working for an employer in the US who is willing to let me work remotely from another country. I would like to travel abroad and visit different countries with my wife and kids. ...
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Traveling between US and Canada with expired US passport but valid EU passport

I need to travel to Canada from the US ASAP but my US passport is expired. I do have a valid EU passport. Will I be able to get in and out of the country no problem?
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Travelling as a US citizen with a stopover in Brazil

As US citizen, does one still need Brazilian transit visa, if travelling to another South-American country (eg. Argentina) with stopover in any of Brazilian airports?