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Unlike meat products and potatoes, grains like rice can be brought into Germany. Homeopathic remedies are not considered medicines in Germany, because their efficacy has not been proven. Legally, it's just sugar or alcohol, and unless you bring ridiculous amounts, you will not exceed the free import limit for alcohol. Finally, there is a limit on the total ...


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Yes, they have the power, but: it is all recorded, and somewhat appealable (you may not get in this time, but next time) an agent showing a pattern such as always denying fat people, or people of a certain religion, would risk discipline, there is supervision and management most of them are good decent people who believe they are protecting their country, ...


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This is definitely a scam. They suckered you into compromising yourself and are now blackmailing you for $3500. Most cons involve playing the subject's greed. Given what you already know they're doing, I would get the rings appraised locally because odds are they're actually glass or flawed and otherwise worthless. Why take someone for a small amount ...


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Following is the official text detailing powers of immigration officers. The key para within this is: (2) to arrest any alien who in his presence or view is entering or attempting to enter the United States in violation of any law or regulation made in pursuance of law regulating the admission, exclusion, expulsion, or removal of aliens, or to ...


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You may need legal advice, just a few hints: According to Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Customs_duties_in_the_United_States goods must be declared within 15 days of arrival, so you might be fine. I personally would think that if you aren't caught but declare things yourself as soon as possible, you might be fine, but as I said, get legal advice. ...


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This is due to the Common Travel Area Zone (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Travel_Area) and is not a mistake. The assumption is that anyone entering the Zone has already been checked by Immigration when entering the Zone. Eg, if you travelled from the US to Ireland you would pass through Irish Immigration. The UK then trusts that Ireland has completed ...


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The power to deny entry lies with just about every immigration official in every country, it is not unique to the USA. Even with proper visas, the immigration official has the final say to allow or to deny your entry. As others have pointed out, there are procedures to be followed before a denied entry occurs and most of the time there are avenues of ...


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Did you get some sort of receipt? Do you know exactly which kind of "security" official confiscated your item? If not, you'll have a very hard time proving anything even happened, although you can try your luck with the airport's complaints line at +86-10-96158. In any case, the airline is not responsible. Security rules are laid out by the Civil ...


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If you are caught with smaller amounts of alcohol exceeding the allowed amount, the customs will offer you to accept a "forenklet forelegg", a kind of fixed rate fine used in the Norwegian legal system for minor issues, e.g. traffic violations or breach of the custom regulations. For beverages with 22.1 to 60% alcohol by volume, the rates are as such: up ...


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The general rule is that you should always use the country's passport when entering the country. As the other answers note, many countries (eg. the US) also have legislation requiring citizens to use their passport to enter/leave, although obviously this is hard to enforce. Obviously there are cases where you can get away with this in practice, eg. your ...


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IAD is indeed a dreadful airport. A new train system has very slightly improved matters. From the exit past customs to the furthest gate at remote terminals can take 20 minutes easily. You will miss your connection if (a) your incoming flight is late, (b) the Border entry officer hassles you, (c) your luggage, which I believe you will have to re-check, is ...


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I personally have carried these these items from India to Sweden through Germany multiple times without any problems whatsoever. You should be fine. As Michael has already pointed out, these are not restricted items. Not that anyone bothers to check.


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Regardless of the rules, from personal experience I can say that in practice one individual officer can indeed arbitrarily block your entry when they are having a bad day. A german friend of mine was accepted at a US university, and went to the Embassy in The Hague (Netherlands). She had prepared all documents to apply for the visa and after having them ...


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In Israeli customs, you would be required to pay a fine (equal to the duty) regardless of whether you take the item. If you wish to take the item, you'd have to pay the duty too (so effectively you'd be paying double duty). For example, for a 400 ILS bottle of Whiskey, you'd pay a 411 ILS fine. If you choose to take the bottle, you'd also pay a 411 ILS ...


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Living in Costa Rica is obviously really, really cheap. Immigration will accept a wallet full of Euros as "proof of sufficient funds" - any decent bank will have no problem changing Euros, US Dollars or Pounds for Colones. Yuan, Rials, Baht and other currencies not printed in the roman alphabet are less likely. The taxi driver won't take Euros, but the ...


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The situation is a little complicated and there a few things you must consider. First of all I'm going to tell you about all the legal prospects of this situation and what can happen if then open up your bags and find two packaged phones inside. Take a look at this great answer already posted here. Now, since these are two packaged phones, despite being ...


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I know about people who did similar things due to insufficient insurance. No problem for you, especially in different state. This is one of the reasons your bill was so high: hospital in USA is required to provide emergency care, but then is let high and dry to collect for provided services. You have to pay not only for you, but for many other people who ...


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Your name should appear on the ticket exactly as it's in the passport. To make it simpler: First name on the ticket = first name on passport Last name on ticket = last name on passport it doesn't matter what is your english name or your nick name, what matters is what is written on the passport in english. So, here's an example of a Chinese passport (I ...


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Each country is basically free to set their own rules. Generally speaking, presenting the local passport when you are a citizen is the most practical course of action but it's not like it would be some sort of overarching principle that applies to all countries in the world. In all likelihood, Denmark does not care either way. The US, on the other hand, ...


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The Saudis are less concerned about anti-"religious" books per se, than about anti-Moslem books. The greatest danger lies with anything that is anti- Mohammed, or anti- Islam, or even anti-clergy (religious men). If they are "anti-religious" in the sense of being anti-Christian, anti-Jewish, or pro atheist, the Saudis might not care. On the other hand, ...


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Ooh, I was literally there last night...well, yesterday their time! I arrived from Tokyo, Japan. All passengers disembark at the same time, and then around the corner there are two lines - international transit, and other. If you're flying domestic, this is the point at which you enter China, as anyone who wasn't joining me for more international flying ...


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As far as the US is concerned, there is no limit but if have more than USD 10000 with you, you should report it to the US customs. India has strict restrictions on travel with Indian Rupees but not on foreign currency. There is a mandatory declaration as well, see Is it really forbidden to cross the Indian border with Indian rupee?


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This policy does exist, as has been previously mentioned. It is important to understand that the reason this policy exists is to delegate the appropriate authority to act to the individuals who have the sworn duty to protect the country's borders. The policy is intended to give authority to the officers on the "front lines" of the border, interacting with ...



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