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Unless you're completely fluent, you risk a miscommunication in a legal context. If you're at all uncertain about communicating to them, you should ask for a translator. In your case, if you're confident, there's no harm in addressing them, but if they address you first in your language (I'm presuming English), it's best to stick with that rather than ...


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That's aiming more at preventing the import of things like fake-branded or illegally copied goods to be sold in SA, for example a box full of ripped-off DVDs or articles of clothing with trademarked branding (like the Nike swoosh) which aren't made or sold by the real manufacturer. The customs official is not going to have you power up your laptop and ...


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Your best bet is to not speak at all. If they ask you to do anything (take your hat off, look into the camera), just do it without a word. Once you get everything stamped and taken care, they will usually say something, and usually in English. At that point, it would be polite to thank them in their native language.


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The answer to the general question is: It depends. The general options are as follows: I always address U.S. and U.K. border guards in their language, because I don't expect them to understand any other I can speak nearly as fluently. I will always try to address French border police in their language, although I can't really speak it, because they are ...


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Customs officers generally have the legal authority (the details will be different depending on the country) to search all articles, and typically people, entering or leaving their country. As a matter of efficiency, it makes the most sense for them to focus their efforts on passengers they believe may be carrying prohibited items. Every country's customs ...


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Most if not all airlines prohibit carrying fuel canisters onboard, both as checked and as carry-on luggage. It is a compressed canister containing flammable liquid. The TSA page on prohibited items confirms this. So flying from the US with the fuel canister is definitely a no, regardless of whether it can be imported in India. The stove without fuel ...


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In the Canadian law your authorized period of stay in Canada begins on the date you enter the country and ends at the earlier of the date you were permitted to stay until or the date you leave Canada. A new entry into Canada requires you to be authorized for a new period of stay; there are no exceptions based on the country you travel to when you leave. Note ...


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This is a community wiki answer which covers all of the Schengen countries. Please add exempted countries to the list, along with an official confirmation. The answer format should be: Country name - Link to official source List of exemptions Austria Belgium Czech Republic - Source Argentina Chile Croatia Israel Korea Costa Rica ...


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Absolutely. As an Irish citizen, you may use the EU Citizen queue (and you should, since you are an Irish citizen). For detailed information about which passport to use where, see the question I have two passports/nationalities. How do I use them when I travel? Since both the US and Ireland have no problem with holding two citizenships, your situation is ...


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I'm not sure exactly that you mean by "blackmark." It won't result in an automatic ban in most countries (if even in any), but it probably will result in greater scrutiny since you will have to answer "yes" when asked if you've ever been rejected for a visa. You can explain that you applied for the wrong type of visa, which most reasonable people might ...


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First, you must declare all food, even food that is allowed. Second, according to the CFIA web site you may bring: cheese: up to 20 kilograms per person You may not bring: milk, milk products (whey, cream, skim milk, butter oil, and so on) dried, frozen, reconstituted, or fresh Note they do not distinguish among cheese types as you have done - ...


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US immigration does usually let family members join US citizens in the citizen line. This does not extend to friends. As always, there's a possibility you'll get away with it, but if not, the non-US citizen will be sent to the back of the other line. Source: I'm a UK citizen with US citizen family. Depending on the terminal you enter, whether your friend ...


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Yes you can take Tramadol into Qatar. BUT, you must have a prescription with your name and DOB on it + a letter from the prescribing doctor which details your need for the Tramadol, the dose, and how long you should take it. Do not take any more than that mentioned in the letter, and in any event no more than 1-2 months supply.


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EU law, specifically article 5(4) of directive 2004/38/EC, provides that Where a Union citizen, or a family member who is not a national of a Member State, does not have […] the necessary visas, the Member State concerned shall, before turning them back, give such persons every reasonable opportunity […] or to corroborate or prove by other means that ...


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As personal belongings, which are exempt from duties and declaration, you can have up to TWO cell phones per person (article 370 there). Declaration and formal duty and VAT payment in most cases make no sense as the same stuff will be cheaper (I suppose in most cases it should read as "much cheaper") in Ukraine. Having said that, I would not follow advice ...


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Yes, it's safe to remove. Japan and quite a few other countries staple their departure cards to the passport, so immigration authorities are used to seeing staple holes on passport pages.


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It is safe to remove the receipts because you are supposed to return those receipts to the Japan Customs counters right after the passport control. Submit the Proof of Tax-Free Purchase attached to your passport when leaving the country - (Offical) Japan. Tax-free Shopping Guide This leads to another question: "what if I forget to return the ...


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There's a lot of confusion in your post. I'll try to answer, but if you could provide more information, we could help you better. First, if you were born in the United States, and you didn't renounce your US citizenship, you are a US citizen (if you were the child of a foreign diplomat serving in the US at the time, you might not be a US citizen by birth, ...


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As a European living in a part of South Asia where I speak the language: I speak to the natives here in their own language pretty much always. One of the very few exceptions to this, is when I go through immigration at the airport here. Why? Because that's the one place where I don't want to get stuck! I just want to go trough quickly! Why would I want to ...


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Since the Czech Republic's probationary days as an EU state (we're talking the very early 2000's here), the Prague Airport has been the site of numerous pilot tests sponsored by the EU. As a result, the airport has developed a favourable infrastructure for pilot tests. A pilot test can be anything from a variation on the procedures or more often the ...


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The previous ban would have flagged your application up for human review, which obviously isn't going to be instant and depending on the current amount of applications, could take quite a while. Other reasons could include Technical Problems or another Technical Reason.


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First, check if there really is a typo. As pointed out by @J.Constantine in comments, many countries do not put O's (the letter) on passport numbers for exactly this reason. Germany would be an example. As pointed out by @phoog again in comments above, you should be able to tell O from 0 in the machine-readable zone. The letter is oval, and the digit is like ...


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The train stops at the Niagara Falls NY train station, and everyone is inspected there. Your NEXUS card works as a passport card so you don't need to carry your passport, but it won't save any time.


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Yes, there should be no problems taking pickled plums into the USA. You just need to declare it on the declaration form, i.e - Yes, pickled only. You can take any of these items into the USA To make sure you have no problems in case you are searched, check out the process. Hope this helps!


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This question is not as simple to answer as it may seem. A friction lock baton is not classified as a weapon (meaning it doesn't require a special license), as per Federal Law # 3 of 2009, which defines weapons as: a ‘weapon’ as: Including a firearm, air gun, sound gun, flare gun, hunting gun, antique gun and stun guns; and a ‘firearm’ as: A ...


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No, Amtrak does not send passport information to the CBP. Only air and sea carriers do. Source: CBP. Note that Amtrak doesn't routinely check the IDs of passengers on-board, so it wouldn't be able to verify who was actually traveling. And even if the conductor checked your ID in New York, what would stop you from simply disembarking at the next station? ...


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You need to carry with you proof of your stay (and your return), and that you'll have enough funds to cover your trip; as you may get asked for it. For example, the immigration officer might ask for: Your return ticket. Where you are staying? How long do you plan on staying? How you plan on supporting yourself? What is the purpose of your trip? Keep in ...


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Caveat: I am not an immigration lawyer. Talk to one if you want to be sure A word of warning upfront: US immigration is in general much more difficult to deal with than European, so I wouldn't assume European standards there. In Germany I can basically whip out both passports and ask them "blue or red?", which they would fine funny. In the US this would ...


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Upon entering the US you will have to prove that you have sufficient funds to sustain yourself for the entire duration of stay in the US. Much to our disappointment, the CBD does not specify how much is "enough funds". There is no fixed amount per day. Indeed, such an amount depends on spending habits, accomodation costs, transportation costs, shopping ...


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Here's a page from South African Customs that may be useful: Arrival in SA As a practical matter, no. Personal effects that travelers bring in with the intent of bringing them back out at the end of a visit are generally exempt from duty, and South Africa appears to be no different in that regard. You are allowed to bring "personal effects" (except for ...



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