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When driving a private car, it is usually assumed that the baggage in that car belongs to the people in the car or was placed in the car by the occupants. And if any of the occupants warrant additional checks, the car is pulled aside for secondary inspection. When riding on a bus, the baggage compartment is accessible to many people other than the ...


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Yes, if you have an enhanced driver's license, this should work. You have already noted in comments that your enhanced driver's license allows you to cross into the US by land. And according to this page, a Canadian driver's license is acceptable by TSA as ID for boarding flights at US airports. Flights between the continental US and Hawaii are ordinary ...


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I question your premise. Take the 15" Macbook pro with retina display. Price in U.K. is GBP 1332.00 + 267 VAT = USD 2035.00 + VAT (using exchange rate today) Price in U.S. is USD 1999.00 + State sales tax. So the difference in pre-tax price is less than 2%. The apparent price difference is mostly your country's tax. If you buy it at retail, say in New ...


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This question arises all the time because they have never published a clear policy. They will, however, tell you their policy in a letter if you write to them. You should join the EU queue if you are married. Their policy is not to separate families during immigration control, and they will take all reasonable steps to avoid separating families. But ...


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Yes, Commissioners of HMRC have broad and ancient powers to seize goods they suspect are illegally imported. In this case, unless you can satisfy HMRC that you were not importing the item, you will have to pay a fine and the appropriate duty and VAT on the item. I am not sure I agree with Relaxed's post, I think in this circumstance the item might be ...


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Immigration and Customs is not easy to judge in the US. It all depends on flight arrival time, number of immigration staff on desks, any delays experienced to all incoming flights, if you get of the plane first or last, number of people to process, types of visas etc etc. In my experience I have waited between 30 minutes in line and 3 hours in line. If I ...


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No. It's merely a reporting requirement, as an anti-money-laundering / drug-trade provision. You will be asked where and how you obtained the money. The country you are traveling to will likely also ask you to declare the cash, and may ask questions about it.


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As US citizen you do not need a stamp in your passport, as you belong to the country. It is foreigners who need a stamp in their passport, as they can be asked to proof their right to be in the USA if stopped for whatever reason. Especially proof they did not overstay their visa and did not arrive illegally. Most countries in Europe never gave stamps to ...


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You said in comments that you have an enhanced driver's license, so you can enter the US. While a foreign driver's license normally isn't enough to fly in the US, a Canadian license is on the TSA acceptable ID list, so your license is all you'll need to drive across the border and take the flight.


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If you used an Automatic Passport Control (APC) machine, you will not receive an "Admitted" stamp. It should have been stamped onto the print out instead. Admitted stamps are sometimes presented in US Passports by US CBP: Wikipedia is ever helpful: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Us_stamp_2.png You can see that the "you must leave by" line has been left ...


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No traveller clears immigration at a usual internal Schengen border, EU citizen or not. For all intents and purposes regarding travel the Schengen area can be seen as a single country. Almost every time nobody shows their passport or visa and there is nobody they could show them to. Note that there are some national visas which don't allow travel to all ...


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(I think this is more of a question for http://law.stackexchange.com/ than travel but I shall have a go at it.) They are not merely in violation of a rule, they are in violation of the law and potentially committing a criminal offence. Entry to the UK is tightly regulated by the Immigration Act 1971. The Act has been amended by many later enactments and ...


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Since you're connecting Qantas to Qantas, you're entitled to use the free Qantas transfer service. Basically: On checkin in Melbourne, you'll get boarding passes for both flights and your bags will be checked straight through to SCL. (This means they'll be transferred through SYD for you, you don't need to pick them up or anything.) On arrival at SYD T3, ...


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Almost certainly yes. If you look up average wait times at IAH you will see they are typically 10-15 minutes throughout most of the day, though in some cases (like very early morning) can be much longer. If the airline booked this all on one ticket, then they think you can make the connection, and they are responsible to put you on a later flight if you ...


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While they might detain it until you have paid all applicable duties and taxes, customs officers are not primarily interested in seizing goods that can be imported legally. That's what happens to illegal drugs, weapons, some foodstuff or counterfeit goods. For a laptop, if found out, you would be slammed with a significant tax bill (mostly VAT, some duty as ...


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Adding an answer from personal experience... I purchased a laptop on a trip to California in 2012. When I returned to the UK, I went through the 'red path' and showed it to the inspector along with about GBP 400 of other stuff I had purchased. The other stuff was generic, like clothes and some USB sticks and what-not. The inspector typed something into ...


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I've had a malfunctioning barcode passport (those pre-biometric hologrammed ones) for 10 years. Basically ever since I first got the passport I was unable to successfully scan it anywhere I went. During that timespan I travelled many countries, including and not limited to the US, India and Australia, and it never worked. What happens in case the automatic ...


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To do this, you need to be admissible in Canada. One reason Americans can be denied entry is having a conviction for driving while intoxicated. No doubt, other crimes can also be grounds for refusal. Add long as you are admissible in both Canada and Greece, and the border officers and the airline have no reason to suspect otherwise, you will encounter no ...


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British Airways and US Airways are both part of the OneWorld alliance. As such, even if you were on two tickets, you'd be able to check your bags through. As it's all on one ticket, you will definitely be able to check them through (and that'll be the default). You'll hand over your bags in Rome, and won't see them again until Charlotte. (Check the baggage ...


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Stamping is not a must. These days technology is catching up fast, everything is recorded electronically. The moment you, airline or the passport control officer scan your passport, the job is done. Stamps are a mess, though it looks good it consumes space in passport for frequent travelers. I have traveled to all countries in Europe (as non EU citizen, ...


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So you moved out early 14 years ago and are concerned that you are on the watch list? Highly unlikely. Unless you made a complete mess of the place requiring a complete rebuild, your previous landlord did little more than not return your deposit and put a "for rent" sign in the window. This stuff happens every week, and it is simply not worth the building ...


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You may be able to get your girlfriend an EEA family permit as your "unmarried partner," if you can show that you and she are "in a lasting relationship." See https://www.gov.uk/family-permit/eligibility for more information. Because you are a UK citizen, you must also show that you are "exercising your treaty rights" by living (or by having lived) in ...


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Are you saying, you holding a US Passport, will drive from the USA into Canada, and from Canada catch a flight directly to Europe? This will be no problem at all, in fact it is very common due to the air pricing differential on the US/Canada border.


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Perhaps there is some profiling behind this. At a border crossing where, in the experience of border guards, trafficking (in the sense of not declaring taxable goods) takes places mostly by bus passengers, they will have a tendency to examine bus passengers more closely. In order borders, specific car types or nationalities may be targeted. To take an ...


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The last time I went to IST there was no xray customs inspection on the way out of the airport (if there was one I was not selected to go through it), but there is one on the way in at the airport entrance before the check in desk and a second xray scan at the real security check point. Information from July 2014


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Personally, I think you can do this with no bags with a 95% success rate ... but what is your plan if you fail? Are you willing to take that risk if you might have to buy a new walk-up ticket? KQ (Kenya Airways) arrives at Terminal 4 so you have a terminal change to Terminal 3 for your US Airways flight. KQ might through-check your luggage, but I would not ...


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Yes, you'll be liable to pay 20% VAT on a new laptop if its value is greater than €430 euro in to France from outside the EU customs area. On the plus side, there's no specific duty to pay (see "Ordinateur portable" on this page) You could try and just walk through the "nothing to declare" aisle anyway - but you'd then be smuggling and at some risk of ...


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Only possible problems I can foresee could be some kind of criminal background issue as @phoog states, or something that you are bringing in that's quite illegal in Canada (drugs etc.). It would have to be something fairly bad to cause you to miss your flight, as opposed to just having your meat sandwich confiscated (anyway, it's more the U.S. that does ...


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I found this document online which I think would answer your question. Click the hyper link to direct you to the exact document. What is required to re-enter the U.S.? All U.S. citizens, including children, must present a passport or other approved travel document when entering the U.S. by air. U.S. citizens can present a passport, a NEXUS card at ...


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According to the IATA travel centre the duty free alcohol import limits are 2 bottles of maximum 1 litre each. Quoting from the linked website: Customs Rules Import regulations:: Free import: all passengers (18 years of age and over) (duty free allowance only once per year per passenger): a. 400 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 ...



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