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The 'Seaman's Book' provides a travel document that can be used instead of a passport in some cases. In order to be used as a passport, the situation must be appropriate (i.e., joining a vessel) and the book itself must contain all of the information that a passport would normally contain. But the big selling point of having a Seaman's Book, comes when it ...


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Like any country, a visa is just an endorsement allowing you a specific period of time in a country based on your citizenship (and other potential factors). However, once you're at the border, the border agents / authorities can and will still make a further assessment. They might evaluate: your ability to support yourself while in the country your ...


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If you're a Canadian citizen coming to visit the US by land, you can present any of the following documents: A valid passport; A valid NEXUS card; A valid enhanced driver license. (You can also use a SENTRI or FAST/EXPRES card, but unless you travel to Mexico a lot or are a commercial truck driver you aren't likely to have one of these.) If you haven't ...


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The government of Canada won't check your passport upon departure, so this is not a problem. Your airline will check your passport, but they just want you to hold a valid passport; they won't care what country it's from. You will, of course, want to have your Canadian passport with you for your return to Canada.


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At the moment, the general consensus is that Bitcoin is not a currency (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitcoin, under 'Economics'). For the US and Canada, this page is pretty clear on what you need to declare when entering. Though a similar text for the UK explicitly states that the maximum amount refers to 'currencies', the US and Canada page refers to ...


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As you are bringing agricultural products into the US, they will need to be inspected by the USDA staff at the airport you arrive back at. If there is no USDA staff on hand then the CPB officials may do an inspection on their own or more likely simply confiscate the items for destruction. I have no firsthand experience with UK import rules on dried flowers ...


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SECOND UPDATE: First thanks to Jonathan Reez for asking, here is the source again: German customs site After a short controversy in the comments below I phoned the customs and asked for clarification: If you intend to bring non-consumable items in general to Germany which you will bring back home, you do not need to pay duty, excise or VAT. So for the ...


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Sri Lanka does not know or care that you have multiple nationalities, so using your UK passport will be fine. Immigration can ask pretty much anything they want to, but I can't recall ever having to show my boarding pass on arrival. If they did, and they noticed the name is different, there is nothing wrong with showing your Chinese passport as well. That ...


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A UK entry clearance gives you 'formal' permission to arrive/depart any time between its start and end dates. The form asked for your travel dates so that they can try to align the visa's start date so that your time in the UK is maximized. Once the entry clearance has been issued, it's ok to change your actual travel date. You can arrive at 12:01 AM on ...


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Customs checks when travelling between EU countries are on a random basis with the main purpose of finding illegal items, most notably drugs. There are no restrictions on bringing elecetronics or produce for personal use between EU countries and you are in no duty to prove that the items have been bought in the EU. Noone will expect you to be awake on the ...


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You don't need an onward ticket neither when entering Romania, nor when entering the Schengen area. Even if Romania is not yet a member of the Schengen area, they have already implemented the Schengen regulations in national law as a preparation for the accession, meaning that you face the same requirements as a foreigner when entering Romania as when ...


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Yes, as a tourist visiting Germany, you may (with very few exceptions) temporarily import most objects without paying duties or taxes, as long as you intend to bring them with you when leaving Germany again. You can find extensive information and a list of exceptions on this web page from German Customs.


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You are taking two laptops for a plausible reason, which is to study in the UK, and the laptops are interdependent upon each other for data and analysis. If you do not intend to sell these laptops, then we can turn to the guidance which says in part... You can bring some goods from abroad without having to pay UK tax or ‘duty’ (customs charges), as ...


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The official Japan Customs Procedures of Passenger Clearance page omits any mention of seashells or shellfish. They fall under no category of Prohibited Articles, and under Restricted Articles, while it says Plants and animals must be presented to the plant or animal quarantine officer for quarantine inspection prior to Customs examination. the shells ...


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The boarding pass would only be an issue if it were a requirement for the type of visa you would need to enter Sri Lanka (personally I have never faced such a requirement). However, even if you wanted a transit visa - the officer would be asking for your flight itinerary/reservation rather than boarding passes. On arrival to Sri Lanka I want to show and ...


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Just the fact that you say "yes" to one of those questions doesn't mean you will not be allowed in, your item will be confiscated, you will be fined, or anything bad at all will happen. It means the person you hand your card to will ask you some questions. You can mark yes, circle the word "soil" and then write "beach sand" on the card. For example entering ...


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This answer only deals with the US part. USDA regulations on Cut Flowers specifically exempts dried flowers: 7 CFR 319.74 Subpart—Cut Flowers provides the following: restricts or prohibits importing fresh, cut flowers, but exempts dried, bleached, dyed, or chemically treated decorative plant materials from the definition of cut flowers Source: ...


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It looks like you can probably bring 1 wand per person in to the UK. The rules are disccused broadly on gov.uk here, with the specific restrictions documented in PLANT HEALTH CONTROLS ON PERSONAL IMPORTS OF PLANTS AND PLANT PRODUCE AND PRODUCTS, which says: From all other non-EU countries 2kg of fruit and vegetables, and cut flowers and any ...


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I have had TSA-Pre for a couple of years now thanks to my airline status. It has been a nice benefit, as it makes security a bit less burdensome, faster at big airports, less hassle at smaller airports. I had INSPASS when it was in operation and while it sped up time through immigration, I still had to wait for my baggage, so the end result was still the ...


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When you ship the package, you will fill out a customs form at whichever service you ship with (post office or courier). When the package arrives in the USA, the customs processor (the post office and most couriers like FedEx DHL have their own custom brokers) in conjunction with CBP will determine if duty is applicable. If so, then they will collect that ...


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Full service hotels will often accept packages, with some caveats: The more expensive and exclusive the hotel, the more likely they'll accept and hold packages for customers. The better customer you are to the hotel, the more likely they'll accept and hold it for you Boutique and single-proprieter hotels are more likely to do this than chains You should ...


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I have only ever been asked to show my boarding pass on arrival once. It was on a flight from Ireland to the UK. The reason was that Ireland is the only country you can enter the UK from without going through passport control (due to the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland), and this was a simple way to verify that passengers had ...


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I have dual citizenship in the U.S. & Canada, and I live in the U.S. Since I have relatives on both sides of the border, I have flown and driven across the border more times than I can count, presenting my U.S. passport when entering the United States and my Canadian passport when I have entered Canada. I have never once run into a problem with this. ...


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Technically, yes. From here: "Some products can be imported free of duty, e.g. laptops and other electronic products." and "Goods imported into Thailand are subject to VAT at a rate of 7% calculated over the CIF value plus any applicable duty." with CIF being "Cost, Insurance and Freight". So, you do not have to pay duty, but you would have to pay sales tax. ...


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This was resolved in chat. I will leave a basic summary here for anyone who was following the question. Chat summary I think the OP should register, taking a contrary view to other sources the OP has consulted; The two couch surfing hosts are required to register the OP; It doesn't take a long time to register, certainly not 3 days; more like an hour; ...


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Unfortunately, the onus is on you to prove you purchased it in Canada before departure. CBSA has a section on their site called 'protecting your valuables' that covers this: If your laptop computer was made in Japan—for instance—you might have to pay duty and taxes on it each time you bring it back into Canada, unless you can prove that you owned it ...


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The anser to your question can depend on the countries involved. For example, a US State Department website says this about dual citizenship Israeli-Americans: "Israeli citizens naturalized in the United States retain their Israeli citizenship, and children born in the United States to Israeli parents usually acquire both U.S. and Israeli nationality at ...


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If the airline brings the person to the country without satisfying the visa and/or passport requirements for the destination country, the airline is responsible for taking the person back, and may also be fined. However, in your case, you are saying the person does meet the destination country's visa and passport requirements. He is just denied entry for ...


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The easiest option would be to find a car-share, or a series of car-shares from Prague to Italy. All other options can result in a check by the police and unpleasant time spent proving his identity, especially considering the recent refugee situation. Officials at Prague Airport generally don't check one's residency card, but he might be subject to racial ...


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I think it is not illegal to hold two simultaneously valid passports issued by Indian authorities. Both the stories liked to by @JoseK relate to fraud, potential fraud or other aberration and do not indicate much about the legality of holding two Indian passports if both obtained legitimately. Yes, for example immihelp states "Holding more than one ...



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