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There are several tell-tale signs (condition, packaging, receipts, having several identical items, having things you would not typically need on a trip abroad) that might suggest an item has been bought during a trip. Beyond that, I guess customs officers follow (unpublished) guidelines or use their own judgment but they do in any case have a lot of ...


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Passports are your ID when traveling globally. Driver licenses and national IDs are not always accepted as a form of ID in many countries. As such everyone who needs to verify your identification will ask to see your passport. For flights to the USA, there is often several layers of security employed. The first is a security check before you reach the ...


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First of all, what you intended to do and what you actually did, seem to go in two different directions. For all relevant legal definitions of "import", you did try to import the ring to the UK and had the ring not been found before you had opted for the green lane (and thereby making a legal statement that you have nothing to declare), you would most ...


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To add the other answers (the one by Relaxed is spot-on - customs officers use their intuition), here comes some information about the legal situation, adapted to your case (Germany). Note that IANAL - so this is information is all only to the best of my knowledge. Legally, it is enough for the German Customs officers to suspect that something is imported ...


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I am not a lawyer, but from looking at the instructions to travelers by the Canadian Government, as well as from my personal experience, it seems that the following should work: You are allowed to bring items with you for your personal use when you enter Canada from the outside. This includes, for example, a laptop, or jewelry. Thus, you should not even ...


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You're generally not supposed to declare the stuff you already paid for and imported legally but you might be required to prove you did not buy them abroad, otherwise the regular import rules apply. The details will depend on the specific country and a few other things (e.g. whether you are a resident, currently moving to the country, etc.) but you are ...


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The details vary but the thing is that the states themselves made it a “third-party company”'s responsibility to check passengers' immigration status. If a carrier brings someone without documentation and this person is denied entry, they will have to bring him or her back and can face a fine. Furthermore, for US-bound planes, airlines are also required to ...


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There can be a couple of reasons for this -- one they could all be working for different people or trying to catch different things. At check-in the airline needs to know that you'll be allowed to get into your destination (and the UK & US are somewhat stricter than a lot of places). At border control the officer needs to know that you're allowed to ...


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In general the way it works is that you pay duty when you import something permanently to a country. If you are visiting a country, you generally do not pay import duty on something you are bringing in temporarily. That's why you don't have to pay duty on things you bring with you when you visit a country as a tourist. The issue is that they have to believe ...


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You are only allowed to bring into a country x amount of good(s) (this varies per country). For example: The UK law for arrivals from non EU countries states: You can bring in other goods worth up to £390 without having to pay tax and/or duty. Bringing in items worth more than this amount is liable to tax, again e.g.: ...(if) you go over your ...


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Don't know if that's the answer you are looking for but another possibility is to approach the customs administration before leaving. There is often some procedure you can follow to facilitate re-entry, sometimes it's as simple as a form to fill in at the airport, without any fee. But you need to do it on the way out, not on the way back. Whatever you do, ...


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Here is the list for airports equipped with Automated Passport Control (APC) to serve ESTA holders in addition to US and Canadian passports holders, from the U.S Customs and Border Protection Official website as of now: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Boston Logan International Airport ...


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Yes, they will be allowed entry, and they will become a permanent resident immediately upon entry as usual. They just won't be mailed the physical plastic green card. However, their immigrant visa, endorsed upon entry, serves as a green card for one year, so they will still be able to prove their permanent resident status without the plastic card in the ...


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If you read the description of the rules on importing goods from outside the EU on the official website, you will notice that: To qualify for the tax/duty free allowances you also need to meet the following conditions: You must transport the goods yourself. The goods must be for your own use or as a gift. So duty-free allowances in the EU ...


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There is no limit on buying duty free items, but there are limits on how much you can bring in duty free when you come home to the UK. As far as Hong Kong is concerned you can buy as much as you please. The limits on importing items into the UK will be per person, so you and your girlfriend each get an allotted amount and if you exceed that amount then ...


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For birdwing butterflies, according to Wikipedia all are now CITES listed so I believe an export permit required in all cases. I have no idea what the chances are of you being granted one even if there is precedent for grants to others so this is aimed rather more towards “What countries allow to export butterflies?” than to “where I can collect and take ...


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Literally in answer to your question -- no, don't declare it or mention it. If you honest to God know it should not be declared (i.e.: you have, simply, owned it for years), then you have nothing to declare. If you have nothing to declare: that's the end of it. Note that you literally could not 'declare' it because --- it is not declarable!!!!! You own it, ...


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There are cases of customs and immigration demanding the passwords to phones or laptops, and then taking them out of sight of the passenger to use them and search them. Apparently by law you must provide these passwords when asked, and you may not follow the officers around to see what they do with your devices (such as putting USB sticks into them to copy ...


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https://www.gov.uk/duty-free-goods/arrivals-from-outside-the-eu You can bring in goods worth up to £390 duty-free.


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I checked this out for Canada, and the rules seem to be deliberately vague. As a visitor, you can bring certain goods into Canada for your own use as “personal baggage”. Personal baggage includes clothing, camping and sports equipment, cameras and personal computers. [...] You must declare all goods when you arrive at the first CBSA port of entry. [...] ...


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In some cases the custom officers can see if something is bought on your trip or brought by you from home, by looking at the serial number. Quite some electronic devises keep a log of serial numbers, country where it was sold, etc. However in most cases, it all is very subjective and probably dependent on personal decision by custom officers. The only ...


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Some years back I went to a butterfly farm in Suriname. Their core business was exporting butterfly dolls to European and American Butterfly gardens. At the time it seemed like a very interesting business model. Due to the climate American and European butterfly gardens depend on a steady stream of new Dolls. I was told that the through put was a shipment ...


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Security. Process. Security. Sanity. At least, those are the words I mumble to myself as I progress through these repeated checks ;) Some reasons and logic: They need to check at the check-in gate to ensure that their carrier is allowed to take you. As such, they need to ensure that you have a valid passport, with a valid visa (and usually a return ...


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It is a gray area, and to get a definitive answer, you will have to send a complete list of equipment and shooting sites to a Guatemalan lawyer. Most landscape photographers I know travel around on tourist visa, although this is not completely legal. But they were never caught, mainly because they won't carry that much equipment, since artificial lighting ...


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Telling the truth that your are married is correct and after giving the invitation letter and salary certificates. I don't think there wont be any issue at all. If possible, if you have marriage certificate, there are no chances to question your wife anything thereafter.


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No, a Canadian citizen can use another country's passport to enter Canada. There are no official sources that explicitly disallow it, and empirically, people have done it all the time without encountering any problems. In fact, this is a necessary procedure with Canadian citizens by descent born in the U.S. who want to return to Canada as infants -- before ...


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The TSA Restriction The restriction you mentioned does not apply to all flights towards all destinations. It is a new rule which is slowly being implemented across continents. If I am not mistaken the US were the first, followed by UK. I could not find any official reference covering the status by country. All I stumbled upon were local online newspaper ...


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You can bring in merchandise up to a value of $300 by air or sea or $150 by land. Technically, bringing in merchandise with an industrial or commercial purpose is prohibited. You need to fill out form OM-2132. For the laptop you are importing you can pay by credit card (Mastercard, Cabal or Visa only) but there is a 15% surcharge. The authorities may request ...


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This has all the hallmarks of some jobsworth throwing his weight around. The existence of such a “regulation” is very unlikely if only because “through one of the four major airports” excludes the land crossing at Attari (Wagah). This form mentions that (though clearly is ancient!) but there are many more recent references to it also. Silence is hardly ...



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