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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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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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In practice, as a transferring passenger on an international-international journey, your item is forfeit. If it is confiscated by airport security, then you can have it back if you decide not to travel by plane. You cannot take it on a plane (to anywhere). That includes back where you came from. If you don't have a visa or a passport that allows you to ...


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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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Yes, you can. Pretty much every time I travel by plane I carry one or more external hard disks in my hand luggage. This has never been an issue, to the extent that, on occasion, my luggage does get searched by hand, as opposed to just by machine. I very much advise against putting a hard disk, or any sensitive electronics for that matter, in checked-in ...


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As already noted, airport security in Tokyo won't care. Your problem is going to be the laws in Singapore, specifically the Singapore Penal Code, article 292: Sale of obscene books, etc. 292.—(1) Whoever — (a) [...] has in his possession any obscene book, pamphlet, paper, drawing, painting, representation or figure, or any other obscene ...


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There are no restrictions on portable hard drives. You can carry as many as you like in your carry-on luggage. All luggage is subject to search and inspection. Your hard drives are not physically opened and searched; however customs officials have the right to plug your drive in and search its contents for illegal material. If they do this, depends ...


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I searched for the screens showing wait times and found this article with the screens in at JFK T4. Also an image of the same corridor: Permanent resident, returning ESTA and B1/B2 holders can use the kiosks. All other visa holders and first time ESTA visitors cannot. I believe there might be separate APC queues for US/Canadian citizens and visitors. ...


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From my recent experience with the official Toronto processing center (an efficient 15th floor operation which has been separated from the consulate for some time, thank goodness). There is basically one price, which varies only with processing time request and if it needs to be shipped back to you. The 10 year business (M) visa requires an written ...


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There are a few variables here: If the item is forbidden, it will simply be confiscated and you are not allowed to have it back; as it is most likely destroyed. There is no recourse here. If the item is restricted then it will be held for you, pending any paperwork or other requirements. For example, if you owe duty or taxes on an item, it is confiscated ...


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Apparently, you can only import them if you purchased them in Cuba, and carry them with you. From the CBP web site: Can I import or bring Cuban cigars into the U.S. for personal use? Persons authorized to travel to Cuba may purchase alcohol and tobacco products while in Cuba for personal consumption while there. Authorized travelers may return to ...


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Uzbek police checks the documents of all 'suspicious' persons entering the metro. Usually this means people who look like they could be a target for soliciting a bribe. This makes Western tourists a ripe target for checks, as quite a few of them forget to register their stay, forget their documents at their hotel, or just don't know their rights. If you don'...


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The entire purpose of forcing people to interact with custom agents is so the custom agent can intuitive evaluate the individual as some kind of potential threat. Nobody ends up in the backroom with the one-way mirror because they blurt out some crime or have a carry-on stuff with cocaine, bioweapons and 1960s vintage Warsaw-pact plastic explosives. They ...


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The Canadian CBP does not list overstaying in the US as a reason for inadmissibility into Canada: Reasons for inadmissibility Note: This is only a guide. A Canadian immigration officer will decide if you can enter Canada when you apply for a visa, an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), or when you arrive at a port of entry. A person may be ...


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I travel to asia often (China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong), and in all cases, they assume you can't speak their language if you look non-asian. So if you do speak their language, it generally catches them off-guard and they may ask you more questions. Only issue I ever had, was in Japan of all places. They asked me why I traveled there so often and ...


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If arrivals and departures are in a mixed area, sometimes you can do a back to back connection to the same aircraft without passing immigration, customs and security. Typically, this is only possible if you are within some common travel area such as a domestic flight or some intra-EU flights. Otherwise, you would normally have to pass immigration and re-...


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No you don't. You can transfer to other terminals and exit there. However, you must be travelling with hand luggage only, otherwise you will have to return to the original terminal land-side to collect your luggage, which would be difficult as you would need to get past customs to collect it. Here's an explanatory post on flytalk. One of the quirks of ...


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There is no universal rule on stamping visas, entry or exit stamps in passports other than, they are not supposed to be stamped on Amendment / Endorsements pages in the back of passport (but if there is no other space...) In the good old days, passport pages were divided into quarters and countries used two quarters, left for the entry, right for the exit ...


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Much of this is answered on this FAQ of a visa company. It is not official info but it looks good to me. Also it seems to apply for US citizens only, but I assume similar for the other nationalities you list. Are there any special requirements for a 10-year visa? No. The requirement for a 10-year visa are the same as that of a 1 year visa. [...] ...


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I've gotten Chinese Visas 3 or so times and recently helped my family get them too for a trip. This advice applies to the SF consulate, the only office I've visited. We had no problem getting the visas added to our new passports. Do you have to travel to China a few times on ordinary visas first? Generally not. Applying through a processing service ...


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Local police regularly checks bags at the metro entry, but very rarely they will check visa. If in such case you do not have a passport with you, no one will ask for bribe as @JonathanReez wrote, that's sounds very funny actually:)) they will verify your status and that is it, might call the hotel or take you to the hotel. I lived in Tashkent for almost ...


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You have two issues: what will security in Tokyo do, and what will customs in Singapore do? Security doesn't care what your stuff is for, or where you are going, they just care if it looks like something that might be dangerous, or is on top of something that might be dangerous. Having anything embarrassing in carry on is risky. They will root through your ...


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All Eurostar services are subject to Juxtaposed border controls. That means you clear the UK border somewhere on the Continent (generally in France, except for Brussels where it's in Belgium), and hence you also exit Schengen there too. Depending on the station, after Eurostar checkin you either do security first then France/Belgium exit then UK entry, or ...


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You have a visa with a day count restriction of 7 days and you want to stay for 14 days. The answer is yes, people do overstay their visas on occasion, there is not a border guard posted on every street corner checking documents. The problem comes when you exit the zone and your documents are inspected. At that point your overstay will be discovered ...


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Going through immigration or customs is a completely subjective process: It depends on where you are, where you are from, where you're coming from, where you're going, who you are with, what you're wearing, who the customer officer is, and if he had a bad day... Therefore I would recommend to stick to: Greetings: be polite, and say hello. Unless you're ...


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Both 600 and 601 visas are solely for travellers wishing to enter Australia as a visitor for leisure or business purposes. The difference between a 600 and a 601 visa is that the 601 allows for a maximum stay of 3 months. Moreover, the 601 visa demands less, if not zero, paperwork. This is because the 601 is available only for a specific set of passport ...


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Sodium polyacrylate is not considered hazardous. It is not flammable, it is not explosive, it is not reactive, and is not poisonous. The worst it can do is irritate skin and mucosa. For these reasons you should be allowed to transport it on a flight in your hold or carry-on luggage. Note however that carry-on liquid and gels limitations will apply if you ...


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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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From the CBP website regarding warrant check: Many travelers wonder if CBP is alerted when an inbound passenger has a warrant for their arrest issued. Yes, CBP is alerted. In the air passenger environment, air carriers transmit passenger information to CBP through the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS). CBP officers also rely on the Interagency ...



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