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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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There are two parts to this question. First: Are drones allowed in Argentina? According to this site drones for hobby use were allowed in July 2015. You should check shortly before traveling, but I feel that the chances are good. Second: How much value can you bring into Argentina? It looks like adults can bring goods to a value of $US 300 and minors (...


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Just called the border guards at Lacolle (Canadian port of entry used by the New York-Montreal Train) and they said it's fine to hand in a printout of an electronic I94 :)


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The chances of you being asked about a laptop is near to zero. I have travelled in and out of the US hundreds of times with two laptops, an iPad, two iPhones, iPod, headphones, disk drives, digital cameras... the only thing they have ever looked at was the drives looking for kiddy / animal / snuff porn. I've brought almost brand new electronics from my ...


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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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According to the official CBP website, you can still get a paper I-94 upon arrival by air: Upon arrival, a CBP officer stamps the travel document of each arriving non-immigrant traveler with the admission date, the class of admission, and the date that the traveler is admitted until. If a traveler would like a paper Form I-94, one can be requested during ...


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I can't speak for Finnish Schengen visa but I did the same when I was working in Germany. I was granted a working visa which was Type 'D' where I was allowed to travel within Schengen countries. I finished my employment earlier than I thought so I went back to the UK. I decided to go back to Berlin again for leisure with the same visa. I was allowed in ...


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For Pakistan, British passports simply need to be valid for the period of intended stay. For those needing a visa the embassies (as opposed to Pakistani immigration) have stricter requirements, but for you only the rules of Pakistani immigration apply. And they only require it to be valid for the perod of stay.


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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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When you enter Mexico, don't just drive past the customs border office. Stop and come in to get your visitor paper and passport stamp. That's your evidence when you go back to U.S.


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10 years means you can use it for multiple entries during 10 years (and yes, European citizens who Need a visa normally get it for 10 years). However, the actual time you can remain on each visit is usually 6 months


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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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It's extremely hard to tell - in fact I dare say it depends on who you get at the booth on the day. However, if you just answer all questions they ask truthfully (without bringing up anything they don't) odds are you should be fine (possibly after a secondary check). Tip: use the Automated passport control kiosks (putting "WB"=business, and not "WT"=tourism,...


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I'll take the risk that I may be misinformed about this option, but … I have seen a lot of good advice in comments and answers, but unless I missed it, no one has suggested requesting asylum in Spain. IF the family is in Pakistan, wouldn't this be a good way to get some protection from actions by people in Pakistan or in USA? (As well as the ability to ...


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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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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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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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I've been in Munich 4 times, if you have a connecting flight then you don't pass immigration, still the time is very thigh, considering you need to get out of a plane full of people and run to another gate, it may be possible but I would check with the airlines if I were you.


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Munich has an international area, so you should be able to stay there and do the immigration service check in Paris (provided both legs of the flight are on the same ticket).


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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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Assuming that the ticket is bought from Manila to Sweden, the two legs will have different flight numbers. That is normal. Also, in this case, you will not go through immigration or customs, you will just come out of your first leg plane with hand luggage, and will board the second leg. Again, with above assumption, you will get both boarding passes at ...


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Neither TSA nor airport security are likely to care. Costa Rican customs, though, will probably want to have a chat about it to decide how much import duty you need to pay on the phone. Be sure to bring the receipt so you can document its value, and choose the goods-to-declare lane on arrival, if there is one.


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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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Oneworld has recently changed policy and airlines including BA are no longer required to interline bags on separate tickets. In your case, Emirates isn't in oneworld and it's likely that BA wouldn't have checked-through your luggage anyway. You will have to exit customs and immigration, collect your bags, change terminals (if necessary) and check-in again. ...


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Actually, there is a risk, albeit very low, that you could get in trouble. First, you do have to switch your laptop on upon request, at least in some countries: The government guidelines say passengers carrying devices which they cannot switch on "face not being allowed to bring the device onto the aircraft". Passengers would then have to choose between ...


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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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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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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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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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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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You cannot, for two main reasons: Your visa is no longer valid for the purpose of your trip. Schengen visas needs to be valid for the entire duration of your stay in the Schengen area. This means that not only does the visa need to be valid for when you are entering the Schengen zone, but it has to be valid throughout your intended period of stay. For ...


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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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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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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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To avoid any problems, make sure you stay airside in Turkey otherwise you'll have to face Turkish customs and the UK will see you as arriving from a non-EU country. Is there a problem if I enter Turkey with more than 200 cigarettes ? If you enter Turkey, anything on top of the 200 cigarette limit is subject to a 57.6% duty1 rate2 and an 18% VAT and a ...


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It does not really make a difference. In practice, I can imagine that border guards outside of France might be less familiar with French documents and are a bit more likely to let your friend slip through but Schengen consulates often have lists of all the documents that count as an official invitation (as an example, here is the list from the Belgian ...


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Free circulation of citizens within an area doesn't mean that you won't get checked anytime. Countries immigration and police staff can perform routine checks anytime at airport, in the street or wherever they want. You are telling that this happened even before the refugee situation. I still believe the controls have been reinforced recently within EU ...


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Is it really only a B-2 visa or a B-1/B-2? They usually come together, though it's possible to get a visa that is only for one purpose. According to the US Embassy Manila, appearing in court is an activity for a B-1 visa. If you have a B-1/B-2 visa, then you're fine. If your really only have a B-2 visa, that's a little more of an issue (though you might ...


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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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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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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 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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There are a number of reasons why Canadians are denied entry to the US. First and formally is due to a criminal record. If you have one, the US border officers have access to it and will refuse you entry even if you are only transiting through American soil. Have you previously overstayed on a visit the to US? That's another reason why they can deny you ...


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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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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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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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Japan does not require the six months. Any foreign visitor who wishes to enter Japan must have a passport, which will remain valid during the period of stay. from http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/arrange/essential/visa.html . There are numerous less-official surces stating it even more explicitly, and statements from people who asked an embassy directly. ...


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According to timatic which the airlines use to check passport and visa validity, either your UK or Australia passport just needs to be valid on arrival.


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No such requirement applies here. Your passport simply must be valid for the duration of your stay in Japan. According to the UK Government for your British passport: "Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required." According to the Consulate-General of Japan--Melbourne: "The ...


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Are these real reasons under the immigration act? This question absolutely boggles the mind. Are you saying an immigration officer just dreamed up something because, I dunno, they didn't like your hair? Of course it is! The rule of law in the UK is reasonably strong (some consider the Magna Carta from 800 years ago establishing it). This is not a hut in ...



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