When an EU/EFTA citizen enters a non-EU country which is visa free, do they need to have their boarding pass on hand at the immigration booth? One can simply lose their boarding pass during the flight and I wonder if not having a boarding pass at arrival can pose any problem!?

  • Surely the rules depend on the country (see comment about Thailand). But why limit the question to countries that are visa-free for EU/EFTA citizens? Are there any such visa exemptions that depend on the traveler's point of origin? I'm unaware of any.
    – phoog
    Commented Sep 5, 2018 at 15:08

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I know no country in the world which requires the boarding pass at arrival immigration (unless getting a visa on arrival is dependent on where you arrive from, such as for US citizens in Baku).

In fact I always leave the boarding pass on the aircraft since I no longer need it after boarding the flight.

At immigration I only show my passport or (in Europe, Turkey, Georgia and overseas France) ID card

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    I no longer need it after boarding the flight Not sure if it always the best choice. Some landing cards i.e. UK, Australia etc ask for the incoming flight number. If caught at immigration for some check ( food, customs etc) the boarding card might come handy.
    – DumbCoder
    Commented Sep 5, 2018 at 9:54
  • @DumbCoder On most airlines you get the landing card on the plane (Ryanair being a notable exception), but the UK officers at least will know your flight number thanks to API anyway, and leaving a single field blank shouldn't be the whole world
    – Crazydre
    Commented Sep 5, 2018 at 9:57
  • @DumbCoder Never been stopped by customs so can't say much about that.
    – Crazydre
    Commented Sep 5, 2018 at 9:58
  • Not for immigration, but there are some few airports where arriving passengers are allowed tax-free purchases and need to show their boarding card for that purpose. Commented Sep 5, 2018 at 10:00
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    @Coke Sure. I just wanted to point out that it is not always a good idea to leave the boarding pass on the aircraft, assuming that it is no longer needed. Commented Sep 5, 2018 at 10:13

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