Me and my friend booked our flights from LAX to ICN together and have a layover in PEK Beijing. When we go to the immigration and customs counters, would we approach them individually or together? This is my first time traveling outside the US so I’m just a bit nervous and all haha.


I would stay together till the last, stepping up to the officer alone. That way you can explain you travel together but are not a (married) couple.

It is rather likely that the officer wants to see you separately as you only travel on the same booking.
Staying together helps you to keep track of each other, which is a minor advantage.

In some places you will be told to go to different officers, if so, do that. It will not be a problem.

  • (+1) IME this depends not least on the setup of the desks: if it's right in front of you it's easy and accepted to approach together if in fact travelling together. When the desk is to the side though (i.e. you walk beyond the waiting line for a few metres), one should approach individually unless with a child – Crazydre Feb 8 '20 at 14:18
  • @Crazydre, I do not see how the actual shape of the desk makes a difference. I would say the difference is indicated by how the officer and other staff in the immigration (and waiting) area act. – Willeke Feb 8 '20 at 17:55
  • When travelling with my mum or a friend, this has invariably been my experience. For example in Sweden, at ARN, GOT, NYO and VXO, the desks are straight in front of you and people can approach together, but at MMX they're to the side and people are clearly meant to approach individually. – Crazydre Feb 8 '20 at 17:59

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