Is it legal for customs and immigration officers to ask me the reason I travelled out of the country and return the same day?

  • What citizenship?
    – cpast
    Jul 31, 2015 at 3:12
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    @Flimzy what makes you think this is a question about US customs? The tag seems to imply it's Jamaica.
    – drat
    Jul 31, 2015 at 8:43
  • @drat: I don't think it's about US customs. But I think the answer there answers this question, and that's the litmus test for a duplicate.
    – Flimzy
    Jul 31, 2015 at 14:28

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If you are not a citizen, you can refuse to answer stupid questions, provided you don't mind being denied entry, flown home immediately at your own expense, and possibly having a much lower chance of being able to enter in the future. Otherwise, you need to answer the questions; countries are generally under no obligation to admit non-citizens (EU stuff aside). Also, that question is not a stupid question; it is unusual for tourists to leave a country and try to reenter the same day, which means any immigration officer is going to wonder if you really are a tourist.

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