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Locations of border crossings between countries, whether and when they are open, who may cross, and what must be done in order to cross.

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Problem with UK immigration when leaving via land border with Ireland?

I am flying from USA to London England, then to Belfast Northern Ireland. My flight back to USA departs from Dublin, so to catch my flight I will cross the land border between Northern Ireland (UK) ...
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Crossing Austria by sleeper train without getting off - do Austrian covid entry rules apply?

I will soon take the sleeper train from Zurich to Ljubljana. The train route covers Switzerland-Austria-Slovenia. I will not be getting off until my final destination. As of today (May 2022), Slovenia ...
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Entering Russia via land border as a UK/Israeli citizen

I would like to travel from Riga to Moscow by bus, is it possible? There are buses available but can I enter as a UK/Israeli citizen? I believe they lifted the ban for air travel but not for the land ...
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How can I know if my car was added to SENTRI?

During the SENTRI interview, it was not clear to me whether (or not) the officer processed all paperwork and added the vehicle. I did not find a chance to ask while at the office. Below are two ...
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Are land borders between Thailand and Cambodia still closed? (April 2022)

I am looking to travel to Thailand but cross over to Cambodia once my tourist visa expires (30 days). I am wondering if I will need to fly to Cambodia or if I can take a bus from Bangkok. The UK Gov ...
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Can I legally remove my mask once my train cross the Italian-Swiss border?

Currently Italy has a mask mandate inside long distance trains. I am to take a train from Italy to Switzerland, where masks are not mandatory anywhere. Once the train crosses the border into ...
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Entering Canada, Niagara border

I will be working in Canada this summer under the "Global Skills Strategy" program. While the invitation letter of the institution hosting me as a "NOC 4012 - Visiting Scholar, Award ...
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Can a "shorter-than-usual" entry stamp be extended?

I entered Paraguay by land and they gave me 15 days instead of 90 days. It was due to the fact that it looked suspicious to them that I didn't have hotel reservations for all of my stay. But I never ...
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Can a non-EU citizen with an EU citizen spouse use the "EU citizen only" lane when travelling alone?

@arminb's question: Can we use the "EU citizen only" lane when travelling by car with one non-EU passenger inside? asks whether a non-EU citizen spouse (in this case, @arminb himself) can ...
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Time to clear border controls when arriving via ferry to Hull

I will be soon traveling from Rotterdam to Hull. What is the average time for disembarking and clearing border controls when arriving via ferry to Hull?
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Can one use the Sentri car lane when entering the USA from Mexico by bicycle?

I have Global Entry. If the answer is specific to the port of entry, then I'm mostly interested in the ports of entry in San Diego.
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What do Schengen border agents see on their computers when they scan the passport?

So upon landing in Iceland (KEF) from Canada, what would the border agent there see on their screen when I hand over my passport to them? Do they see where I came from and on which flight? Do they ...
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Can't passengers of a car going through a Sentri lane bring their own luggage?

I read on https://expediteq.com/index.php?option=com_sppagebuilder&view=page&id=18 (mirror): A car can only use the SENTRI lane if all passengers (including children and infants) have a valid ...
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In which situations is a US LPR and French citizen who was refused entry to Canada allowed to withdraw their application for admission to Canada?

I read on https://www.canadaduientrylaw.com/denied-entry-to-canada.php (mirror): In many situations where a US citizen is refused entry at the Canadian border, the visitor is allowed to request ...
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Covid test requirements for teens/children, when crossing by land into the US from Mexico

In November 2021 the US/Mexico border re-opened for fully vaccinated non-essential travelers. According to this page there is no testing requirement if crossing into the US by land. However, the &...
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Where can one see the border waiting time in real time or historical data, for people queuing from the US to Mexico?

The US CBP provides a convenient online resource that gives the border waiting time in real time, for people queuing from Mexico/Canada to the US, either by car or by foot: https://bwt.cbp.gov/ Is ...
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Why is there a line of parked cars at the left of the general lane in Otay Mesa Port of Entry?

I saw a line of parked cars in the general lane in Otay Mesa Port of Entry (from Mexico to the US) in early January at night (ca. 4 am). The left lane in the following picture shows the parked car: ...
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What are CBP agents doing when deciding whether to allow a US lawful permanent resident to enter the US by car?

When entering the US by car via a Sentri lane as a US lawful permanent resident (LPR), the CBP agent often takes over a minute on their computer to decide whether to allow the US LPR to enter the US, ...
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What happens when someone lawfully in the USA triggers a border rescue beacon?

There are quite a few articles (for example, here and here) on rescue beacons found in desert regions of the USA near the Mexican border. The articles above (as well as others), come out and admit ...
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Which pairs of countries are connected by land but can't be connected by car?

Can't be connected by car = a regular individual can't drive a regular vehicle between the two countries, including via another country. I'm not interested in the case where driving is made ...
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Does US CBP or TSA require a notarized consent letter for a minor leaving the US with one parent?

Based on the Customs and Border Protection website, I understand that A single parent entering the US with a child may be asked for a notarized consent letter signed by the other parent, and Some ...
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Crossing the border from Canada into the USA as a Canadian Citizen?

Can’t seem to find solid information about this. I’m planning on crossing down to the states from Niagara Falls (Ontario) on December 31, and plan on being back inside Canada on January 3rd. Doing ...
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Where is the "Additional Parking" at the Cross Border Xpress (CBX, on the San Diego side)?

I read on https://www.crossborderxpress.com/en/parking: Additional Parking - $15 USD Where is the "Additional Parking" in CBX? At first I thought the "Additional Parking" may be ...
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How greatly may the actual arrival time at the Canadian land border differ from the ArriveCAN form's declared time?

I plan to enter Canada from the US by car on a certain day, via the Douglas Border Crossing. I must complete the ArriveCAN form, which asks me to declare not just the date, but the precise time of ...
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Does any passenger train go between the United States and Mexico via San Ysidro?

I see on Google Maps a train track between the United States and Mexico via San Ysidro: Does any passenger train go between the United States and Mexico via San Ysidro?
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How can one see how many strikes one's Global Entry card has received?

When entering the US with Global Entry, one may receive a strike if the immigration/customs step doesn't go smoothly. How can one see how many strikes one's Global Entry card has received?
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Is there a limit on how full of items a car is to be allowed to drive from Mexico to the United States via Sentri lanes, and if so, what's the limit?

I drove the same car with the same content two days in a row from Mexico to the US via the same border crossing and the same lane (Sentri, as I have a Global Entry card). I was sent to secondary each ...
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What am I supposed to declare when driving from Mexico to the United States, as a US lawful permanent resident?

I am confused regarding what I am supposed to declare when driving from Mexico to the United States, as a US lawful permanent resident and French citizen. https://www.smartertravel.com/customs-duty-...
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Does a picture of one's proof of automobile registration suffice to enter Mexico by car, or does have to present the physical orginal paper?

When driving from the US to Mexico, according to https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/need-passport/us-mexicoborder.html: Travelers should be sure to enter Mexico with valid proof of ...
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Why was this border agent rude to me?

My passport has a protective thin transparent case. There's a place to put cards and money on the inner side of the last page. A tiny space. I keep a US$100 bill there. A passport isn't attractive to ...
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Why do some countries have inconsistent rules about PCR? [closed]

E.g Georgia. You are fully vaccinated. If you want to enter by plane, you don't need a PCR test. You are fully vaccinated. If you want to enter by road, you need a PCR test. Why?
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Do I need updated documents to show at border control due to delayed trip?

My trip to UK was planned from Sep6-Sep30, 2021. I expected my tourist visa to come before that but visa got delayed by 2 weeks. I submitted Employment Leave Letter and Invitation Letter in support of ...
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Why do some countries typically stamp one's passport when arriving by air but typically not by land?

For example, if one enters canada or the United States by land, typically no stamp is applied to one's passport. However, if one enters Canada or the United States by air, typically a stamp is applied ...
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AirBNB for Ukrainian eVisa or Passport Control

Indian national working in Germany with a permanent resident permit here. I plan to visit Kyiv and I am eligible for eVisa. One of the requirements for a tourist visa is: proof that the applicant’s ...
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I rented a car in Buffalo and drove to Canada. I am not a US Citizen. The land border is closed to non-essential travel. Can I drive back?

Car rented in Buffalo on US plates. I am a non-US Citizen or Resident. Can I drive back to the USA?
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Can I complete the ArriveCAN form at the last minute at the Canadian border when queuing to enter Canada?

I plan to enter Canada from the US by car via the Douglas Border Crossing. I must complete the ArriveCAN form, which asks my exact day and time of arrival. I don't know the exact time yet. Can I ...
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Which Mexican law or regulation restricts entry from the US to Mexico via the land border?

Traveling from Mexico to the US is restricted by this notification issued by the DHS and continually extended every month. However I can't seem to find an exact law restriction land border travel to ...
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Does J1 visa make me an "essential traveller"?

Situation: I am a Mexican citizen currently living in the US with a valid J1 work visa as an exchange scholar. My DS-2019 has been extended until 2022 and my visa expires at the end of August this ...
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Getting a work visa at the border of Canada over the Weekend

I have a job in Canada and based on how the paperwork is going, I will need to get a work visa as I cross the border (US citizen taking a temporary position in Canada, so this is okay under current ...
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Can we use the "EU citizen only" lane when travelling by car with one non-EU passenger inside?

I am a non-EU citizen with permanent residence in EU. My wife and my kid are EU citizens. When travelling togehter by car, are we allowed to use the "EU citizen only lane" when crossing ...
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Heathrow Terminal 2 Satellite

An interesting question I had when I was travelling out of Heathrow T2 last week. After the main terminal's security check on departures, I wandered around a little bit and then wanted to check the ...
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What is the best way to travel to the West Bank?

I'm interested in taking a recreational trip to the West Bank with my mother and sibling to visit family in the next few months. My situation is a little particular, so please inform me of any nuances ...
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Can I enter Denmark by car without a PCR test?

I want to travel to Denmark from the Netherlands by car. Is there any border control at the German or Danish border? Do I need a valid PCR test to enter the country?
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UK border, post-Brexit, UK citizen travelling with EU citizens: approach passport control desk together or separately?

At the end of the year I'd like to visit the UK with my girlfriend and her mother for a week or two. I'm a UK citizen and passport holder. They are EU citizens and Spanish passport holders. This week ...
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Dual nationality - France<->Russia with ID card

I live, work and study in France. I have an internship opportunity in Russia in May. I have both nationalities. Flights: France -> Russia (May) Russia -> France (August) I have the following ...
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How big is CBP's jurisdiction?

I vaguely remember hearing somewhere that U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has a jurisdictional definition that allows them to be active a certain number of miles from international ports of entry, and ...
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Are there any countries that will not allow entry with a Japanese visa stamp in my passport?

I'm aware that you might have trouble for example entering Israel with an Egyptian visa stamp in your passport. Ignoring any COVID-19 related restrictions etc. are there any countries I might have ...
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Can an Australian passport holder travel through New Zealand to a third country without an exemption?

Since March 2020, it has not been possible for an Australian passport holder to leave Australia without applying for an exemption. However from April 19 2021 this will change slightly in that it will ...
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Land border crossing from US to Canada and no stamp

When I cross the US/Canada border, neither side stamps my passport. Does this mean that there is no record of border crossing in their system? Just curious.
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Can one walk into Mexico from the US with a US green card and without a passport?

I am a French citizen and a US lawful permanent resident. Is it possible to enter Mexico with a US green card and without a passport via the US <-> Mexico land border on foot? I am reading some ...
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