Questions tagged [borders]

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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What happens if you are refused entry between two countries?

Last month, I was travelling on a backpacking trip across Russia and the Baltic states (Schengen zone). I'm an Indian by nationality. So I had to get the respective single entry visa for Russia and ...
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Can growing a beard cause problems in crossing borders?

I just recently renewed my passport with a picture taken just after I shaved. I haven't shaved since (>3 weeks) and I kind of like it. I am even looking into how to maintain a beard, but that is a ...
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Is it possible to enter Russia by train 1-1.5 hours before the visa validity period starts?

A friend of mine is taking the Train from Finland to Russia. She has now paid and sent the Tourist visa application, with the requested validity being from 3 to 16 August. Now she's considering ...
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One foot in Belgium and the other in the Netherlands?

I come across this photo in Facebook where the borderline between Belgium and the Netherlands is drawn in the ground splitting a house in two sides one side at each country. One can literally put one ...
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Are there any binational mass rapid transit systems?

In the Eurometropolis Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai, there have been proposals to extend the Lille metro across the border into Belgium. Although those proposals have been shelved for cost reasons, I wonder: ...
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Refuse to answer questions at border control

When returning from a long holiday, rather than the usual cursory glance at the passport and wave through, the person behind the passport control desk started asking a whole load of rather intrusive ...
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How can I ensure my exit from the US by land is recorded?

Seeing as the US does not perform border control on exit (save for occasional spot checks, usually when traffic is moving slowly at the border), how do I make sure my exit by land is recorded so that ...
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How seriously should I take a CBP interview where I was told I have a red flag and could only stay for 30 days?

I’m 20 year old girl traveling on a ESTA for the second time over a longer period. The first time I used it for a longer 2 months period in June. Then I went home for one month and now I am back. The ...
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Previously denied entry from Canada to USA. Does that technically count as setting foot “on US soil”?

15 years ago, we decided on a whim to get lunch in the USA as we were passing near the frontier on a road trip in Canada. We did not know the exact requirements, and as we lacked an address of ...
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Denied US Entry in 2012. Is this on my PERMANENT record?

I have French and Canadian citizenship. Back in 2012, after a J-1 internship visa in NYC (under my French citizenship), I left the USA and went to Montreal before the end of my J-1. I then tried to ...
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How to clean drug misdemeanor in US so I don't get stopped at border every time?

I'm an American living in Canada. 11 years ago, when I was 19, I was stupid and had some pot in my car while driving through a border patrol checkpoint. (Note: A border patrol checkpoint is not the ...
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What happens if you declare an item and it is confiscated?

A few years back I was on a trip with a family member who brought back a meat product to Canada. I told them to declare it, so they did. It got confiscated entering at the Canadian border as a ...
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Why are there California border crossing checkpoints that don't seem to do anything?

Why are drivers stopped at the border going into California? Picture courtesy reviewjournal.com via Google. There is a border checkpoint on the Interstate 40 freeway that stops drivers going from ...
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Is this weird area on the Belgium-Germany border a walkway or something different?

As you can see on the image above, Belgium and Germany have a weird border near the Oostkantons. It seems to be some kind of path east of the "real" border. Does anyone know more about this strange ...
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What does the USA Customs and Border Protection consider a weapon?

A lot of the time, when I enter USA by car from Canada, I am asked if I have any weapons. Sometimes I have a hatchet or a 5" blade for when I go camping. Should I answer Yes or No to the question "...
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US and Canada border crossing and computer privacy: What do I need to know?

I've read stories about border officials searching laptops when crossing the border in one direction or the other. Does this really happen, typically speaking? As a US citizen, can I be forced to ...
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Can a non-EU citizen with residency visa traveling with me come with me through the EU passport line, when entering Schengen area?

I’m doing some travelling with my mate in a few weeks and I was wondering if, to save time, he could come through the Schengen border through the EU Line with me even though he is not a citizen? I’m a ...
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Are there any problems crossing Kosovo's international borders or having their stamp in your passport?

I'm thinking of heading from Romania to Serbia to Albania, possibly via Kosovo (on an Australian passport). Since Kosovo becoming a country wasn't unanimously popular in the region I'm a bit ...
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Declaring illegal substances at customs - what would happen?

I've always wondered this. Occasionally I declare medicines, or wood carvings or whatever when going through customs. The point of asking you to declare these things is so that they can inspect and ...
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Will one be refused entry on a full passport?

My question was triggered by How do I decide whether to be worried about having enough blank pages in my passport? The question is pretty simple. What happens at a border when you need an additional ...
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Do I need a visa to go to Canada from America if I have a Green Card?

I am planning to drive to Niagara Falls to see it from the Canadian side. I have heard good things about seeing it from the other side. So, I want to stay in Toronto for a day, see Niagara Falls and ...
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I was fingerprinted in Düsseldorf on exit. Am I under scrutiny?

I have a 1-year multiple entry Schengen visa 90/180 issued by Italy. Out of five trips, I used it twice to enter Italy. The other three times, I entered Germany but stayed once in Luxembourg and ...
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Crossing US border with music files I'm legally allowed to possess

Apart from directly buying digital music files, there are a few ways in which you could possess such files legally (at least in my country): Creating them from CDs you legally own, to make listening ...
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How to enter East Jerusalem and who controls the separation with the western part

Can non-Muslim people from non-Muslim countries (EU) enter the part of Jerusalem where the famous mosque with yellow top is located? Are the police (or guards) at the entrance Israeli or Palestinian? ...
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An online map indicating the status of all open and closed international borders

I like to make up my own interesting international routes on my longer trips rather than always following conventional routes. But often it's tricky to plan a route in lesser-known parts of the world ...
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What's the highest number of countries whose borders meet at a single point?

What is the maximum number of countries meeting at a single point on earth? Where is it? What are the countries?
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Crossing a border several times to increase duty free allowance

I'm not planning on doing this myself (I'm not in a geographical position to either), but I just thought about the idea, and I wonder what type of rules are in place to prevent it. This question ...
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What is the use of a blue UN Laissez-Passer?

The United Nations and some other, related international organisations such as the IAEA, issue their employees with blue Laissez-Passer travel documents which, in some circumstances, can be used in ...
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What do the intra-Schengen border controls - reinstated in September 2015 - change?

In September 2015, some countries of the Schengen area decided to put border controls back in place. It might not last, it might happen again in the future, but I am curious about the changes this ...
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What should I do to protect data when going across the US border with a computer?

When I successfully (legally) immigrate into the USA, I had to move some of my computers which contain a client's sensitive data/project. I was surprised when I found an article that says the CBP ...
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How is the land border between Poland and the Ukraine?

I'm currently in Krakow and am planning on going to Lviv next. Rome2Rio indicates that this is a 6-10 hour land journey either by bus(es) or by train(s). I've heard from another backpackers in my ...
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Can I cross the USA-Canada border with a birth certificate and a passport locator number?

My US passport took too long to be shipped to me, and it will arrive after I need to leave. Will I be able to cross the border from the United States to Canada with a birth certificate (copy) and a ...
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Is the border between Georgia and Russia open to citizens of other countries?

I know the one border between the Republic of Georgia and Russia that is not in a rebel province was officially opened in the last couple of years... but reports are conflicting as to whether people ...
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I am usually delayed at the Canadian border. What can be done?

Whenever I cross into Canada, I end up taking an extra ten or twenty minutes because there's some other American out there who has (A) the same first and last name as I do, and (B) a criminal record. ...
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Cross US-Canada border at Glacier NP

I am a French citizen with a B2 visa and I plan to stay for ~6 months in the US. As I'll be hiking the Continental Divide Trail, I'd like to leave North America from Calgary Airport. I know that US ...
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How long does it take for a Global Entry application to be approved?

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection runs a program called Global Entry, allowing low-risk travelers to complete an application, submit to a background check and interview, and eventually be ...
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Is it currently possible to cross the Sino-Nepal Friendship Bridge from China to Nepal in own 4x4 car?

Apparently the Sino-Nepal Friendship Bridge was closed after 2015 earthquakes. What is the current status of the crossing? Assuming I get a permit to drive my vehicle in Tibet, with a guide of ...
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US citizen previously refused entry into the UK and been refused for visa. What to do now?

I'm so highly confused but maybe you guys can help me. My girlfriend lives in Bristol, United Kingdom, shes a British Citizen while I'm American. I'm not very good at explaining myself so beware but ...
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What happens if RFID system in my “biometric” travel passport malfunctions when I cross the border?

My travel passport contains the "biometric" RFID chip. While I can at any moment check that my passport itself is intact (not torn or anything) I can't check whether the chip inside is functioning as ...
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Crossing from Georgia into Turkey

Going from Georgia into Turkey overland—can you do that without problems? (Assume no visa requirement for either country.) What border crossing points are there? Also, what are the public transport ...
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At what point in a US airport have I been “admitted” to the US?

I understand that prior to crossing being admitted to the US the rights I take for granted on US soil do not apply to me. But it isn't clear to me when passing through a US airport where "admission" ...
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Is entering the USA at Hyder, AK actually legal, or only tolerated?

It is mentioned in many places that there is no US border post when entering Hyder, Alaska, a community not connected by road to any other in the USA, and that persons are permitted to cross into ...
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Can a non-EU citizen travel freely within the Schengen area without passport? [duplicate]

My current situation is that I have residence permit of Germany (as a stamp in passport) and I wish to apply for UK visa in next few days from Germany and won't have my passport anymore during the ...
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How to reach Treriksröset?

Treriksröset is a point which borders Norway, Sweden and Finland. Now the question is, how to get there? Take a look at this map: The closest route is the E8, but it takes 5 hours to go by foot or ...
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European traveler driving a rental car across Canada/US border and back

I'm a citizen of an EU member state traveling to a small city in Vermont. Looking at flight data, it seems that it would be quite a bit quicker to fly into Montreal (Canada) and then drive a rental ...
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Belarus-Russia border closed to foreigners

Due to recent news about Belarus-Russia border closure to foreigners. Has anyone with Russian visa or residence permit run into problems getting back into Russia after visiting Belarus? I'm concerned ...
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At *some* border crossings, why do bus passengers have to get off, but not those in cars?

At the Singapore-Malaysia border crossing, if you are on a bus, everyone needs to take their stuff, get off, and have their stuff checked, somewhat similar to what is done at airports. In contrast, if ...
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Is it possible to travel through Burma (Myanmar), entering at one border crossing and exiting at another?

I know that it is possible to enter Burma/Myanmar from several border crossing with neighbouring countries, and I'm pretty sure that from some of them at least you do not have to be on a package tour. ...