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Questions tagged [customs-and-immigration]

Customs and immigration covers a range of border control procedures (referred to as 'immigration' in most countries) and import of goods. Prefer a more specific tag where appropriate, some examples of which are listed under `tag info`.

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Will I be denied entry into Ireland? Unusual situation

I am an American seeking to enter Ireland for a four-day trip next month. I have documentation for my lodging, funds, and return ticket, so ordinarily I would be fine to enter. However, I have an ...
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When do I go through US Customs? [duplicate]

If flying from Canada to US, from St. John's Newfoundland to Toronto on Air Canada, then different booking on United Airlines from Toronto to Houston, at what point do I go through US Customs?- In ...
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US Passport stamped in UK for 6 months twice

My wife and I are from the US (retirees) traveling to and from the UK and were stamped in twice on different dates for 6 months each time. My question is which of these stamps is Border Force going to ...
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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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Green card holder: Change of address (AR-11 ?) while traveling outside of the US — what do I need to do and how to do it? [migrated]

I am a green card holder who also has a pending N-400 Application for Naturalization (already had the biometrics appointment). I am currently traveling in my homeland and staying with family. My US ...
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Frankfurt to Buenos Aires back to Frankfurt

I am flying out of Frankfurt, Germany going to Buenos Aires, non-stop. I know I will have to go through Customs upon arrival in Buenos Aires, but won't I also go through Customs upon arriving in ...
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Express Lanes at UK Immigration

Just last week the UK implemented allowing citizens of certain countries including the Five Eyes signatories to use the Express Lanes at Immigration checkpoints. Government expands use of ePassport ...
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Move to US with family, to allow my kids to study there [on hold]

I work on oil company on rotational basis 4 weeks on and 4 weeks Off. I intend to move with my family to USA to allow my kids to get a better education. But, I would like to continue working on the ...
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Driving from California to Alaska through Canada

I am going to be driving from California to Alaska going through Canada. I have a the updated CDL and my birth certificate. Will that documentation allow me to make my trip?
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Can a child enter the UK with his older brother even though his brother is not the person listed to accompany him on his visa? [duplicate]

My mum, little brother and I plan to travel to the UK but my 15 year old brother’s visa states that it’s only valid if accompanied by my mother. Unfortunately my mum cannot travel any longer for ...
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I have a one way ticket to Austria, will they send me back home?

Next June I'll be going to Austria and I have booked a one way ticket, cause I have an italian citizenship and I'm planning on going to Italy to issue my passport afterwards. If the passport thing ...
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Can I leave a US airport to deliver gifts from my Checked In Baggage?

Let's say I have a ticket that goes from cities X->Y->Z. City Y is in the US and I have to clear customs here. Z is another city that I am trying to get to. The usual process is that I go to customs,...
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Surinam nationality and Carte Sejours validity

A person with Surinam nationality and passport also have a Carte Sejours from French Guyana which is valid for 10 years. We know that that person can travel legally without any limitation of duration ...
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What are my exit options if I enter a country illegally and try to leave? [closed]

What are my exit options if I enter a country illegally and try to leave? Say by crossing a border, could I just fly/drive to other countries or will I be detained at the airport/border gate, or ...
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Immigration officer questions for job interviews? [duplicate]

I ll b visiting Uk, next week for an Job interview to join uk military-i have applied with the senior military officer- but the problem is I'm done with medical and all steps but I'm waiting for ...
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Do I have to travel with her at all cost?

I applied to travel together with my wife to the UK for holidays, we have been granted the visa but something else has come up and I have to travel somewhere else, can she travel alone and I join her ...
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What do non-EU/Schengen citizens need to do when travelling within the Common Travel Area (CTA)?

With the Common Travel Area forming a partially open-border zone, what should a non-EU/Schengen citizen travelling within it keep in mind? For example, do passports get checked, and perhaps stamped, ...
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US Citizen living abroad, moving some personal/wife's stuff with out her presence

I am a US citizen living abroad after recently marrying a foreign national. My wife and I intend to move back to the USA after her green card is issued. I am preparing to take a trip back myself soon ...
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Immigration officer Questions if you are going for interviews

I'm from commonwealth country and I have applied for the UK military. I'm at the stage where medical was done a couple of days before, and now I'm just waiting for a call for interview dates which isn'...
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Carrying electronics from USA to Canada

I (a Canadian citizen) bought some consumer electronics in the USA and I will travel back to Canada, carrying the electronics. Some of these are intended as gifts, and some are for my personal use. ...
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Do I need to declare official laptop and other electronics at UK customs?

I am travelling to the UK from India with family on a vacation. I want to carry my official laptop just to check emails and respond if necessary on a crisis. I have the permission letter from my ...
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Can I bring nuts and cooked sausage from Brazil to Germany?

Can I bring nuts from Brazil to Germany/Europe and cooked sausage in my hand Bag? It is for personal use.
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Can my American children re-enter the USA by International flight with a passport card, as their passport book has expired?

Their traditional passport book has expired. The consulate here is not giving me a solid reason why I need a more costly passport book. The Consulate says that passport cards are used by people ...
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Traveling to UK and Ireland on Indian Passport BIVS [duplicate]

I am traveling to Ireland later this month and I had the following questions: I am looking to enter Ireland from Belfast (taking a train from Belfast to Dublin on during end of May). I will be ...
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Passing border in car not owned by me

I would like to cross Poland-Ukrainian border by car owned by my friend, but friend does not go with me. I go from Poland to Ukraine and get back 10 days later. What kind of documents I should prepare ...
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Travelling while having long sejour in france

I am married to a french and have the long sejour visa. I registered at the OFII and received a paper document as a confirmation. They said that i don't need a stamp as long as I have this paper. Is ...
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What is this card I got in Taoyuan Airport while I get off the Airport?

I got this card (below) when I was leaving the airplane and returned it when I was queuing for the passport control. It just says to return the card at 'checkpoint' but what does this stand for? Or ...
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USA Visa stamping after overstaying for minors [closed]

I am Indian citizen.I have L1-A visa, my wife and two daughters have L2-A dependent visa. We had approved petition expiring in February 2019, We went to India in July 2018 and got stamping done for ...
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Change of arrival state in the US [closed]

I have been granted an immigrant visa to the US already. I am going/migrating to Minnesota, USA because my mom/petitioner, resides there. Our plan is, after I arrive in MN, we are going to my sister ...
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Refugee family Reunion (UKVI) [migrated]

I applied for my children Reunion Application under 352D of immigration rules. Children ages are 8 years,10 years and 14 years. ECO refused applications under 352D(iii). I have been remained in ...
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Why does the US sometimes stamp its own citizens' passports?

I was once surprised to see a US admission stamp in a friend's US passport. However, I saw in another question that some Americans have their passports stamped often when entering the US, so this was ...
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Will being detained at the UK border raise a stop indicator flag? [closed]

I was detained and questioned at the UK border after attempting to travel visa-free. This may have been due to the fact that initially I said I was there for “tourism” and when asked if I had any ...
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Passport stamps art, can it be done?

I've seen a photo in Twitter claiming that someone managed to make an art out of immigration stamps, as follows: Is it really possible to ask immigration officers to stamp in a certain way to end up ...
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US Customs and connection time

We originally booked a flight from Lufthansa from Lyon (France) to Honolulu with a connection at Vancouver Airport. But our flight from Vancouver to Honolulu has been cancelled and replace by 2 ...
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Can my friend bring a laptop for me duty-free from US to India? [duplicate]

One dell laptop is not available in India. I have to buy from dell USA site. I want to buy it with my name and friend's resident address as delivery address. He will then bring it to India. How much ...
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Re-entering US on B-2 visa after leaving over Mexican border without stamp

My case is a little complicated so please hang on. I will try and explain as concisely as possible. Last year I have stayed in the US for 3 months on the visa waiver program, left to Canada for 1 ...
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What Chinese visa do I need for a 3hr transit in Shanghai?

I’m a bit confused about the 24hr transit Visa in China, I’m Australian flying with Qantas from Sydney to Shanghai, arrive in Shanghai at 6pm, 9pm is an onward flight with China Airlines to Taipei (...
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Is 1h15m a reasonable time to get through Dulles customs to make a connecting flight at 4 p.m.?

We flew United from Narita, with a 1 hour 15 min layover. We were scheduled to leave NRT at 16:10, and arrive at Dulles D gates at 15:50. By the time we got off the plane, it was about 16:00. When we ...
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Need advice on entering close to 1 year on a green card

My wife and I are green card holders. She left the US in June 2018 to spend some time looking after her mother in Europe who was diagnosed with cancer. I left the US in July to join her for a month ...
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Dual passport holder travel to Bali

I am a dual citizen with an in date UK passport and an Australian passport that has less than 6 months. I have applied for a new Australian Passport but it may not arrive before I am due to go to Bali ...
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Applying for ESTA, or any travel document (vacation) as an ex US Permanent Resident Card holder

When I was little I lived in the US with my family. In October 2007 I received a permanent resident card, however in 2008 I moved to Finland with my family. From what I understood my family should've ...
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Visiting my mother in the US; she has overstayed her visa

My mother and I went to the United States last year. But after a month, I went home to my country in the Philippines and my mother overstayed her visa, because she was diagnosed with cancer and she ...
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Am I banned from flying from Hamburg Airport for not paying custom duties?

I live in Netherlands. Last summer I flew from outside of Europe to Hamburg, Germany. Upon my arrival I had two boxes of cigarettes in my suitcase. The custom officer confiscated one of the boxes and ...
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Vietnamese visa will expire just before my post-midnight departure

My Vietnamese visa will expire on May 7th and my sister has booked me a ticket from Ho chi Minh to Philippines on May 8th, my flight is around 1:45 am. Is this okay?
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Can I board an Alaskan cruise?

I am on a work visa in the USA and I also have a Canadian visa. I applied for Permanent Residence in Canada and have already done PR landing couple of days back at the U.S.A/Canada border. I plan to ...
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Do I need to recheck bags at Boston?

I have a flight from Toronto (YYZ) to Karachi (KHI) on Emirates. EK4670 operated by WestJet will take me to Boston first, and after 4 hours layover, EK 238 will take me to Dubai and onwards to Karachi....
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Dutch visa was annulled on entering France

Sorry for the lengthy post. So I planned for an Europe trip and applied for my schengen visa at the Dutch embassy in Tokyo. I applied at the Dutch embassy because I was planning on staying for 6days ...
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I lost my Irish passport. Can I travel to Thailand and back from the UK using my US passport?

My EU passport was stolen and I am going on holiday to Thailand from the UK this week. I have dual nationality and a US passport, can I use this to leave and re enter the UK?
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Can i get US visitor visa as a dual nationality holder (iran and germany)?

I am going to apply for a US visitor visa from germany with my german passport, I am also a citizen of Iran and i have the Iranian passport would i be able to get the visa or i will be subjected to ...
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Duty for importing a ring from Slovenia into USA [closed]

I am a US citizen living abroad in Germany. I have purchased a ring online from Etsy and am traveling back to the US soon to propose to my girlfriend. The ring was paid for in USD (between 2500-3000), ...