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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Can I buy a plane ticket before going through immigration to a country I am certain to be able to enter?

If I am denied entry to a country like Spain, am I able to buy a ticket to a country that I am certain to be able to enter (I have citizenship)? Note that the country wouldn't be the one that I came ...
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Can I enter Spain with an Ukrainian passport traveling from a non-EU country?

I have dual citizenship (Cuban and Ukrainian) and I currently reside in Cuba. I don't have a Ukrainian residency. Since July 27th, Ukraine is included in the list of countries that are not considered ...
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Gibraltar to Spain border passport stamping

I am a US citizen with Spanish residency. I have been living in Gibraltar for two months but I heard they start stamping passports now for non Gibraltar residents and I never received an entry stamp ...
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US C1 visa arrival location change

So I applied for a US C1 visa and I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with this. I'm on my way to Colombia and I was planning on initially going through Detroit so I put that down on my ...
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What do I list for countries visited question in U.S customs Declaration form (U.S)

While reading about the customs declaration form I saw there is a question, "countries visited on this trip prior to U.S. arrival". Do we have to mention all the countries I visited ...
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Travel to US on ESTA after losing green card

I am a US permanent resident but I have lost my physical green card. I am currently abroad and due to return (permanently) to the US, but won't be able to get a replacement card or boarding foil in ...
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Do I need to declare my Apple Watch that I got as a gift in the US customs form? [closed]

I already have a smart watch and I got another one as gift for my friend. Do I need to declare both or just the one which is a gift?
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Can I switch flights in Germany without having to go through immigration

I am a Canadian citizen, and I need to get to Bengaluru (BLR) for some work. Flight tickets are crazy costly, so my plan is to book a return trip ticket between Toronto (YYZ) and Frankfurt (FRA), and ...
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Can I take sealed PC parts in the plane from UK to Morocco?

I recently bought PC parts that cost me £4500 and I'm a student in UK for almost 3 years and I'm going back to my country which is Morocco in October. Now i'm wondering if I am allowed to take these ...
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I am living in Germany. My residence permit expires on 31st August 2021. Can I book my flight to India on 1st September 2021?

I am living in Germany. My residence permit expires on 31st August 2021. Can I book my flight to India on 1st September 2021? Will there be any penalty? Will, there be any penalty, or will I face any ...
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Which documents are required to enter Maldives from India?

I am planning to travel to the Maldives from India from 30th July till 6th August. I want to ask what all documents are required besides Passport to enter the Maldives? I am a citizen of India. I will ...
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transit layover query

What does it mean when I see this in TIMATIC? VISA REQUIRED, EXCEPT FOR PASSENGERS WITH A CONFIRMED ONWARD TICKET FOR A FLIGHT TO A THIRD COUNTRY WITHIN 24 HOURS. THEY MUST STAY IN THE INTERNATIONAL ...
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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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Dual citizen travelling abroad with a foreign passport before receiving the US Passport

So I'm in the process of getting my US passport but I also have my foreign passport that I traveled with this April. I used my Green Card to travel with it but they already accepted my US passport. (I ...
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Why do visa applications require birth certificate? [closed]

It seems for quite some countries (e.g. Japan, Austria), getting a long-term visa (e.g. work visa) requires submitting one's birth certificate. What information do immigration departments require from ...
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Carry another person's Green Card to Mexico. Is this OK or legal?

friend A and B travel to mexico. friend A accidentally brings expired green card instead of current/valid green card. airline rejects friend A from returning to USA and recommends they go to embassy ...
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Is it objectionable to carry someone else's passport across the UK Border?

I was watching a UK Border Patrol episode on youtube (relevant bit is at 9:01) where the customs agents at Heathrow confiscated a relative's genuine passport from a Bolivian traveler because the ...
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Countries you may not visit after Israel - even if you don't have an Israeli stamp

There's been a lot of discussion of issues that arise when you visit Israel and countries like Lebanon and Iran. However, the discussion, both on this website and in other places, almost always ...
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Is flight between Puerto Rico and US mainland considered domestic or international

I am looking for recent experiences for people who travel from US mainland to Puerto Rico and from Puerto Rico to US mainland. Did you other others in your flight had to go through custom/immigration ...
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Leaving JFK with a French passport to enter Europe

My daughter is still waiting for her US passport and we both have dual citizenship (French / American). Travelling this Friday to Europe she will have to use her French passport. Delta on the phone ...
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Can I get back into the US with an expired US passport and a valid UK passport? [duplicate]

Good evening I booked a trip and realized my US passport is expired. I have a passport from another country (UK) and wanted to know could i use that to get back into the US now that the US is letting ...
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Emergency flight to Madrid in 3 days & US Passport just expired

I am a US Citizen, and I need to travel to Spain in a few days but my passport is recently expired. I have dual citizenship to Ireland and hold a valid Irish passport that states my birthplace is the ...
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Stolen Passport in Country Without a US Embassy

My passport was stolen in December 2020. There is no US Embassy in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The nearest embassy is in the Bahamas. There is a US Consulate, but it has been closed since 2019. ...
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Do I a need a DATV for my onward journey while arrive and by depart by air same airline same terminal same day? [duplicate]

Hi I am an Indian and have residence permit in NL I am planning to a book a flight with British Airways from AMS to BOM via LHR I will have a layover of approx 2 hours in LHR Arrival and Departure ...
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Declaring items purchased while living abroad, but shipped from US, upon return [closed]

My wife and I have been living in Canada for 4 months on a work permit. We’ll be returning to the US soon, where we are both citizens. The general guidance is that anything we purchased abroad, we ...
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Do immigration officers have the authority to inspect your electronic devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops)?

Do immigration officers have the authority to inspect your electronic devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops)? I've heard that ever since the 9/11 attacks, immigration officers in many countries (in ...
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Can my child enter the US on a foreign passport?

My child is entitled to US citizenship but we have been unable to register her birth abroad as due to covid we cannot get an embassy appointment. She has a valid UK passport. We need to travel to the ...
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Sri Lanka - PCR 96 hours within first flight clarification

Sri Lanka COVID restrictions are as follows: Passengers must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 96 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must ...
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How do they enforce rules on declaring funds?

Someone was concerned about the legality of leaving USA with a lot of money. Does CBP enforce that, and how? Seems they would have to already have an alert on the person's name, to catch them when ...
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Do airlines transmit flight data with immigration?

I'd like to ask the following question Obviously, upon travelling, we have to go to the check-in in order to get the boarding card/pass and then we have to clear immigration by going to the entry or ...
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Overstaying in USA from Canada. What's the process passing immigration?

What will happen if I've overstayed in the USA and I want to go back to my native country of Canada? Its been almost 2 years now and I need to travel back home. Does anyone know what will happen at ...
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Am I allowed multiple entry to USA on a I-94W?

Driving to California from Mexico. Once in the US I am planing to fly for a week in Costa Rica, fly back to the US, then drive back to Mexico. I recently was denied boarding a plane to go back to the ...
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Can my friend from the U.S visit the U.K. after a custodial sentence

My friend in the U.S was sentenced to 1 year and a day, he actually served just 8 months, that was ten years ago, the crime was financial, he only wants to visit for about ten days, meet with friends ...
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What is the likelihood of appearing on the TV show 'Border Security: America's Front Line' if I travel to the US?

So I'm planning on travelling to Los Angeles from mid-Summer to the end of this year after I receive a COVID vaccine. I've always wondered how normal travellers end up on those shows because I've ...
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IRCC Secure Account (GC Key not Authorized)

I'm trying to login to the IRCC portal for Canada, and I'm getting an error. Your session has expired Error: Online Services Your account is not authorized to access this IRCC portal. Please ensure ...
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US CBP APIS and COVID-19

A traveler is trying to check in online for an Austrian airlines itinerary originating in a non-Schengen country, with a change in Vienna, with the final destination being the US. The traveler ...
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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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Overstayed as a minor, Will I get my ESTA approved?

I'm currently planning on traveling to the U.S this summer for about 10 days but I have a few issues. I overstayed in the U.S for over 180 days however, I was underage at the time. I moved back to S....
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Would I have to declare an arrest record when applying for an ESTA visa?

So a few years back, I was arrested by Irish police for prescription forgery. They let me go with a warning (adult caution) and that was it. I was under the impression that it was just a 'slap on the ...
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Munich to Salzburg Round Trip - Blue Card

I reside in Munich holding a Blue Card visa and would like to travel to Salzburg Austria for a long weekend (14th May). I am confused as to: the legality (can I leave and get back in) Is there train ...
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I have 12000 euro as cash when entering Europe. Any problems?

Does 12000 euro as cash make any problem for entering Europe? I want to leave Turkey to go to Amsterdam as a transit for 1 and a half hours and then to Poland. I have a bank statement.
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Can I show my Coinbase balance for proof of sufficient funds at border control?

I have money in both BTC and USD in my Coinbase wallet. I'm a US citizen going to the EU.
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Avoiding customs duties when shipping back forgotten items to Portugal from the UK

I forgot my manual coffee grinder and Aeropress at a friend's place in the UK. The items were bought in the EU (but not Portugal) and I have receipts for them. They're missing all packaging and extra ...
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How do I find out if I have a ban for overstaying in the USA?

I overstayed my tourist visa, but 16 years have passed (from when I left in 2005) and I know that back then their immigration tech system wasn't as sharp as now.... I think the system was implemented ...
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Is this US passport damaged?

Seems like used hand sanitizing wipes in my pocket melted the front cover of my passport that was also in my pocket. Inside of the passport is fine. Just the cover.
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Canadian passport holder visiting UK and Republic of Ireland

At some time post-pandemic, a family member intends to visit the UK and the Republic of Ireland. While they are a UK citizen by birth, they have been resident in Canada for many years, and only hold a ...
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FRA airport: Where to pay for my pet in cabin? How do you reach check in after arriving at FRA?

Please be aware that my question stems from a basic lack of knowledge of airports. First of all: I'm moving to Berlin from Austin, and I'm doing so with my cat in cabin. The flights will be Austin-...
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Which information is stored in European Passports other than what is written in it?

My question is what information other than the one on the main page of the passport is stored on the chip. E.g. does a spanish passport chip contain information about everytime I travelled abroad with ...
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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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Can I make repeated 90-day trips to a single Schengen country?

I recall someone saying that you can't go to the same Schengen country as a tourist for 3 months over and over even if you don't overstay a trip, because immigration thinks that it's suspicious for ...

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