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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Do I have to declare personal items at Customs in Dublin Airport?

Since Aer Lingus announced service to my airport starting next year, I've been planning a trip, likely this time next year. I'm likely bringing my laptop, my DSLR camera, and of course my phone. The ...
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Can I enter Turkey on one passport and leave for a month on different one

I have the passports of countries A and B one of which require a visa to Turkey and the other one doesn’t. I am planning to enter passport With passport A which will have a visa, and leave with ...
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Indian Passport binding loose

my passport binding has become loose. Do I need to get new passport or this is fine?
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I'm a British citizen and ESTA keeps not authorising me to travel to the United States

I got my British passport on 19 September, 2022. My birth country is Afghanistan. I applied for the ESTA to go to the United States to visit my family and they keep telling me I am not authorised to ...
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Entry to Hong Kong

I have a pre arrival registration slip for Indian citizens to enter hong Kong. I wish to enter China via Hong Kong. But the slip says The issue of the notification slip is not a guarantee of the ...
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ESTA application question: Have you ever been issued a passport or national identity card for travel by any other country?

I am about to fill out my ESTA application to come to the USA and I see a question that says: “Have you ever been issued a passport or national identity card for travel by any other country?” I am ...
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valid F1 visa but expired I20

I was an F1 student in the USA till July 2022, I then decided to travel to south America for a while. Can I still transit through US if I have a valid f1 visa but my I20 has expired?
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Jewelry evaluation certificate for Canada PR [closed]

Do I need jewelry evaluation certificate for silver jewelry and silverware when I am landing canada for the first time as new immigrant?
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UK visa to visit a partner in hospital (after prior rejection)

I would like to apply for a UK visitor visa for 6 month in order to visit my partner who is in the hospital right now. However, I have already applied for a visa a year ago and got declined. Here are ...
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UK/US dual citizen reentering US

If a US/UK dual citizen re-enters US with a UK passport after a multiyear UK stay will this be detectable? IRS/Customs linkage and TECS system is cause for possible concern.
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Traveling from Dallas to Auckland, then to another New Zealand city on separate ticket

I am traveling from DFW to AKL, on a one-way flight and will arrive at 8:45am: I am trying to get to a different city in New Zealand (such as Christchurch or Wellington, to be decided) on the same ...
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Going through immigration before a domestic Thai flight

My friend today boarded a Thai Smile WE 111 flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok, then to continued to Penang, Malaysia. However he had to clear immigration in Chiang Mai. Can anyone explain how that's ...
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Travelling to Nebraska USA from the UK. I’m staying 3 weeks with a friend. My budget is super tight: will I get sent home?

My parents as a surprise graduation gift bought me tickets in agreement with my best friend that I could visit her in the USA for 3 weeks in October this year. I only have about £500 as of right now, ...
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Is statement of account with 28days fund before Student UK visa application valid for UK Student visa application

I am Aminat,can I apply for my student UK visa application with the proof of fund account statement that I used to process my CAS after 28days of maturity or I need to drop my funds in the account ...
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Travelling from Non-Schengen to Non-Schengen with Irish Passport

Just a quick question, I am travelling from Canada to Budapest on an Irish passport (all non Schengen countries) but I am connecting through Amsterdam which IS a Schengen country. Anyone give me ...
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Why did Lufthansa's UK passport control take issue with me? [closed]

I'm a EU national with UK settled status, flying from Munich to London Heathrow with Lufthansa. At the airport, Germany's own border control took no issues with me, checked my passport and waved me ...
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If my passport becomes invalid, can I travel to a country which gave me a long term visa or residence permit?

Invalid due to the country dissolving. I couldn't find a perfect historical example but maybe people in Palestine or certain regions in today's China went through the same thing Flight would be from ...
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Is visa needed when traveling within Schengen zone? Lisbon -> Eindhoven -> Krakow?

Nationality: Non EU Hi, I have a temporary residence permit from Portugal which has expired, I am awaiting the Blue Card, meanwhile, I have to travel to Poland from Portugal. I was checking a flight ...
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Is it ok if I adjust my passport photo a bit as long as it does not affect my face?

I am in the US and I will be submitting my passport-style photo on the government website to obtain work permit to work in the US. The problem is, after one attempt, my photo was rejected by the ...
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Can I travel to Morocco on a passport that expires in 4 months?

I'm going on a cruise that sails from Barcelona to Casablanca to Lisbon, but my US passport expires 4 months from the date of arrival. I have been unable to determine if the entry requirements for ...
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Schengen exit stamp on old passport

i travelled to schengen zone from pakistan on a 6 month mutientry visa.i exited the schengen area from milan malpensa airport.the passport control officer stamped exit on one of my old passports ...
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Recheck luggage at Paris CDG, possible with Indian passport and Canadian work visa?

I am going from Delhi to Calgary via Paris on a self tranfer flight. Will have to collect and recheckin luggage. Is this possible with Indian passport and Canadian work visa itself? Or any other ...
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Is hotel confirmation needed at UK immigration?

I have a question regarding travelling to the UK from Germany. I am an Indian passport holder who has a blue card and a permanent job. I applied for my UK visitor visa from Germany where I said I plan ...
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Can I enter the US from the UK with a serious but old drugs charge

I was sentenced to 3 years in prison in 2000 amd was wondering if I would be denied entry into the US for a month long family holiday in 2023. I have had some Road Traffic Offences since 2000 but ...
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If I submit a FOIA request to the CBP for entry and exit records, does it show travel between US states and US territories?

I wonder the following: If I submit a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request to the US CBP for entry and exit records, does it show travel between US states and US territories?
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How will Canada customs treat shipped luggage?

We’re Canadians backpacking abroad for 6 months. We brought well-used camping gear over with us that we purchased in Canada years ago (we no longer have receipts). It’s halfway through our trip and we ...
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Married couple with different citizenship traveling to US together for the 1st time

I am a US citizen who has been living abroad for the last 10 years. My spouse of 2 years recently got a B1/B2 visa for work. This will be his first time to the US. We want to spend Thanksgiving ...
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Permanent resident re-entering UK on different passport

I have dual New Zealand and Italian citizenship, currently living in the UK. I have settled status in the UK under my Italian passport, which is currently expired. I have an appointment to renew it, ...
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Need to exit/enter australia on visit visa

I need to exit/enter Australia before a "particular date"... I am on a multi-entry visit visa and must not enter after this "particular date"; Will taking a cruise in the open seas ...
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Why do French customs officers search Eurostar passengers leaving France?

I recently travelled from Paris to London on the Eurostar. After passing through the juxtaposed passport controls, passengers go through what appears to be regular airport-style security including a ...
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I drove to Canada and wasn't asked if I had anything to declare. Was I supposed to declare my stuff anyway?

I'm a US citizen and I'm employed by a US company. Recently, I drove to Canada to do some on-site work for one of my employer's customers in Canada. There was some stuff that I was planning to declare ...
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Layover in Zurich from US to Milan in 2022

I am traveling from Washington DC to Milan, Italy with a 1 hour layover in Zurich. Do I need to go through customs? How do I find my next flight?
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Vacation travel to Canada with a company-owned laptop

I have an upcoming vacation for a couple of days in Canada (as a leg of a longer trip in the US [I am a US citizen]). I'd like to bring my company-owned laptop so I can check my email while I'm there. ...
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Time to clear border controls when arriving via ferry at Rotterdam

How long does it take to clear border controls when arriving by ferry at Rotterdam from Hull?
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Can I take food and medicine to Germany?

I have a concern can I take medicine/food items either homemade or packed ones to Germany are there restrictions? Also, should it be carried in a check-in bag or a handbag? Traveling via Lufthansa, ...
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Traveling to Korea after having "stolen" a residence card

Some background on the story: In 2011, I lived in (South) Korea as an English teacher. Due to immense bureaucratic difficulty I had trouble getting my Residence Card and only received it the Monday ...
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I'm on vacation in Vienna and was never asked to stamp my passport, what do I do?

I'm a Canadian but I'm on vacation in the Netherlands and Austria. Today I had the flight from Amsterdam to Vienna and after I had checked my bags I just was able to walk through as I had nothing to ...
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Do I need to show hotel proof for business visa in Germany

I applied for a business visa to Germany and this trip is sponsored by the company. The company has shared an informal way which where I am going to stay but I don't have any hotel receipt, what can I ...
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Can you clear customs at departure? [duplicate]

A friend of mine recently flew to the United States via Air Canada. He says he cleared customs in Canada and the plane arrived at a domestic terminal. Why is that?
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Visitor stamp with BRP number on it?

I entered the UK using my passport and BRP card an received a visitor stamp (6 months) with my BRP number written on it. Should I be worried? Should I contact anyone? My BRP is valid for 2 more years.
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Is active declaration required at US Customs?

Up until roughly 5 or so years ago, every traveler entering the US was required to turn in a paper declaration form when passing through US Customs. This form asked whether you were carrying various ...
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Do immigration officer take biometric at airport

I wanna know do immigration officers asking for biometrics at frankfurt airport (Germany).
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How to answer purpose of visit for a company meetup with tourism aftewards

I am going for our company meetup to Germany. After that I plan to visit 3-4 days for tourism. How should I answer the immigration officer when they ask what the purpose of the visit is? I applied for ...
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Traveling with the maiden name on visa

My fiance and I, both Brazilians, want to visit my parents in Canada. She doesn't have a visa yet and we wanted to apply for one ASAP, to see if we can go there for Christmas. The problem is the visa ...
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Morocco - Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement

Does anybody know (for certain) what the sentence on the Moroccan National Tourist Office website means: A valid vaccine passport means receipt of three doses or, failing that, two doses with a delay ...
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Trip to Turkey + stops in Paris and Amsterdam [closed]

Suppose 4 US passport holders are going to Turkey, and have a booked, insured, round trip from US to Turkey (and back). The flights stop in Paris for ~12 hours during the day on the way to Turkey, and ...
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Why do some airports do immigration check at arrival gate before passengers go through the actual immigration?

At some airports (such as Frankfurt airport's non-schengen zone), the border police/immigration sometimes start checking passport/visa and asking questions at arrival gate, and afterwards passengers ...
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Can I return to Denmark, as a resident, without a valid passport?

my passport is about to expire. I am a British citzen with a British passport. I hold an EU residency card. Would I be able to travel from the UK to Denmark without a passport, as long as I have the ...
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Travelling to Saudi Arabia by road in private car

I am Abu Dhabi resident, and would like to go on a road trip in private car to Saudi Arabia. It was restricted earlier, so I would like to know if it's possible now?
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As a (non) resident alien in the US, what documents (if any) does one need to carry at all times?

As a (non) resident alien in the US, what documents (if any) does one need to carry at all times? Different sources indicate different documents: a passport with the entry stamp, the I-94 printout, ...
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