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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Tax Free shopping in Sweden departing from Copenhagen with a stopover in Helsinki

I want to use global blue tax free shopping in Sweden, but the gods should be presented to the customs officer when leaving the country. How to do this in practice as passport will be checked in ...
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Passport cover worn

I’m due to fly to the Dominican Republic next month and I’m a bit concerned about my passport (UK). The gold writing on the front cover has near enough disappeared. Has anyone else flown with a ...
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Customs duties on antique books and maps imported as gifts from US to Germany

I am a German citizen and US resident (Green Card holder) and will be traveling from the US to Germany later this year to celebrate my parents' birthdays (both "big" birthdays). I will be ...
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What is non-personal luggage in the eyes of EU customs?

The French EU Customs brochure (mirror) states: Les bagages personnels sont ceux que le voyageur présente au service des douanes lors de son arrivée. Il s’agit aussi des bagages que le voyageur ...
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Can I bring Philippine mangoes into France via checked-in luggage?

Can I bring Philippine mangoes to France without fuss (i.e. no need for some authority to inspect it) via checked-in luggage? If so, what is the maximum weight that I can bring? I did my due diligence ...
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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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3 hour change at Stansted

I have a flight Funchal->London Stansted. After 3 hours I have another flight Stansted->Bologna. Is this enough time to do passport control and security check? Handbag+checkin done Do I need to ...
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Travelling to the US with prescription medication Sertraline

I will soon be traveling to the US (New York) from the UK for a two week trip. I have a prescription for Sertraline (Zoloft) that I will need to take with me. I have the original prescription ...
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What to do if there is no entry stamp on passport (IMMIGRANT EB3) visa? Thanks [migrated]

We just arrived in US lst May 10,2022 under inmigrant visa, but there is no entry stamp on our passports. What do we need to do? Will this cause problem in generating SSN and GC? Thank you!
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What is required to clear customs and immigration in Zurich if processing to Frankfurt and back to Basel for Viking? [closed]

We are leaving Tampa to Zurich then transferring to Frankfurt and back to Basel to get on Viking River Cruise. How much time is needed to clear customs and immigrations? We are both US Citizens!
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Moving to UK. Do I have to declare my electronics in the airport? [migrated]

I am moving to London indefinitely for a new job. On my arrival (by flight) I will be carrying my iphone, ipad, laptop, possibly a few everyday electronics. According to this gov.uk website I need to ...
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Does JFK immigration/customs let passengers with short connections bypass the queues?

I'm currently choosing between flying from the EU to Seattle via JFK or via Amsterdam/Paris/London. The flight via JFK is much more convenient, but there's only 1h25m between the inbound EU flight and ...
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Booking tickets to the US from India with a single name

I am planning to visit the US on an F1 visa and need to book tickets for the same. My passport (and all my other documents) only have a single name. My name on my (Indian) passport appears as follows: ...
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I am British, my children hold EU passports, which queue should we join at an EU airport?

I have checked this question and this question as well, but neither fits our case. My children are SEND if that makes any difference.
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BOS>DOH>MEL>ADL, baggage and customs questions

I'm an American citizen without much experience traveling internationally. I have a long international flight originating in Boston, USA, going through Doha, Qatar to Melbourne, Australia then to ...
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Only Given Name in Passport, How to apply Thai Pass without surname?

I want to apply for ThaiPass for one my client, he doesn't have any surname in his passport, just given name is there. how to process without surname?
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Mistake in the DS160 application form

I've submitted the DS160 application in the month of Feb-2020 and it has lot of mistakes. Hence, I did not schedule an appointment for the interview. << Purpose of visit: to visit my brother ...
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Can I take prescribed psychotropic Controlled drugs to UAE?

I got a job in the UAE and even have my visa. But I have been prescribed a psychotropic drug called Rexipra which has been marked as a banned/controlled drug in the UAE. I searched online and found ...
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Irish study visa ban based on deception

I applied for a study visa in 2018 but I was denied. I deferred my admission to 2019 and reapplied for a study visa again. To my surprise, I was given a 5 year ban for deception. The consulate said I ...
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Transit time: Lima to Ft. Lauderdale, then on to New York

Is a 2 hour layover enough time to check through customs from Lima, Peru and then take the local flight from Fort Lauderdale to New York?
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Which countries allow short term remote work without a visa or with a regular tourist visa?

There is a question on this site asking about countries they can stay for prolonged periods to work remotely, which has a nice post-COVID answer listing a bunch of countries. However, those are ...
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Immigration issue and "fixed" papers from Mexico

My family needs some advice on what to do with our predicament. In 2002 we immigrated to the USA so that my parents could find new work opportunities. In the 10ish years we spent in the US my brother ...
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Do I have enough time to connect from Copenhagen airport to Aalborg in Denmark?

I am an Australian citizen flying from Toronto, Canada to Aalborg, Denmark. There is one stop on this flight in Copenhagen, Denmark. The time between arrival in Copenhagen at 10:30 am and taking off ...
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How to complain about misconduct by passport control in Germany?

I am a U.S. citizen residing in Switzerland. I was returning to Switzerland from a short vacation in Georgia (the country) with a connection in Munich. The passport control agent at the Munich Airport ...
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Validity of Colombian cedula when it's in an older format

I currently hold a Colombian cedula that was issued in 2010. It has holograms but it is not the latest cedula format. I am a dual American/Colombian citizen. Would I be ok once it’s time to leave ...
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Travel to Germany [duplicate]

Hi a little complicated one, I have dual British and Portuguese citizenship, and live in England. I am looking at working on rotation in Germany at 2 weeks a time, can I travel to Germany out of ...
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COVID-19 tests for travel from UK to Italy/France

If you are unvaccinated, do you need to take a supervised antigen test to travel to Italy or France? Or is it a self test that you do at home?
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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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Can my pre-departure lateral flow test result be used to obtain a Green Pass when arriving in Italy?

I’m planning to travel to Italy next week. As I’m unvaccinated, I will be taking a lateral flow test (LFT) within 48 hours of my departure. Will I be able to use that LFT to obtain a Green Pass in ...
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Transit through US without being a resident of any country

Since this year, 2022, I am not a resident of Germany anymore. I am officially unregistered, and I haven't visited my home country since then. That doesn't mean that I gave up citizenship, however. I ...
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Water spilled on passport [duplicate]

Passport was got wet in the rain. water was spilled over the stamp but identification page are intect and has no issue will there be any issue?
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Possible issues when carrying multiple laptops/phones from India to Canada?

This questions discusses the rules around how many laptops one can bring to India, but I was wondering if there are any rules about outgoing travel from India. I found this document which, again, ...
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How soon after departure from the US is I-94 record updated?

I flew to the US from the UK on 13 March 2022, and came back to the UK yesterday, 21 March. It was on a scheduled flight with BA out of JFK. I’ve just checked my I-94 record online: my arrival into ...
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Flying with expired passport from Australia to Israel

We live in Australia (not citizens yet, only permanent residents) and plan to fly to Israel (we are Israeli citizens) with Emirates. Unfortunately our kids passports are expired and Israel embassy are ...
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Visa granted, may I ask another visa and conserve the first?

I applied for a Working Holiday Visa in Australia (417). It had just been granted and that's OK because I have to go there soon to sort some stuff but I was thinking to stay there working later this ...
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International travel with IC (integrated circuit) chips

I will so travel with some ICs to Europe from the USA soon. I am going to Europe for a research visit and I need those ICs there. I am not sure if this will create some problems for me during security ...
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What are common reasons for US immigration officers to deny entry in the country?

I recently got my US visa and I am really happy about it. Also, I recently saw a documentary where a US immigration officer was denying entry to some people. I never thought your entry could be denied ...
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Is it illegal to visit the Philippines for a few hours for a visa run? If so, how can I know in which SE Asian countries it would be okay?

This is the second and last of two questions about an unusual international departure from the Philippines, the other is Is it really forbidden to take extension cords out of the Philippines? Several ...
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Can I use APC machines in the US with passport of new nationality?

I am a dual Italian/Swiss citizen who naturalized as British in 2020. I now have three nationalities. I have been to the US several times after 2008, using the Swiss or Italian passport (choice ...
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Is it necessary to clear customs in Zurich

Is it necessary to clear customs in Zurich coming from Heathrow UK if Zurich is your final destination?
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Is my 10 year multi-entry visit visa (to the UK) ending 2026 still valid if my Tier 4 visa expired in 2021?

I applied for a long-term visit visa to UK in 2016. I got the visa for 10 years, ending 2026. Subsequently, I got admitted to the University of Manchester for Master's in 2019. My Tier 4 student visa ...
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4 Hours of Layover at Doha International Airport

I have two separate PNR's. 1st is from Delhi to Doha in Vistara Airways & 2nd is from Doha to Belgrade in Pegasus Airlines. There are 4-5 Hours of Layover time in between these two airlines. I am ...
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How can I quickly return to Singapore after being denied entry due to testing positive for THC at the airport?

I am a French student going to Singapore to study for 4 months on a campus. I have been sent back from Singapore to my departure country as I have been tested positive to THC in the airport with CBD ...
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US citizen to UK for 2-4 months personal tourism: Issues with a couple of expensive personal computers?

I'm considering/planning an extended personal visit to the UK for tourism purposes, with spouse. 2-4 months, on a standard "non visa" arrangement. Goal is to live in a rented apartment ...
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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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Immigration agent at airport said visitor will overstay Schengen visa by 1 day

We currently have visitors in Germany, at the airport one agent noted that our visitors will overstay for 1 day, but I feel like they made a mistake, but I am not sure. I have attached the visa ...
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Chinese/Spanish dual national entering Schengen area

I got a question after I got my Spanish citizenship. I have a Spanish passport now,I still have the permanent resident card from Spain. Also I am Chinese… I am planing to go back to Europe (Greece, ...
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How to travel with 5K euros internationally?

I’m a first time international traveler going for a holiday in Spain for 10 days and I’ll be carrying with me 5k euros in cash. I’m worried I’ll be held by customs or questioned. I don’t know either ...
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Netherlands residence permit expired and new one approved but not yet issued: re-entry question

I have a US passport and have been working in the Netherlands since 2020. I received a new permanent contract from January 2022. My fixed-term Netherlands “residence permit” (verblijfsvergunning) ...
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Question about ESTA

Can a British Citizen with ESTA get an entry stamp in the passport from a US immigration officer?
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