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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Did this customs agent attempt to plant contraband on me? [closed]

The incident: I was preparing to board a flight from DFW to China for a 2 week vacation. I scanned my boarding pass and began walking towards the skybridge to board the plane and a customs agent ...
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Why did a gate officer and exit immigration officer try to peel my visa sticker?

I am a citizen of a south asian country who recently travelled to Spain on a Schengen visa for a job interview. My flight was via Dubai (DXB), and the gate officer unsuccessfully attempted to peel off ...
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Goods from Germany, sent to U.K. address, VAT refund when leaving EU with them

I will buy some items online from Germany but have them sent to a UK address. I will be in the U.K. for a visit and shopping. Can I claim VAT refund for the German purchase? The retailer will ...
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Where to declare goods when using Global Entry in US preclearance at Dublin?

I recently took a flight from Dublin (DUB) to the US, and so I went through US immigration and customs preclearance in Dublin. I have Global Entry and used the automated kiosk. I realized afterwards ...
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Average time to get through Gold Coast airport when flying from abroad on an eVisitor visa

Let's assume that you are a German on an eVisitor visa coming to Gold Coast (OOL, Australia) via plane from Singapore with a Scoot flight. How long does it take you to collect your luggage, get ...
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How do Australian entry officers check health and that the person is conviction-free?

Assuming you travel by plane from Germany to Australia and you have an eVisitor visa for tourism or business, how would the officers at the border check that you have no convictions and that you are ...
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Travelling to Northern Ireland from Republic of Ireland

I am a non EU National and currently residing in Ireland. I intend to travel to Northern Ireland (i.e. Belfast) by road and also possess a UK Standard Visitor Visa. Is there any Immigration Control ...
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Will my boyfriend have any issues at UK border? [closed]

My boyfriend plans to come visit me in the UK next year. He is from the US so no visa required. He will be staying with me for 4 weeks in the UK. First 2 weeks, then we will travel Europe for around 3 ...
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Can I bring one wooden chopping board into USA in checked in bag?

I have ordered one Teak wood chopping board in India and planning to take that to the US. Will I be able to take that in checked-in luggage into the US? It should be of the size 15-inch x 15 inches. ...
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Travelling from UK to Australia with creatine and whey protein

I am travelling to Australia next month from the UK, and would like to take my pack of Whey Protein and tub of Creatine with me. Am I best to take these in carry on, or checked luggage? I have a ...
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TSA broke a lock for which they have a master key. How can I claim compensation?

My suitcase got stuck in Singapore and arrived a day later which is no issue. The cling foil I had it wrapped in was removed which I found surprising but no real issue either. What did surprise me was ...
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Are all inbound international passengers routed to the same customs hall at Newark Liberty International?

Newark Liberty International has 3 terminals, all 3 terminals service inbound international flights. Are all inbound international passengers routed to the same customs hall (service area) or is ...
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The barcode sticker which VFS in India puts on the back of my passport got damaged by water. Will this cause me problems upon re-entering India?

I have an Indian passport. I have travelled to UK on a work visa. VFS in India puts a barcode sticker on the back of the passport. Unfortunately, here in the UK, some water applied on the barcode ...
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Spelling error in Malaysian eVisa

We are planning a family trip to Malaysia next month. I applied for my wife's visa online and was granted it within 24 hours. Her name in her passport is Usna, but the visa has an added H: Husna. Will ...
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I have a schengen visa applied through german embassy and will be traveling from India to Dusseldorf (Germany) via Switzerland

I have a schengen visa applied through german embassy and will be traveling from New Delhi (India) to Dusseldorf (Germany), with a layover in zurich, flying on swiss airline Will immigration happen ...
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Can I call the airport to see if my boyfriend made it through customs?

My boyfriend is in LAX he came from Australia. His next flight is in 28 minutes and I haven't heard from him at all to know if he made it through customs. I'm extremely scared and I'm having bad panic ...
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Indian e-visa has duplicate surname

I have been a granted an e-visa to Goa but, on the document, my surname is duplicated so that is looks like this: 'Neal Louise Neal' instead of just Neal Louise. Will this affect my entry at ...
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Transiting Ukrainian rail border station without papers for Ukraine

I'm going from Cierna nad Tisou (Slovakia) to Budapest (Hungary) via the Ukrainian dual-border station of Chop, but cannot enter Ukraine. The train reaches Chop at 12:00, and my connecting train, for ...
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Does Mexico issue exit stamps at airports, or only at land borders?

For a long time, I thought Mexico completely lacked exit formalities. Turns out they do have exit stamps (note how it says S=Salida rather than E=Entrada). Is this only the case at land (and perhaps ...
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ID check crossing the Italian-Swiss border by train

I struggled to find this info online. How often is my ID requested and checked when crossing the border between Italy and Switzerland (and back) by train (suppose that I have nothing to declare to ...
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Non-US citizen traveling to Australia on an expired US work visa, but valid Australian visitor visa from US?

I am Indian working in the USA and my visa extension was filed and currently in-process with US consulate. My US work visa expired a week ago. I have yet to get my status on it. I am planning to ...
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Can I exit from a different Schengen country than the one I entered from?

I have received a Schengen visa for 7 days from Italy. I would flying from Dubai to Rome and spending few days over there and heading to Netherlands. Can I return back to Dubai from Netherlands ...
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Does having Global Entry reduce the monitoring/checks one gets from customs agents?

I read on this answer: I don't remember my Global Entry interview in detail, but I certainly got the impression that, by using Global Entry, I am taking personal responsibility for monitoring and ...
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Canadian Citizen living overseas with Canadian passport renewal declined - wants to go home to visit family on valid NZ passport

I am a Canadian citizen, born there in 1958. I left Canada in 2005 to live in NZ with NZ born wife. I am now a citizen of NZ and have a valid NZ passport. I have had my Canadian passport revoked for ...
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Can I travel with cremated remains (father's ashes) from Malaysia to India [duplicate]

we already checked with AirAsia airlines. they need a death certificate and cremation certificate for security purpose. They asked us to check with the customs department of India. but I'm not sure ...
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Is it allowed to take an external hard drive with you on a plane?

Can i take an external USB drive with me on an international flight? Do they open or scan it, or go through its contents at an airport or during a customs security check? If it is allowed, do I have ...
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Will I be allowed back in to UK despite a passport stamp as shown?

I am a Canadian who entered the UK a few weeks ago from Holland. I am an idiot and didn't really have much of a plan for how long/what I would be doing while in the UK. I didn't have a ticket out of ...
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Note on the entry stamp by US immigration

I have entered the US using B2 visa. The interview was long and I told the officer I am staying for a few weeks and showed my return ticket. When she stamped me in, I was admitted for 6 months but ...
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CBP: Declare jewellery from India to USA as gift for grandchildren

We're planning to take $1000 worth of gold and silver jewellery from India to USA. Do we need to declare it on the CBP form? Some blogs says that the monetary value should be declared only if ...
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Entering the UK as a visitor (then leaving) before the start date of a Tier 4 visa

I've seen some similar posts regarding entering the UK as a visitor then re-entering, but I haven't seen any ones from recent and thought I'd ask since I'm in a situation like it now. I am a US ...
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What is the last point where one can throw away fruits if one has indicated “not bringing any fruit” on the US customs form when flying to the US?

What is the last point where one can throw away fruits if one has indicated "not bringing any fruit" on the US customs form (CBP Declaration Form 6059B) when flying to the US? Question update (2019-...
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Travelling to India from China - Limit on Customs? [duplicate]

I am traveling to Kolkata, India, from Guangzhou, China for the first time, flying via China Eastern Airlines. When discussing with friends how many items (electronics, jewellery, perfumes, watches,...
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Traveling to US on K3 visa

I am travelling to the U.S. on a k-3 visa for the first time. Can fly Etihad Airways on a flight that will be pre-cleared in Abu Dhabi? Is the first-time immigration processing be done at Abu Dhabi?
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Does Italian citizens need a passport for a stopover in Kyiv, Ukraine?

I should go to Vilnius from Rome in December, and the best option is the one with a stopover in Kyiv. I have never had a passport, as I have always traveled within EU and I could travel using my ID ...
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What rights do you have in China to appeal stuff being taken off you in transit?

I debated this, but I think it's askable. I just flew transit through Beijing. Did NOT enter the country. You still have to go through security though, but whatever, it just takes time. Until I got ...
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Can dual US-Canadian citizens travel to the US with an expired US passport but valid Canadian passport?

My kids are dual Canadian-US citizens and will be travelling from Israel to Canada via the US. If their US passport is expired (but their Canadian one is valid) can they travel on their Canadian ...
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Mangoes and Bananas from Manila to Switzerland

We are used to having mangoes, bananas and other fresh fruits and vegetables, in our checked-in luggage from Manila and take them to Geneva, Switzerland. The last time I flew out of the Philippines ...
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Arrivals forms or customs agents may ask if you packed your own bags. Must I pack them myself or is it OK to answer in the negative to this question?

When arriving in some countries you must fill out an arrival form at customs and immigration. You may also be asked some questions by customs agents. In some countries one question is whether or not ...
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Traveling to the UK without adult supervision

Me and my British friend are planning a hitchhiking/hiking trip in the UK. I planned to arrive in Birmingham and leave from either Glasgow or Edinburgh. I'm 17. My question is if I can enter the UK ( ...
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How much money is needed to prove you can support yourself with ESTA

I have a girlfriend coming over from the UK to the US and she’s nervous about how much money she should carry on her for her trip over that is about 2 weeks long. I of course will offer her a place ...
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US fiance returning to UK following earlier 6 month stay

I am a UK citizen. My U.S. citizen fiancé travelled to the UK in: May 2018 (10 days) July 2018 (9 days) And then returned in Feburary 2019. 3 February – 30 July (6 months) She had ...
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Pula to Trieste by Bus - Immigration check?

If I travel from Pula to Trieste by bus with a valid multiple entry Italian Schengen visa, would immigration officers stamp my passport while crossing the borders in Croatia, Slovenia and Italy? In ...
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Can you take alcohol to Sri Lanka from Australia?

Can you take duty-free alcohol to Sri Lanka from Australia?
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What documents can I use to return to US if I don't have a passport?

I am an American citizen born in the United States. I am in Mexico at present. Can I use my birth certificate and drivers license to cross the border by foot if I don't have a passport?
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American European living in UK. Lost EU passport. Can I travel on American passport within EU?

My concern is that re-entering the UK with my american passport will log me into the system as a tourist instead as my current resident status. Does this mean I need to re-enter the UK when I get my ...
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Flying to the UK one day before ID expiration as German citizen

I am a German citizen working and living in the UK. I will be going on a trip to visit my family in Germany in December and will return to the UK in January. The flight is one day before the ...
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I have received my visa to Ukraine. And I realised that one letter in my name was wrong

The employees at VFS Ukraine in Delhi have misspelled my name wrong. I had submitted all my details perfectly. And now I've received my visa through courier. It's supposed to be ROBINSON SAHAYAM ...
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Visitor visa to re-enter USA after 1 month in Mexico

My mom came from Venezuela to visit my sister and my family and after 6 months we applied for an extension of stay, she went to Mexico to visit my nephew and his wife but I want her to come back to ...
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What happens to an existing TSA Precheck registration if I apply for Global Entry?

I already have TSA Precheck and am now applying for Global Entry. What happens to my TSA Precheck ID if I proceed with my application? Does applying for Global Entry affect my existing TSA Precheck in ...
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Leaving Italy without paying a bus fine

My wife and I got bus fines today in Bologna. We had only recently arrived and had purchased a ticket from where we were staying which was about 6 or 7 km from the city. The hotel receptionist ...

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