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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2 Different Passports - One with 1 surname, the other with 2 surnames

I have a US passport and a Mexico passport. My US passport has only 1 surname, but my Mexican passport includes my mothers maiden name as a second surname. I want to purchase my US -> Mexico flight ...
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Is a laminated Birth Certificate copy acceptable for travel?

My mother and I have different surnames so immigration officers often ask for a birth certificate. When leaving Russia, on Russian passports, the officer made a fuss that the certificate was laminated ...
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Carrying a UPS Return Package with Phones, from the US and back

I need to return 3 phones that were recently purchased from US, I will be travelling from India to US (SFO). Is it okay to carry 3 Phones (packed-unused) with a valid UPS return package. Will this ...
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Passport scanner problem [duplicate]

I have a question and concern on the passport scanner issue. It happened at South Korea airport. Before I went to luggage inspection, I have to scan the passport with airport staff and when my ...
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Brothers using e-gates - one is successful, the other is not

My brother and I often travel together and we both have biometric passports. We are not twins but we do look alike, I wear glasses whereas my brother doesnt. However, whenever we arrive at a ...
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Should I mention previous visa withdrawals in UK visa application?

I had applied for UK Tier 2 visa and realised one of the documents I had submitted was incorrect along with multiple other errors. So I withdrew my application so that it wouldn't get rejected. I am ...
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Re-enter period before visa expires [closed]

I have student visa which expires on 31 January 2020 After completing my studies in September 2019, i have traveled on vacation to my resident country. When should i re-enter UK? Is there any ...
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Is luggage scanned if you choose “Nothing to declare” in India?

What exactly happens at India customs? This is what I found from google: I get a paper on flight, where I choose I am going to use the green or red channel. Say I choose green, do they scan my ...
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Does my mother need a new passport with my fathers new name to enter the US vith a B2 Visa?

My Dad's passport had a name issue due to which he is in the process of changing it to get a new passport so as to reflect his new name (alias). My Mom's passport already has a US visitor visa stamped ...
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Is a UK spouse visa a “Family” visa or a “Settlement” visa? [closed]

The form for renewing a UK spouse visa asks the question "What type of visa, leave to remain or other permission do you have to be in the UK?" (as of October 2019). It lists multiple choices of which ...
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How to find the start date of the current visa or leave to remain for a UK spouse visa renewal? [closed]

The form for renewing a UK spouse visa asks the question "What is the start date of your current visa or leave to remain?" (as of October 2019) How should the applicant find the answer to this ...
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Do Cameroonian citizens need visas to transit through Suvarnabhumi airport (Bangkok)?

We made a single online booking from Shanghai to Yaounde, Cameroon. The connecting flight to Thailand is with Thai Airways TG665, which arrives at 9:15pm in Bangkok. We catch the next flight at 1am ...
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When does I-94 or the admission stamp become invalid?

From https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/visa-expiration-date/auto-revalidate.html: Under the automatic revalidation provision of immigration law, certain ...
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Secondhand weed smoke smell on luggage when traveling to Japan. Will it be a problem?

I'll be flying to Japan and I'm staying at a friend's house before my flight to save money on lodging. I already knew but completely forgot about the fact that she smokes cannabis and now I'm worried ...
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Is a conditional LPR/Greencard classed as National ID card for travel?

I want to know how best to answer the ESTA question: Have you ever been issued a passport or national identity card for travel by another country? Different sites I read say different things ...
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Being stuck between Russia and Turkmenistan at a sea border; what happens?

The question is similar to this one, but specifically focusing on sea travel between Russia and Turkmenistan. Say you've got a Russian transit visa, but due to the ferry from Turkmenistan being ...
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Importing duty-free 750 ml wine bottles into Turkey

I am intending to bring a few bottles of Australian wine into Turkey as a present for friends. Each bottle contains 750ml of wine (14.5% alcohol). The customs rules says: Muafiyet kapsamındaki ...
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Can a Non-EEA passport holder with a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), who accompany EEA family, join the EEA queue at UK borders?

Can a Non-EEA passport holder with a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), who accompany an EEA family member(/s), join the EEA queue at UK borders? I note that there have been several questions relating ...
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Are Pakistani nationals restricted to entering India through four airports only?

A Pakistani friend who needs to go to India was informed (very late, near visa approval) by an Indian embassy official (in Singapore) that he can only enter* India through one of the four major ...
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How honest to be with US immigration about uncertainty about travel plans?

I am to travel to the US (from the UK) for a meeting relating to some work I have been doing. If the meeting does not go well I shall have to return to the UK soon after the meeting and fix the thing ...
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How does the US know that I left?

Every time I leave Australia, I have to fill in an official form that the government collects to state that I've left the country. However, when I left the US last week (after my first visit there), ...
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Is my name on spouse’s passport sufficient to prove relation & bring her to Saudi Arabia on family visit visa?

I want to clear my doubt. Is it mandatory to provide a marriage certificate while bringing a spouse to Saudi Arabia when her passport has my name mentioned on it?
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I didn't do any exit passport control when leaving Japan. What should I do?

I left Japan today on a 3 month tourist visa (I am a US citizen). I guess I was following some other people, or perhaps even I was just waved on, but I didn't speak with the exit passport controller ...
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Ties to Home country USA (Domestic partnership, Civil Union) [duplicate]

2 quick questions i wanted to ask on here , I was denied a US Visa this March, before i applied for another country (still waiting Visa decision) Now I have been looking out for possible reasons why ...
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Children with a different surname to parent - UK citizen - UK passport control

Assume a child (aged 15) has a different surname from their mother. They live with their mother and father, but the mother did not take the father's name on marriage. All three are UK citizens, have ...
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Can I go to England with my EU family member ID card?

I need some help. I already bought tickets. When I went to Maltese Immigration and showed them my ID card,. I was told I could go to the UK, but that I had to go with my family. I was also told to ...
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My national passport

I am a US asylee, and I have green card and USA travel document. I want to travel to UAE , and since UAE doesn't accept travel document can I use my national passport?
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I have a Type D France (sauf CTOM) spouse visa. Can I land at Basel Euroairport?

If my interpretation is correct, then with this visa I cannot transit through any other Schengen countries as my point of entry needs to be France. Is that correct? Also, Can I enter through Basel ...
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Will there be an issue if I take 10 kilograms of yerba mate on an airplane?

Mate is a traditional South American infusion, which is not common and usually expensive in Europe. I'm travelling to France soon so I'm taking a bunch of it (the yerba mates leaves, not a liquid) for ...
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Can I bring carved antler items into the US?

I hope to purchase small carved reindeer antler weaving tools (heddles, shuttles) in Latvia. Will I be able to bring those back to the US? I will be in Russia and Europe between Latvia and the US. ...
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can a pilot refuel his small private airplane internationally without passing immigration or customs? [closed]

I've been a private pilot for many years, but have never flown internationally in small private aircraft. I'm about to buy a tiny, high-tech, super-efficient 2-seat airplane that has extended range ...
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US Entry - B1/2 Visa (Peace of mind) [duplicate]

I'm traveling to the USA in a matter of weeks. I have a B1/2 Tourist Visa (multiple entries 10 Year validity) and am a UK Citizen. I applied for a visa through the UK/US Embassy procedure, as I had a ...
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How to prove that you have significant ties with family in your home country?

How can I prove the immigrant officers that I have significant ties in my home country? Are there any documents that I need?
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About duration of stay in UK

In short term C type visa Overstay is the allowed duration a six month stay or the visa expiry date? Because the duration of stay is 180 days. I entered UK at September 27; my visa will be expire 12 ...
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Can I travel to Australia as a tourist on a business visitor visa?

I currently hold a multiple-entry business visitor (subclass 600) visa for Australia valid until January 2020, and I have traveled to Sydney multiple times before for business. I am planning to ...
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Visiting girlfriend in the USA

I'm going to visit my girlfriend in the US (I am from the UK, 31 years old) for 10 days soon, for the first time. We've known each other 8 years online and have been together long distance for nearly ...
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I'm already in the USA since 2 weeks. Can I extend my stay by a month when I told the CBP I'd only be there for a month

I came here to the US to visit my girlfriend for a month. But now we wanna spend more time together, I want to reschedule my flight back home by a month, but I told the CBP when I arrived 2 weeks ago ...
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As an asylee, can I use my passport instead of my US re-entry permit?

I am an asylee in the United States. I have a Green Card, and my primary passport which was issued by my country of origin. I am not allowed to go back to my home city and then return to the United ...
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Issues with US immigration after alleged overstay - how to handle?

I arrived in Miami International Airport (Feb 2013) and was taken aside by immigration who stated I had overstayed in the US in 1995 by a few days. It was claimed that I had not left the US and they ...
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Do I need a transit visa to go from Narita to Haneda? [duplicate]

Two weeks from now (Oct. 22), I will land at Narita airport at 3 P.M. and then transfer directly to Haneda airport for my connecting flight to Manila at 1 A.M. on Oct. 23; this is a 9-hour layover and ...
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Are there manual immigration checks for non EU citizens in airports when travelling inside the EU?

Are there passport checks at EU airports for non-EU travelers who travel between two EU countries? Now I know that EU citizens are not subject to any passport or ID check whatsoever, just automated ...
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Schengen 90/180 day rule with 4 day overstay

I believe some of the immigration officers are mis-using the 90/180 day law to reject my wife's visa application for a family immigration application. They said she had no more days left when we ...
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Visa issued of my NzETA travelling with Spanish passport

I will travel with my Spanish passport. I already have issued my NZeTA authorization to travel to Auckland. I travel to Santiago de Chile with Copa airline ticket and the next day I travel by Lan ...
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I was refused a UK visa [duplicate]

Q1: Please what can I do next? Q2: What does it means for me in future and when I re-apply again? Q3: Is it good idea to reapply back in 1 month time?
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Do I need a visa to enter Canada from land with a US Refugee Travel Document?

I'm planning to go to Canada in 2 months. I'm currently an asylee and I have a Refugee Travel Document issued by the USA, however I don't have my Green Card yet. I know that Green Card holders don't ...
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Driving my car from Tangier to Nouadhibou

I plan to drive my Seat from Ghent to Nouadhibou via Tangier and to sell it there. Timing will be the first two weeks of January. I'm preparing, and in search of practical information. Anybody know ...
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Australian visa -Global processing time is exceeded but no response from consultate?

I'm asking this question on behalf of my colleague. He applied for an Australian visa on 29th may 2019. It has been more than 25 days (over 7 days of global processing time). But there's no response ...
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Going from Sweden to the US with a London layover, can I take a bouquet of roses?

On the second of November I'm going from Sweden to the USA with a stopover in London. I'm planning on bringing a cut roses bouquet with me and wonder if that's possible or will there be any problems?
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Beijing customs asking me to wait until 2020 to show receipts, is this normal? [closed]

I travelled to China last week to see family and was stopped by customs and they removed several items which I had brought for gifts and told me I need to show the receipts to pay tax. I’m ok with ...
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When do I have to go through customs between Minneapolis and Nuremberg?

I go from Minneapolis to New York/Newark to Düsseldorf to Nuremberg. When do I go through customs, or is that only on the way back? I'm really nervous because I am also flying with my cello and had to ...

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