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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Immigrant visa expires in 3 days, can I still be admitted into the U.S w/o a Greencard? [on hold]

So basically, I was issued an immigrant visa because my wife was the beneficiary as her U.S Citizen sister petitioned her 14 years prior. We were issued an immigrant visa which could have been used to ...
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Error in name on passport and visa?

My passport had an error where my first name is blank and my last name has been mistakenly printed as "Actual_First_Name Actual_Last_Name". When I went for my B1/B2 visa interview, I was asked by my ...
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Passing border in car not owned by me

I would like to cross Poland-Ukrainian border by car owned by my friend, but friend does not go with me. I go from Poland to Ukraine and get back 10 days later. What kind of documents should I prepare ...
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Refund of Visa fees for canceled applications

My family and I applied for UK Visa and we paid the Visa application fees for all of us. However, before we made appointment to submit our applications, we decided to make few changes on the ...
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Can I bring my peanuts to Russia, or does the Russian import ban/sanctions apply to travellers personal items?

There is currently (2019-07-18) a Russian import ban on certain EU products in force. See Russian import ban on EU products, European Commission. Does this import ban apply to all circumstances, or ...
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US citizen - Frequent Visits to the UK [duplicate]

I first visited the UK from June till August 2016 . Then I received a tier 4 visa for 9 months and stayed in the UK from September till April 2017 . I came back to the UK with a short course stamp ...
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Am I just considered a tourist, and am I able to leave and return to the UK while on that free tourism visa? [migrated]

I'm a young (20) Canadian visiting the UK, and staying with a family free of charge in exchange for babysitting their children for about three hours a day. They provide me with pocket money, but no ...
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How can an F1 visa holder be confident leaving the US for a short vacation and returning?

I'm a valid F1 student in the US and thinking about traveling to either Mexico or Canada while I'm here. I've been hearing a lot of stories lately when border officers decline entrance for returning ...
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What can I do to prevent passport stamps being put on blank pages?

I'm running low on blank passport pages which are sometimes needed for full page visas such as those issued by Armenia, India, and Vietnam. When I crossed the border into Turkey the other day I got ...
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Is there a need to declare food for personal use at customs? (in Norway)

TL;DR: Can I bring food for personal use to Norway without having to declare it at customs? I will be going on a 14-day hiking trip to Norway on which I will bring most of the food myself. All the ...
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Importing wooden trinkets into New Zealand and Australia

I have been travelling and have picked up some neat wooden trinkets. I will be holidaying in New Zealand before travelling back to Australia. I know that both countries have restrictions on such ...
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Duty free allowance for rice and beans in Switzerland

We are immigrating to switzerland and we prefer bringing some foods for at least beginning days in switzerland. Could you please help me to know how much rice and beans is allowded to bring with ...
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Short term study visa refusal for a US citizen

I graduated from high school two years ago. I took one short course with a short course visa (June 2016 -> august 2016 ) then a 9-month foundation course with a tier 4 ( September 2016 - April 2017 ) ...
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What happens if there is no space for entry stamp in the passport for US visa?

I hold an Indian passport and have an F-1 Visa (multiple entry) for USA. I applied for a Schengen visa and it got approved but the Italian consulate has affixed the schengen visa sticker in a page ...
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Customs in India for second hand electronics [duplicate]

I have been working in Japan for 2 years. While returning to India, I will have a Bose 5.1 home theater which I bought in Japan, from a friend of mine for INR 20,000. This is an old model which is now ...
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Carrying personal iPad Pro and MacBook Pro from Japan to India [on hold]

I bought an iPad Pro and MacBook Pro 3 months ago in Japan as I work here[Work Visa] for personal use and personal projects. I will be going to India(home country) for 20 days and will be returning ...
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Can I use the valid Schengen visa in old passport?

I'm an Indian National. I have a Type C Schengen Business Visa which is valid from 26-11-2015 to 26-11-2020. I received it when I intended to travel to Netherlands, although I have not used it. When ...
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A normal desktop computer [closed]

I am going to the US on a work visa and would like to take my desktop computer with... am I allowed to take only the tower through customs if I pack it in a travel case?
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How can I package spices on my own for international flight?

I am flying from NY to Amsterdam and I want to bring some spices with me. I plan on declaring it and putting it in my checked luggage. I know that if I had an unopened and sealed package, there would ...
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Do not board message at the airport check in

I have always experienced a do-not-board message when flying to Dubai from Kenya since last year January 2016. Since then I have traveled more than five times to Dubai with a visit visa but every time ...
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Can an American visitor in Canada get critical medications sent from home?

My dad is visiting Toronto from the US and unfortunately during his trip last week he fell and fractured his hip. He had a kidney transplant 3 years ago so he takes anti-rejection meds for it. He has ...
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What questions should I be able to answer when I want to enter the USA on the 4th time?

On my 3rd visit to the US this June, I went to a second screening and the immigration officer asked a lot of questions. My 1st trip was last January for only 1 week: my 2nd trip in March was for 2 ...
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Can I bring photocopy machine the amount of value RS.30000. pay custums duty or not sir [duplicate]

I am going to Thiruchirapalli, India from Singapore. Can I bring this Photocopy Machine valued at ₹30000. Do I need to pay customs duty?
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Does Fiumicino Airport allow for airside transit on separate reservations?

I have a connection in Italy coming from outside Schengen area flying to outside Schengen area, and I'm wondering if I need to go through immigration and customs in Italy or not. The flights are ...
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Do I declare my laptop to customs in China

I’m going to be moving to China in September for a year to work. Obviously I will have the proper work visa and get my residents permit their and so on. When I arrive at customs do I declare my ...
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Do I have to go through customs for a layover in Panama City, Panama?

If I fly from the US to Dominican Republic but I have a layover in Panama City, Panama, do I have to go through customs or just stay in the terminal and then board the flight to Dominican Republic? I ...
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Going to Pakistan in 3 weeks time but NICOP expired

My NICOP is expired and I have already booked a flight to Pakistan via Qatar Airways. My wife has a valid NICOP card but my 5 years old child has never had a NICOP or any other Pakistani ID card ...
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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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US resident traveling from Mexico to other country than USA [closed]

If a US resident travels from Mexico to other countries with other passport which hasn't shown to US immigration will US immigration be able to track the resident flight history?
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On the definition of “Country of Residence” in the US customs form

When you arrive to the US, you are given a customs form (CBP Traveler Entry Form) to fill out. One of the questions is "Country of Residence". If one temporarily lives in the US (e.g. on an F1 visa) [...
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Can a non-EU national move between Schengen countries without a passport? [duplicate]

My passport is in the hands of an embassy right now, because of a visa application. I paid more to expedite the process but, just in case the passport doesn't make it back to my hands in time, I would ...
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Customs regarding external computer components in laptop bag as carry on [duplicate]

I've traveled in the past with a laptop in its bag as the sole carry on. There were usually other "small" electronic parts, like a mouse, charger, phone charger, etc. The laptop and its accessories ...
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Will I be interrogated if I bring $9000 to the US [closed]

Is there any chance the cash will be seized even if it is less than 10k USD?
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Carrying Bitcoin Internationally

I was reading this question and @Mikaveli's answer regarding a list of things not to bring, including money. So my question is, what if I bring my laptop across borders and its hard drive has a ...
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I didn't put an address in ESTA form because I was not sure I was going to stay there

In planning a trip to the US, I booked a "temporary" place, with the idea in mind that I might cancel it later to get a better place. When applying for the ESTA, I put UNKOWN in the appropriate ...
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Customs and luggage clearance, international flights via USA

I have been checking for similar questions for the past 2 hours but I could not find a reply. I am really sorry if this has been asked before. With the following itinerary: Cancun, Mexico (CUN) to ...
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US customs Delayed Baggage Rerouted

Something odd has happened with my delayed luggage and I’m hoping someone here has heard of this situation before and can comment. I was originally scheduled to fly BOS-PHL-LHR but the flight from ...
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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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Importing decorated bottles of alcohol to the USA

I live in Vancouver, BC, Canada. I am planning to buy bottles of sparkling wine, decorate them (to the point where it won't be possible to read the label anymore) and cross the border to the ...
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Moving to Netherlands: Student Residence Permit [closed]

I am a US citizen who has received a Residence permit for the Netherlands because I am studying at a university there for two years. I have bought my plane ticket, but I am worried that I will be ...
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customs into the US [duplicate]

I am traveling from the US to Italy. Upon my return we will go from Naples Italy to Munich Germany to Dusseldorf Germany then to my final destination of Newark ,New Jersey. My question as I am ...
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Question on B2 visa/Immigration

Please clarify on the below - 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 ...
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Previously traveled to the US on an ESTA with one passport, now considering changing to a second passport?

So a prior job 2 years ago involved regular travel to the US, I applied for and received an ESTA against my British passport - this expires very soon, so consider it no longer valid for the purposes ...
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Entry to the US with an expired Nexus

Is it possible to enter the US through the Nexus lane while my Nexus card is being renewed? And how?
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US Visa is stamped on new passport but has old passport number

During my F1 visa application process, I was asked to get a new passport by the visa officer. So I got a new one made and had to submit both new and old passports for stamping. They correctly stamped ...
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Can I re-enter the US after a visit to Mexico if my VWP admission period expired?

I am an Australian traveling through the states visa-free. My admission period is coming to an end in Mid-feb. I have pushed my return flight to drive down to Mexico around the time my admission ...
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US citizen traveling with Peruvian passport [duplicate]

I'm an American citizen. I was born in the US, however I came to visit Ecuador on an emergency basis using my Peruvian passport. I lost my US passport and had no time to get one before coming to ...
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Why did an immigration office left his booth for a while while processing my exit from Schengen area? [closed]

When I was exiting the Schengen area last year, the immigration officer left his booth for 10 to 15 minutes without telling me the reason why. When he returned, he just stamped my passport without ...
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Can I re-enter Hungary if my residence renewal is in process?

I have two passports, Moroccan and Ukrainian. I got my Hungarian residence permit with my Moroccan passport. Now I am planning to travel to Russia; I will use my Ukrainian passport to travel since no ...
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Sydney Terminal 1 Transit without visa

Need advise on TWOV, travelling to Tonga in Sep and flying via Sydney on Qantas, 2 hour layover and then onward to Tonga on Virgin Australia (Due to lack of Qantas not flying to Tonga that day) My ...