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 you have to pay immigration to leave Malaysia?

I have a friend who says she needs to pay immigration and also pay to exit the country. Is this true?
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Traveling to Brazil as a Dual US / South African citizen

I am a dual South African / US citizen, living in the US. I want to travel to Brazil but avoid having to get a visa as I would have to do as a US citizen. As a South African, a visa is not required. ...
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Canadian overstayed a US visit by one year what is the penality and when can he return to the US?

A Canadian was recently denied a weekend visit from Toronto to NY due to two previous overstays for about a year. What is the the penalty for this overstay? How does he correct this so the next ...
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Money at UK border control

If I'm travelling to the UK for a couple of days as a visitor: do I need to have cash on me? if I only show my bank cards will I be asked to withdraw to prove I have funds? do I need a bank ...
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Travelling from Brussels to London without a passport

I hold a non-eu passport which is expiring and needs renewing. To renew it will take 4 weeks. I was planning to travel to London from Brussels via Eurostar whilst i await my new passport. I hold both ...
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Taking electronic equipment to India from USA

I am planning to take a digital oscilloscope from USA to India which I brought on ebay for about USD 500. The usual cost of the scope can be couple of 1000 dollars. Can anyone advise what will the ...
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Do I need to show my passport when I leave the UK?

I'm a dual US/German citizen, residing in the UK. I am currently applying for a visa for South Africa with my German passport, which may take another 3 weeks to process. Now, I need to travel to the ...
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Will I be allowed to bring 3 iPhones to Argentina (Buenos Aires) from the US?

I am traveling to Buenos Aires next month (from the US) and I wanted to bring an iphone as a gift for my sister and her husband who currently live there. I will also have my own iphone bringing it to ...
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Why do arrival and departure cards exist?

When I clear passport control in every country I've visited so far, one of the first things the officer does is scan my passport and pull up my info on his computer. He then collects an arrival card ...
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When you're not able to pay custom duty in the airport

I heard about custom duties (tax) we have to pay when we purchase something from another nation (in own country it may included in bill, for instance in India added as VAT - Value Added Tax). So for ...
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How many iPhone 6 devices can I bring into India? [duplicate]

My Aunt lives in Newyork (United States) she's Indian, she's been there more than a year. I just ordered her 2 iPhone 6 phones for me and my brother personal use. The main problem is that with 2 ...
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Can I visit India for 2 months with an extension on I-94 and an expired L1B visa?

My L1B visa expired February 2014, and I got an extension on I-94 till January 2016. I have a new petition valid till January 2016. My son was born here in the US August 2013. My wife also has the ...
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Travelling to India from China - Limit on Customs?

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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Luggage was stopped by customs (we learned about it after our flight)

We have returned from Russia 4 days ago (Moscow-St.Petersburg-Prague). After we've arrived to Prague, we learned that our luggage didn't come in our airplane and was lost. Today we've received ...
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Oat Bran in Sealed Canisters

I will be travelling to Australia for a couple weeks. Daily intake of oat bran is a routine for me. Am I able to take a couple of manufacturer-sealed canisters of oat bran?
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Can I travel by road, from Greece to Italy, with only my Greek identity card?

I will take a trip to Italy by road this September, and as my passport has expired and needs to be renewed, I only use my ID card to travel by plane, but can I use it for road trip also? I will travel ...
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Is it legal to bring Jamón Ibérico from Spain into the United States?

I'm in Spain and I'd love to bring some Jamón Ibérico back to the states with me. Is it legal to bring it with me? If so, how much is allowed and under what conditions (sealed, treated, etc).
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Entering the EU with insurance info on cellphone

My question concerns entering EU via Sweden to get to Helsinki, I have given all the documents (invitation, contract of my house, bank account, etc.) to my friend. She has printed all of them. I have ...
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In which EU countries it is illegal to carry/have a kubotan keyring at customs?

I had the situation in the past when I had a plastic kubotan key ring at the security checks at the airport in the UK, so one of the officer called the police and it was confiscated and I've received ...
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Is there an obligation to renew a small child's passport before its expiry date?

I obtained my daughter's first children passport when she was just a few months old. Now she is three and during our last flight an immigration officer complained that her passport had a baby photo. ...
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Which countries I must get a transit visa in order to board on a second flight? [closed]

Being an owner of one of the world's worst passports (Henley & Partners ranked Sri Lanka the 6th worst), I always have to worry about visa. Other than the United States, what countries require a ...
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Why does my boarding pass read “APIS OK”

I flew from Turkey to France on a direct flight. When I checked in, I saw the boarding pass given to me read "APIS OK". I thought APIS was a program of US immigration, mostly for passengers to the US....
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Clarification on Immigration Stamping - Flight to UK → Sailing to South Africa → Flight to India

I am an Indian Citizen. Planning to travel to Gibraltar using visa for UK with 6 months validity and multiple entry visa. After reaching Gibraltar since I love sailing in boat planning to travel in a ...
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Which passport to use immediately after naturalisation?

I'm having a tough problem: A Korean lady living in New Zealand has just gotten naturalised and has a New Zealand passport. She used her South Korean passport (with her resident visa) the last time ...
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Norway to Paris — immigration check?

My wife, my daughter and I are travelling to Paris from Kristiansand via Amsterdam on the 27th Aug. We all have Indian passports and I have a work permit for Norway. My question is, will there be any ...
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Visit Pakistan for a week [closed]

I'm an American citizen, born and raised in the US. I spent a week in Pakistan, and upon returning today, I was questioned for about 5 minutes. Why is that? I'm 24 years old, and felt really ...
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Connecting from Terminal 3 to 1 at Copenhagen CPH

US citizen traveling into Copenhagen, arriving Terminal 3 at 13:00 and need to connect to a domestic flight at Terminal 1 at 14:45. Any suggestions on fastest way between terminals? Will walking be ...
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Flying Winnipeg - Calgary - Amsterdam - Berlin, when do I go through customs?

Not sure when I go through customs? Leaving on international flight from Calgary to AMS, and connecting in AMS to Berlin. Any info?
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Can shaving my head cause problems entering the US?

Does anyone know about any possible complications that one may face while entering the US with completely shaved head while the passport photo has hair? Many Indians do shave their head as part of the ...
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Can I bring cheese to the US from the Netherlands?

We are going to visit our relatives in the US. I'm thinking of getting sweets, cookies and old Dutch cheese as small presents, but I'm not really sure about cheese. I found this that says it is ...
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Can you enter the UK via Eurostar on an EU passport with only one month of validity?

I'm like two hours away and just realised my passport will expire in September.
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Entering Canada - visa delays and tourist authorization

My fiancée and I are moving from Switzerland (residency and nationality: Switzerland) to Vancouver, BC, Canada in a week or so for five years with a student visa. The issue is that my fiancée might ...
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Cameras to the Delhi airport [closed]

I would be carrying two cameras, two watches, a tablet and a Kindle to the Delhi airport. Do you think there would be a problem?
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Is it possible to explore London during a 10-hour layover at Heathrow?

Traveling from Washington DC to Johannesburg, SA we have a 10-hour layover in London. Have been to London before, have done the tourist thing, have Oyster cards, and would love to stop in, meet a ...
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Light at Canadian border crossing

My friend recently posted a picture on Facebook that he took while waiting to cross from Canada back into the United States. Here is his caption... These little black squares at customs blink "top"...
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Heathrow overnight layover - claim and recheck luggage/go through Immigration?

I am flying Cathay Pacific from Stockholm to Hong Kong with a 23-hour layover at London Heathrow. I booked the flight as a single ticket on the same itinerary (with the same booking reference). Both ...
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Bringing mobile bought in US to india [duplicate]

I have bought a mobile through a friend in the US. What is the best way to get it to India without getting into trouble while departure from US and on arrival to India (customs)?
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Traveling only with first and last name (instead of full name)

Okay this is a bit complicated if you're not chinese. But I will appreciate any help I can get so please take the time to read. My chinese name is being left out of my e-ticket and I'm afraid that I ...
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Is a layover of 1 hour 30 mins enough at IAD (Washington Dulles) given it's the port of entry and immigration will be required?

I have an Indian Passport, and I am traveling FRA-IAD-BUF (Frankfurt-Washington(Dulles)-Buffalo. I have a single Lufthansa ticket, however the connecting flight from Washington to Buffalo is United ...
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Duty free liquor from Hong Kong to China

Can you buy duty free alcohol at Hong Kong International Airport for travel into China?
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Did not declare jewelry from Aruba

I bought a set of rings in Aruba. I traded my wedding rings in on the set. They told me not to declare them they were going to send the paper work to me in the mail. I got a receipt, and we got back ...
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do i have to retrieve my luggage and re check in upon arrival at usa? [duplicate]

I will be travelling to Buffalo, NY via Qatar airlines from Malaysia. Its like K.Lumpur -> Doha -> JFK, NY -> Buffalo, NY. I'm flying under a code sharing flight between Qatar n Jetblue from JFK to ...
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Restrictions on the amount of cash I can carry when entering the US? [duplicate]

I am a green card holder of USA, and I am travelling to India. While leaving India for the US, I want to carry dollars. What is the limit that I can carry to US, being a green card holder?
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Traveling to India from USA with 2 laptops and an iPad [duplicate]

I'm sure this question has been asked many times, but having gone through all the different answers, I'm more confused than ever before. I'm traveling to India from USA (point of entry: Delhi). I have ...
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Can Someone bring a packed phone from US to India [duplicate]

One of my friend is coming to India from US. He bought himself a laptop and a camera which he is using their. Also I requested him to get a Nexus 5 phone for me. Is it possible to bring this phone ...
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Which passports to use travelling between two countries of citizenship? [duplicate]

My kids are dual Danish and US citizens. My husband and I are permanent US residents, our kids being born here. When we travel back and forth between Denmark and the US, we have been solely using ...
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Can I carry homeopathic medicines and uncooked rice to Germany?

I am traveling from India to Celle, Germany. I am used to Indian cuisine. Can I carry homeopathic medicines and uncooked rice to Germany? Is there something specifically I need to carry like spices? ...
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Visiting Costa Rica: How to prove sufficient funds?

Upon visa-less immigration to Cost Rica, I would have to prove sufficient funds of $100 per month of residence (Source) Since I don't expect them to have a dollar-giving ATM before immigration ...
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Can we carry three new smart phones in hand luggage to India? [duplicate]

I bought two smart phones for my father and sister in Europe. Will the customs officer in India (Chennai) give any trouble if I carry two new unopened smart phones with the box in my hand luggage? ...
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If I have an outstanding medical bill in America, can I go back there? [duplicate]

In 2007 I was in Texas when I fell really sick. I was rushed to hospital because my throat closed up and walked out with a medical bill of $1,200. I had travel insurance but they where being difficult ...