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 need to show a valid visa to when leaving Northern Cyprus?

I have been studying in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. This is my second year. I am a Pakistani national. I am travelling to US very soon. I have had the student visa for this last year but, ...
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Can immigration officers call another country to determine whether a traveller is a citizen of theirs?

Just to clarify, I'm not planning anything illegal, this is a hypothetical. I've been watching a lot of the TV show, Border Security Australia and there are a few episodes where a person is travelling ...
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What is the easiest way to get US visa? [closed]

Some tips to get it? How should I behave in the interview? I have one reject of J-1 Visa, like work and travel, can it affect on my interview conclusion?
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Taking medicines from USA to India for someone else in air travel

My relatives are US citizens and they are in India since a year due to covid-19. They are asking us to bring medicines from USA to India in my flight from USA to India via Dubai. They told us NOT to ...
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When driving from Paraguay to Brazil via Ciudad del Este, with the intent to drive back to Paraguay, does one need to get a stamp at the border?

When driving from Paraguay to Brazil via Ciudad del Este (Puente Internacional de la Amistad aka Friendship Bridge), with the intent to drive back to Paraguay (without going to another country before ...
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What happens if a domestic flight lands in a foreign country due to an emergency?

In a question about travel to Puerto Rico Michael Hampton writes the following: Note also that you should bring your green card and passport if you travel to or from Puerto Rico or the US Virgin ...
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Does having no exit record from the UK on my passport risk my visa application for re entering?

I have fairly some complicated questions that cast doubt on my process of applying for a student visa in the UK. I hope you read till the end to understand my situation and apologize in advance for ...
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How to contact border authorities in EU/Schengen countries?

For questions about entering a country, people are usually referred to the embassy of said country. Unfortunately, except regarding visa issuance, these often prove rather uninformative. So how would ...
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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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How long do I have to leave South Africa before returning?

I am a British citizen owning a house in South Africa, I intend to travel to South Africa for 8 weeks this month, return to the UK for 10 days approx at Christmas time and then return to South Africa ...
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Getting married to an EU citizen in the EU on a tourist visa, and staying there [migrated]

I'm an EU citizen living in a different EU country (French citizen in Sweden) and my girlfriend is non-EU (Russian). We are not married and have not cohabited yet. Can we do the following? She comes ...
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Can I import a replica gun in the UAE?

I was wondering if it's allowed to import replica guns in the UAE. I was thinking of importing a realistic replica m1911 for collecting purposes. Will it be stopped at the customs? Is it a criminal ...
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Where can you travel with a Swedish National ID Card?

I know you can visit Schengen/EES with a Swedish National ID Card, and also Croatia, Bosnia and in some cases Tunisia. Are there more places you can visit with a Swedish National ID Card?
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Which line at British airports serves British National (Overseas) passport holders?

Jul 22 2020. Britain unveils details of citizenship offer for Hongkongers with BN(O) passports | South China Morning Post “At the same time, it is not an unconditional offer,” Patel said, as BN(O) ...
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transfering from international to domestic flight at IAD - Dulles airport

I will be flying from Viennna, Austria to Dulles and then to Savannah. Our flight from Vienna is operated by Austrian airlines and will arrive a B-gates. Our flight to Savannah is operated by United ...
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Traveling to Europe from banned countries on sweetheart exception

Europe is mostly locked out from the US due to COVID except for essential travel. Tourism obviously does not count, but some countries have made exceptions for visiting important family, fiance, or &...
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Which Schengen countries (don't) stamp passports of ordinary residence permit holders?

The Schengen Borders Code doesn't prescribe an exception from stamping travel documents for holders of ordinary residence permits (as opposed to family member "Article 10"/"Article 20&...
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Left UK without passing through Immigration, why?

Last year, I traveled to the UK for a conference. Upon entry, my passport was stamped confirming my entry via immigration. Upon my exit, surprisingly (and something I'm been wondering about ever since)...
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CBD Prescribed Cannabis Oil onboard a flight to United Kingdom

I will be flying from South Africa to the United Kingdom and was wondering if I will be allowed to take my prescribed CBD oil onboard the flight. Or will I have problems on arrival in London?
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How can a US citizen and a UK citizen marry in the UK?

I am a US citizen. My fiancee lives in the UK and we would like to get married in the UK. I understand that a Marriage Visitor Visa is the thing to apply for in this case. However, in order to get ...
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Why do UK border officers question EEA nationals entering?

I am aware EU citizens can stay in the UK unconditionally for up to 3 months, and permanently if they study, have a job or otherwise can support themselves. That makes me wonder why UK Border Force ...
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Immigration officer stamped “Indefinite leave to enter UK” in US passport of EU citizen. How to fix it?

At Heathrow yesterday, a US-Swedish dual citizen presented his US passport to immigration, as he had forgotten his Swedish one at home. He went in the non-EEA queue and was initially interviewed like ...
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Why does the US sometimes stamp its own citizens' passports?

I was once surprised to see a US admission stamp in a friend's US passport. However, I saw in another question that some Americans have their passports stamped often when entering the US, so this was ...
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Passport validity is less than 6 month on departure date [duplicate]

I plan to travel to India on Jan 30, 2021, with a green card valid until Dec 18, 2029, and an Indian Passport valid until April 4, 2021. Will there be an issue with my passport to travel to India? I ...
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If I landed in Ireland then travelled to the UK, and then to Ghana. If I then travel to the Netherlands will they know I entered the UK?

My passport was stamped when entering Ireland. When flying to Ghana and leaving Ghana I presented a different passport. When arriving to the Netherlands I plan to present the first passport. Will they ...
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Overstayed my UK visa 10 years ago, how do I reapply for a new one?

I have a problem. I overstayed my UK visitor visa for about 9 months and returned voluntarily in June 2008. I was 16, and no paperwork or administrative proceedings occurred. I did not get any ...
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Does Nexus renewal grace period apply to enter Canada?

I see where the grace period allows me to access the US with my Nexus for up to a year now. Does the grace period apply to entering Canada?
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I’m 16, I’m stuck outside of Australia with an expired Australian passport and my mother is refusing to give me my valid one. What can I do?

My parents are divorced and still in a custody battle over my sister and me so we need signatures from both of them for me to get a passport. We got a passport earlier this year but because my dad isn’...
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Carrying Exhibition items From India to Dubai & Back

I am attending an exhibition in Dubai, & i intend to carry the exhibit items with me as check-in baggage. The items are surgical instruments and none of those items contain Lithium batteries. ...
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Delete data held by UK immigration?

I have a feeling that getting something in my UK immigration data deleted is about as easy as walking through a brick wall, but maybe I'm wrong. Has anybody ever tried? I have a UK passport. About 8 ...
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Why does the online I94 form require VWP applicants to buy ESTA?

I'm a EU citizen living in Canada. I'm taking a road trip to the US next week. According to the CBP website, I don't need to renew my ESTA to do so. In hopes of slightly accelerating the paperwork at ...
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How does Eurostar segregate Brussels-bound and London-bound passengers from the Netherlands?

There are now direct trains Amsterdam-London calling at Rotterdam and Brussels, and one can book a ticket Amsterdam/Rotterdam -> Brussels on it. Given Schengen, how are Brussels-bound and London-...
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What is the step by step procedure of transfer from international terminal to domestic terminal at Newark Airport?

I am an Indian Citizen and I will be having a negative Covid Test report with me. My flight is United Airlines from Bombay (BOM) to Newark(EWR) and going to Boston (BOS) via Chicago (ORD) via a ...
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Why does US Customs & Immigration ask the purpose of my trip when I'm returning home?

As a US citizen, when I re-enter the US, I am often asked where I was, how long I was there, and the reason for my visit. Why am I asked these things? Am I required to answer? Don't I have a legal ...
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US visa approved, but passport is stuck at the US consulate?

I appeared for an H1B visa interview at the Mumbai Consulate and was granted a visa. However it’s been over a week and my passport is not available for pickup. I have tried to contact the consulate ...
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My USA passport to France wasn’t stamped, can I re-enter?

I’m American and recently bought a house in France. On July 17 I traveled from USA to France. On Oct 10 I returned to the USA (to make sure it was less than 90 days). Leaving France the border agent ...
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After passing through immigration at the airport, is it possible to cancel the stamp and go back?

If I stamped my passport for an international flight as we usually do before international departures and then I changed my mind for any reason, for example a family emergency reason. What's the ...
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Is laziness about stamping passports common at the Bosnian-Montenegrin, Montenegrin-Albanian and Macedonian-Kosovan land borders?

The concerned person, a Dutch citizen, is going on a bus tour in former Yugoslavia, travelling Germany-Austria-Slovenia-Croatia-Bosnia-Montenegro-Albania-Macedonia-Kosovo. They only hold a passport ...
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Travelling from India to US via Schengen or UK

I am a student and I am hoping to travel to the US from India with an F-1 student visa. The best flights available for me have layovers (less than 24 hours) in either CDG Paris or in LHR London. What ...
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Do you need a valid visa to move out of the country?

Do you need to show a valid visa to Immigration authorities when you are moving out of country? For example I am citizen of country B and have been staying in country A for work. So when I am moving ...
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How to contact CBP at Vancouver Pacific Central station?

The CBP website makes no mention of any contact details of the CBP at Vancouver Pacific Central station. I tried calling the station itself (ViaRail number), but they weren't helpful. Does anyone ...
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US passport protections and immunity when crossing borders

Does the US Passport provide any kind of immunity against harassment, insult and intimidation by the border police of a destination country? Our US embassy in the destination country refused to ...
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What happens when a domestic flight diverts internationally? [duplicate]

Some domestic flights (e.g. to remote islands like Australia's Christmas Island, or to exclaves like Alaska) occasionally have to divert due to weather or mechanical issues to a diversion airport that ...
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Are Americans allowed to enter Germany with only a D visa under Covid restrictions? [closed]

I am a US citizen residing in the US and I have accepted a job in Germany. My company is sponsoring me for a Blue Card. I have a valid D visa, the letter from my employer regarding the need for my ...
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Taking jewellery from United States to India

I bought some jewellery during the black friday sale for my family. The total cost of which is around $500 but the actual value is higher. Can I still take all of the items I purchased without paying ...
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UK Visitor Visa Refusal [duplicate]

I applied for standard visitor Visa with a sponsor from my fiance, but my Visa was refused with this reason below: You have applied for leave to enter to visit the UK for 21 days for tourism. You ...
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Do French immigration police at St. Pancras for Eurostar speak English?

I'm travelling on Eurostar from London to Paris next week, and speak very little French. I'm meeting a friend of mine in Paris who does speak French, so there shouldn't be any problem there, but ...
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EEA Family permit - for parent [closed]

I am an Italian national living in the UK since 2006. My dad is of Sri Lankan nationality with a permesso di soggiorno where he has permanent residence in Italy. Can he apply for EEA family permit? ...
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Customs Duty on Bringing 2 Laptops from US to India

Background Information I have one laptop which I have bought in India, taken the export certificate for that laptop and traveled to the US for studies. Now, I am planning to buy another laptop, here ...
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UK tax on an amber painting coming from abroad

Unsure if this is in the right section of Stack Exchange but, I have a family member coming to the UK (from outside of the EU) in the near immediate future. They will be bringing a painting with them ...

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