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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How many mobile phones can I bring to India? [duplicate]

I am traveling from the UK to Delhi and I am bringing 4 phones with me + mine the rest are for friends. These phones are all used so will this be an issue in bringing them through customs?
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Arriving in the US from a non Visa Waiver country

Visa Waiver program means that citizens of certain countries can come to the United States without the need for a visa. Germany is on this list. Poland is not. A friend of mine has both Polish and ...
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How long does it take for a Global Entry application to be approved?

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection runs a program called Global Entry, allowing low-risk travelers to complete an application, submit to a background check and interview, and eventually be ...
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Duty free shops at airport [duplicate]

What exactly does duty free mean at the various airports? Does it mean that the items are cheaper because they have no tax/duty applied on it OR does it mean the item would "not count" for the free ...
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I have ESTA. Do I need a visa for Costa Rica?

I am Taiwanese with Taiwanese passport. I will be traveling to USA with ESTA (not visa). However, my friends and I are planning to visit Costa Rica during our stay in USA. Would I be able to travel ...
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Can I travel to Germany on a bus through France with a “Deutschland” visa not a Schengen stated visa? [duplicate]

I have been issued a German family reunion visa type D. it clearly states that the visa is for Germany and not Schengen states as I used to get in the past. Can I travel by bus from London through ...
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Are there any taxes on product purchsed from US and taken to India [duplicate]

Can i buy a MAC in US and take it to India? Ofcourse i can! But my question is do i have to pay extra taxes or something for that maybe in US or india?
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Will Denial of Entry in transit at YVR affect my new US visa request?

I'm Indian citizen and was traveling back from Seattle, US to New Delhi, India via 2 layovers Vancouver & Frankfurt. Though I went to Seattle via single layover at Frankfurt. I had single entry B1 ...
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Chances of denial of entry with a valid visa

I used to be a student in the US on F-1 visa. I graduated but was not able to secure an employment that would grant me H-1B. Instead I was hired as a private contractor and have no permission to work ...
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Customs / Immigration formalities for Europe short vacation

I'll be travelling to Europe on a Schenegen visa for around 8 days. The entry point would be France (Paris) This would be my first international visit. What are the general customs / immigration ...
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Customs check points in Australia

If someone is flying from the US to a city in Australia and has to take a connecting flight in a different state, e.g. flying from Dallas to Darwin in the Northern Territory, and they have to take a ...
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Does the duty free laptop come under 25K entitlement? (India customs) [duplicate]

I will be traveling to the US shortly from India and will be returning back. I am planning to purchase a laptop in the US and want to bring it to India. I read in the website of India customs where it ...
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Travelling from USA to Australia [closed]

I am on H1B and travelling to Australia on my permanent residency visa. Since I am a Indian citizen / passport are there any additional formalities that needs to be done?
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Importing beer to the US via PHL and SFO

The FAQ of the US Embassy in Germany states Adults at least 21 years of age who are not residents of the United States may bring in, free of duty and internal revenue tax, not more than one liter ...
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Will a train ticket to Singapore be accepted as proof of onward travel to fly one-way into Malaysia?

So I've booked my ticket to start my next big overland trip and I've elected to start in Kuala Lumpur because it's the cheapest place to fly to from Sydney. I've previously expressed some concerns ...
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Proving onward travel on a South America tour

My question is related to / inspired by Does Colombia require proof of onward travel? but isn't quite the same. I'm thinking of a trip around South America (from Europe) such that: I would not ...
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Are feathers in my hat allowed through UK & Irish customs?

I wear a hat with feathers stuck in the band. Can I bring/wear them through customs into UK & Rep of Ireland? And then re-enter Australia? (possibly with a couple more I find when over there.. :-)...
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At what point(s) do you go through customs when stopping in a third country?

My 17 yr old daughter will be traveling alone to volunteer at an orphanage in Kenya. Her itinerary takes her from Atlanta to Washington Dulles to Dubai to Nairobi (with a reverse of that on the return ...
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How to find when a previous flight occured?

I want information about a flight in 2009. My dad came to Canada from the US. He went back in August 2009. He forgets the exact date. He travelled by US airways. He need to know exact date for ...
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Canada's Automatic Border Clearance for visiting citizens

I'm a dual citizen of Canada and the United States. I have a passport for both countries. I live in the United States, but I'm traveling to Canada for the holidays. I've read that Pearson has a new ...
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Issues when carrying medication on an airplane when travelling to Germany?

I am going to fly to Germany tomorrow. I wished to take few tablets and syrup for cold,fever etc. Now I want to know whether there is any problem to carry drugs. Moreover it is my first trip, so ...
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Bread, breakfast bar or canned food are allowed to be brought into australia? [closed]

I would like to know if products like noodle in a cup, bread, breakfast bar or canned food are allowed to be brought into Australia? The link provided is no longer accessible.
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Au Pair in France OFII question [closed]

I am living in France (have been here just about 2 months) and have an au pair contract that runs from September 15 2013 until August 2014 (long stay visa). I have the visa in my passport, but it just ...
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Can I carry One office laptop, one personal laptop and one Surface tablet? [duplicate]

I am returning from US to Bangalore. I was travelling on B1 Visa. While going to US, I was carrying one Laptop from Office. I have ID for this Laptop as well. In US I have purchased a Laptop ($399) ...
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Is the date on my Thai arrival and departure card the last day I'm allowed to be in the country or the first day I must be out of the country?

When arriving in Thailand, at least by land, you receive a piece of paper you should keep with your passport for when you depart. On this paper there is a date stamped. My stamp is September 4 2013: ...
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Will I be granted a Swiss reunification Visa after I was refused a student visa?

I applied for a Swiss student's visa as a means to go and meet my fiance (we are both Cameroonians) but was refused as I come from a risk country (Cameroon). The reason for refusal was that they were ...
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What happens if you miss a connecting flight?

What happens if you book tickets through an airline or travel agent, but on the travel date miss a connecting flight (either because the first flight was delayed, or because immigration/security took ...
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First address in the US in case of missed flight

As a non-US citizen traveling to the US, I am obliged to provide the airline and the border control officer with the address of the hotel where I will be spending my first night in the US. (The ...
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US immigration mix-up: will it cause problems on my next visit?

On my last visit to the US, there was some kind of mix up at the immigration. I was with my niece at that time (a GC holder.) Apparently, when they scanned her passport my picture came up with her ...
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What is the difference between customs and immigration?

Maybe this is a question that should be asked at english.se in stead. I am just wondering if you can talk about "going through customs", when referring to all processes involved in entering/...
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How many laptops can I carry to India from Australia without Duty [duplicate]

I am travelling to Australia on SC 400 Visa and have will have a short stay of 40 days or below. I have to carry an office laptop with me. I also have a personal laptop. I am planning to buy a ...
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Have Heathrow immigration queue times stabilized since the Olympics?

Last year, I flew NZ 2 from LAX to LHR twice, once right before the Olympics and once in early December before the Christmas on-rush. The first trip, it took about an hour to clear immigration because ...
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Customs check when flying in a corporate plane

Where does a non US citizen go through a customs check when arriving in the US on a corporate airplane? Is the procedure any different than what it would be if someone was flying with any commercial ...
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Connecting through Toronto on separate tickets

Come Christmas I am booked to fly SEA-YYZ-JFK on two separate tickets. (and two airlines: UA & AA) Can I assume that I will have to go through immigration, claim baggage and customs (unless pre-...
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Clearing Customs and skipping connecting flight at ORD?

I am coming back from Munich, connecting through ORD and onto Moline, IA. We have a 6 hour layover in Chicago but the drive to Moline is only 2. My question is this: After I clear immigrations and ...
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EU: Medical insurance mandatory at border control?

I am a non-EU citizen travelling to Sweden on a work/residence permit. I have health insurance cover through my employer, but I do not have any documentation to support that except for a 'Yes' under '...
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EU/Schengen: Is a visa required if you have work permit?

I am a non-EU citizen (with Indian passport) travelling to Sweden on a work permit. The embassy told me that all I need to carry are the passport and the work/residence permit card. Is that it? I mean,...
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Is there an 'ideal' crossing between Michigan and Ontario?

I'm going to be driving through Michigan into Canada next week. My point of origin and destination are far enough to the West and East respectively that the net mileage difference between using the ...
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Can I import teabags into the United States? [duplicate]

I'm going to the US through SFO from Europe (Germany to France to US) and would like to bring loose teabags of British Yorkshire Tea. They are not packed like they were for sales, but rather in ...
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Packed Items at Indian Customs

I am travelling back to India soon. Just eager to know, if the packed items carried in checked in or carry-on luggage will face a problem at Indian Customs? I did purchase few things in form of ...
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How long will it take to transfer through Brussels Airport?

I am a citizen of the United Kingdom, I will be travelling back from a year in the USA through Brussels back to England. The flight I am considering buying has an hour layover, will an hour be enough ...
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Dual nationality, EU and Australian. Does it matter which passport is “travelled on” [duplicate]

I plan to visit Australia from the UK, I am an Australian national with dual nationality - I also hold a Greek passport. I have all the correct documentation and everything is fine. However, if I ...
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1.5 hr layover in Amsterdam

I am flying from US to Marseille through Amsterdam. Single ticket but we fly Delta first leg and partner AirFrance for the second leg. We arrive Amsterdam mid morning on a Thursday and and have a 1 ...
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Can I take multiple cars into Mexico from the U.S.?

I've taken my car into Mexico multiple times from the United States, on a Tourist visa. Is it possible to take more than one car registered to me at the same time (obviously with a second driver)?
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Travelling on a single entry Schengen visa [duplicate]

I have a Schengen visa single entry valid for 60 days.I intend on spending a month in France then taking a flight from Nice through Barcelona to Munich, Germany. Is that possible with this type of ...
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Flight to Baghdad layover in Jordan?

I used to live in Jordan between 2000 and 2002 I left the country in 2002 and they told me I cannot enter Jordan again for 4 years. I am now a British citizen. Few months ago I went on a holiday from ...
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Using UK Immigration line with baby who does not yet hold an EU passport

My wife and I are flying back to the UK with our baby. We both hold UK passports, however our baby doesn't hold an EU passport yet. (They have a separate non-EU passport that is valid for entering the ...
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What are the visa requirements to travel from the UK to the USA, on to the Caribbean and back to the USA?

I am travelling to USA in September from UK staying for a month at my cousins, then leaving to go on a Caribbean cruise for a week, I am then returning to usa to stay at cousins again for my 90 days ...
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Are there limited term identification cards in the UK?

I was reading about Limited Term Identification Cards in the state of Texas and was wondering... does the UK have anything similar? I'm just visiting for a week, so I don't think it's really that ...
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Flying to Russia: Plan additional time for immigration check?

I'll be flying Aeroflot from Germany to Vladivostok with layover in Moscow SVO. Aeroflot hotline told me that the check-in opens 150min and closes 45min pre-flight, but could not tell me about ...