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 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 to pass a Green Card through immigration to someone arriving to the US from abroad?

My wife is travelling back to the US, but forgot to bring the green card with her during travel. So, it is still sitting at home in the US. Would there be a way for someone to bring her the green card ...
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Would I be allowed to get on a plane from the UK and fly to America with tea?

Today I was doing some research on food and drinks and realised that tea is not a very big thing in The U.S. and that all the "good" brands of tea are extremely overpriced or quite "unattractive". So ...
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How can I ensure my exit from the US by land is recorded?

Seeing as the US does not perform border control on exit (save for occasional spot checks, usually when traffic is moving slowly at the border), how do I make sure my exit by land is recorded so that ...
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What is the last point where one can throw away fruits if one has indicated “not bringing any fruit” on the US customs form when flying to the US?

What is the last point where one can throw away fruits if one has indicated "not bringing any fruit" on the US customs form (CBP Declaration Form 6059B) when flying to the US? Question update (2019-...
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What happens on the immigration gate if a passenger lost their fingerprints?

This is not about me but my science teacher back in my junior high school. After performing scientific experiments for most of his lifetime, he lost all his fingerprints and bragged about it. However,...
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Why did a gate officer and exit immigration officer try to peel my visa sticker?

I am a citizen of a south asian country who recently travelled to Spain on a Schengen visa for a job interview. My flight was via Dubai (DXB), and the gate officer unsuccessfully attempted to peel off ...
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Where can I travel for prolonged periods of time while legally working remotely for a company in my home country?

I found several questions about inbound travelers to the US in this scenario, but little about other countries: I work for a company in my home country (USA) who are open to me working remotely while ...
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Leaving Italy without paying a fine for a bus fare violation

I'm in Florence on vacation with my parents and we've run into some trouble with the city buses. We took an ATAF bus and were confused on how the system worked. Apparently you stamp the ticket when ...
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If a US citizen shows up at the US border with no US passport, are immigration officials obligated to help them prove their identity?

(Note: this is US-specific but if other countries have similar laws it would be interesting to hear the analogous situations as well) I know that the law states that US citizens have the right to ...
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Is flying from an airport from a different country than where you live considered as suspicious?

I am an Indian citizen who holds a student residence permit in Germany alongside with a US tourist visa and I intend to fly to the US for my vacations. Apparently, the flight I booked departs from the ...
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Should I declare chocolate as “food” when entering the US?

It is being customary we bring a few authentic Russian chocolate bars/sweets to the US but we are always struggling whether we should check that "food" checkbox in the "Customs Declaration" form? It ...
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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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I am traveling with my Canadian girlfriend to Canada for the first time. I am British. What should we do when passing immigration?

I am traveling to Canada (YYZ) with my Canadian girlfriend for the first time for a week. What I'm wondering is what do we do at immigration? They have different lines for Canada/USA, and then rest of ...
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Can I legally take washed up coral from Mexico to the USA?

I am on vacation in Mexico, and we have found lots of dead coral washed up on the shore. We would like to take some home as souvenirs, but we are not sure about the legality of doing so, for both of ...
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Can a twenty-year-old bring to the USA alcohol purchased legally in Spain?

I overheard a friend asking another friend whether she, being of legal age here in Spain, would have any trouble taking wine purchased here back to the USA where she is not allowed to buy it. The ...
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How come I was asked by a CBP officer why I was in the US when leaving?

During my last visit to the USA, just before I was boarding my flight at the gate on the way BACK to the UK via Germany. Right as the gate agent scans your ticket and lets you walk down the jetway to ...
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How seriously should I take a CBP interview where I was told I have a red flag and could only stay for 30 days?

I’m 20 year old girl traveling on a ESTA for the second time over a longer period. The first time I used it for a longer 2 months period in June. Then I went home for one month and now I am back. The ...
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Your address at destination: What if you don't know any address?

Often, when entering a country, you must fill a form that asks, in particular, where you will stay. What if you don't know yet? Even worse, what if you don't have your guidebook in hand luggage, and ...
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Crossed rangeland or pastures (such as fields with sheep or cows) in England. Have I been to a farm as far as U.S. Customs / Agriculture is concerned?

When entering the United States of America and probably other countries, one of the questions asked is: “Have you been on a farm recently?”. When hiking in England or neighbouring countries, the ...
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UK: Is a 10 year ban still valid after acquiring new citizenship?

I am an Indian national and was refused a UK visa in 2009 in NYC and given a 10 year ban, but now I'm a US citizen. Would the ban still apply if I wanted to visit the UK?
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Can I use my Chinese passport to enter China after I acquired another citizenship?

I've recently changed my citizenship from Chinese to Canadian and I'm planning a short visit to China soon. Is it possible to enter China with my existing Chinese passport (not expired yet) and then ...
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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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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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Will replacing a fake visa with a different fake visa cause me problems when applying for a legal study permit?

I have a problem, 4 years ago my passport was stamped with a fake visa. I want to apply for a legal study permit now so my mother sought counsel from this immigration services agents and she took my ...
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US Port of Entry: what to answer for “Are you traveling with anyone”

I am a student on F1 visa. My husband is working on an H1B. We are both Indian Nationals. At the port of entry, since our visas are separate (i.e. one is not a dependent of the other), we approach the ...
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Applied for a C1 visa but got a B1/B2 visa

I applied for a USA C1 transit visa. My visa was approved, and when I received my passport, I saw that the visa class is B1/B2. Did I get a regular visit visa or am I missing something?
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How do customs and immigration work in a sailboat?

So, I have this crazy dream. I'd love to purchase a little sailboat, make my way down the East Coast, across the Carribean, down South America, and end up in the Falklands, maybe Tierra Del Fuego, ...
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What happens if you lose your passport at an airport / during transit?

Once, when flying from India to the UK, I left my passport on the plane's seat-back pocket and forgot that I left it there until I reached the passport control desks. Fortunately in this case, I ...
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Large cash requirement (2700 USD) for Russian citizens to fly to the US? [duplicate]

My girlfriend is Russian. Last night we tried to fly her to the US on a valid tourist visa. She was stopped at DME and told she would be required to have $2700 USD to get back home immediately even ...
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Why did a Customs agent ask a US citizen about residency?

I live in Costa Rica but I am a US citizen. The last time I traveled solo back to the States, the customs agent grilled me about how long I live in CR vs the US. He said I needed to reside in the US ...
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Can I bring an anti-religious book into Saudi Arabia?

Could I bring books like The God Delusion from Richard Dawkins to Saudi Arabia? What will happen if they saw this book in my hand during the check-in or somewhere else in Saudi Arabia? What about ...
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Is the ban on applying for a US visa after marriage fraud a lifetime ban or 10 years?

A Jamaican committed marriage fraud about 30 years ago by marrying a US citizen in a marriage where the groom was paid a certain amount of money to marry her. The groom got in legal trouble for an ...
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How to clean drug misdemeanor in US so I don't get stopped at border every time?

I'm an American living in Canada. 11 years ago, when I was 19, I was stupid and had some pot in my car while driving through a border patrol checkpoint. (Note: A border patrol checkpoint is not the ...
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Can I enter the USA? I have dual citizenship (Japan and USA), but I have been to Iran with my Japanese passport

I have dual citizenship (Japan and USA). I have been to Iran with my Japanese passport. I would like to know if a US citizen with dual citizenship should hand in both passports when entering USA, and,...
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Can we carry rice to Japan?

We are traveling to Japan for over 18 days and planning to carry 10 KG of rice considering we are two people and eat rice at least twice a day. Are there any challenges at the customs in Japan (...
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Why do immigration officers ask to see ID other than your passport?

I have traveled a lot, and I am often asked by Immigration to show them an another ID than my passport. Should I have to show them another ID with my passport when asked? Isn't a passport sufficient ...
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Are gifts requested by my host, but bought by me, items “requested from someone else” according to customs in Japan?

When traveling to Japan, upon arriving, passengers are requested to fill out a custom declaration form. Question number 1.6 asks whether the passanger is bringing "any items [they] have been ...
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I will live on a boat while in the US. What's my “US street address” for the customs declaration form?

I will be travelling to the US as a tourist for a few days (I have an ESTA, I'm from an EU contry). When you arrive at the border, you must fill a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Declaration Form ...
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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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My mom and I are traveling to NYC together. Can we be together at the border control station or will we have to go one after another?

My mom and I are traveling to New York City together soon and I will be 17 years old by the time of travel. The airport of arrival is Newark Liberty Airport(EWR). Will we have to go one after the ...
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Can't smugglers just walk straight through E.U. customs checks?

I am just curious why everybody coming into the U.S. must fill out a customs declaration, while in the E.U. you make your declaration by walking either through "Nothing to declare" or "Things to ...
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Can a French citizen fly from France to the USA with a green card, but no passport?

I live in the US where I have a green card. I am in France (of which I am a citizen) and I lost my passport. Can I just use my green card to fly back to the US?
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What does this strange code stamp on my passport mean?

On my last trip to the UK I got this strange stamp. I have the feeling I have been flagged but not sure why. Does anybody know if it is something I have to worry about? I am a US citizen.
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What happens if you declare an item and it is confiscated?

A few years back I was on a trip with a family member who brought back a meat product to Canada. I told them to declare it, so they did. It got confiscated entering at the Canadian border as a ...
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How do custom officers determine if the imported goods of a passenger are old or newly bought?

Almost all countries levy custom duties (with an allowance) on imported goods by passengers, such as electronics, clothes, etc., that have been bought from outside that country and are intended to ...
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Travelling in the EU with a national identity card - no longer possible?

I thought that it was possible to travel in the EU with a national identity card rather than a passport. However, some friends in Denmark say that is no longer true and they need a full passport even ...
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Traveling with medical equipment in checked baggage

My wife uses a compression machine to treat lymphedema, which is a result of her breast cancer treatment several years ago. She needs to use the machine almost daily, otherwise her arm swells, which ...
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After being refused entry and removed from Heathrow, can I visit England?

I'm currently on a 3-month visitor visa in Denmark. A few weeks ago, I bought a return ticket and flew to London to meet my British boyfriend. On my arrival at Heathrow, I was detained for almost 6 ...
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Is it really forbidden to cross the Indian border with Indian rupee?

Last week I tried to exchange some Swiss Francs into Indian rupees. For that I visited a big bank and they told me that they have rupees but I'm not allowed to import any into India. Is this really ...

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