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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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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Is NEXUS clearly better than Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check for US citizens?

I'm considering joining one of the US government's Trusted Traveler programs. I found this comparison chart (see below) on the Homeland Security website comparing TSA Pre-Check, Global Entry, NEXUS, ...
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Passport stamps art, can it be done?

I've seen a photo in Twitter claiming that someone managed to make an art out of immigration stamps, as follows: Is it really possible to ask immigration officers to stamp in a certain way to end up ...
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Can a non-EU citizen with residency visa traveling with me come with me through the EU passport line, when entering Schengen area?

I’m doing some travelling with my mate in a few weeks and I was wondering if, to save time, he could come through the Schengen border through the EU Line with me even though he is not a citizen? I’m a ...
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How likely is it to get asked about your job in detail by Immigration?

I just read this article, titled A software engineer was detained by U.S. Customs - and given a test to prove he's an engineer. While the actual situation is slightly different - he tried to enter it ...
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Is someone who writes their job as “unemployed” on an immigration card and customs application more likely to be delayed or denied entry?

I usually write my job status as unemployed on an immigration card and customs application. But does this have any ill effects, such as taking more time to get through it or increasing the chance of ...
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Can a connection in Singapore airport be too long?

I am looking currently at flights from Darwin, Australia (DRW) to Tel Aviv, Israel (TLV). There are not many offerings on airline websites for routes between these airports. The itineraries I found ...
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Issues with US immigration after alleged overstay - how to handle?

I arrived in Miami International Airport (Feb 2013) and was taken aside by immigration who stated I had overstayed in the US in 1995 by a few days. It was claimed that I had not left the US and they ...
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How to submit required forms to customs when leaving USA?

In a situation when a passenger of a scheduled flight leaving USA has something that has to be declared (like submitting FinCEN Form 105 for monetary instruments), what is the proper procedure for ...
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Overstayed my US visa for over 10 years, never got deported, can I return as a tourist? [duplicate]

In 2000, I traveled to the US via a J-1 Work And Travel program and lived there, illegally, for 11 years. I was never arrested, or had any trouble with the law, I was never deported. I paid my taxes (...
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What happens to the garbage from a pre-customs side of an international airport?

A traveler setting off on a long international trip might take some fruit with him/her as a snack for the journey. The traveler may be aware that s/he is not allowed to carry that fruit past customs ...
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Language used at passport control in Frankfurt international airport

I will travel soon to Germany to attend a workshop at a university in Würzburg. The workshop is taught entirely in English. This is my first visit to Germany and I speak very little German. I was ...
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Bringing hiking shoes with dirt/soil to the US?

I'm soon travelling from Europe to the USA and I'm bringing hiking and running shoes with dirt on them (originating only from the EU and not from any farms). I have already thoroughly cleaned them, ...
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How to pay a Norwegian customs penalty fine from abroad

I recently entered a Norwegian port and was issued a fixed penalty notice for exceeding the cigarettes allowance, I therefore have to pay a fine of 400 kroner. I am now back in the UK and the fine has ...
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Carrying Condoms while traveling to Dubai

I am traveling to Dubai in last week of May 2016, I wanted to know is it OK to carry condoms in my luggage or I'll be stopped at security check?
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Can my proof of onward travel from the US be to a country other than my country of citizenship?

I want to travel to the USA on August 11, and leave again on the 21st to Taiwan. I already booked a round trip from Germany to the USA. My return flight is on October 2, which I plan to miss because I ...
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Does being refused entry to Singapore mean I am now blacklisted?

My friend who is an Indonesian citizen tried to enter Singapore this week and was refused entry at the Singapore Harbour Front Ferry Terminal by immigration. This was his first trip overseas and is ...
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How did the Dublin airport immigration agent know that I was refused entry to the UK after visually inspecting my passport?

I attempted to enter the UK through London and was asked some personal questions that really triggered me and I just answered them very vaguely and evasively because they made me feel uncomfortable ...
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What happens if an airport is evacuated but a transit passenger doesn't hold a travel document valid for entering the country? [closed]

Say someone flies from A to C, with a same-booking connection in B. Their travel document does not need to be, and in this case isn't, accepted for entry by B. It also cannot be endorsed with stamps ...
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Does visiting Colombia hurts one's travel history?

I plan on visiting Colombia in March. However, an acquaintance just told me that having Colombia in my travel history can hurt me when I apply for visas of other countries - particularly USA, Canada, ...
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Do I have to enter the UK on my UK passport?

I'm a British National (Overseas), which basically means that while I don't have the right of abode in the UK, I am permitted to visit the UK without a visa. However, my passport has expired, and ...
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Carrying habushu (snake wine) from Japan to USA

Next month I am traveling from Japan to USA. One of my friend is asking me to bring habushu (snake wine) as a souvenir.Like this pic: I want to ask a question here, is it OK to carry Habushu (snake ...
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Refused entry at Gare du Nord due to stolen BRP

My UK biometric residence permit (BRP) was stolen in Paris and I was not allowed to board my return flight. I was advised to try Gare du Nord as you could speak with an immigration officer there, who ...
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Consequences of being arrested by mistake in the USA

Situation Last summer, I went for a hitchhiking trip in the USA. Someone I did not know invited me to stay in the small cabin behind their house while they were absent. A neighbour saw me in the ...
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Which queue for an unmarried EU/non-EU couple travelling through UK Immigration Control together?

I'll be arriving at Heathrow in June 2015 with my current girlfriend for a holiday in the UK. I've been trying to find out which immigration queue to join at Heathrow Passport Control without much ...
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Declaring illegal substances at customs - what would happen?

I've always wondered this. Occasionally I declare medicines, or wood carvings or whatever when going through customs. The point of asking you to declare these things is so that they can inspect and ...
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Strange landing interview at LGW for an EEA national

So the following conversation took place at Gatwick Airport in April 2015, around 10:30PM, as I was entering the UK on a Swedish ID card. I was dressed in jeans and a plain red t-shirt (it was warm ...
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What is the minimum time to consider with a connecting flight in the USA?

Given the extensive time taken for immigration formalities in the US, what is the shortest time to consider between connecting flights in the US, when coming from abroad? Until now I have always ...
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Why is UK passport control so much stricter than in the Schengen area?

Flying into the Schengen area is extremely easy - you take out your passport, the immigration guy quickly checks if you haven't exceeded the 90/180 limit (and sometimes not even that), asks you about ...
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Can I bring my desktop computer as check-in baggage on a flight? [duplicate]

I am moving from Malaysia to the US, and planning to bring my desktop computer with me. I plan to pack it in my checked-in luggage. Will the computer risk being damaged? Any precaution should I take ...
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Can a UK Border Immigration Officer remove a stop indicator flag?

Today at Belfast airport I was detained for about twenty minutes while the border officer left her terminal at the primary control point (PCP) and went to review my profile/files at the secure control ...
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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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If I don't declare a not-yet-used engagement ring at airport security, am I smuggling jewelry?

In How do I get an engagement ring past security/customs in an airport without alerting my significant other?, MikeV posted a pertinent question which is worth asking: If I buy a ring in the US, ...
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Couldn't return papers to border officials last time. Should I be afraid when going back to USA?

Three years ago I was on holidays in Canada and visited the Niagara Falls. I also went to the American side of the falls and got something like a "short-term visa". I also got a green paper with all ...
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What does CWOP mean on visa cancelled stamp?

I was traveling to Dubai on a tourist visa. I was stopped by Immigration and my visa was cancelled; they also wrote CWOP on the stamp. Will this cause problems the next time I travel?
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For UK/USA bound flights, are details entered during online check-in, such as date of birth or passport number ever checked by airlines/immigration?

When checking-in for a flight online, you are usually asked for details such as date of birth, passport number, passport expiration dates, etc. However despite making minor mistakes a few times (...
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Laptop Searches by Customs - UK and US

I'll be traveling to the UK (London) on a study abroad in the spring and will be bring my laptop for school and intern purposes. I was just curious what/if any rights UK customs has to search laptops ...
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Leaving Italy without paying a bus fine

My wife and I got bus fines today in Bologna. We had only recently arrived and had purchased a ticket from where we were staying which was about 6 or 7 km from the city. The hotel receptionist ...
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Is it common for humanitarian flights to lack security control for the baggage?

Last week I took a flight from X to Y. Since Airport X is closed, they took us to the Military Airport. All the process happened outside of the building. However, they haven’t checked our baggage. I ...
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Traveling with friend/roommate, do we go through Immigration separately or together?

I will be traveling to Thailand and Japan with my friend/roommate. We booked our tickets together. My question is, when going through Immigration and Customs at our destination, do we go through ...
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Will one be refused entry on a full passport?

My question was triggered by How do I decide whether to be worried about having enough blank pages in my passport? The question is pretty simple. What happens at a border when you need an additional ...
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Can Customs & Border Protection confiscate documents when entering US?

I will be traveling soon to the US and I will have in my carry on a couple of personal documents including medical records of a friend who is already in US. Is there a reasonable chance that Customs &...
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Secondhand weed smoke smell on luggage when traveling to Japan. Will it be a problem?

I'll be flying to Japan and I'm staying at a friend's house before my flight to save money on lodging. I already knew but completely forgot about the fact that she smokes cannabis and now I'm worried ...
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Can you travel to Canada by road with an expired US passport?

Is it possible to leave and re-enter the US through the land border with Canada with an expired (US) passport? My passport expired in December and I didn't realize that until now. In addition to the ...
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European citizen visiting Cuba while in US?

I may be visiting the US soon for both work (conference) and leisure (sight-seeing) but was wondering whether it is possible to pay a visit to Cuba, as I see that direct commercial flights have been ...
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Carrying medicines internationally for a friend

A friend of mine has asked to carry medicines from India to UK. She is also going to provide me the prescription for those medicines. However, I am a bit reluctant because the prescription that she ...
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Visiting girlfriend in the USA

I'm going to visit my girlfriend in the US (I am from the UK, 31 years old) for 10 days soon, for the first time. We've known each other 8 years online and have been together long distance for nearly ...
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Crossing US border with music files I'm legally allowed to possess

Apart from directly buying digital music files, there are a few ways in which you could possess such files legally (at least in my country): Creating them from CDs you legally own, to make listening ...
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Arrivals forms or customs agents may ask if you packed your own bags. Must I pack them myself or is it OK to answer in the negative to this question?

When arriving in some countries you must fill out an arrival form at customs and immigration. You may also be asked some questions by customs agents. In some countries one question is whether or not ...
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Traveling from Frankfurt to Madrid on a single-entry Schengen visa

I have a Schengen single-entry business visa. I have a meeting with my German supplier in Frankfurt and then I have to attend an exhibition in Madrid. Today I wanted to book a flight from Frankfurt to ...

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