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 Chinese customs agents check the contents of Kindles and notebooks?

I have books on my Kindle with content that would probably make them ask more questions. It is nothing illegal or even questionable in most countries, but it would lead them to ask questions I don't ...
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Do you go through customs when returning to your country if you never entered any others (by sea)?

For example, if I as a Canadian took a sail boat with infinite supplies, left Halifax, NS and did a giant loop of the Atlantic Ocean never getting within 200 NM of any other country (thereby leaving ...
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US gave me Visa Waiver stamp rather than stamp on Visa

When arriving in the US, the passport control gave me an "Admitted" stamp with class "WT until 04 may 2017". However I have a (J-1) visa until June. Can this become a problem, or is the stamp ...
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Can I bring my desktop computer as check-in baggage on a flight?

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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As a married couple with different citizenships, should we pass through US immigration together or separately?

I will get married in March, and shortly after the wedding we will be traveling together to the US. She does not have US citizenship. So which rules do we follow? Do I pass through the US citizen ...
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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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Biometric passport: How can I know if the chip is still working? Does it matter?

My biometric passport inadvertently spent some time under the rain. It's not badly damaged but some sheets are a bit deformed and there are tiny brown spots on the side. I am wondering if there is an ...
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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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Crossing a border several times to increase duty free allowance

I'm not planning on doing this myself (I'm not in a geographical position to either), but I just thought about the idea, and I wonder what type of rules are in place to prevent it. This question ...
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Can I return back to the original airport if my valuable item is going to be confiscated in airport security?

If some of my items are confiscated in airport security and it is too valuable for me, can I decide NOT to enter the country and return back to the leaving country? I had my toothpaste confiscated at ...
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Will having “Muslim” stated on my passport cause issues at US immigration?

I'm considering travelling to the United States next April. As a student of history and literature, I really want to see the historical sites in and around New England. As someone with a Bahraini ...
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Item held by customs until I pay tax; what are my options?

I just arrived in the UK yesterday, from the US, carrying a piece of jewelry, which I intend to carry with me for the following months before I give it to someone at the right time and place, then ...
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Northern Cyprus - way to visit and what problems can I have with Republic of Cyprus after that?

I know that Northern Cyprus is recognized only by Turkey, and not other countries. So how can I visit this republic - only from Turkey, or there are some other ways? Will I have problems with getting ...
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How can I travel to Germany with my dog?

I will be traveling to Germany (from the USA) in a few months and hope to bring my dog, a 10 lb Chihuahua-mix. I would like to do this with a minimum of difficulty, so I am hoping to hear the ...
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US entry after multi-year overstay advice

Looking for advice. My sister in law lived in the US for 4 years, overstaying her visa. She worked, paid taxes and rent. She came back to UK a year ago due to family illness and now wants to return. ...
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Travelling from the UK to Canada with muddy running shoes in my luggage

I'm travelling from the UK to Canada and I want to take my running shoes, but they are rather muddy. Is it a problem to take muddy running shoes in my baggage from the UK to Canada? Will I have a ...
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What do the intra-Schengen border controls - reinstated in September 2015 - change?

In September 2015, some countries of the Schengen area decided to put border controls back in place. It might not last, it might happen again in the future, but I am curious about the changes this ...
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Overstayed my visa, left few months after my 18th birthday. Can I go back to visit?

So, I lived in the United States from when I was 5 until I was 18. My family and I overstayed our visa for about 4 years. I graduated high school in 2017 and moved back to my home country 3 months ...
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Can I enter Thailand without having my passport stamped?

Saudi Arabia and Thailand have no political relations due to the bizarre blue diamond affair. If my passport found to have a Thai stamp during renewal I will be fined some big fine and my passport ...
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Will a UAE stamp in my passport cause problems entering Israel?

I will be traveling to Israel soon and am concerned because some colleagues have suggested that the visa stamps in my passport from the United Arab Emirates (eg Dubai) might cause me difficulties on ...
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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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Immigration line selection at port of entry in the USA

We are traveling back to the USA in a few weeks. My parents are traveling with us. We don't know which line to pick during immigration. My parents have tourist visas. We have permanent resident cards....
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Will I be allowed back in to UK despite a passport stamp as shown?

I am a Canadian who entered the UK a few weeks ago from Holland. I am an idiot and didn't really have much of a plan for how long/what I would be doing while in the UK. I didn't have a ticket out of ...
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I was born in Yemen, but to British parents and never had Yemeni citizenship. Can I travel to the USA under the Trump ban?

Always been British and left Yemen as a young child many decades ago. But I was born there and it says so in my passport. Can I travel to the USA? Same question applies to children born in any of the ...
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How can you complain about being wrongly denied boarding and demand compensation?

An African friend of mine was traveling from Dar es Salaam to the UK (Manchester) and had an "Indefinite leave to remain" visa. His wife and children live in the UK. He was flying on Turkish ...
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Do I have to declare less than $10,000 in cash to US customs when coming back from vacation?

I'm confused after reading this article: http://traveltips.usatoday.com/much-money-can-bring-united-states-100169.html In the first paragraph, it states: "You may bring up to $10,000 in currency, ...
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Having overstayed in the US and now wanting to go back to India, will there by any problem at US Immigration?

I overstayed in the US, and now I want to go back to my home country (India) after three years. Will there be a problem with US Immigration while departing?
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What happens if there is no space for entry stamp in the passport for US visa?

I hold an Indian passport and have an F-1 Visa (multiple entry) for USA. I applied for a Schengen visa and it got approved but the Italian consulate has affixed the schengen visa sticker in a page ...
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How to complete the US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) I94 form when your stay is really short

I will be traveling from Lima, Peru (LIM) to Los Angeles (LAX) under a B1/B2 visa and then from Los Angeles (LAX) to Bangkok, Thailand (BKK). However, since I bought each flight separately, I will ...
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Overstaying in the US, is it possible to go to Guam and get back to LA?

A friend has been overstaying in the US for 8 months, he has a valid tourist visa. Will he be able to go to Guam and get back to LA? Do you have to go through customs and immigration? Thank you!
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Am I able to travel to the Netherlands without a visa to seek asylum?

Can I travel to the Netherlands to seek asylum with out a visa, because I want to seek asylum? Will Kenya Airways allow me to board a plane with out a visa to Schiphol Airport, considering I have my ...
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Passport requirements on entering Ireland as a citizen

Basic premise of this question is what are usual requirements for entering Ireland through Airport Immigration - and does this change based on where you departed from? Basically - I'm a citizen and ...
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Do British citizens need a passport to visit the Republic of Ireland?

I am flying from Manchester UK to Knock in the Republic of Ireland for one week in June 2017 on FlyBe. I am British, born in Yorkshire 1946, and my passport has expired. At 71 years old, I am not ...
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UK citizens traveling to Ireland with a child having no passport, what's the alternative for the ID?

I understand from various answers here, and from .gov.uk that I don't need a passport to travel to Ireland: I can just show my UK driver's license. But what if I'm travelling with a 10 year old child ...
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Why did I not pass through passport control when transiting to an international flight in Vancouver?

I took a domestic flight from Toronto to Vancouver, and transited to an international flight leaving Canada. When I got to the region for international departures,there was someone (looked like normal ...
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Dutch immigration at St Pancras intl

We are a family of 3 taking direct train from London St Pancras intl to Amsterdam which has started in April 2018. We have valid Schengen visa already and we hold Indian passports. However I have a ...
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Is there a program for Malaysia-Singapore commuters to avoid passport stamps (so the passport doesn't get full)?

Next year I'll be in Singapore for a month with school, visiting a university as a guest, but will have my hotel in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, and commute by bus CW2 or SJE to central Singapore. I know ...
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Can you eat food refused by quarantine by Australian border control?

If some food you're bringing in is refused by quarantine, are they sometimes willing to let you eat it? Assume there isn't a massive queue behind you and the officer is in a good mood. Background: I ...
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Is it okay to have less than 10,000 EUR when in Europe?

I want to travel to Europe but someone told me you must have 10000 euros. I don't really have that much money available. I wish to visit many places in Europe by the next year, but there is no ...
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Can I legally obtain a second passport as a US citizen? [duplicate]

I am a US citizen living in the US. Though I am a legal adult and financially independent, I sometimes travel internationally with my parents. Once we arrive at our destination, my parents demand that ...
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How much money do you need to have on hand when entering USA?

My friend, a Chilean citizen, is entering the US via waiver program to spend 3 weeks in USA in a couple of weeks. She already got her ESTA approval, the plane ticket, all hotels are already booked (...
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How much cash can I carry when travelling to the US?

I was wondering if someone knows the legal limit of cash money allowed per adult tourist when entering the US, especially from the UK. The reason is that I would like to get the best conversion rate ...
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Will I face problems if staying 91 days in the US visa-free?

I am going in less then a month to the United States for a 3 month period. I already have an ESTA that's valid until the end of the year. I already have my flight tickets, but I read somewhere that ...
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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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European citizen travelling to another European country without valid passport

My partner just left The Netherlands to drive to Germany. He called me to say he is already 3 hours in the trip, crossed the border and reminded himself that he forgot his passport. He asked me to ...
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Can an American visitor in Canada get critical medications sent from home?

My dad is visiting Toronto from the US and unfortunately during his trip last week he fell and fractured his hip. He had a kidney transplant 3 years ago so he takes anti-rejection meds for it. He has ...
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Filling US Customs and Border Protection form when a RV will be rented

I am a Brazilian, and I will travel with my wife and son to spend some days in California. I will arrive in Dallas and take an internal flight to San Francisco. I will rent a RV (Recreational Vehicle)...
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Layover at Narita, Japan. Do I need a transit visa?

I will be transferring between two international flights at Tokyo Narita airport. I'm scheduled to depart the same day I arrive. I am planning to stay within the airport during the layover. Does ...
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Retroactive duty charged on reimportation of luxury purse to Canada

I live in Toronto, Canada. I recently returned from a trip to New York. I was away for 5 days and declared $750CAD for the purchase of a designer belt and some cosmetics. This was exactly the amount I ...
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Can I import honey to Norway?

My mother has a few beehives and she is producing honey for home use. I am traveling to Norway in a few days and I'd like to bring one jar (1 kg) of honey to my friend there. I am a resident of Bosnia ...