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 non-CIS nationals have issues with visa checks on the Moscow-Dushanbe train?

Is it true that conductors (meaning train staff, NOT border police) on the Tajik train from Moscow to Dushanbe (which I'm going to take to Kazakhstan) check if you have the proper visa for the ...
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Drive from US to Canada with a dog

For the holidays we often drive from Buffalo to Detroit via Ontario, since it saves a lot of time. However, this is the first year we will be bringing our new dog along as well. What sort of ...
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How easy is it for someone with blindness to go through customs?

I am a totally blind traveller. I have always flown within the US for the last four years, usually getting assistance from airport staff and sky caps. Whether they are airline employees or airport ...
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Can I take two laptops to India from United States? One bought in India and one in US [duplicate]

I will be landing at New Delhi airport. The worth of new laptop (Lenovo Yoga Idea Pad 13) is about $1000 and old one (Macbook Pro) is > 1 lakh INR. I want to leave the new laptop in India. I have a ...
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Does cash over USD 10,000 need to be declared before boarding a domestic flight connecting to an international flight?

There is a related previous question with an answer that suggests (in passing) that the declaration can be done at the final airport before leaving the US. But it does not address whether waiting ...
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US citizen previously refused entry into the UK and been refused for visa. What to do now?

I'm so highly confused but maybe you guys can help me. My girlfriend lives in Bristol, United Kingdom, shes a British Citizen while I'm American. I'm not very good at explaining myself so beware but ...
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US citizen with warrants in the US and want to enter with a foreign passport

I have warrants in Texas for a traffic ticket and drug paraphernalia but I exited the US to Japan and I have dual citizenship. My US passport has my American name with my father's last name. I ...
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Should we disclose a romantic relationship at a UK landing interview for non-EU citizens?

I am traveling to UK soon with my girlfriend for an exchange programme. My girlfriend is not a Brit and she will also participate in the exchange programme. We each hold a Mainland China passport with ...
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Entering the US with my wife when we hold a passports from different countries?

My wife has a passport of country A + B1/B2 visa to US (country A citizens need a visa to enter US). I have a passport of country A and also a passport of country B + ESTA (country B citizens don't ...
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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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Airline policy when a passenger is refused entry in both departure and arrival countries

Before departure the airline staff may check your passport stats to ensure you wont be rejected to enter the arrival country. However, in some case Immigration office of arrival country will reject ...
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What happens if RFID system in my “biometric” travel passport malfunctions when I cross the border?

My travel passport contains the "biometric" RFID chip. While I can at any moment check that my passport itself is intact (not torn or anything) I can't check whether the chip inside is functioning as ...
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Getting refused entry and removed at Heathrow, X in passport

I have been to the UK 12 times and I also had a 2 year visa. My boyfriend lives in England and we have been together 8 years. Last time I visited I was refused entry because I didn't have a return ...
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If I am interviewed by US immigration in Canada, will I be interviewed again when I arrive in the US?

I am heading to Dallas from Canada right now. I was already interviewed by US immigration and received a visa stamp too. Am I going to be interviewed again in Dallas? I would like to know because of ...
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What are the requirements for Russian citizens to leave Russia? [duplicate]

If they already have the documentation, visa, passport and air tickets, can they be stopped at the Moscow airport by their own Customs agents and be made to show proof of funds before being allowed to ...
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Delayed international baggage held by customs

This is a strange situation I am in. Due to flight delays, I was rerouted into the US through a different airport. My initial route London-->Philadelphia was changed to London->DC->Philadelphia. ...
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Drive to US, fly from there to Hawaii without passport?

If one does not have a passport in Canada, can they drive to the USA, then fly to Hawaii without a passport? Would I be able to use my Canadian driver's license as valid photo ID?
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US Visas: O and P

Some young semi professional musicians are planning a tour that might include some dates in the USA. I called the CBP and they confidently assured me that an O or a P status, which can be obtained at ...
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What kind of Visa do I need to land on the EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg?

Assuming I'm not a citizen of the European union, and that I have a Schengen Visa with Germany as the main destination, do I need to make any special arrangements to land at this airport? The ...
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Flight transfer via Ireland with a UK reentry ban

I am a British citizen and my fiance is American. Last year he got deported and a 2 year ban from entering the UK. This is because we stayed in Dublin for 3 months, then the UK for just over 3 months. ...
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Do I really have to register with the police when staying with a friend in Croatia?

Situation: I'm a German in the UK. I'll be traveling from London to Zagreb next week and staying at a friends house. The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office says: Unless staying at a hotel or ...
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What is the function of UK Border Force agents at UK airports between departures security and the shops?

Ran into a desk of Border Force officers at Stansted after clearing security. I then started thinking the exit border checks imposed at non-air borders had been extended to airports, but as I was ...
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Stay longer in the US than what I told CBP

I'm Japanese, visiting my boyfriend in the US for the first time, staying with his family for about 40 days. We've been dating for a couple of years, but this is the first time I'm going to America. ...
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What happens if you are caught (accidentally) not declaring something at customs?

So, you get into the "nothing to declare" line, but you get selected for a random bag check anyway... and the customs officer finds something you were supposed to declare. It's something small, like ...
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Does Heathrow Terminal 5 allow transit visa exempt flyers to stay airside overnight?

I found lots of evidence online that Heathrow is not closed overnight and that passengers without a visa who are transiting through the airport can hang out overnight on the air side to catch their ...
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Cruise ship in the Schengen area: Do the days spent at sea count toward the limit for short visits?

I am planning on spending 90 days in Schengen zone countries. I will be taking a cruise between Lisbon and Barcelona. Do the days at sea count against the 90 days allowed for staying in the Schengen ...
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Why are passports checked at the check-in counter, Immigration and even at the gate?

I was wondering, why there are passport checks at the check-in counter, Immigration and even at the gate? For example, I was at Istanbul flying to either UK or US. There's a security check at the ...
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Not getting passport stamped when entering USA from abroad

I (a US citizen) recently returned from a trip abroad. When I entered the US via San Francisco (SFO), I had to do a bunch of stuff at a machine: scan my passport, answer a few questions, and take my ...
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Is there an obligation to renew a small child's passport before its expiry date?

I obtained my daughter's first children passport when she was just a few months old. Now she is three and during our last flight an immigration officer complained that her passport had a baby photo. ...
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Does the immigration officer know about our travel plans?

Does the immigration officer have a copy of my cover letter or detailed itinerary mentioning my travel route which I had submitted along with my Schengen visa application?
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Amtrak Cascades from Seattle to Vancouver - What is the border crossing like northbound?

I'm pondering using the Amtrack Cascades train to get from Seattle up to Vancouver. The ticket price seems pretty good, the views are supposed to be great, and it seems to be fairly quick too! When ...
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Can Russians exit Russia on an internal passport?

Someone I know is a dual citizen of Sweden and Russia, holding a Swedish ID card and Russian internal passport, but neither a Swedish passport nor Russian external passport. She's planning to travel ...
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Valid Tourist Visa for Business purpose

I have a multiple-entry tourist visa -C for Schengen countries for a validity of 6 months. I applied for a business visa but the files sent back from the Embassy state that a valid visa is already on ...
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Is there an international language at sea?

When the Russian pilot of an Aeroflot jet is approaching Moscow's airport staffed by Russian Air Traffic controllers, convention still holds that everybody is speaking English. Even if that English ...
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Dual Citizenship - only one passport problem

I retain citizenship in both the UK and the US. I live and study in the UK, and my parents are both English, with British passports. Essentially, I have received my declaration and attended the ...
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We were stopped by Border Patrol while traveling within the US without our passports. Would this cause issues for future travel?

A couple of friends and I on F-1 Student Visas decided to visit San Diego Border Field State Park. We looked up the park and the requirements on the website say: The US side is supervised by Border ...
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Citizen of Moldova travelling to Finland as an interpreter on a short business trip (7 days) - visa exemption

I am a citizen of Moldova and I plan to travel to Finland from Turkey, where I currently reside, as an interpreter for two people on a business trip. I am a freelance interpreter, so I am not a ...
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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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Process for valuing items for customs purposes at the Canadian border

According to Canadian customs rules, a visitor to Canada must declare any gifts s/he brings in over $60 CAD in value, and may have to pay customs duties on these gifts. Now, suppose a visitor (let's ...
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Can you travel to Canada if banned from the USA?

This page from the Government of Canada indicates the two countries are sharing relevant information. So would Canada refuse entry to someone who is banned from the US because of overstaying?
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Visiting Frankfurt on a 3-hour layover

We have a 3 hour layover in Frankfurt, on the way to Rome. My husband wants to leave to get a bite to eat and see a small part of the city. Will we have enough time? Is this a smart idea?
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Airport in Japan without Retina Scan

I will be flying at the start of 2018 to Japan and I'm, for various privacy reasons, not comfortable with officials taking a retina scan. Fingerprints ought to be enough! Therefore: Which airports in ...
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As an asylee, can I use my passport instead of my US re-entry permit?

I am an asylee in the United States. I have a Green Card, and my primary passport which was issued by my country of origin. I am not allowed to go back to my home city and then return to the United ...
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Do I need to declare ice axes at customs?

I will be travelling to and returning from Norway, to/from the UK. I will be carrying two ice axes within my checked-in luggage, to use for sporting activities. They do have a somewhat menacing ...
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As a dual citizen, my US passport will expire one day after traveling to the US. Will this work?

As a dual citizen, my US passport will expire one day after traveling to the US (May 4th). I will be staying for one week, flying back to Europe afterwards (where I am a resident). Can I enter with my ...
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Do you have to depart from the country where the Schengen Visa was applied from?

My parents are visiting me for a month- I live in NYC. They want me take them on a two week short European trip leaving New York while visiting me. I am a US Citizen and they carry a US multiple ...
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At *some* border crossings, why do bus passengers have to get off, but not those in cars?

At the Singapore-Malaysia border crossing, if you are on a bus, everyone needs to take their stuff, get off, and have their stuff checked, somewhat similar to what is done at airports. In contrast, if ...
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Can EU citizens 'border-hop' between Schengen countries to prolong their 90-day maximum stay? [closed]

The European Commission states that EU citizens have the right to reside on the territory of another country "for up to three months without any conditions other than the requirement to hold a valid ...
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Changing legal name, what happens when I visit the US again?

I'm a UK Citizen, I have previously visited the US under the name of, let's say, Joe Smith. I am changing my name to, let's say, Joe Barnes. My passport will be in the new name of Barnes. Do I have ...
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What are the steps to claim/recheck baggage on international layover via non-partner connecting airline?

Suppose you have an international layover at an airport that connects to a different non-partner airline from your arrival flight airline. My understanding is that you will need to claim your baggage ...