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Going to India. Want to bring 4-5 powerbooks, 2 ipads, 2 iphones all 2+ y.o. to give to friends & donate, PLUS I'll bring mine. Any duty exemptions?

Going to India. Want to bring 4-5 powerbooks, 2 ipads, 3 iphones all 2+ y.o. to give to friends & donate, PLUS I'll bring mine. Any duty exemptions???
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Gifts in luggage

I'll be flying from the USA back to Germany. I have bought several gifts for family. This includes: A brand new laptop makeup clothes wallets perfumes Is this going to cause a problem at the airport....
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Bringing an Apple Airpod from Finland to Poland via flight

I am planning to bring an airpod that I bought in Finland to Poland for a friend as a gift. I have the bill and also the packaging is still intact. My question is Do I need to declare or pay any ...
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Paying tax when traveling home to the EU with UK bought goods and gifts after Brexit?

When travel opens up after COVID 19 we are going to experience travel after Brexit and the adjustment period for the first time. In my case it will be to the Netherlands, but I might travel via France ...
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CBP: Declare jewellery from India to USA as gift for grandchildren

We're planning to take $1000 worth of gold and silver jewellery from India to USA. Do we need to declare it on the CBP form? Some blogs says that the monetary value should be declared only if ...
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Are there any restrictions for bath salts (magnesium flakes) in hand luggage flying within Europe?

In some sources it is written that you can carry bath salts: Carrying powder-type stuff in carry on - problems? Banned on board: Christmas gifts you can’t take on a flight: Bath bombs are also ...
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Can I carry a watch as a gift in my carry-on luggage when flying from Kolkata to Chennai? [duplicate]

I bought a new watch for my friend and made a surprise gift pack as well. The watch is an expensive one. I am flying from Kolkata to Chennai and my friend will take it from Chennai and will fly to ...
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Sending gifts to Italy [closed]

What is the maximum allowable value of gifts sent to Italy to avoid customs duties? Does the receiving party have to pay VAT on items?
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Small Diwali gifts, from an overseas visitor in India during the festive period?

In part due to not properly checking ahead, I've just discovered that it's Diwali this weekend. I'm currently in India on a work trip, visiting a number of people in an office here. Based on ...
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As a Canadian, what are appropriate gifts to bring when travelling to Europe?

I live in Vancouver, Canada and will be travelling to London and Paris for several weeks in October. I will be using Airbnb and CouchSurfing. I would like to bring some small gifts for my hosts and ...
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Can I bring iphone from USA and give it to my friend in Germany if she meets me in transit area?

My friend has Schengen visa and she lives in Italy. I have a layover in Germany for 5 hrs but I do not have visa but I can stay in transit area. I have to give the iphone I am bringing from USA. Is ...
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Gift-giving rules for Japanese dinner host

I'm invited by a Japanese family for a home cooked dinner at their house. I'm wondering, given the Japanese gift-giving culture, what is appropriate to bring with me in this case and if it's any ...
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What gift do girls prefer in Belarus? [closed]

Soon I will visit my friend in Belarus. And to be honest I have no idea what to give her on a first date. What gifts do girls in Belarus like? Is there anything I shouldn't give to her?
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How many bottles of perfume can I bring in to India when flying back from Dubai?

I have bought six bottles of perfume of 100ml each, priced at 700-800 INR. I plan to use these bottles as a gift. How many bottles of perfume can I bring back to India when flying back from Dubai?. ...
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How much goods can I bring into South Africa without paying import duty?

I have a watch that was bought through Amazon by a friend who is in South Africa and was sent to me as Amazon does not ship to South Africa. the intention is that i bring the watch with me in my hand ...
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Sweets as gifts in lands untouched by modern dentistry

Lonely Planet's guide to Mongolia mentions, in a section about visiting the Tsaatan (Цаатан) people and "Do"s and "Don't"s for tourists, not to give them sweets as gifts, as there's no dentist there. ...
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How to keep chocolate from melting when bringing it for a flight? [duplicate]

I'm thinking of bringing chocolate for my friends in my flight a month from now. Should I keep it with the check in baggage? Or with my carry on? Assume that weight isn't an issue - all I need to ...
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Gifts to take from US to Sweden [duplicate]

My daughter is staying with Swedish relatives before a school study abroad trip. I want to send a few gifts with her for them. So many sites say to bring local food, but I read that you can't bring ...
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Is it possible to bring fudge from New Zealand to UK?

I have bought fudge for gifts in NZ but am now unsure whether I will be allowed to take it inti UK - will I?
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Present for bicycle traveler [closed]

A friend of mine is about to go on a one person multi month trip with his bicycle through South America. Before he leaves, we want to give him a present for his upcoming birthday. The straight forward ...
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Should I give my Japanese host omiyage/gift when meeting them first or when I'm leaving?

I'll be visiting Japan soon and I'll be meeting a friend there. I was wondering if the etiquette there was to give a gift when you first arrive or when you'll be leaving. When should I give the ...
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What is an appropriate gift for an Indian wedding?

I will be attending a Hindu wedding in the state of Odisha in India in the near future. The wedding is between a the brother of a friend of mine and his new bride. I will be traveling from the US, ...
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Are candles a welcome gift in China?

I'd like to deliver some candles to a friend in China who hosted me at his place as a Christmas gift. (I know it is a bit late, but I guess for a non-Christian it doesn't really matter…) ...
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What are the rules for taking electronics and other expensive gifts from the USA to the EU?

I am an American with residence in Belgium. I came here to the USA for the holidays and brought my old, iPhone, iPad and my MacBook. Now, here, I want to buy a new iPad and also a surface pad, among ...
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Japanese homestay gifts?

I am an American and I will be going to Japan for a study abroad program to Japan. I will be having 3 host families. I want to give gifts to my host Families and I am having trouble coming up with ...
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Purchasing cookware (eg. Teapot) in china: concern of lead

I am traveling to china and while I am there I would like to buy a tea set for my wife, who loves tea. Should I be concerned that a teapot for example would contain lead? How would I know if it ...
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Gifts for Chinese hosts?

I am traveling to China for work (I am an academic), and would like to bring small gifts with me for the hosts who have been working to coordinate my visit. What are some recommendations for the kinds ...
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What gifts would be welcome for a Swedish host family?

What are good gifts to take to Swedish family in 2014? Many American things are now easy to find there. The most recent postings seem to be 2012. Some say towels...terrycloth? We'd like to get ...
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What is a good gift for hospitality in Nepal

I am planning an extended Motorbike tour through Nepal and India and was wondering what a good token of appreciation would be .. besides money .. to give to people inviting me for a meal or giving me ...
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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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Presents for Japanese CouchSurfing hosts

I was evaluating doing CouchSurfing during my next trip in Japan and this question: What does a CouchSurfing host expect from their guests? makes me want to ask if there is a sort of "etiquette" I ...
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What statue did Bolivia give, and where is it located?

From Babyhood by Paul Reiser: Every place I looked I saw a great place to be somebody's parent. "I could walk into that 7-Eleven and buy my kid a soda … I could play ball in that park and ...
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What can I take as a gift from Poland for my host, which is small and light?

I'm from Poland and I'd like to try some CouchSurfing after the trip in the mountains. I'd have to carry all things on my back, so this should be small and very light. A normally proposed souvenir ...
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Gift giving in Korea: Do I have to wrap snacks?

I just arrived on Seoul and brought some packets of dried mangoes for my hosts. I forgot to wrap them however. I've read that Koreans are particular about their gifts being wrapped but these gifts ...
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What are some practical hand-out gifts you can take with you when travelling?

I happens quite often that you make new friendships while on the road or that you are hosted by someone you are visiting. On such occasions you usually want to leave a small gift such that the person ...
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What is a good gift to bring from Sweden for CouchSurfing hosts? [closed]

I will be leaving on a 22-day trip around Europe pretty soon and will be visiting six or seven homes through CouchSurfing. I want to bring them a small gift or souvenir from Sweden as a return for ...
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What should we consider when buying a gift for a host family in Turkey?

In September, we are traveling to Turkey. Part of the trip is a family home stay. We will be staying with a local family who will feed and house us for the night. We want to thank the family with a ...
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