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Questions tagged [officials]

Dealing with bureaucrats, guards, officers, and other official employees you will meet in your travels.

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Proofs required and what to expect with Immigration officer interview, visiting UK for Job interview

I will be visiting London, UK for an onsite Job interview next week. For the purpose of this visit, I applied and got a standard visitor visa. I have booked return ticket, hotel, pickup and drop ...
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At what non-preclearance airports are there US DHS officers?

I've read that at certain airports (especially London airports), there are sometimes American DHS officers doing spot checks of passengers about to board flights to the US. At what airports is this ...
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Should I say hello to the passport control officers, or just quietly give them my passport?

What is the etiquette? What do the passport control officers expect? I’m asking from the point of politeness and efficiency.
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When travelling to China, does the Hijab have to be removed?

As most of the people know, the Hijab is a headscarf which Muslim women are ordered to wear in Islam. Hearing the recent news, it appears China has banned the Hijab and other types of Islamic clothing....
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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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Can interpol detain me in the USA, Europe or Canada for dodging draft in countries like Russia, Belarus?

Can interpol detain citizens of CIS-countries(Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Armenia) in the USA, Europe or Canada for dodging draft in home countries?
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How can I ask an airport officer not to cut in line? [closed]

My grandma was waiting in line at a fast food counter at a New York airport, and before her were some teenagers. Then some uniformed officer ignored her and the teenagers, jumped the line and walked ...
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Can the police in Northern Cyprus take my passport away from me, an American citizen?

Is it legal for the authorities in the Republic of Northern Cyprus to keep my passport? I’m in Northern Cyprus and the police have taken my passport from me because of a personal dispute with a friend ...
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Why did someone at the airport ask for my passport and write my info in a book?

I’m 18 this year and I’m going to Korea for the third time. Once last year, twice this year. This time, I got a stamp on my flight ticket: it was stamped when I transferred from a domestic flight to ...
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I have multiple citizenships, and somehow landed in legal trouble while travelling abroad. Which embassy should I contact for consular services?

Consider the scenario where you are travelling overseas, outside of the jurisdiction of any of the countries to which you have citizenship. You somehow end up in legal trouble, and are arrested. By ...
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Why was my residence permit card bounced against the desk at immigration?

This may sound like a very bizarre question, but today while entering Turkey at Istanbul Atatürk Airport, I was using my UK Residence Permit as an entry requirement (since Indian passport holders need ...
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Why are German border checks alternately performed by border police and customs?

When entering Germany by bus from Switzerland, border checks are occasionally performed. However, the checks are not always performed by the border police (Bundespolizei, officially responsible for ...
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Is it normal to be stopped by authorities and asked for ID in Paris? [closed]

On Boulevard Haussmann Paris, is it normal to be stopped for no apparent good reason and asked where you are from? I was giving directions to another tourist. My appearance is clean-cut, unremarkable ...
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Can a UK citizen be present in USA with no passport (during renewal)?

My UK passport is due to expire soon and I will renew it using the overseas service. However this requires me to send the old passport back to the UK, and I will be in the USA with no passport while ...
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Photographing federal buildings in Australia?

There are some amazing federal buildings in Australia, with their own unique designs. However, a friend was saying he had no idea what he was photographing in Sydney and took a photo of the Federal ...
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How to pay german traffic ticket while being in the USA?

Yesterday, 2 pieces of paper have appeared in my mailbox in the USA. From what I understand, it is a traffic ticket, from Germany from Summer trip, which found its way to my address in the USA. I do ...
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What happens if an arriving passenger into the US/Canada assaults a border officer?

One of my close British classmates will be travelling soon to Canada and the the United States for a week. Although hes a 'decent' guy who has gathered no criminal charges or arrest records as a 20yr ...
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Is an Email response considered an official document?

Can an email response, e.g. from the German Auswärtiges Amt, be considered an official document and used during travel? As an example: If I have an electronic response stating that no special ...
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Why doesn't the Serbian border police let you re-enter Serbia at Belgrade airport and then re-exit?

I recently flew from Belgrade to Stockholm, arriving at Belgrade airport at 2 AM, with a flight leaving at 6 AM. I had to change Serbian dinars to euros, and the only open bureau de change was ...
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Indian Passport not stamped, arriving from Canada via Amtrak

I was travelling back on the Amtrak train to New York from Montreal after a 3 day stay. On the way back, the CBP officer didn't even check my passport. Neither did he check the passport of the person ...
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Which police force is responsible for ports/harbors/marinas in Spain?

It's quite well known that Spain has a few different types of Police. However, just how many different types are there and what are their roles? For example, who/what body of police is responsible ...
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Can I legally display my foreign license if pulled over in the USA if I already have USA license?

Am I required by law to have my USA license on me if I drive in the USA, or can I also have my foreign license? If pulled over, must I tell the police that I have a valid USA license or can I just ...
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Can my boyfriends stalker here cause travel visa entry problems when he visits me in US again? [closed]

I live in the US, and have a foreign boyfriend, who has been here several times and never overstayed. However, he has a stalker in the US, who is acting like he is getting stalked. Could this person ...
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Are EEA nationals allowed to use the non-EEA queue at UK airports?

I just (half an hour ago) entered the UK at Stansted airport, and the EEA queue at immigration was absolutely packed (it would have taken at least an hour to get through), whereas the non-EEA queue ...
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Which nations have specific laws that allow/ disallow ENTRY of shamanic ritual plants/ herbs such as Ayahuasca? [closed]

Travelling to Latin America to take hallucinogenic drugs: how does one do it safely? This is a related question, but objective here is different. I have a few friends from Latin & Eastern ...
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Should I report this UK road accident to the police? [closed]

I was involved in an accident (in England, A259) this morning, with four vehicles (v1 to v4, v1 in front and me in v2) involved, in line and hit from behind. I was driving the second vehicle from the ...
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Are there plain clothes police patrols in Warsaw, or was I a victim of a scam?

I was walking along the river in Warsaw in the afternoon and was approached by two men who claimed to be police. They showed me ID, but I have no idea what Polish policja ID is supposed to look like, ...
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Documents required at US Border patrol checkpoint?

Someone I know (Finnish national) was robbed of her passport in San Diego this evening and needs to go by bus to Los Angeles tomorrow (i.e. today in Europe). She is in WT status, and holds an ...
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In what cities are immigration checks by police common in the underground/subway/metro? [closed]

For the first time in my life, I was stopped for an immigration check, which was on a metro platform in Sofia (Bulgaria). A police officer told me something in Bulgarian, and when I said (in Bulgarian)...
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Do the Macedonian police issue visitors a registration card?

In Serbia and Macedonia, you have to register with the police if staying in those countries overnight. I know that in Serbia, you're issued a white registration card that needs to be shown when ...
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If I visit Moldova on an ID card, how can the police see I'm legally in the country?

As a Swedish national, I'm allowed to visit Moldova without a residence permit for 3 months in a 6-month period. When going there I use my ID Card (accepted since September 2014), which cannot be ...
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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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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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Lost uk passport. Due to fly from Jersey to London and London to India tomorrow? How can I get a replacement passport? [duplicate]

I have looked at all info on gov website but although you can make an appointment for an express passport the option is not there if passport is lost. Also where should I go in London. Address please?
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What would happen if you're caught in Beijing with a 144-hour visa exemption for the Shanghai area?

If you fly into Shanghai (and plan to fly out from there as well) and enter on a 144-hour visa exemption, and then take the Train to Beijing to spend the time there, what would the consequences be if ...
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Is it true that Uzbek visas are regularly checked in the Tashkent Metro?

I've read that local Police regularly checks foreigners' Uzbek visas in the Tashkent Metro. Is this true? And what would happen if you didn't have you passport with you? Would you simply be refused ...
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Is being stopped and asked for travel documents common in South America?

I was walking in Colombia in a street in Bogota when I got stopped by a policewoman. She asked me for my travel documents. I only had my drivers licence with me because I don't like taking my passport ...
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Opened closed cities in Murmansk Oblast

This summer I am traveling with a friend by car to Murmansk, and we are both very interested in military history. Wikipedia have a list Closed cities in Murmansk Oblast, of which most are related to ...
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Paying an unreceived traffic fine in Paris

So I was given a ticket for riding a bike (Vélib) in a one way street which i wasn't aware it was by that time. However, I left France after a month of that incident and haven't received the well ...
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Immigration officer that stopped me at the airport is texting me. What do I do?

Yesterday my cousin arrived to Chicago from Mexico, she is visiting family there to spend the holidays, this is not the first time she visits. She was stopped by immigration, because they thought it ...
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What happens if police stops me when driving a rental car and I'm not the authorized driver?

I rented a car, but didn't want to pay a second driver fee. My spouse is driving the car but I want to know if I'll be in trouble if police stops me when I'm driving. I know that insurance won't pay ...
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Is it possible to insist on having your ID checked at the police station, not in the street in Austria?

I am a non-EU citizen and I understand that I could be stopped in Austria and asked for my passport (and visa). Moreover, as far as I know, there are police officers in Austria dressed in civilian ...
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Do immigration officers check if i'm working or studying or unemployed?

Is immigration officer going to check if I'm working, studying or unemployed? I'm a Moroccan citizen and I'm planning to visit the Philippines (visa free for a stay up 30 days). And my question is ...
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Bribing Indonesian police for missing motorbike license

I really hate to do this, but it seems like I most likely will have to bribe the police at some point because I do not have a motorbike license and I'm driving a scooter in Indonesia for several weeks....
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UK Immigration officers arrivals interview questions

When interviewing arrivals seeking entry, what questions do UK Immigration offices ask? Also, what will be asked on the landing card?
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Can I travel by plane with my residence permit, ID card, Geprivelgeerde Dutch card from Holland to Budapest, with my expired passport?

I applied for my passport, but have not received it yet, I have to fly to Budapest next Thursday and are back on Sunday. I am flying from Schipol to Budapest. I have geprevligeerde Dutch ID card and ...
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No-pictures buildings in Japan (shooting from street forbidden by law)

I often take pictures of buildings. Usually without knowing what the building is. QUESTION: Are there buildings in Japan that it is forbidden by law to take pictures of? If yes, which ones? Bonus ...
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Cards, dices, poker chips, board games, etc. in Thailand

I've read that cards have actually been outlawed a while ago in Thailand to crack down gambling. I know that it's illegal to own poker chips as that's classified as gambling paraphernalia, but what ...
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Why police didn't even block me once at the airport arrivals?

First of all, I'm not a terrorist or a drug courier. Starting in June 2012, I began flying from Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO) to Falcone–Borsellino Airport (PMO) for personal reasons. ...
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Carrying confidential corporate data into US on laptop/Drive/device - how to prevent data theft?

If I travel to the US and had privacy concerns (for instance may be I was afraid that a rogue customs official may steal said data) what is the current recommended best practice to avoid this?