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How do you know if Americans genuinely/literally mean what they say?

I have come across a few situations when an American will say something like "We should have lunch some time" or "Let's have lunch some time." Or "you should come down to visit me in D.C. (or Miami or ...
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Do I need a serious reason to enter a US Embassy as a US Citizen?

Out of curiosity, can I, as a US citizen, enter a US embassy without a serious reason? For example, if I was traveling to Tokyo and I want to see what it looks like inside can I just walk in? If not, ...
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How to lift a lifetime ban from Canada due to marijuana?

My husband was "banned for life" for entry into Canada for having marijuana on him back in the 90's. We had completely forgotten about this when we traveled to Toronto some years back, but were ...
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Leaving Thailand after months-long overstay (can't pay fine)

I missed my plane after staying just a couple weeks in Thailand and stayed with my girlfriend. I ended up out of money and no ticket home. I keep hearing about staying a day over here, but nothing ...
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Can Customs make me go back to return my electronic equipment or is it a scam?

My fiance just returned home from Nigeria and he has been detained 4 days at Reagan International airport because he returned with electronic sonar hardware he used for his job. Customs has detained ...
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Recently naturalized American visiting the UK, previously denied visa. Apply for entry clearance?

I am a recently naturalized America citizen. I want to visit the the UK but leaning towards flying in to France, and attempt entry into the UK via Calais by road on my US passport, so that if I am ...
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Is it culturally acceptable for an American to visit the memorials in Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

The title says it all. Is it culturally acceptable (to the Japanese) for an American to visit the memorials to the victims of the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki? I realize that a Japanese ...
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How can I locate a missing person abroad?

A good friend of mine is currently traveling through Europe by himself for a month. We've been chatting pretty regularly throughout the trip, but since Friday no one I know has heard from him. We're ...
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I didn't do any exit passport control when leaving Japan. What should I do?

I left Japan today on a 3 month tourist visa (I am a US citizen). I guess I was following some other people, or perhaps even I was just waved on, but I didn't speak with the exit passport controller ...
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Is it technically illegal for US citizens to visit Cuba? [duplicate]

There is a belief that US citizens would be doing something illegal if they were to visit Cuba. I remember hearing years ago while in Mexico where lots of people go on sidetrips to Cube that it's not ...
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Is it legal to meet with potential future employers in the UK, whilst visiting from the USA

One of my friends from the USA will be visiting the UK at some point using her visa free travel, she has previously been here before over the last few years. At some point in the future, she wants ...
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What do I need to legally and unproblematically take someone else's child on a trip to West Virginia?

Are there any requirements for an adult to take a five year old child on a day trip from Virginia to West Virginia with parental permission? I know that there are no checkpoints to pass when crossing ...
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How can a US citizen whose passport was stolen get home?

My passport was stolen and because of the holidays in December (Christmas and New Years) there were no open appointments to get emergency flying papers from the US embassy. Is there any way the ...
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US Citizen with dual nationality entering US on ESTA, what's the worst that can happen?

I've checked many old threads here but nobody has approached this specific scenario. I recently became a naturalized American, it happened within 4 weeks of applying so was shocked and never ...
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Can I enter the USA? I have dual citizenship (Japan and USA), but I have been to Iran with my Japanese passport

I have dual citizenship (Japan and USA). I have been to Iran with my Japanese passport. I would like to know if a US citizen with dual citizenship should hand in both passports when entering USA, and,...
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US citizen lost passport, stuck in Canada without a passport

My son is trying to return from Canada to the U.S. He is a U.S. citizen. He lost his passport at the airport. He has scanned a copy of his birth certificate and passport on his laptop. They will ...
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Why did a Customs agent ask a US citizen about residency?

I live in Costa Rica but I am a US citizen. The last time I traveled solo back to the States, the customs agent grilled me about how long I live in CR vs the US. He said I needed to reside in the US ...
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Slightly illicit: felon traveling on a US passport; will I be refused entry to the UK?

I was convicted of a felony in the US, and my conviction will not be considered "spent" as of the period in which I intend to travel to the UK. I understand if I were to apply for a standard visa I ...
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How to get my passport back to me in Michigan from a travel agent in California, when he wants me to buy his services?

An agent who was supposed to get me a visa to Saudi Arabia is not returning my passport. He wants me to send him extra money or buy his services, to mail my passport. I am time constrained, as I have ...
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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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Do US citizens need a reason to enter the US?

I am a US citizen and was crossing a land border into the USA the other day. The border guard not only asked me where I was going and who I was going to see, but also seemed particularly curious and ...
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Are there any US laws that a US citizen MUST obey while traveling, even if those laws do not exist in the country he is traveling to?

It goes without saying that the laws vary from country to country, and what is illegal in one country might be both legally permitted and culturally accepted in another. For example, in the US the ...
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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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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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Etihad refusing to board at AUH despite being medically fit to fly, airport police called and now being detained (Updated 2022-06-03 with resolution)

This is happening to a very good friend of mine. He, his wife, and his 2-year-old son are stuck at the Abu Dhabi airport. Here is a succinct description. The family flew out of Islamabad on Etihad ...
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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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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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Can my 2 children, aged 10 and 12, who are US citizens, travel to the USA on expired American passports?

My children are 10 and 12 years old. They are US citizens (no dual citizenship). There is no consulate or embassy on the island where I live (Guadeloupe). To renew the children's passports, I need to ...
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US citizen flying to France today and my passport expires in less than 2 months

I'm an American citizen and I have a flight out to France today. One of my travel companions informed me that having a passport that expires in less than 2 months (on June 19th) might be a problem. ...
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Overstayed in the Philippines for years: How to go back to the US without paying a big fine?

I'm a U.S. Citizen and I have been overstaying in the Philippines for 5 years. I want to go back to U.S what's the penalty? I don't have enough money to pay a big fine, is there a way to avoid that?
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Do I need a passport for a few days emergency visit to Canada?

My father had unexpected surgery and lives in Canada, Ontario. He is in icu on ventilator. If I need to go ASAP for a few days do I need a passport? I have never had one. I would be leaving from ...
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Can a returning US citizen elect not to use the automated passport kiosks?

I'm a US citizen. Every time I use the automated passport kiosks, regardless of the airport or who I'm travelling with, they always give me an X. This means I get to stand in yet another line and get ...
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Can a 15-year-old travel alone to Russia from the USA?

I want to meet a friend in the summer, but I've been looking at sites and each one is either vague or says something different.
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Travel Ban in the United Kingdom for Criminal History

I was convicted of a crime in the US approximately 37 years ago in 1987. The sentence I received exceeds what the United Kingdom terms a ban (I served four years). Is there any way that I can get some ...
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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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Refused entry to UK, not sure what to do

I'm a writer and theater/film director who has been traveling nearly all my life without incident. In February, I decided to pull up stakes in NYC and move to London. I am a freelancer and I'm working ...
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US Girlfriend Denied Entry to UK

On November 11, my American girlfriend flew over to the UK to visit me. She was detained and questioned, and refused entry under the belief she would not leave within those six months. This was due to ...
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How to obtain a minor's passport with an absent parent

My family is taking a trip to the Bahamas and have invited my son and me, both US citizens living in the US. My son is 10 years old, and his father has not had contact with him in 8 years. Before that ...
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Forgot passport for Alaska cruise (Anchorage to Vancouver)

I have a very recently issued Nevada driver’s license that’s probably “enhanced” but that’s the only ID I have on me. I forgot my passport at home. I’m in anchorage now and the cruise leaves this ...
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I am usually delayed at the Canadian border. What can be done?

Whenever I cross into Canada, I end up taking an extra ten or twenty minutes because there's some other American out there who has (A) the same first and last name as I do, and (B) a criminal record. ...
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Can dual US-Canadian citizens travel to the US with an expired US passport but valid Canadian passport?

My kids are dual Canadian-US citizens and will be travelling from Israel to Canada via the US. If their US passport is expired (but their Canadian one is valid) can they travel on their Canadian ...
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Where can I get a typhoid vaccination in Zagreb?

I'm an American tourist in Zagreb. My country's government health organization recommends I get a typhoid vaccination before traveling to the next country I'll visit, Morocco. Where can I get a ...
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How long does it take for a US citizen to get their first passport?

If I am a US citizen and I have never had a passport before, how long will it take for me to get one? How early do I need to apply before I plan on going abroad?
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Can the US embassy help a broke American citizen overstayed in the Emirates?

Can the US embassy send an American citizen home for free? He's been sick for over a year and can't afford to go to the doctor or buy medicines, and has to take care of an 8 month old child. He's ...
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Can a US citizen leave and enter the US using a foreign passport?

I am a dual citizen. I have both a US passport and a non-US passport. I live in the US. My US passport is currently being processed for renewal. I am unsure whether I will receive my passport in time ...
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Travel health insurance that counts as "credible coverage"

I am taking a long-term international trip of around 11 months. I am quitting my job, and so will lose my health insurance. I am looking at different travel health insurance plans such as World ...
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Are dual US citizens affected by President Trump's ban on Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen?

I'm a US citizen, born in the US, but also an Iranian citizen due to my father being from Iran. I've never been to Iran except for a brief time when I was just a year old. In light of Trump's recent ...
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Carrying a handgun in other countries with a US concealed carry permit

I was wondering if you have a concealed carry license (U.S.), would that license apply in other countries? Or would you be breaking the other countries' laws? I also know some countries have very ...
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Entering the US with dual citizenship but US passport is long expired?

I have a European passport which is currently valid (born in Europe) and a US passport (parents are American) which expired a while back (issued before I turned 16). Because of this I don't think I ...
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Could the US passport indicate any nationality other than USA?

The US passport includes a field called "Nationality". If you search for a sample image online, it reads "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" (example). Could it ever be anything else? On a ...
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