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I can't find any itinerary that would not require a visa to transit some country. I suspect no such itinerary currently exists, especially with many flights cancelled due to COVID-19. Your proposed itinerary requires a visa from Cuba. Yours is one of the few nationalities for which Cuba requires a full visa and not just an inexpensive tourist card, and the ...


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While we don't know yet the exact answer, the following comment from phoog drastically reduce the time window: It's certainly not when you pass security, because they don't record that, and because it's possible to pass security and then not board the plane. – phoog Oct 6 at 14:12 This means the day is displayed on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's ...


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Update: my partner got the laptop back from DHL via Customs in Kolkata, and did not have to pay anything. They were trying to scam us. Bagport UK helped clarify that the laptop was personal effects, even though it was marked as such on the DHL waybill. She also had to get lawyers and local government involved. The whole thing has been immensely stressful and ...


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OK. Literal interpretation. You can truthfully answer no even if you do not intend to pay the fine. You have not been convicted. But... if you don't pay the fine and you are ever asked again, such as upon entry, you might have to answer yes. So yeah, answer quickly and pay the fine.


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Immigration and visas are handled at the level of the Schengen Area, not the EU. The Schengen Area covers most of the EU, but some EU countries are not in Schengen (such as Ireland, Romania, Bulgaria...), while some non-EU countries are in Schengen (such as Switzerland, Norway...). Source Dark blue = EU + Schengen Green and yellow = EU, not Schengen (UK in ...


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There's no electronic record, so indeed, if you never got an entry or exit stamp for a specific stay, then that stay essentially "never happened". As such, you can safely return to France without delay, even with the COVID-19 restrictions since you're the spouse of a French citizen. However, if arriving directly from the US, one normally needs a ...


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Depends on the fine print. German law has something called a Strafbefehl, a non-negotiable, court-approved offer of a plea bargain. One can take it or request a full court case. The Strafbefehl is only possible for a misdemeanor, and differences between a crime and a misdemeanor are problematic when it comes to translations. It could also be a simple fine ...


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Fact 1: You haven’t been convicted. Fact 2: You have been fined. Fact 3: You have committed an offence (that’s what you told us). Fact 4: There is no record in Germany that you were even accused of an offence. Fact 5: You have never been charged of an offence. You should answer the exact questions that you were asked truthfully. The truthful answer to ...


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I go to EWR regularly but I don't recall seeing any porters in the last few year and I don't know if any are allowed in customs anyway. There are luggage carts but that won't help if you don't have enough hands to push it all. Options Contact the airline or the airport, see if they have any suggestion or ideas Ask random strangers for help. Most people will ...


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If you take a US registered vehicle to Mexico, you can drive it temporarily in the Mexico Free or Border Zone as a temporary visitor (FMM), Temporary Resident, Temporary Resident Student, or Mexican citizens living abroad. Everywhere else in Mexico, you have to get a Temporary Vehicle Import Permit for Mexico through the Banjercito website. Your immigration ...


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If you are 18 or older, Australia allows you to bring AUD900 of "general goods", which includes electronics, without paying duty. If you exceed AUD900 in goods, you are liable to pay duty and tax on all of the goods you're bringing in, not just the excess, so make sure not to exceed it (so for example, if you buy your PC parts for AUD850, don't ...


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I do not know the official penalty, I imagine officially it's deportation or along those lines. However I do know people who have been asked to present FMM and not had one - none were at the border, rather at military, police, or specific INM (Mexico Immigration) checkpoints. So, speaking from separate second-hand experiences: Get an FMM - You are ...


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which information, if any, from my ID do the border police of either country record when they check it? According to Schengen rules, travels are not recorded, especially those of EU/EEA/CH nationals. The police will only check for the validity of the document, not take note of it. I will only carry my biometric passport and driving licence. The European ...


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No, the receipt is not a valid travel document. You must wait for a new plastic anti-counterfeit residence permit card to travel to other countries, or use the rest of the 90 Schengen days. In the latter case, make sure you have an entry stamp on your passport. The receipt can be used only to enter Italy from Ukraine, not to travel to other Schengen ...


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For what it's worth, I once was in a similar situation myself. I was on a flight from USA to UK, which had to make an emergency landing in Canada (and we spent about 24 hours in Canada before proceeding to the UK). While I had a USA passport, more than half of the passengers would have required a visa to enter Canada. Those who needed a visa were separated ...


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You can only enter Mexico with 2 motor vehicles that are in your name. Additional vehicles must be in another persons name and that person must be present. This is what we've found when entering last December (2019) with a motorhome pulling a car with a Vespa scooter on a hitch carrier. I'm online now looking to see if there's a work around as I want to ...


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Here is a real example from 2 years ago. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/14/world/europe/air-france-flight-siberia.html Air France Paris -> Shanghai emergency landed in Irkutsk. The Russians were accommodating but the rescue plane sent from France broke again because of freezing hydraulics, requiring another one from China. The passengers were not allowed ...


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A real life example of this occurred on Sept 11 2001 when hundreds of planes destined for the US were forced to land in other countries, mainly Canada. While almost all would have had passports, many would not have had permission to enter Canada. The procedure was that each entrant was processed by officials, details were taken and each given emergency ...


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The case I am about to write is not regarding a domestic flight - but still I will write my two-cents. Basically @Franck-Demoncourt 's answer sums up the answer and some scenarios, one of them is titled as : worst-case. I would like to offer even a worse one, where a certain plane of a certain country actually lands for some reason in a third-party country ...


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Good summary from https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g1-i10702-k13222947-o10-Plane_diverted_visa_question-Air_Travel.html: Depends on circumstances, the duration of stay, the infrastructure of the airport and the flexibility and availability of immigration. Worst case: passenger will stay in a separate room at the airport. Best case: the receive a visa (...


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In addition to the other good answer, I'll answer specifically for Tijuana. You say you are crossing by foot into Tijuana - All 3 pedestrian ports of entry into Tijuana from San Diego have passport checks, and you are unlikely to be admitted without a passport. I have heard of one or two people being successful in talking the border guards into allowing ...


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Passports are issued by the US Department of State, not the US Postal Service. When you file a passport application at a US Post Office, the USPS will issue a receipt for your money payment...but they don't give you a "temporary passport." What you'll get is a receipt, which is not the same as a passport, and no immigration officer from any ...


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