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Generally not. Non-EU citizens who are family members of EU citizens within the meaning of the free movement directive are entitled to use the EU passport lines at Schengen borders, but other traveling companions are not (see articles 10(2) and 2(5) of the Schengen Borders Code). You can of course accompany him in the "all passports" queue. While that won'...


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I just checked with a Canadian living abroad who has come home for visits and brought his non-Canadian girlfriend with him. They lined up together in the non-Canadian passport line. This enabled him to confirm that she was visiting with him etc. When they entered the hall, they actually asked a staff member about lining up and he reports that she asked them "...


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Unlike most other countries, Canada doesn't have exit immigration controls. Similarly the US and the UK don't either. This makes perfect sense as there's no point in checking a person on the way out of the country. Your exit was recorded by the airline and passport control will see it in their systems the next time you enter Canada. If you did overstay your ...


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You always go through passport control on your last exit point out of the Schengen area, in this case Helsinki airport. Likewise you always go through passport control on your first entry point into the Schengen area. Thus you are free to have a day trip in Helsinki before getting stamped out of the Schengen area. In order to do so you need to head for the ...


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There are a few key things an immigration official is looking to verify: That you possess the correct documentation for travel (this includes establishing the purpose of your journey to determine the visa required (if any), return tickets (if required), etc.). That you meet the requirements for entry (no criminal record, healthy, etc) That this ...


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You don't need to replace the passport because of that. Here are the real problems which makes that necessary: Something is not well readable on the main page where the photo and all data is. Usually they laminate it and so this is really, really hard to do. You'd need to break the laminate seal first and then get water under it. A piece gets torn out which ...


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With a residency visa and accompanied by you it is worth a try, but no guarantees. I've had this several times in Germany with my girlfriend, who has a non-european citizenship, but a residence permit. The first time we entered Germany together, I stood with her the "all passports" queue and when we finally came to the counter, the officer looked at us and ...


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You can certainly do this, but you may have trouble entering the UK at the end of your trip, because you will either have to lie about your intentions in the UK, which is a terrible idea, or convince them through other means that you are an Irish citizen and therefore entitled to enter and reside in the UK. The specific law that allows you to enter as an ...


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that depends very much on the country in question, and also on the nationality of the passenger. Some nations see the visa merely as a first step to be allowed to talk to an immigration official, who makes the final decision. In other cases the official just determines if the visa is genuine and if there is a reason to revoke it on the spot. In the first ...


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I've had a multitude of random things (including I-94s) stapled into and removed from my passports over the years. There has never been the slightest problem with minor damage to the passport (yes it happens) because of these actions. Enjoy your trip!


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In my experience, every airline offers US declaration cards out to all inbound passengers, regardless of whether they need them. Until fairly recently, everyone needed them (in fact, there were multiple forms and it was all rather a mess), and the rules as to when you need them are quite confusing: are there APC kiosks at the destination airport? Are they ...


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As luck may have it, I've found such a system after posting my question. Iris Recognition Immigration System (IRIS) was an initiative, launched in 2004 to provide automated clearance through UK immigration for certain frequent travellers. It functioned in "one-to-all" identification mode, searching a large database of some million enrolled frequent ...


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No, you do not need an eTA but you must still bring your passport. You can easily check this using the Canadian Government site. Here is what it says for citizens of Malta:


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There are no transit areas in US airports. Pathways through US immigration are the same regardless of whether you are leaving the airport immediately afterwards, taking a domestic connection, or taking an international connection. Thus, you need to have appropriate documentation to enter the US for whatever is your intended purpose (in your case, transit).


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If you have a Nexus card, this is how you enter the US from Canada, or Canada from anywhere. You go to a machine, push a few buttons, look into the lens so your iris can be recognized, and are given a little receipt which you can show people as you leave the area. You are supposed to carry your Nexus card (and it saves you from having to carry your passport) ...


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I have had that happen to me once at Schiphol, coming from Hong Kong (haven't noticed any special attention coming from Turkey earlier this year). I don't have any direct evidence that it is the only reason but I do have an explanation. The thing is that ditching your passport is not unheard of as a strategy to make yourself more difficult to remove and ...


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Union citizenship and the rights (such as freedom of movement) that comes with it attach to a person, not to a particular passport. Not having a Czech passport (or identity card) simply means it will be somewhat more cumbersome for you to demonstrate that you have those rights to authorities than if you could just show a standard document. But it does not ...


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@MichaelHampton is correct. While a Tier 2 visa allows you to live and work in the UK, as a non-EEA national you would still need to complete a landing card. However, there is an exception you might consider, the Registered Traveller, should you be eligible. Entering the UK You’re from a non-EEA country Your carrier will give you a landing ...


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I have used planes, trains, ferries as foot passenger and as car passenger. In each case it mostly depended on whether you were the first in the line or behind a lot of others. For the trains you go through passport control before you get on the train. In that case you have to be there about 40 minutes before the train leaves, before that the passport line ...


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That should not be a problem as it does not cover any vital information. Mine was was stained much worse than that and I had was told it was not an issue, but to be sure you can call the Australian Border Patrol and ask they are very helpful and easy to get hold of.


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I've done this twice. Both times the train stopped in Domodossola and we were told to have our IDs ready for inspection as some guards came through the train. On both occasions they never asked to speak to me; I'm a pale white guy who was travelling with a minimum of luggage so didn't trigger any of their instincts. A friend of East Asian descent tells me ...


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Whilst at immigration at Narita back in late 2012, I spoke to an Austrian in front of me who was on a Notpass (which is white), and she had the same experience as me (ordinary Swedish passport): just a quick photo match, scan of the passport, fingerprint and photo taking and then getting the entry sticker. Entry interview? None, as the officer clearly didn'...


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I've done this on several occasions, without the kids. My then-girlfriend and I did not reside together (nor even in the same country). On one occasion, the CBP officer told us we should ignore the airport security staff who told us we had to separate ("they don't know what they're talking about"). If your girlfriend lives with you then you actually must ...


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The Privium system at Amsterdam airport does not require you to insert your passport in the machine or to show it to anybody. You do need a special Privium card, which contains the biometrics data, and are still supposed to have your passport with you, obviously. Enrolment in this system is voluntary (and starts at €121 per year). The regular automated ...


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If the airline requires you to carry a passport depends on which airline you are flying with and perhaps which airport you are flying from. I am not sure about Polish law, but German law requires you to carry a recognized travel document (passport or EEA national identity card) when crossing its border, both leaving and entering. There is no permanent ...


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There is a list on the CBP website. It's a fairly comprehensive list of international airports, including EWR, LAX, SFO, and MIA. However, some airports may have multiple immigration areas, and it's not necessarily the case that every passenger arriving at a listed airport is offered the use of a kiosk. For example, there were no APC kiosks at EWR's ...


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Some airports will give you a “gate pass” which allows you to accompany a passenger to the departure gate (or from the gate for returning passengers). It’s mostly used for children or elderly passengers. You can ask at the ticket counter if you can have one. Especially since your wife is passing through a sterile transit or emigration area, it’s unlikely ...


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As his situation is not standard, getting in touch with an experienced immigration lawyer is likely to be the best. But it needs to be someone who has experience with his kind of situation and the countries involved. Not just the first person who has 'lawyer' on his door. In principle, overstay as a minor is not counted against the same person as an adult, ...


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According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_Bosnia_and_Herzegovina EU citizens can enter using a national ID card (incl. Irish passport card) for a stay of up to 90 days within 180 days Also Citizens of the Kingdom of Sweden are exempted from the visa requirement when entering, exiting or travelling through Bosnia and Herzegovina to 90 ...


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