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Do US citizens need a reason to enter the US?

Is that incorrect? No, you are correct. A US citizen cannot be denied entry to the US. However, CBP (Customs & Border Protection) has the means for making this a miserable experience for you, if ...
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10-year UK visa ban. 15 years later and new citizenship

Let's be realistic about this: The UK decided to give you a 10 year ban. They don't do that just because. Even though it was 15 years ago, most governments have very long memories, and the UK is no ...
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Travel Ban in the United Kingdom for Criminal History

The rules for admitting people with criminal records to the UK are very strict. 9.4.1. An application for entry clearance, permission to enter or permission to stay must be refused where the ...
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Do US citizens need a reason to enter the US?

As the name implies, CBP (Customs and Border Protection) perform two roles: Checking that only people who should be allowed in are allowed to do so (that’s the “border protection” part, what in other ...
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10-year UK visa ban. 15 years later and new citizenship

The standard advice on the Gov.uk website for visa-free nationals says: You may want to apply for a Standard Visitor visa if you have a criminal record or you’ve previously been refused entry into ...
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Why was there no US Passport Control Arriving by Air from Canada?

You experienced USA Preclearance, where US Immigration and US Customs agents are deployed in some foreign countries; currently, fifteen non-US airports have US Preclearance facilities. You can read ...
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I am a US citizen, my wife is Belgian. We intend to spend 6+ months in Italy. Do I need a visa?

do I need a visa No, as a US citizen, you are already allowed into the Schengen Area visa-free, + as a family member of a Union citizen, you benefit from the same freedom of movement as the union ...
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Can I obtain a US passport for my baby if father is not available?

If you are the only parent taking care of the child, you should apply for a court order granting you sole custody of the child. If you have this, you can apply for the child's passport without ...
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Do US citizens need a reason to enter the US?

As Hilmar says, you can't be denied entry, but you could certainly be arrested if they found something illegal. They're checking for money laundering, people or drug or animal or plant/food smuggling, ...
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US citizen driving his car with a Mexican license

Mexican driver's licenses are recognized in the US without regard to the citizenship of the bearer. Most US states if not all require new residents to obtain a driver's license from that state within ...
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Going to Amsterdam tomorrow. Two months left on passport

This is very much a long shot, but it might be possible. See https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/get-fast.html It used to be the case that same- or next-day service was available to ...
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Can you travel to Canada and back to the US using a Nevada REAL ID?

No. Driving into Canada is possible with enhanced driver license, but Nevada doesn't issue those. EDL is not the same as Real ID.
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Dual citizen & traveling out of a Schengen area country with a foreign passport

Why would you want to travel without both of your passports? This leaves you in a vulnerable position if an emergency arises where you need to travel somewhere using the other passport. As to why the ...
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Do US citizens need a reason to enter the US?

In theory, US citizens may not be denied entry into the US. But in practice this theory needs an important qualifier: "Persons who are believed by CBP to be US citizens may not be denied entry ...
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Long distance US girlfriend coming to the UK

You can find the key information for travelling to the UK on this Gov.UK website As a US citizen, your girlfriend can enter the UK visa-free and stay for up to six months will need a passport, which ...
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Dual citizen & traveling out of a Schengen area country with a foreign passport

There are a bunch of partially overlapping rules that governs this You SHOULD always enter and leave a country on the same passport. While this may not be strictly required everywhere. Many countries ...
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Passport stamp for non-EU spouse traveling with EU citizen?

The Schengen Border Guards Handbook states: The travel document of family members of EU, EEA and CH citizens who are third-country nationals must also be stamped, unless they present a residence ...
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Do US citizens need a reason to enter the US?

Never mind the actual border, CBP (Customs & Border Protection) has enhanced powers extending up to 100 miles of any border. That's about 66% of the US population and almost all of the most ...
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Plans to travel to China, but recognized as a USA-China dual citizen? Any issues?

My parents were Chinese nationals at the time I was born so I am considered a Chinese national according to their law. Check again if either of your parents were permanent residents of the U.S. at ...
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9-hour 40-mn layover in Haneda Airport

You have two separate flights, to and from two different airports, 40 miles away from each other. You'll have to pick up your luggage, and schlep it all the way to Haneda, and check in again. As for ...
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Does a US citizen need a transit visa in Korea?

US citizens are visa-free in Korea. And currently they don't require the K-ETA either. That might restart in 2025.
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Can US citizens travel to Australia on a passport with less than 3 months validity?

You only need your passport to be valid on arrival From TIMATIC (documents database) : Passports and other documents accepted for entry must be valid on arrival.
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Can I travel between France and UK on my US passport while I wait for my French passport to be ready?

You are fine to reenter using your US passport, and this does not affect any of your rights under EUSS. If you are concerned that entering with a different passport than your EU one means you are not ...
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Can I travel between France and UK on my US passport while I wait for my French passport to be ready?

I'm French/American France is fine with dual-nationality, you can go there with absolutely no issues I'm particularly concerned about what it means with regards to the pre-residency status, whether ...
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9-hour 40-mn layover in Haneda Airport

We’ll fly from Boston to Narita Airport and then have to transfer to Haneda for our long layover. Will they transfer our luggage to Haneda? You may want to contact your airline as it seems to have a ...
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Going to Amsterdam tomorrow. Two months left on passport

Update: I was able to take the trip by getting an in-person appointment at a passport agency. This wasn't easy since there isn't one close to where I live, but there was one near my connecting flight'...
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I spent a term abroad in Copenhagen. I'm US citizen. I will return to US after term .then 2 months later I go to England for 5 weeks can I enter UK?

To summarize what has been answered in the comments, the UK is not part of the Schengen area and so spending time in Copenhagen has no bearing on your ability to enter the UK.
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Can a US citizen with US drivers license only, drive a Mexican plated car into Mexico?

I assume you would be driving across via one of the San Diego border crossings. In my experience you're unlikely to be asked about the car. Most of the time you can drive through the border without ...
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Can a US citizen enter Canada by road and return to the US with just a US driver's license?

A US drivers license is NOT sufficient for a US citizen to enter Canada, as it does not show citizenship. Whilst US Citizens can enter Canada without a Visa, citizens of most other countries - ...
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flying from US to Canada with a New York state license?

A drivers license is insufficent when arriving in Canada by air. This webpage from the US government about entering Canada states: Entry into Canada: Canadian law requires that all persons entering ...
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