customs and immigration – When driving from Paraguay to Brazil via Ciudad del Este, with the intent to drive back to Paraguay, does one need to get a stamp at the border?

When driving from Paraguay to Brazil via Ciudad del Este
(Puente Internacional de la Amistad aka Friendship Bridge), with the intent to drive back to Paraguay (without going to another country before going back to Paraguay), does one need to get a stamp at the border?

I know that if one wants to leave Brazil to a country other than Paraguay (e.g., Argentina), then one needs to get a stamp driving from Paraguay to Brazil, but I’m unclear about the case of a round trip.

customs and immigration – New visa after overstaying in UK

The immigration rules state:

Previous breach of immigration laws grounds

9.8.1. An application for entry clearance or permission to enter must be refused if:

(a) the applicant has previously breached immigration laws; and

(b) the application is for entry clearance or permission to enter and it was made within the relevant time period in paragraph 9.8.7.

(emphasis mine)

Paragraph 9.8.7 lists the different lengths of the bans.

So it’s the date of application which counts, not the intended date of travel.

In any case, he’d better have a bullet-proof application in all other respects, as he has already shown not be trustworthy. Chances of a successful application are pretty low.

Note that rules are different for family members, though the details vary depending on the exact status of your relationship and other details.

customs and immigration – Getting married to an EU citizen in the EU on a tourist visa, and staying there

Expanding a bit on my comments (even if it’s not a full answer), I think the key question here is whether marrying in Sweden is possible under short-stay rules (legally and practically). If Swedish authorities frown upon it, expect documentation you cannot have as a non-resident, impose extra checks or delays for foreigners before the marriage or require a special marriage visa, this could create difficulties (both at the relevant office and at the border). On the other hand, if marrying is possible without restrictions then there is nothing wrong about entering to do just that.

In other situations, there are multiple examples of people entering the Schengen area with no intent to leave. For example, Germany or the Netherlands allow citizens of a handful of countries like the US or Australia to enter under short-stay rules and sort out their residence afterwards. This is not grounded in EU law and quite different from your girlfriend’s situation but it’s an example of a legitimate reason to enter without specific plans to depart.

This goes to show that EU law (Schengen entry rules) doesn’t forbid it as long as national law also allows it. It’s important to understand that it doesn’t mean that EU law mandates it either. In other words, EU member states are still allowed to require that third country nationals secure a long-stay visa before entering with an eye towards seeking residence. As long as your future wife isn’t covered by EU freedom of movement law (which she doesn’t seem to be right now), it’s up to the destination country (Sweden) to set the rules.

Once you are married things are different. Your wife would then be covered by the EU freedom of movement and Sweden has to facilitate entry and residence, including by issueing a residence card if she is already living with you. To show you how strong this right is, it would apply even if she overstayed beyond the short-stay limits. In that case, Sweden could impose a reasonable fine but not remove her or deny you the right to live together.

customs and immigration – Can I import a replica gun in the UAE?

As described in UAE Federal Law No. 3 of 2009 on Weapons, Ammunitions, and Explosives, there are regulations regarding the possession of firearms, including those that may be replica or antique. It also limits possession to those who are older than 25 years of age, per Article 11.4, “It shall be prohibited to grant licenses to the persons under 25 years of age.”

Therefore, firearms are included in the United Arab Emirates list of Prohibited And Restricted items:

(Dubai Customs) Prohibition and Restriction Section aims to regulate rules and principles of prohibiting or restricting goods ensuring accurate execution in alignment
with the GCC Customs Unified Law as well as other related laws and systems.

Example of Restricted Goods In UAE
Product Title/Description: All kind of weapons and ammunitions
Restricting Authority: Ministry of Interior

Weapons require the issuance of a license by the Weapons Licensing Branch in the Weapons & Explosives Department
. This would be done prior to attempting to enter the country with the weapon, and declaring it to the carrier should you be returning by air. Once allowed in, the Weapons Licensing Branch may require inspection of the replica.

UAE nationals can submit a request for the issuance or addition of a firearm licence, which is managed within the Government of Abu Dhabi Police Weapons & Explosives Department. You’ll need your passport (original and a copy), a photo, good conduct certificate, health certificate, and copies of your labour card, Emirates ID card, and your full family book. You can address any questions by email to

australia – Will I have to clear customs on my crossover flight in Sydney?

Customs relates to goods (and money), not people, and mostly for imports. So other than a few random spot checks, inspection will most likely only happen in Auckland, not in either Brisbane or Sydney.

What will happen in Australia is emigration formalities (passport control). This would most likely happen in Sydney, though there may be special cases I’m not aware of (you would need to tell us the airline and flight numbers).

With both flights on a single ticket/booking (though I have failed to find anyone selling such an itinerary), one hour to deplane, change terminals, go through passport control and security, and board seems quite tight to me, but if the airline sold the connection then they think it’s doable and they will usually be responsible for taking care of the passenger if the connection is missed (including rebooking on the next available flight, hotels if needed, etc.). But that means one may be delayed quite a bit, especially if flights are full (which used to be a big issue during holidays, not quite sure how that works out nowadays… less passengers but also less flights means less flexibility). With both QF and NZ not even operating one flight a day on that route, it’s still a cumbersome proposition.

I believe some airlines have specific procedures in place for domestic/international connections in Sydney to streamline the process, you should check their website for details.

If the two flights are booked separately, then it’s completely impossible if the passenger has checked luggage: one would need to deplane, wait for luggage, transfer to the international terminal, check in/drop bags before the check-in deadline, go through passport control, security, and board. The only flights I’ve found from SYD to AKL these days are flown by Qantas and Air New Zealand, and both their check-in deadlines are 90 minutes for international flights. So, not possible, at all. Don’t know if there are any other airlines operating such flights and what their check-in deadlines are, but I doubt they could be in any way compatible. And remember, that’s with the first flight operating on time.

With flights booked separately but no luggage, this will depend on whether online/mobile check-in is available, but remember that if the connection is missed, it’s the passenger’s sole responsibility to rebook (including paying change fees if the ticket is flexible or buying a brand new ticket if not — remember that a last-minute one-way ticket can be much, much more expensive than a round trip booked in advance) and pay any incidentals (e.g. hotel if one has to stay overnight). Also if there are more flights on the ticket (e.g. a return flight), those may be automatically cancelled by the airline (you usually have to fly all segments in sequence). Personally, I would definitely not do it, especially these days.

There are direct flights from BNE to AKL (not every day, but several times a week). That seems like a much, much better idea to me these days.

customs and immigration – transfering from international to domestic flight at IAD – Dulles airport

I will be flying from Viennna, Austria to Dulles and then to Savannah.
Our flight from Vienna is operated by Austrian airlines and will arrive a B-gates. Our flight to Savannah is operated by United and will be leaving from D-gates.
I am traveling alone with my son so I will have a stroller that makes it a bit slower/harder to get around.
I am reading different things on different websites and wondering if anyone could advice me how to get from B to D. I know we will have to go through immigration and customs and even collect our luggage and re-check them. Will we have to go through security again? Where is immigration located?

Connected question, but this time we travel the other direction: Connecting flight at IAD Dulles with stroller

customs and immigration – Why do UK border officers question EEA nationals entering?

The other answers have given good general reasons. I want to add a little bit to your particular case, though. In OP you mention that you asked the border officer to stamp a piece of paper that you had brought for him. You further clarified in a comment:

A blank A4 sheet torn in half which I sometimes bring as a souvenir
stamp sheet. When approaching each (French+British) officer, I said
“Good evening”, handed over my ID+sheet and said (in the respective
language) “could you stamp this sheet for me please?”. The French
officer glanced at the ID for 2 seconds and stamped without uttering a
word, while the UK officer briefly questioned me before doing it

There is really nothing wrong with your stamp collection hobby, but it may be one of the reasons the border official struck up a conversation with you. He might not even usually ask EU nationals anything at all. You did something unusual (something less than 1% of travelers do.) Therefore, you singled yourself out, and got his attention. It’s a normal human reaction to engage in a small bit of conversation whenever someone gets our attention. Of course, he is a border official, so the questions he asked were totally professional and appropriate. But if you hadn’t presented the A4 sheet and asked for a stamp, there might have been no questions. Here’s some related reasoning from another answer.

The other answers are also good, by the way. I’m just trying to add another angle. And there’s nothing wrong with your hobby, either, I’m just saying the officer’s questioning could be related to it.

customs and immigration – Passport validity is less than 6 month on departure date

I plan to travel to India on Jan 30, 2021, with a green card valid until Dec 18, 2029, and an Indian Passport valid until April 4, 2021.
Will there be an issue with my passport to travel to India?

I shall be returning to the USA on June 30, 2021, with a renewed passport and valid green card.
Will there be an issue with my travel or passport?

customs and immigration – If I landed in Ireland then travelled to the UK, and then to Ghana. If I then travel to the Netherlands will they know I entered the UK?

My passport was stamped when entering Ireland. When flying to Ghana and leaving Ghana I presented a different passport. When arriving to the Netherlands I plan to present the first passport. Will they know I transited through the UK?

It was never stamped with a UK stamp, only the Irish one.

Sorry if this sounds like a brain teaser ;]

customs and immigration – Carrying Exhibition items From India to Dubai & Back

I am attending an exhibition in Dubai, & i intend to carry the exhibit items with me as check-in baggage.

The items are surgical instruments and none of those items contain Lithium batteries. They are also not under any goods which can be classified as Dangerous goods. The value of the goods is Indian Rupees (INR) 1,00,000 /-

I am exploring the following scenarios with respect to clearing the items at respective customs:

  1. Using an ATA Carnet:
    I am filling the Carnet and creating documentation for it, But can i clear it myself as an exporter instead of using a clearance agent? Can the same be done at Dubai Customs?

  2. Declaring at Customs section:
    Can I declare the items of such nature at Mumbai Customs, Do i need to pay import duty as checked on, which is as follows:

Assessable Value – (A)
(CIF Value + 1% Landing Charge of CIF) (A) 101000.00

Basic Duty – (B) (A) x Basic Duty R ate 10 (B) 10100.00

Preferential Duty – (B)
(A) x Pref. Duty Rate 0 (B) 0.00

CVD: Additional Duty – (C)
(A+B) x CVD Rate 12 (C) 13332.00
Central Excise Edu Cess – (D)
(C) x Central Excise Edu Cess ra te 3 (D) 399.96
Customs Education Cess – (E)
(B+C+D) x Customs Edu. Cess ra te 3 (E) 714.96
Special CVD – Special Duty – (F)
(A+B+C+D+E) x Spl. CVD rate 4 (F) 5021.88

Total Custom Duty (A+B+C+D+E+F) INR 29568.80

Do i need to pay similar Duty during Import into Dubai?

Again the question arises, Can i clear this at the Customs section myself as the exporter of goods