Make sure your pen is black or blue. No reds pinks or purples :)
also remember certain countries strict quarantine requirements. Australia you cannot bring anything living, including plants or foods at risk of bugs or parasites
Mexico takes all the bananas. They love them. They need them. They train their dogs to find them.
I’m not a secret agent for sure. Or am I?
I remember when I went to London to visit my brother. The guy at the immigration took FOREVER just to ask me the purpose of visit, where I was going to stay at, how long I was going to be there, and whether I was travelling alone (I was travelling with my parents – which meant it literally took FOREVER just to clear all those questions per person) =/
Your tips are always helpful…even if I’m not traveling at the moment I still look at your videos…cause you never know what happens and I’m glad I’m getting tips from you Sonia. Thanks! 🙂 have a nice day
Thanks for the tips! Can’t wait to go to Philippines!
thanks for the tips! quick question. i’ll be traveling to france sometime next year with my husband. obviously i have to have my passport but do i need to do a visa thingy? like anything extra.
Some countries beside the US also care what you bring in. China has a customs form, for example. Australia tends to be super picky about things like produce too – after all, their local ecosystems are different from the rest of the world’s. Also, beware US travelers who might think (as I did) that you don’t need a visa for other English-speaking countries: You do for Australia! (and perhaps others…) Thank goodness for the kind airline check-in worker in Bangkok who helped me get a visa online before boarding my connecting flight to Brisbane.
Not customs, but I was asked to go to some random little office at Gibraltar airport so they could empty my bag… a can of insect repeller that had been on at least 10 flights before was confiscated as being dangerous. Who knew?! :p
They took your banana???
I can vouch for the pen thing. I missed my connecting flight because of that issue and no one would lend me a pen on the plane :(
Thank you for another entertaining and useful video.
me gustan mucho tus videos, Dios te bendiga Sonia…
quiero ir a Colombia de vacaciones pero no se que documentos piden,que dinero agarran aya, cual es el mejor hotel que me recomiendes y la aerolinea te agradeceria mucho que me dieras tips seguire ahorrando en el 2015 para asi poderme ir muy pronto de vacaciones
que tengas buen dia, saludos desde Tamaulipas México :)
Because I’m from Puerto Rico and have an American passport (as all puerto ricans do) I’m almost always held back at immigration and have to explain the whole common wealth thing and why I have an american passport. Sometimes is funny, others is annoying.There was one time when I was taken aside from my group of friends and everyone was freaking out because they though something was wrong. Sigh
like you’re really gonna tell the immigration if you are a secret agent or drug lord lol
Can you bring your own food on the plane or will they take it
You should go to asian countries as well! I’m doing another multi country trip this winter to Japan korea Singapore hk vietnam and Thailand. I’d love for you to join!
There are a few comments on here about moving to another country long-term. Immigration isn’t as simple as picking a country and booking a flight; it can be a years-long process. You typically need to have relatives in the country or a job offer in hand to even be considered.
Even then, you’ll usually have to have a medical exam to make sure you’re not carrying any diseases, a background check to make sure you’re not running from the law, and an interview where they’ll question your character and motives. At some point you may be flat-out told that your kind isn’t welcome in their country. There’s also tons of paperwork that will inevitably get lost, and guess who’s responsible for getting everything back on track.
Just a quick point: if you’re travelling somewhere geographically isolated, they may have stricter customs regulations than other places to keep the enivronment clean from all the nasties you can find in the rest of the world. If you wait until you do the customs card on the plane, you could get burned and have to throw away something you want to keep, particularly if you’re traveling on from somewhere else if you have souvenirs. The big one for me is Australia and wood. If you want a souvenir its worth shelling out the extra bucks to get it in treated wood or to find somewhere that will treat it for you. Its also a good idea to have a glance over the regulations of anywhere you intend to visit. A lot of things are self-evident (don’t try to bring in drugs, duh) but somethings you just don’t expect (chewing gum in Singapore, for example)
do you know anything about border officials wanting a bribe for you to enter? I was traveling from Italy to Prague for a weekend trip(by auto)..and had problems at the Slovenia border. My Italian friend had to enter their little office and was occupied for some time. Any ideas why this was done?
OMG ! Thanks I’m going to Brazil for New Year’s thanks about the visa notice ! Talk Life saver! Thanks you !
Some little-known facts about customs & immigration. Did you know that some countries require that your passport be valid for 6 months?
If you’re traveling internationally, be sure to ask your travel expert about customs & immigration laws in the country you’re traveling to. We can help make sure you’re well prepared before you leave.
Immigration can be very tiring as the line is super long and slow. Go to those station where there is shorter line or those station for local which will be faster and get out for the crowd. Sonia, I love your show. Can you go to Asia to explore? Such as Singapore (where I lived). I did not see any video about Asia. Can you do one video about Asia. I love to see. Hope you can make one. Thanks
this is very helpful!!!! I’m planning to immigrate to Canada in two years times (I’ll look on to this video in two years time!!!) and this is great information to know since USA is close to Canada!!!! Thanks Sonia!!!!!