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Countries Where You Must Clear Customs Regardless.

Sun Dec 01, 2002 3:11 am

What countries must you clear customs regardless if you are connecting to a flight to another country? I know that in the US you must clear customs no matter what, even if you are just connecting to a flight to another country with no domestic flights in between. In the UK, you don't. In Switzerland you don't. Those are the only countries that I have connected to another international flight in. Also, what countries do you have to claim your baggage in customs? In the US, you have to do that as well. You then either recheck it in customs (if you are making a connection) or just put it on a conveyor (if you are at your final destination) and you pick it up at the real baggage claim again.
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RE: Countries Where You Must Clear Customs Regardless.

Sun Dec 01, 2002 3:28 am

Here in Brazil:

International to International(ie. LHR-GRU-MVD)
No need to clear either customs nor immigration

International to Domestic (ie. LHR-GRU-BSB)
You need to clear immigration and customs. AND claim your luggage and check-in again on the connecting airline. This is also true even when you have your bags through-tagged on departure airport, and is normally not known by check-in staff abroad, which from time to time causes some problems.



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RE: Countries Where You Must Clear Customs Regardless.

Sun Dec 01, 2002 6:11 am

On transit from international to international, I've been checked only once in my life: United States and that was last month between PPT and CDG via LAX.
Going to France from France and I have to show my passport to US immigration, strange and not nice at all. a limo but with wings
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RE: Countries Where You Must Clear Customs Regardl

Sun Dec 01, 2002 8:07 am

The reasoning here anyway is there's nothing to stop you from walking out of the terminal while waiting for your connecting flight, and being in the US either to stay or do something bad...

I'm not sure it was like this before 9-11... Iberia's been complaining about it at MIA.

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RE: Countries Where You Must Clear Customs Regardless.

Sun Dec 01, 2002 8:32 am

Thanks for all of your replies! Gigneil, I'm pretty sure that in the US, it has always been this way, even before 9-11. You may have noticed this considering that you live in the US, but in a lot of US airports, there are international terminals if they are big enough airports, but some domestic flights still leave from these terminals. In Europe, I have noticed that you go through customs on departure too and then you are in the international area. If you wish to leave or go to another part of the airport, you must reclear customs, even though never left the country. To me, this system seems to be effecient because you can come in from one country, just stay in that terminal, and then get onto a flight to another country without having to spend a lot of time in customs. Most people aren't going to be leaving the terminal anyway if they are there to catch a flight, so it doesn't matter that they'd have to clear customs to leave the terminal. In the US though, like I said, domestic flights sometimes leave from the international terminals, so it would be stupid to put people who are just flying to Florida through customs because they were in the international terminal. By just making everyone go through customs, you can go anywhere in the airport and not have to worry about that. That's just my reasoning though.
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RE: Countries Where You Must Clear Customs Regardless.

Sun Dec 01, 2002 5:34 pm

In switzerland you clear customs regardless of your flight even if its BSL-ZRH or GVA-ZRH or anything like that. (I quess we can call BSL Domational (its kinda international and domestic depending if you french, swiss, german or other  Smile))

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