Customs regulations and procedures, as well as the purpose, nature and thoroughness of the customs check, vary by country.
Before you leave, become familiar with your host country’s customs regulations. Upon entering a foreign country, you must show your passport, turn in your customs declaration form and pass through a baggage check. If you are traveling with unusual items or large quantities of any kind of goods, check with the appropriate embassy before departure to find out if such articles are prohibited.
Tips to be aware of when entering a foreign country:
- Customs declaration forms are distributed on planes and should be prepared before you land for presentation to the local immigration and customs inspectors.
- Regardless of whether you have anything to declare, you must at least fill out the identification section of the form.
- For students entering the United States, visit the travel section of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website.