Being a frequent traveler has got me at different airports, in different countries at different times of the year. The only thing that is common, is my readiness for the questions being asked me at the port of entry.
Honestly, throughout the process of the whole trip, I must say that is one point I totally dislike.
Let me first say this, always be honest with whatever your reason for coming into the country is, if you are not, it will come back to bite you in future.
So basically, this article is all about the pros and cons of what you meet at the port of entry of most countries.
1. Body posture: Many times, your body language is very important while answering questions at the port of entry. Yes, they may try to intimidate you depending on the country you are entering but be sure to maintain a positive and confident posture.
2. Be ready with answers: Yes, they would like to know what you are coming into the country to do. It could be a business trip, vacation, birth plans, sales, short holiday, Christian meeting, etc, all of the above. You have to tell them and state the length of the period. Let me add this though, never lie about your reasons for coming into any country. Most of the times, unlike other developing countries, your activity records are being stored in a database and easily accessible if need be for future references and you dont want to have lied at immigration. It will haunt you.
3. Hold relevant reference documents: Some countries demand your immunization card (popularly known as Yellow Card), and this card should be legally obtained or it could be the only reason why you are turned back home at the port of entry. Make sure any information you are carrying with you is valid and legally obtained.
Other countries would like to see evidence such as invitation letters for christian meeting or an invitation from family to host you. Some would like to also see a schedule of your proposed business trip. Just be ready with relevant document and yes, it must be legally obtained.
4. Traveling with funds: So for me, I totally enjoy going with small cash but loading up my card. I prefer to have records of any transaction in my bank statement than having a bunch of unnecessary receipts as long as I’m not doing any returns.
Normally, most countries begin to raise an eyebrow when you are coming in with up to or more than $10,000.
They’d like to know why you are carrying that amount of cash and ensure that you are a legit visitors and not coming into their country for any funny business.
5. Return Ticket: Why do they always think we are on the run? Like seriously, I don’t get it. They always ask for your return ticket so always have it handy. On your phone or in a printout. Trust me, I love my country and would love to only visit other countries. Basically, they only want to see that you have a seat on a flight to go back home and not become dependent on their economy.
Now, I know some of you reading this would think, you know all the pretty details so yeah, you can agree or disagree with me by leaving a comment. For people thinking of traveling for the first time and have more questions to ask, please feel free to do so and send in your comments too. We are here to help make that dream trip come true.