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Ben speaks about Immigration.
Ben speaks about Immigration.

Immigration Etiquette

Wednesday, March 27, 2002
The rules and regulations of Immigration are no laughing matter … Ben gives us the scoop.

We have been asked over and over the best way to deal with immigration regulations and officials overseas. Now, more than ever, immigration etiquette is very important!

The Department of Foreign Affairs regularly handles cases involving Australians who find themselves in trouble because of bad jokes or sarcastic remarks. Airport security is more serious than ever and when you're asked "Have you got anything to declare?", don't muck around.

How's this for a bad attempt at humour? Just a week after the terrorist attacks on America, a 21-year-old Australian man joked at a Canadian airport security checkpoint that he had a bomb in his luggage. He was arrested immediately and has been sentenced to 60 days in jail!

So, the tip is to smile, be polite, speak when spoken to and NO CRACKING FUNNIES WITH OFFICIALS!

Another important thing to remember is that many countries refuse entry to travellers who have less than six months' validity on their passports, so make sure you check the expiry date before you book your trip!

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