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Which country has the most intimidating border control?

Old Oct 11, 13, 12:35 pm
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Which country has the most intimidating border control?

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/20...trol-officials

As you probably have guessed the US wins - but what is surprising is how large the margin of "victory" is, almost twice as many respondents saying the US is the most intimidating as for the 2nd place country.
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Old Oct 11, 13, 12:45 pm
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After travelling all over the world I have to say that I find entering Canada on a US passport to be the mst difficult/intimidating experience. I'm always questioned about why I'm there, who I'm seeing, whether I'm working (and if there for work exactly what it is I'm doing).
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Old Oct 11, 13, 12:57 pm
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I'm really surprised that Mexico is on the list. I've entered Mexico numerous times, I don't think anyone has every even asked me a question.
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Old Oct 11, 13, 1:00 pm
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Originally Posted by VelvetJones View Post
I'm really surprised that Mexico is on the list. I've entered Mexico numerous times, I don't think anyone has every even asked me a question.
My biggest issue in entering Mexico (@MEX) has been forgetting to push the big button and being told to go back and d so.
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Old Oct 11, 13, 1:02 pm
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I'd say the US, by far.

I was surprised to see Israel so much farther down the list. I've never visited, largely because I've heard the border experience is so vile at the airport.
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Originally Posted by Xyzzy View Post
After travelling all over the world I have to say that I find entering Canada on a US passport to be the mst difficult/intimidating experience. I'm always questioned about why I'm there, who I'm seeing, whether I'm working (and if there for work exactly what it is I'm doing).
Canada is tough. I have been put under house arrest twice and detained for several hours on another. In one case I was escorted to my flight by armed border control agents.

But, to specifically answer the question in the title, there has only been one time that I actually thought I was going to die.

There is an alley in Washington DC between the Washington Post and the Russian embassy. I did not know, but it looked like a good shortcut to the next street over. Once I entered sovereign territory of Russia, I was indeed "intimidated." Big foreign guys with guns drawn can do that.
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Old Oct 11, 13, 1:18 pm
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Originally Posted by chollie View Post
I'd say the US, by far. I was surprised to see Israel so much farther down the list. I've never visited, largely because I've heard the border experience is so vile at the airport.
For me Israel by far. Even though I am an American citizen, I'm of Palestinian descent. No visa required, but it seems that clearance is required from their interior ministry or Mossad every time. The girl at the border with Jordan was really sweet and apologetic. The border closes at 9:00PM. I got to leave around 10:30PM - 5 hours later than arrival. They all had to stay waiting - about 20 people (that I saw, god knows how many behind the scenes) and had to keep a taxi waiting for me.
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Old Oct 11, 13, 1:39 pm
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Which country has the most intimidating border control?

I also vote Canada with US passport as pretty tough. Every single of my entries have been twenty questions. This prompted me to get Nexus.
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Old Oct 11, 13, 1:44 pm
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uh, intimidating and border? that means middle east and africa land borders.

"article" is re major airports.
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Old Oct 11, 13, 2:00 pm
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USA has the most barbaric Customs, particularly Miami, in my experience.
Even with the US passport. they treat you like you just washed up on a raft from Cuba.
My next break in December, the main objective is to find somewhere
nice to vacation without having any connecting flight at a US airport.
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I guess the Canada treatment differs depending on how you show up. For me it's always Friday nights at crossings near tourist destinations. It has always been a wave through. "Have a good weekend, eh"

I imagine that showing up on Monday morning by yourself triggers different treatment.

Apparently Canada has figured out that being nice to tourists beats the hassle everyone approach that you get entering the US.
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Old Oct 11, 13, 2:17 pm
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USA is probably the country that I have to "enter" most frequently as I pass though from Europe to South America. I wouldn't say that the USA is intimidating. I'd call the process slow, clunky and at times senseless, but they are on the whole courteous and not intimidating.

Given yesterday's news that Gulf States are thinking of testing homosexuality at their entry points. I think the USA will have a run for its money in the coming years

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/1...n_4065927.html
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Old Oct 11, 13, 4:15 pm
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Originally Posted by seawolf View Post
I also vote Canada with US passport as pretty tough. Every single of my entries have been twenty questions. This prompted me to get Nexus.
U.S. with a Canadian passport is about the same. I've had some bad experiences. But at least an American leaving Canada doesn't risk being pulled over and searched by CBSA at the border.
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USA-Canada is a cakewalk. The KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) beyond a doubt in my experience. Been there a few times, entering by driving across the King's bridge from Bahrain and always with a real Saudi at the wheel. Always searched, always fingerprinted, always hassled in various ways. But never was turned back, and saw no sign a year ago of a "gay" test -- maybe they're waiting for the new LGBT scanner?
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Old Oct 12, 13, 10:23 am
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Originally Posted by JohnnyColombia View Post
USA is probably the country that I have to "enter" most frequently as I pass though from Europe to South America. I wouldn't say that the USA is intimidating. I'd call the process slow, clunky and at times senseless, but they are on the whole courteous and not intimidating.

Given yesterday's news that Gulf States are thinking of testing homosexuality at their entry points. I think the USA will have a run for its money in the coming years

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/1...n_4065927.html
Not likely to be very effective. This seems to have been driven more by the small GCC emirates that have been complaining about the gay prostituiton scene in DXB and who want to have some kind of public show about not turning a blind eye to the situation. That and they seem to be generally paranoid and even hypocritical about the personal same-sex affections of visitors displayed in public.

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