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Re: What's the worst border crossing/customs & immigration experience you've ever had?

Postby YaTingPom » Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:09 pm

Being stuck at a border crossing and reading this post.
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Re: What's the worst border crossing/customs & immigration experience you've ever had?

Postby RickyBobby » Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:16 pm

It's usually the return home as a middle-aged single male that gets the most scrutiny, but my most memorable was when I first arrived in Cambodia totally green and it was obvious. The guy holding my passport was asking me for tea money, but I just pretended I did not understand, and he finally stamped my page and waved me through. These days, I look a lot more like I know what I am doing, and they have either cleaned up their act or it's obvious they cannot con me now.
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Re: What's the worst border crossing/customs & immigration experience you've ever had?

Postby spitthedog » Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:45 pm

The Bo Y border on the Laos side was what one could be decribed as very very very laid back. Went through the Viet side with the usual several quick checks of passports.
Got to the Laos side and it was one woman and a dog. She asked us could we call a number written on the empty border control post. We said we didnt yet have a sim so she called someone for us. About an hour later after cycling / pushing bonkers hills all day a plain closed guy and lady arrived in a car, unloaded 2 boxes of Chang and then processed our VOA.
Welcome to laid back Laos.

Not the worst but....


The best experience of a border crossing i've had is the Mae Sot/Myawaddy border. The burmese immigration guy even filled in my girlfriends arrival form.
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Re: What's the worst border crossing/customs & immigration experience you've ever had?

Postby over the rainbow » Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:52 pm

Crossing from Jordan via the King Hussein Bridge to Israel...1974
took over 14 hours, confiscated all my drugs, ( prescription, as was headed overland to Nepal) cut my toothpaste and soap on half, xrayed my boots, took everything out of my pack, stripped searched me
Interviewed me in a locked room for hours about why i was crossing the bridge to Israel
after 4 hours i asked to be allowed to return to Jordan, but was told i wouldn't be allowed to as i didn't have a Jordan visa
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Re: What's the worst border crossing/customs & immigration experience you've ever had?

Postby long in the tooth » Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:26 am

from Detroit, Michigan to Windsor, Ontario. 1975. on my Schwinn Varsity 10 speed with a few friends.
yes it was the 70's.
yes we had very long hair.
yes we a bit cocky.
but when i started laughing when they took our seats off the bikes and began looking down into the metal tubing... things got worse.
that's when they decided to have a look down into our tubing.
first and last "finger check" by anyone other then a doctor or a hooker.
made for a very uncomfortable afternoon bike ride around Windsor.
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Re: What's the worst border crossing/customs & immigration experience you've ever had?

Postby batshitcrazyweirdo » Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:37 am

Hmmmmmmmmmmm, worst or most painful? I remember being shot with a .38 special hollow point and blowin my ankle out. Got to the Mexican border and fucked if they didn't think it was a ploy to smuggle drugs and made me get out with half the floor ankle deep in blood. Made me open the trunk and then when didn't find anything passed me through. Luckily the US side waved me through and made it to a private hospital in San Deigo I couldn't pay for and passed out as I got through the doors.

Better than the good Catholic sisters offering to cut my foot off and sew it with sheep skin.
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Re: What's the worst border crossing/customs & immigration experience you've ever had?

Postby kinard » Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:48 am

batshitcrazyweirdo wrote:Hmmmmmmmmmmm, worst or most painful? I remember being shot with a .38 special hollow point and blowin my ankle out. Got to the Mexican border and fucked if they didn't think it was a ploy to smuggle drugs and made me get out with half the floor ankle deep in blood. Made me open the trunk and then when didn't find anything passed me through. Luckily the US side waved me through and made it to a private hospital in San Deigo I couldn't pay for and passed out as I got through the doors.

Better than the good Catholic sisters offering to cut my foot off and sew it with sheep skin.

C'mon man, you can do better than that.
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Re: What's the worst border crossing/customs & immigration experience you've ever had?

Postby batshitcrazyweirdo » Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:57 am

kinard wrote:
batshitcrazyweirdo wrote:Hmmmmmmmmmmm, worst or most painful? I remember being shot with a .38 special hollow point and blowin my ankle out. Got to the Mexican border and fucked if they didn't think it was a ploy to smuggle drugs and made me get out with half the floor ankle deep in blood. Made me open the trunk and then when didn't find anything passed me through. Luckily the US side waved me through and made it to a private hospital in San Deigo I couldn't pay for and passed out as I got through the doors.

Better than the good Catholic sisters offering to cut my foot off and sew it with sheep skin.

C'mon man, you can do better than that.


So what! Are you some agency? That was true, but I've had worse. I'm not sayin diddly squat. Monster.
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Re: What's the worst border crossing/customs & immigration experience you've ever had?

Postby paul jordaan » Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:41 pm

i am 70 now and don't feel ashamed anymore and actually its quite a funny story if you are not involved
was 16 and came from Holland on the boat to Sweden and people told me that Swedish girls liked my type (indonesian) but you had to have a moustache.
Won't bother you with the way i had to buy this moustache but was also a strange experience (are you an actor sir ?)but coming to the border i did not wear my moustache and had it in my bag and upon entering customs found out i had a bottle of whisky which was forbidden so i was taken apart and had to open my bag.
opening this bag customs see this small box and ask me whats in there and only once in my life i tried to be invisible or disappear completely from earth especially when he was opening this box,looking at me with a dreadful smile on his face and calling out to his fellow customs and showing this moustache around.
Anyway it was my worst experience crossing a border (and i did not get any swedish girls with or without)
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