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Old January 2nd, 2014, 06:02 PM   #9121
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Wow. I had absolutely no idea of such amount of kitsch concentrated in such a random place.
Gatlinburg, Tennessee; Niagara Falls (Canadian side) or, of course, Las Vegas. :-)

Thought Europe was above that sort of thing. :-)
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Old January 2nd, 2014, 06:03 PM   #9122
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The British don't have exit checks either. I have not seen any on my last ferry trip from Harwich to Hoek van Holland last month. The Dutch however did check outgoing passengers.

I don't recall exit checks as well even leaving US or Canada (or UK) by plane.
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When I traveled by train from Paris to London the border check was done in Paris railway station by both French and British officers.

When I traveled by plane from New York directly to Budapest, Hungary, there was no exit check when leaving USA.
I've never encountered an exit check at the U.S./Canadian border, in either direction.
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Old January 2nd, 2014, 06:20 PM   #9123
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Yeah it's true they don't stop every car but what custom do that? NK- China maybe!....
US-Canada. I've been crossing that border for 40 years. Everyone is stopped. That was probably true even within Europe not too long ago. (In 1986, I had to pass through customs on foot at the Geneva train station arriving from Paris.)
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Old January 2nd, 2014, 06:43 PM   #9124
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Aren't there plans to create no-customs-union between US and Canada?
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Old January 2nd, 2014, 06:51 PM   #9125
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Nothing definite I've heard of.

(There is a frequent-traveler program for people who cross regularly, typically people in border areas. I forget what it's called. They have their own lanes at the border crossings; didn't pay a lot of attention to what was going on there last time I cross, but I got the impression people were stopping briefly, probably just long enough to show ID.)
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Old January 2nd, 2014, 07:22 PM   #9126
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Aren't there plans to create no-customs-union between US and Canada?

It's really strange. To me they are like one country with internal borders.
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Old January 2nd, 2014, 07:49 PM   #9127
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(In 1986, I had to pass through customs on foot at the Geneva train station arriving from Paris.)
I had a same kind of experience in the train station in Salzburg, Austria. First on foot through the customs/passport control, and then to the train to Munich, Germany (which started there). On the train from Munich to Salzburg however, the checks were done in the train, since that train went to Budapest.
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 07:07 AM   #9128
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Nothing definite I've heard of.

(There is a frequent-traveler program for people who cross regularly, typically people in border areas. I forget what it's called. They have their own lanes at the border crossings; didn't pay a lot of attention to what was going on there last time I cross, but I got the impression people were stopping briefly, probably just long enough to show ID.)
Actually, there are two programs for frequent travelers, the one for crossing the canadian border is called NEXUS (the northern border program) and the other one for crossing the mexican border is called SENTRI (the southern border program). Those programs are for drivers and passengers; FAST (Free and Secure Trade) is the commercial equivalent for truck drivers.

NEXUS is a joint Canada-United States program designed to let pre-approved, low-risk travelers cross the Canada–U.S. border quickly. Members of the program can avoid long waits at border entry points by using self-serve kiosks at airports, reserved lanes at land crossings, or by phoning border officials when entering by water.

SENTRI (Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection) provides expedited U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) processing, at the U.S.-Mexico border, of pre-approved travelers, considered low-risk. Voluntarily applicants must undergo a thorough background check against criminal, law enforcement, customs, immigration, and terrorist databases; a 10-fingerprint law enforcement check; and a personal interview with a CBP Officer. Total enrollment fee is $122.25 and is valid for 5 years.
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 04:44 PM   #9129
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Gatlinburg, Tennessee; Niagara Falls (Canadian side) or, of course, Las Vegas. :-)

Thought Europe was above that sort of thing. :-)
Come on, America plays in another league...
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 05:01 PM   #9130
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"If a job's worth doing, it's worth doing right," they say.

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/

I pass this twice a day (never been inside): http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2207
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Old January 4th, 2014, 03:22 AM   #9131
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NEXUS is a joint Canada-United States program designed to let pre-approved, low-risk travelers cross the Canada–U.S. border quickly. Members of the program can avoid long waits at border entry points by using self-serve kiosks at airports, reserved lanes at land crossings, or by phoning border officials when entering by water.
Doesn't NEXUS require you to have them take a photograph of your iris, record your fingerprints and then they will iris-scan you each time you wish to enter? SENTRI must be even worse. I think the Europeans' will be surprised hearing this
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Old January 4th, 2014, 10:14 PM   #9132
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Russia - Estonia border crossing. (excuse some poor quality pics. Was trying to do it covertly as we were warned not to take photos of the border crossing.

Russia customs were fine. Estonian customs on re-entry were a nightmare!










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Old January 5th, 2014, 04:53 PM   #9133
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PT/ES

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Castro Laboreiro River (ES on the right, PT on the left)

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Old January 5th, 2014, 10:54 PM   #9134
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I had read about several "short international bridges", some of them PT/ES. I think that could win...
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Old January 5th, 2014, 10:58 PM   #9135
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You could always jump that bridge...
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Old January 5th, 2014, 11:02 PM   #9136
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Does anyone have Rionor/Río de Honor pictures?
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Old January 6th, 2014, 01:52 AM   #9137
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Does anyone have Rionor/Río de Honor pictures?
As always Histórias da Raia does not dissapoint, here are a couple of photo of the border in Rio de Onor, which is partially on land and partially a stream:



The border was closed from 75 until 1990 as the Portuguese government after the Revolution were scared that the still Fascist Spanish government would invade, though a metal chain would hardly stop the Spanish Army .

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Old January 6th, 2014, 03:28 AM   #9138
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I had read about several "short international bridges", some of them PT/ES. I think that could win...
That "bridge" looks like a closet door!
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Greece - Bulgaria borders

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Old January 6th, 2014, 12:00 PM   #9140
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Border between Austria (right) and Germany (left) on a hiking path towards the Ammergauer Hochplatte.


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