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  Reply # 1219398 21-Jan-2015 19:15
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I can't believe people call professionals "nitwits" and "dumb". New Zealand immigration and customs (different things folks) are very polite. Actually I only found polite officers all around the world, even with questions that sound stupid - they're trying to find a needle in a haystack.

UK officer when I moved from one terminal to another, looking at my New Zealand passport where it says "Born in [city] [Brazil]:

 

  • "Are you travelling with your NZ passport only? You don't have your Brazilian passport on you?"
  • "No, I don't have it on me."
  • "Ok, thanks"
NZ officer looking at my passport AFTER I have passed the immigration back into the country:

 

  • "How long you have had NZ citizenship?"
  • "[Number] years"
  • "Thanks, welcome back"
AU officer when I go through with carry on bag and don't stop at baggage claim:

 

  • "No suitcases?"
  • "No, day only trip."
  • "Thanks, have a nice time in Sydney."

US officer when going to conference in Vegas:

 

  • "Visiting Vegas for pleasure or conference?"
  • "Conference"
  • "Great, have a good time, it will be full there"

In other words, Weathon's Law applies: Don't be a dick.





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  Reply # 1219401 21-Jan-2015 19:17
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nz customs are over the top to be honest, one of the harshest in the world.



I agree. I have been grilled by some pretty dumb NZ agents. Also encountered some very decent ones. Also met dumb ones in other countries.



I have dual citizenship and was once held up for hours (no exaggeration) by one idiot who couldn’t get past the idea that I must have drugs or pornography simply because I was carrying a Dutch passport. While he went over me again and again, made me roll up my sleeves, kept me waiting while he tried to think of something else to look for, went off to consult with superiors, etc., I stood at the counter and watched hundreds of mules in suits marching past unchallenged from one flight after another. Yes, Customs agents have jobs to do and not all are carrying nazi complexes but some really are just dumb and/or incompetent and that cannot be got around.


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