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Filling out your customs form and other tips

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I thought that since the spring and summer travel season is upon us that I would put out a few pointers for those filling out customs forms for their international travels.These are just a few of the problems my fellow flight attendants and I run into everyweek traveling to and from overseas:

Always have your own pen to fill out the form-don't expect everyone else to give you a pen.

If you are asked your nationality-put the COUNTRY down.Florida or California are NOT a country.

If I ask you if you have a VISA while passing out the customs forms-PLEASE don't tell me that you have a MASTERCARD or DISCOVER instead !

Know what your SURNAME is!

Know the address of the hotel,cruise ship or friend's apartment that you are staying in so you won't have to wait in the line searching your bag.

Don't ask me to hang your jacket or stow your purse without getting your glasses and passport out before giving it to me-seriously saves alot of time for both of us.

Please read the customs form carefully so I don't have to get 4 or 5 more to you during the flight because you made a mistake.Also please don't ask for a customs form as you are leaving the plane as our forms are all in the DOC kit which is handed to an agent upon arrival for customs procedures.
Good tip for filling out the form-It is almost easier on the US customs form to start from the bottom of the page as the boxes and answers will match correctly.

Customs people do not want you listing everything you bought if it is under the $800 limit.Remember that salamis from Italy;ham from Spain,veggies from France,etc. CANNOT come in. The agriculture beagle and the rest of the agriculture team will be sure to get you at baggage claim so don't buy them no matter what the shops and dutyfree shop tell you overseas.

Thanks for reading.Happy travels!

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