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  • Torsten
    June 22, 2011 - 01:51

    Being a German citizen, I was always very much welcomed by Canadian Border Guards at Toronto's international airport. "Hey, what brings you here?" - "spending our holidays" - "Great. Welcome to Canada". I was only questioned once by Dutch customs at Amsterdam coming back from Aruba, but she was very nice and explained that they have problems with people being misused as drug couriers.

  • Janon
    June 18, 2011 - 14:17

    Respectfuly, let's use a bit of common sense here. Officers at the border have about, what, 30 seconds, to initially assess each traveler on whether or not they may be a candidate to have violated any of the laws in this country upon return. That covers a huge field of legislation. They're not there to be your friend, nor the equivalent to a storefront greeter. They know what they are doing, as do most professionals, and what they are looking for, whether it may be apparent to you or not. They don't have the time to explain the whys and what fors, unless of course, everyone is more than happy to wait longer in line than they currently do. Look at it the way the officer looks at it. The countries you visited are all major drug transit routes for cocaine, meth, marijuana and heroin. You've already quoted that these countries appear to have some form of corruption at their borders. You seem to spend some time there. You don't appear to have friends or family there. You have an occupation that can be unreliable in it's ability to provide steady income to fund your travels or to sustain a standard lifestyle. Could you be a legitimate candidate for some form of smuggling? This is how they are trained to think, and it makes sense.

    • Brian Williams
      June 20, 2011 - 11:06

      We, my wife and I, had a similar very suspicious Canada Border guard [Vancouver airport] on re entry last year. And we had only been to Australia for 6 weeks. I’m sure all CBG are not like that, but it sure makes travel more pleasant when people of your own country smile and have a welcome home attitude. Australian border officials can give their Canadian brothers some lessons on civility.