Friday, September 24, 2010

Verbatim Transcript of Questions Posed To Me Yesterday By Vietnam Passport Control

Update: Of course, Vietnam has the same interest as all other nations in preventing the flow of illegal items into its borders and policing entrants for phony documents, yet Vietnam does so in a manner which does not assume that every traveller is a criminal. And, if Vietnam is going to single out anybody for automatic interrogation, it would be travellers with passports from the countries that waged war against it. But Vietnam's passport control policies appear to be rational and proportional, while the U.S.'s policies are designed to create work for CBP personnel, to maintain the fear that feeds budgets, and to make it appear to supplicants and the gullible that the U.S. government is "doing something."



Anonymous Anonymous said...

i get it. it's empty because he didn't ask you anything.s

10:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which reminds me of the questions that were asked to me by the Australian immigration/border control officer on a recent business trip:


10:40 AM  
Blogger macho said...

So they didn't ask you any questions?

10:58 AM  
Blogger Fred said...

Things have changed, when I visited HMC about 10 years ago I was extensively questioned and all my electronic gear confiscated for quarantine in customs. Upon my departure all was undamaged returned.

11:04 AM  
Blogger Mr. Santo de la Sera said...

There must be something special about English-speaking countries. It's only when entering the USA, Australia, the UK and Canada (in order of intrusiveness) that I expect to be interrogated at passport control.

11:25 AM  
Blogger sendaiben said...

Whereas I got selected for 'secondary' by the nice but dim lady from Homeland SS in Guam because:

1. she saw the words 'European Union' on my passport, above the words 'United Kingdom'
2. the words 'European Union' were not on the list of countries eligible for visa waiver

This only took 30 minutes to sort out...

My first trip to US territory. Sigh.

7:08 PM  

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