Passport, Visa , Health Glossary

The used terms of this website explained

Baggage Clearance:
The procedure for baggage clearance are not internationally standardized. Customs authorities of each country follow independently-drafted regulations. Often these regulations differ for one or more of the airports a country may have.

Under "Baggage Clearance" information is published about the place of clearance. Baggage is cleared at the first airport of entry or at the airport of final destination within one country (under certain circumstances not at all). Usually the travel circumstances of a passenger determine the place of clearance, e.g. baggage of an arriving passenger can be cleared, while baggage of a passenger in transit is not. The regulations as published are applicable to all passengers, including seamen. Specific regulations for each country can be found under Customs, subsection Baggage Clearance.

Note: December 19, 1991 a Council Regulation of the European Union (at that time: European Economic Community ) was agreed on, concerning the elimination of controls and formalities applicable to both cabin and hold baggage of persons travelling on an intra-community flight or intra-community sea crossing. Although this council regulation resulted in a more or less standard procedure for all E.U. Member States, significant differences have since been implemented by several of these states. Therefore the regulations for each E.U. country given under section 5. Customs - Baggage Clearance can have both national as well as community aspects, or only one of these.

British Passports and endorsements regarding national status
British passports will have one of the following endorsements as regards national status. Note: this list is an explanation of the various types of British passports issued and in the event of a visa exemption being granted to holders of British Citizen passports, it does not necessarily mean that holders of the other passports are visa exempt.
  1. British Citizen - for those closely connected with the United Kingdom (incl. the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man)
  2. British Overseas Territories Citizen (previously referred to as British Dependent Territories Citizen) - For those with connections with one or more of the overseas territories (see description of The Commonwealth of Nations) which remains as a British dependency. With the introduction of the British Overseas Territories Act 2002, British Dependent Territories citizenship (BDTC) has been re-named as British Overseas Territories citizenship. From May 1, 2002, most people who held a BDTC passport automatically became British citizens, which is additional to, not a replacement of, their British Overseas Territories citizenship. (This does not apply to those who derive their connection from the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia). British Overseas Territories citizens now have the option of renewing their British Dependent Territories citizen passport with a British Overseas Territories Citizen passport or British Citizen passport.
  3. British National (Overseas) - Replaces British Dependent Territories Citizen passports issued in Hong Kong, which ceased to be valid after June 30, 1997. Holders of British National passports have the right of abode in Hong Kong (SAR China) and the passport will bear an endorsement with reference to the holder's Hong Kong Permanent identity card stating his right of abode in Hong Kong. Moreover, they do not need a visa to visit the United Kingdom and passport will bear the special endorsement: "In accordance with the United Kingdom Immigration Rules the holder of this passport does not require an entry certificate or visa to visit the United Kingdom";
  4. British Overseas Citizen - for those present citizens of the U.K. and colonies who do not acquire either of the above types of citizenship (they are likely to be people who acquired their citizenship through an association with a former dependent territory).
  5. British Protected Person - for those who had a connection with territories that were previously British Protectorates, Protected States or mandated of Trust Territories;
  6. British Subjects - generally applies to those were born prior to January 1, 1949 and who had a connection with either British India or Ireland (Rep. of).
Only holders of British passports endorsed British Citizens have the automatic right to live permanently in the United Kingdom ("the right of abode") and are free to leave and re-enter at any time. Passports of British Citizens do not contain a reference to this Automatic right. The other categories will not have automatic right of abode in the United Kingdom and their passports will bear one of the following endorsements:
  • "Holder is subject to control under the Immigration Act 1971”
  • ”Holder is entitled to re-admission to the United Kingdom"
Holders of British Overseas Territories Citizen (previously referred to as British Dependent Territories Citizen), British National Overseas, British Overseas Citizen, British Subject, or British Protected Person passports may be required to hold a visa even though the country being visited does not require a visa for holders of British Citizen Passports.


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