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    Default What is the point of passport checks in Dublin airport?

    So, flying back into Dublin airport last night, the entire Lufthansa flight emptied into the T1 passport check area to be 'processed' by one lone Garda. I was at the back of the queue, and was waiting about 30 minutes.

    Some people, no doubt, were non-EU and had visas to be stamped. These visas have time limits - but because no-one checks anything when you leave the country, there is nothing to prevent overstaying. You can overstay and leave when you feel like it. There is no enforcement so there is nothing preventing an overstayer from reapplying for another visa. If you overstay by 4 years, go home for a week and then reapply - the embassy has no idea that you overstayed - they just see that you got a visa 4 years ago. They give you another one.

    What is the point of such a system? Why check at all?

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    Garda- ''Are ya Irish?''
    Illegal Immigrant- ''Yes Sir, I am here to collect the Monies''.
    Garda- ''Very good, carry on''.
    Boycott the "Irish" Sun rag.

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    Seriously? Well to start with the most obvious one: If you don't have a valid visa or passport you don't get let in.
    I'm living in America, and in America, you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business. Now f***ing pay me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruserious View Post
    Garda- ''Are ya Irish?''
    Illegal Immigrant- ''Yes Sir, I am here to collect the Monies''.
    Garda- ''Very good, carry on''.
    Intelligent post

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    Quote Originally Posted by westernyelp View Post
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    Going to America, I was finger printed, eye scanned, questioned.
    Coming back in, there was a Garda reading a newspaper, giving the odd peak over the top.
    That is the reality.
    Boycott the "Irish" Sun rag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruserious View Post
    Going to America, I was finger printed, eye scanned, questioned.
    Coming back in, there was a Garda reading a newspaper, giving the odd peak over the top.
    That is the reality.
    And that's why I no longer visit the US.

    I've always found the Gardaí at Dublin Airport to be very professional. . . . Although I cannot say the same for those responsible for the security and baggage checks.

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    The checks and enforcement should be more in line with the Australian system. Of course it would need more money for the GNIB and customs.
    ‘The Great only appear great because we are on our knees: Let Us Rise!’ “ (James Larkin)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobertW View Post
    And that's why I no longer visit the US.

    I've always found the Gardaí at Dublin Airport to be very professional. . . . Although I cannot say the same for those responsible for the security and baggage checks.
    Is the US losing tourists over its entry procedures? Have known a few people who decided to go to Canada instead for holidays as they said it would mean less bureaucracy, hassle etc.

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    They come across form the north for the dole here every week not a word until there a is a kick up in the media, and there from every country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anationoceagain View Post
    Is the US losing tourists over its entry procedures? Have known a few people who decided to go to Canada instead for holidays as they said it would mean less bureaucracy, hassle etc.
    Yup it is and substantially so as US share of world tourist market is down substantially on 15 years ago.

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