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Citizens of the UK and Ireland can travel legally around the Common Travel Area without a passport if they have other ID, which may be checked on boarding. But it's fairly casual.

There are currently no airport-style hard border queues with immigration officials checking passports/ID/visas on entry - which would be the only way to control immigration to the mainland, which is what Brexiters really care about, but is also impossible because etc.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sat Sep 19th, 2020 at 01:04:10 PM EST
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I've never had a passport but I've day-tripped to Mexico and Canada. Three days in Canada, entering from Detroit and exiting at Niagra Falls. Mountie asked my business and how long I was staying, cautioned me to exchange money only at banks and government stations and said, "Enjoy your stay in Canada,Sir." US Border patrol pulled me over (Illinois license plates), accused me of being a drug smuggler and/or a Communist agent, rummaged through my daughter's underwear, then left saying "You can go now", leaving the undies strewn about the trunk. Didn't open any other luggage only the sole bag that looked "girly". circa 1986
by StillInTheWilderness on Mon Sep 21st, 2020 at 11:07:53 PM EST
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That's a pretty typical experience. In the 1970s the Canadians didn't even stop your car.
by asdf on Tue Sep 22nd, 2020 at 05:33:03 PM EST
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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Sep 23rd, 2020 at 08:31:52 AM EST
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Mexico, in the '70s:
Day trip, san diego to Tiajuana. carefully stepped over Mexican border guard as we walked over the border. Took a cab to downtown Tiajuana, ate at a hotel (much better Mexican food at a little place in San Diego a colleague referred us to) and returned. At the US border, my partner dclared a leather jacket and stated he had not bought anything else for six months. Passed, no duty. I had nothig to declare. "You didn't buy anything in Mexico?" "No, just a restaurant meal." Passed. Then after avbout ten steps: "You! Back here! Empty out your pockets!" I had them half emptied when "Okay, you can go." BTW, both of us were  US Civil servants (Navy Department). Jim was 70, I was late 20's. So border guards do not pick on Latinos. They are just surly a__holes.
by StillInTheWilderness on Fri Sep 25th, 2020 at 03:03:26 PM EST
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