My mom passed away a few months ago, and we considered flying over for the funeral. I tried to pull som strings to get an emergency passport for my fiance. In his 33 years on this planet, he had never gotten one. It's just so odd to me that Americans don't generally have a passport. I've had a passport since I was 12.. then again, I had already been across half of Europe by the time I was 12. The US is so big, a lot of folks simply never need a passport.
In the end, we did not go, for a variety of reasons. But it's one of those things I simply had never considered. We always spoke about the 'what ifs' of my mom passing (although we expected it to be much further down the road), not once did passports come to mind.
Somewhat relevant. Oz. My fiance is wondering if you don't need papers to move all those eggs, or if customs aren't as anal about animal products. I know getting any sort of animal product into the US is near impossible (my mother smuggled me some canned meats once )
An import Permit from the Bureau of Animal Industry is required to do it legally. They require advanced notification of incoming shipment and payment of a per egg fee upon arrival.
The eggs have to be quarantined (can be done at farm if approved by the BAI). They normally don't inspect though.
There is a significant amount of paperwork but its a lot easier than bringing into USA. Its impossible to bring them from Asia to US but from Australia and some European countries its OK. It costs in excess of 1000 dollars to get a clutch of 24 eggs in from Europe. Thats why Greenfire Farms has such a great market.
I get a harder time from the inter-island transfer than getting into the country.
When I became an American Citizen, I took the oath on the day |I was flying out of the country. As you hand in the green card when you become a Citizen, I had no way to re-enter. I went from the ceremony straight to the Passport Agency in the federal building in LA and applied. I landed in Oz with my Aussie passport. My wife picked the passport up two days later and Fedexed it to me in Australia.