Dan Marchant wrote in post #16860289
When the immigration dept decide you aren't coming in what exactly do you think happens?
For the purpose of the thread, you get DENIED ENTRY at worst.
You don't get arrested.
You don't get banned from coming in.
You don't get "deined entry for life".
You might not care to differentiate between denied entry and being arrested, but since you're giving advice in a thread some people might point out a difference.
You get arrested if you're muling drugs. If someone has a hunch that your camera gear might be used professionally, making an arrest is ridiculous.
They may not actually use the word "arrested" but try to refuse and they most certainly will.
Why not make up a scenario where the tog fights with the customs, holds up a hostage and makes a dash for the plane after being denied entry? They most certainly will.
I'm all for obeying the law. But legal reasons aside, I think morally a country has no reason to deny a professional photographer. The BG are already shelling out for the venue, catering, and flying guests in which is a huge influx of money. Insisting on a local photog is just being petty.
It's like wearing a bike helmet. There's no right answer and two scools of thought.