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Are there any U.S. restrictions on carrying your personal binoculars (not night vision) with you on a trip to a foriegn country and back?
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I've taken mine to Europe and the Uk with no problems,they were kept on my carry on bag.
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No restrictions - carry at will.
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No travel restrictions, and i have traveled with binos for over 25 years on 3 continents. However, you need to be very careful where you use them. Many places have signs against photographing, and in those places it is better not to use binoculars either. You don't want to use binoculars to watch birds or hunt anywhere near military bases, powerplants, state borders, etc.
 
I was watching swallows under a bridge in Russia, and got "escorted away". I was apprehended and "escorted" to the nearest bus station in Turkey, and i have no idea what was there, all i could see was a grassland. 
 
 
 
 
  
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Originally posted by anweis anweis wrote:

... However, you need to be very careful where you use them.


+1... I was held by a military patrol for 4 hours in Turkey because I had pulled out a set of binoculars near the site of Troy, to look at what the Greeks must have looked at in the Trojan War... It turned out that the Dardanelles Straights are crammed full of Turkish Naval bases, and their staff is suspicious of everything:-)  I have also had policemen turn me away in several Euro countries (even in England and France) because they thought using binocs a "suspicious" activity.

I have been wondering if the fact that I use Steiner Navy binocs has something to so with it: maybe the fact that they look military makes them more suspicious? They are rubber-armored. It is possible that using bird-watchers binocs would be less of an issue...
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I don't think that type of binoculars matters. It's suspicion and lack of familiarity with visitors or tourists using binoculars. 
  
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Don't pack them in with your assault rifle.
 
I'll bet you're wondering how I knew that... Wink
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