Do any forum members have experience leaving the US with say $50,000? I don't have a problem declaring it. I just want to know how much of a hassle the paper work and questioning is. My source of funds is legal (obviously). I could give you dozens of reasons why I prefer cash, but it is irrelevant. It's my money, I'll do as I will with it. I can see all kinds of practical delays such as getting into arguments with law enforcement over the role of the state in private financial matters, how to verify if it's after banking hours, whether they notify destination country, etc. No theory please. Only people who have actually signed the forms and done it. Thank you.