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One day trip to London for a South-African citizen

I am travelling to Portugal and Paris in December. I am from South Africa and will be flying on a Schengen Visa. We want to do a day trip on the Eurostar from Paris to London. What are the visa ...
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Which passports to use travelling between two countries of citizenship?

My kids are dual Danish and US citizens. My husband and I are permanent US residents, our kids being born here. When we travel back and forth between Denmark and the US, we have been solely using ...
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Do I need Transit Visa to visit London for 4-5 hours during layover?

I am an Indian citizen. I am going to study in Canada with a study-permit. I am planning to have my flight via London. I've a layover there at London for almost 9 hours. Is it wise to visit the city ...
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Prepaid mobile sim that will work for Paris and London

I will be going to London and Paris for 10 days in the end on January (5 days in each). Is there a sim that I can get with data and calling to the US that will work in both places?
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Can we switch terminals at Heathrow (LHR) for shopping only?

We will be flying into and out of Terminal 5 at Heathrow. Now, my wife has taken fancy to a certain duty-free store located at Terminal 3. Assuming we factor in enough time before boarding our ...
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From Italy to Austria during winter, by car

In the first week of January, my family are going to travel from Milan (Italy) to Innsbruck (Austria), then to Munich (Germany) and finally back to Milan (maybe via Switzerland). All the hotels are ...
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Non-EU spouse traveling to Europe: Do I need a visa for each country?

First off I know there a bunch of similar questions on the site - but I'm left very confused even after reading them. I've see the info on the europa.eu site but I'm not entirely sure how to ...
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Pricing and booking mixed-class fares, with economy & premium economy combined?

So I find myself flying mixed-class fares pretty often these days, with the long legs in Premium Economy and the short hauls in plain old Economy. Some sample trips flown or planned: SYD-AKL-SFO ...
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I overstayed my Thai visa! What's going to happen to me?

I got my visa on arrival when I landed at Suvarnabhumi Airport back in February. Somehow, I thought that my visa was valid until 23 March, so I booked my flight out of the country for the 23rd. But ...
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Cross border Canada to USA to trigger work visa

My son is currently in Canada on tourist visa, has his work visa approved while in Canada and wants to know how long he has to cross border and stay in USA for. Can he do in same day? He was ...
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Is it possible to buy unlimited 3G/4G internet in Italy?

I'm going to rent house in Italy for several months. I do plan to work there so I need a lot of internet every day. I will probably spent 10 Giga every day or even more. But ~70% of the houses in ...
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What is the most affordable tropical getaway from Seattle?

I'm looking to plan a 4-5 day trip at the end of March to get away from the cold and relax. I've just moved to Seattle from the East Coast where there are a ton of options for this sort of excursion, ...
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Can you enter the departures area without a boarding pass at London Heathrow airport?

My girlfriend is leaving the UK from Heathrow tomorrow. Is it possible for me to go through security with her so that we can be together until she goes to her departure gate?
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With car rental should I pay now or pay later?

I'm just checking some car rental options for May and June in California. Avis for example offers the pay now and the pay later option. When you chose pay now, you have to pay the full amount while ...
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Cheapest flight to anywhere at any given time

I'm looking to take a spontaneous trip for a long weekend. The date is flexible and the destination can be anywhere in the world. Is there a site that would allow me to search airfares within a date ...
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Flying to the US with prescription antibiotics

I will be travelling to the USA, and I will need to take with me roughly two months' worth of antibiotics for my medical condition -- all in blisters, no liquids or aerosols. I do have a prescription ...
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On TGV (or other French long-distance trains), can you take the earlier/later train?

Last year I had a ticket on a TGV, missed it, and got on the next one an hour later. I figured I'd just have to buy a new ticket on board. (ie, I missed it just because I was late walking to the ...
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Vehicles required/allowed in weigh stations on US interstates

On US interstates, there are weigh stations for trucks. Are they for trucks only? What are the exact categories of vehicles that must/may enter? If I rented a UHaul or Penske truck, would I be ...
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Road numbers' colors/shapes in Google Maps

I have noticed that road numbers in Google Maps have different colors and shapes from one country to another, here are some examples: Does it mean anything? or is it just to match the country's ...
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14 hours layover at Abu dhabi… can i stay inside the airport without a transit visa

I'm flying Etihad Airways to Melbourne and I've a 14 hours layover at Abu dhabi... can i stay inside the airport without a transit visa? what all one can do at the airport. there is no clarity.. some ...
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Visa-free travel: no entry or exit stamp given between UK and French border?

I'm a US citizen traveling through Europe visa-free. I started my trip in Spain and got an entry stamp there. Later, I took the IDBUS from France to the UK and got an exit stamp from France and an ...
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Dealing with nodding or shaking of head confusion

I have recently discovered the hard way that nodding of the head for yes, shaking of the head for no is not quite as universal as I had originally thought. Sometimes, it seems, that shaking the head ...
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Direct flights to USA from countries with Ebola outbreak

According to this survey 58% of Americans think there should be a travel ban on flights from countries where the Ebola has broken out. The survey doesn't make clear what a travel ban would mean, but ...
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OK to cancel required return ticket after entering the US

When entering the US, you are required to show forth a return ticket in order to get it. As a rather spontaneous person, I hate making plans, and would like to leave the US and go home when I feel ...
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What is the cost to store luggage in Ho Chi Minh airport (Vietnam)?

I would like to store a bag for up to a month in Ho Chi Minh while I travel. I have read everywhere that there is a storage facility in the airport, but most blogs and forums say that the price is ...
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Why is there such a huge difference in refusal rates on Schengen Visa between countries?

If you look at the statistics, there is quite a difference on refusal rates per country, where Belgium tops the list with 16% in 2012 and the Baltics refuse less then 1%. It is not that Belgium ...
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Do I need a transit visa for waiting 23 hours in Dubai airport?

I am an Indian citizen living in Ukraine. I will be traveling to India but I need to wait in Dubai airport 23 hours for my next flight to India. I will not be leaving Dubai airport. So in this case ...
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Is there a SIM card that works in Spain, France, and Italy?

I am traveling to Europe later this month and I have an iPhone 5. What companies offer prepaid SIM cards that work in Spain, France, and Italy, if there are any? the iPhone 5 is CDMA and GSM ...
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How can I bring a broken tablet on an airplane to the US?

Earlier this year when in America I bought a Nexus 7 tablet and brought it with me to Argentina. The tablet stopped working shortly after arrival and nothing I tried to do made it work. By chance I'm ...
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Airlines refusing check-in without return ticket

I recently heard that some airlines refuse to let you fly to Japan (from Europe), if you don't have a return ticket. Since it is possible to buy one-way tickets, I guess this is utter nonsense, but ...
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Can I enter other Schengen countries with EU residence permit but without passport?

I have some travel plans to go from Netherlands to France by car. I possess Dutch residence permit, but I am non-EU citizen. The problem is that I might need to submit my passport to get visa to ...
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How do you know if you have found the cheapest air fare on a given route?

I have learned that spending quite some time on searching for a the best fare for a trip can be quite rewarding. It isn't uncommon that I save 1000 Euro on a trip, simply by going through various ...
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Do I need a (European Auto Insurance) Green Card while driving inside the EU?

I purchased a new car and have registered it in Germany. I want to use it to travel to the Czech Republic, but I haven't received the Green Card from my car insurance company. Would this be a ...
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Claiming compensation for late service of Eurotunnel

Yesterday I was coming back from France using the Euro Tunnel, and they had substantial delays of about 90 minutes. Hence the question: when is it possible to claim any compensation from them for the ...
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Can I use my UK Provisional Driving License as ID in Europe?

I am going to be travelling in EU soon, mostly Switzerland, and the neighbouring countries, but also a few others, and was wondering if my Provisional UK Driving License is accepted as ID, or would I ...
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How to deal with inaccurate luggage weighing scales at an airport

TL;DR: What options does one have at (US) airports when they know the luggage weighing scales are inaccurate? This has happened twice now. My bags always appear heavier when measured at the flight ...
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What does the expression 'Prepayment' mean in hotel booking terms?

I've made a booking for a weekend in Holland online via ebookers. When I completed the transaction and looked at the final receipt, it said "prepayment required" ... does that mean I need to pay at ...
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Air Travel with an Electric Arc Lighter

I have a rechargeable USB electric 'arc' lighter. It a similar model to the one shown here (sorry for the ebay link, best I can find and I can't find a picture of it working). When activated it ...
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Leave the airport during a connection in Japan?

I bought a one-way ticket (JAL) from Bangkok -> Tokyo (Haneda), and the other leg Tokyo (Haneda) -> San Francisco. This was bought in one transaction. Do I have the option to leave the airport during ...
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What to do when no search engine can find a connection that clearly exists

For about six months now, it seems that flights to Iceland, where I live, from very many places in the US, including where I go to visit my family, just don't show up in any search engine I've tried ...
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Are non-US citizens elegible to sign up for TSA-Pre?

My understanding is that it's a more complex process, but once you're processed, it's much faster to get through airport screenings in future. Is it available to non US citizens as well, and if so, ...
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What is the closest city I can go from a bullet train departing from Beijing?

In my country, we don't have high-speed bullet trains and I have no previous experience riding a bullet train either. I have a one week vacation in Beijing (both arrival and departure in Beijing PEK ...
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Do I need a transit visa if I have 9 hours of layover at Delhi airport?

I have a valid US passport. I will fly Jet Airways to Delhi airport with 9 hours of layover to change to another Jet Airways Flight to Abu Dhabi. Do I need a transit visa?
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Do I need any visa for transit via Amsterdam?

I have an Iranian passport and Irish D type visa. I am planning to go to Cork from Tehran. I found these two flights in order to reach Cork: Tehran → Kiev → Amsterdam (27June, One Way): Flight ...
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How to dry out a wet passport?

I'm sure I'm not the first traveller to experience this, so here goes... Hostel last night I had my passport in my laptop case with my laptop. Unfortunately this was under the aircon unit, which ...
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Is a leather jacket + layers good enough for an European winter? (Back packing)

In a question a bit related to Winter apparel for Europe (November-December), would a leather jacket (thinner lamb jacket) be okay for traveling Spain/France/Italy during November/December? I also ...
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How can I find historical flight delay data?

I was on United flight 123 out of Heathrow to Washington Dulles on March 15 2014 and I want to find out what time it actually left. It should have departed at 0735 but was delayed with engine trouble. ...
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Identify waterside building / skyline

Among a friend's photos on Facebook I spotted an interesting skyline with a distinctive waterside building that looks like it's just being completed: I've travelled to over fifty countries and I ...
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How do I book accomodation without knowing the check out date?

I need to go to Madrid to do something (getting a visa) which may take anywhere from a day to two weeks. I need a place to stay, preferably with a kitchen, to save on expenses. This rules out hotels. ...
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Time it takes from EZE to AEP airport

I am traveling on American Airlines to EZE with an arrival time of 7:30 am and a departing time of 11:35 from AEP. Suggestions on if I am going to make it and what I can do in advance if anything to ...