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Who can pick up a passport with stamped visa?

I live in the USA. My parents live in India. We have applied for B2 visas to the USA for my parents to come and visit me. The only passport collection option shown when booking the interview was to ...
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Where exactly is this building located in Cuba?

I'm preparing our next trip to Cuba and seeing some pictures, I've found this one: I suppose it's located in Havana, but cannot find where exactly (address or GPS location). The most significant ...
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Identification card for foreigners in trains in Germany

I want to go to Berlin to Gottingen by train. I found that to avail of the “savings fare”, I have to book a ticket at least one day in advance. And I saw a requirement on the Bahn website ...
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Layover at Vienna for 6 hours - enough for some sightseeing?

In a week I'll be travelling from Sofia to Copenhagen, but with a transit through Vienna. I'll be arriving at 9:00 and my next flight is at 15:15, which makes a total of 6h15m. I thought this could be ...
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Optimal packing method for bras?

This is a question for all the ladies of StackExchange. As a frequent traveller, I've found a few ways to pack bras better but I wanted to reach out to the peanut gallery and see if there was any ...
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When does Amtrak assign reserved seats?

I just booked my first Amtrak ticket ever for a trip in mid-September, and the email I got says I have "1 reserved coach seat," but I don't see a seat number or anything to give me a unique seat ...
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What are good options for long term parking at O'Hare Airport?

I'm trying to figure out where to park for five days at or near Chicago's O'Hare Airport (Terminal 5). I know there are on-airport parking lots E, F, G which are conveniently accessible to Terminal 5 ...
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Travel to Sweden: What is the best way to pay for things?

I will be in Sweden for a week, mostly in Stockholm and Solna. I read an article in the Guardian suggesting that Sweden is moving fast towards being a cashless society. Does this mean that I won't be ...
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Transfer between Milan airports: Malpensa - Linate

Recently I've booked a flight with a layover in Milan. I've realized that the transfer is between different Milan airports: Malpensa (MXP) and Linate (LIN). I've already found a shuttle bus to ...
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Physical appearance and clothing, do they affect the passenger's chances of getting on the plane?

Can my physical appearance affect the airport security officers decisions? How is that possible? I mean what would they put in their reports? that I was wearing a shirt saying "I <3 Bin Laden" ?
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What do the intra-Schengen border controls - reinstated in September 2015 - change?

In September 2015, some countries of the Schengen area decided to put border controls back in place. It might not last, it might happen again in the future, but I am curious about the changes this ...
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Why have they announced to turn off phones while they are explicitly allowed?

Last week I've flown three times through Aerolíneas Argentinas, both in an Airbus A340-300 and in a Boeing 737-800. In both, the card with the safety instructions explicitly said that cameras and ...
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What is the arrival process in international air travel?

I've never left my birth country before. What is the process when arriving in another country? Assuming I have my passport book and can fly to another country, what happens when I depart the plane? ...
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Is the Sea of Stars real?

I fairly frequently see pictures online of this semi-mythical glittering beach in the Maldives. However I can't find any accounts of people having actually visited it and reported on how it was. Can ...
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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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Why is it forbidden to wear camouflage in some Caribbean Islands?

In December 2013 I've been to Antigua. Before arriving there I read about the island and found a reference to a law that states: Local laws and customs [...] It is an offence for anyone, ...
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What facility was our bus blocked from observing in northern Iran?

Recently on a bus trip from Rasht, Iran, to Tehran, Iran, the driver's assistant came down the bus aisle, ordering all the curtains closed on one side, and for a few minutes we were actually forbidden ...
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Is tap water in Ireland and England drinkable?

I would like to ask if the tap water in hostels of Ireland and England is drinkable. I never saw someone drink from there, and even in the pubs you have to order for a bottle.
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Baggage tagged with “limited release”

Background information: During a recent Air France flight, I had a very unexpected situation: at the counter I was informed that my baggage to be checked was below the minimum weight, which is of 5 ...
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What mobile network in Vietnam has the best 3G coverage?

I will be traveling all over Vietnam and I would like to be as often connected as possible. So having a sim card with the mobile network having the best 3G coverage is key to this aim.
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Are Euros accepted in Gothenburg, Sweden? Or is conversion to Krona possible?

I will be travelling to Gothenburg via Copenhagen. I have a traveller's card that has Euros on it. Will I be able to use the traveller's card to withdraw Euros from ATMs (I have used this card to ...
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Are all airline tickets e-tickets?

Whenever I travel by aeroplane, I am issued an e-ticket, even when I book through a brick and mortar travel agent or at the counter of an airline at the airport. Are all airline tickets e-tickets? ...
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Lufthansa connecting flight at Munich, only 45 minutes in between. Will I be able to make it?

I bought a single ticket from Lufthansa, of Mumbai to Paris. My first flight (LH765) lands at 5:55am at Munich, from where I have another Lufthansa flight (LH2226) to Paris at 6:40am. This is a single ...
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Any tips for street parking in San Francisco?

I'm going to SF for a couple of days as a part of a road trip and would like to only street park. There's a map of permit parking zones and I assume that everything that is not colored on the map is ...
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Can an airline really refuse to depart when overbooked?

I do not fly often, but when traveling home from vacation with my family yesterday, I encountered something I have never seen and I am wondering if what the flight attendants were saying was true. ...
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Can I travel to Dublin, Republic of Ireland with UK Tier 2/Schengen visas with Indian Passport

Can anyone please guide me if I can travel to Dublin for a short trip with UK Tier 2 Visa and an Indian Passport? Additionally I have a valid Schengen Visa stamped on passport as well.
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Staying in Johannesburg for a few months: how safe am I as a white person?

South Africa has always fascinated me, due to its insane history. I've thought about doing an internship there, and I've now wanted to gather a bit more information. How safe am I, as a Caucasian ...
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Frequent Traveller to the UK Does Not Want to Fill Out Landing Cards, Be Interviewed

A US citizen has been visiting the UK 4 or 5 times a year for either personal or business reasons. He is tired of the same procedure of filling out a landing card and waiting in the queue for his ...
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Abandoned railway stations in Japan

I've just read Japan Keeps This Defunct Train Station Running for Just One Passenger, about a station that'll be closing this year (2016) because its last user, a high school student, will be ...
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At Schiphol is 55 minutes enough for a transfer to an EasyJet flight?

From Atlanta, GA with Delta Air Lines we will be arriving at Amsterdam airport 10:55 AM on December 26, 2015. We have a second flight to catch leaving AMS at 11:50 AM, on EasyJet going to London, ...
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When to arrive for a NBA game?

We are going to a basketball game when visiting New York (Knicks vs Raptors at the Madison Square Garden). The game starts at 8:00 PM. When is a good time to arrive at the arena? Photo by flickr ...
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Where can I find a map of the whole Japan railway system?

I can't seem to find a map that includes every railway in Japan (it's very very difficult, actually). Is there a map (as photo) that includes every single railway, except google map?
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What is an effective means for complaining to an airline and having my complaint properly addressed?

A bit of context to the question: I took a flight this Saturday with Iberia and my checked-in baggage was lost. I had all my clothes there so I had to buy some and according to the Passenger Rights ...
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Will I be stopped at customs if I bring the shell of a cicada through US customs?

So apparently people love cicada casings. In the US. I am in Japan, and have been asked to bring one back to the US. Will I be picked up at customs or have to declare cicada casings (the empty shell ...
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Minimum drink age aboard a commercial flight in Canada

What is the drinking age on-board a flight commencing in Toronto (Drinking age 19) and ending in Montreal (Drinking age 18) & vice-versa? As well for flights with-in Ontario?
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Rules for wild swimming in France

There are many locations for wild swimming in France like Pont du Diable, Gorges du Verdon, etc and these are among the many known spots for wild swimming enthusiasts. I want to know if there are any ...
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Travel show that exposes how travelers are conned

I once saw a travel show on Discovery or Nat Geo, I cant remember which one, in which the host of the show travels to different cities around the world and exposes how travelers are conned. Just ...
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Luggage was stopped by customs (we learned about it after our flight)

We have returned from Russia 4 days ago (Moscow-St.Petersburg-Prague). After we've arrived to Prague, we learned that our luggage didn't come in our airplane and was lost. Today we've received ...
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Maximum withdrawal from an ATM in the USA

What is the maximum amount you can withdraw from an ATM in the USA? I have a UK credit and debit card and can use either to withdraw cash. I know I will be charged a fee so I want to withdraw as much ...
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Will I pass through airport security screening wearing trousers and a jacket with metal zippers/buttons

I will be boarding on an international flight from Europe to USA. My outfit will consist of velvet pants and a jacket. Both these have a few metal zippers and buttons. Nothing fancy, though. Just ...
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Can I carry a chef's torch in hand luggage?

I would like to bring a chef's torch as gift for a friend that likes to cook. Although, as I read, you can transport a lighter with you, I am not sure a chefs torch you can. Its a bit larger than a ...
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Discounts for Universal Studios Japan when it's your birthday?

I've heard this from my Japanese friend but I can't find any announcement or official ad regarding this discount. Can anyone confirm if this is true or not?
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How to avoid theft by TSA agents

TSA agents are known for stealing valuable things from passengers' luggage, either checked in or carried on. Is there way to avoid this? If so, what is the best way?
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English in Hong Kong

I might be going to a 3 week camp (it's not really a camp, it's more of an academic program) in Hong Kong. How many people (a lot, a few, only certain occupations, etc.) speak English, and do they ...
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UK Visit Visa Refusal (Deception) and Reapplying Procedure

My mother had a criminal record in UK on 2010 for which she had conditional discharge for 12 months and charged 85 pounds. This time while applying the on-line applications for her, I accidentally ...
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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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In Pennsylvania can you make a right-hand turn on a red arrow?

Just came to a red arrow. My husband thought you could turn right I said no....
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Applying for a visa from outside country of origin

Is it generally possible to apply for a visa to another country from a country that is not my country of origin? As a concrete example to clarify, I have a German passport and I can travel without ...
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Airbnb-like sites for long term stay

I want to explore the whole sharing economy and I was wondering if there are sites similar to Airbnb, but primary for long time stay. I wanted to move somewhere in Taiwan, Thailand, Montenegro and ...
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Flying over country from which you are deported

A Swedish national was deported from Denmark today. This is a very extraordinary case, since citizens of Nordic countries are usually free to travel without any documents within the Nordic Passport ...