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What's the law about body scanners in EU? Am I legally allowed to refuse?

There are a lot of EU laws about travelling through airports. We've all seen the signs about asking for your rights. So is there any EU law about body scanners? Is there an EU law that says I am ...
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Chances being caught re-entering EU too soon

My kid started a university program in Hungary in fall of 2015. There were some issues with paperwork regarding his student visa and he was issued a temporary visa so that he could finish the term ...
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Travelling from Bulgaria to UK via Turkey, will I have issues with tobacco products bought from the EU?

So basically I will travel from Sofia, Bulgaria to UK, but I have a layover in Turkey. Previously I've flew the Bulgaria-UK route, but only within the EU borders. Usually when I do so, I buy ...
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Is an identity card issued to a non-citizen an acceptable document to travel within the EU?

Suppose an EU citizen is resident of another member state and gets issued a national identity card identical to the ones citizens get there. (If that is not concrete enough to answer the question, ...
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Indian national with EU family member permit issued in UK. Do I need a UK visa to enter the UK?

I am a non EU national but I have a EU family member permit issued in UK as my wife is a German national but living in UK from last 15-20 years. I am an Indian and the permit was issued in UK. ...
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In Europe, where is a water border with visible markers, which can be crossed by a tourist in a small rented boat, without a passport check?

I am very fond of borders and I find crossing the border is the best bit of traveling. Is there any border in the EU that is similar to the one in the photo and that I can visit? Water borders ...
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Under what conditions can I take duty free liquids from outside the EU through EU airport security?

In know that if I buy duty free liquids in one EU airport, and have them sealed in the special security bags with the receipt shown, I can take them through security at other EU airports the same day. ...
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Non-EU citizen, student in Spain holding a residence permit. Do I need a UK visa?

I am from a non-EU country (Georgia). I have been studying in Spain for the past five years and hold the residence permit. Next month I will need to travel to London for a job interview and I was ...
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Is medical insurance mandatory for entering the Schengen area if you are not required to have a visa?

For nationals that request the Schengen visa, the traveller must have insurance that covers, for a minimum of €30,000, any expenses incurred as a result of emergency medical treatment or repatriation ...
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Schengen visa for a stateless person

I have applied for a long-term residence in the Czech Republic. However, as I am a stateless person residing in Uzbekistan, I was permitted to enter only 11 EU countries out of 28. Does it violate the ...
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Don't understand about the Schengen area visa system, for staying in Denmark specifically? [duplicate]

I have a British passport, I am a citizen, lived there all my life. Do I need a visa to stay in Denmark? If not, how long would I be allowed stay there (while not working or studying, just on ...
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Should I worry if the tax of imported laptop has been paid previously when travelling around the EU and can I use the purchase document as proof? [closed]

So the question in details: I am looking to get a MacBook Pro, which is rather expensive in the EU. There are few offers from the US with a considerably low price (they are already imported in the EU, ...
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Am I an EU/EAA passenger? Ryanair

I am Turkish but I live in Sweden and I own a permanent residence there. Passport is Turkish and all but I have an ID (local ID just for Sweden) and the residence card. So do I have to check in at the ...
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What is the best method for exchanging dollars for Euros?

I'm traveling from the US to Europe in a few weeks. What's the best method of exchanging dollars for Euros? I imagine there's options like: at the airport when you arrive in Europe at a bank in ...
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Luggage transfer within the EU on international + domestic flights

Is it possible for a two-legged flight which starts in France and ends in Poland (or more generally - starts and ends within the EU) to have a luggage checked-in all the way if the first flight is ...
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Visiting EU as British citizen long-term

I would like to visit the EU for non-work or studying purposes, etc. for about a year from next week starting in Greece. Until 23 September 2015, I spent 5 weeks in Romania continuously. I'm a ...
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US Citizen in Poland more than 90 days in a 180 day period

From what I understand, it is legal for a US citizen to spend up to 90 days in Poland, leave for one day, and re-enter for another 90 day period. Sources I called the Polish embassy in New York and ...
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my wife is Thai i am British we plan to move from Thailand to Spain will she need a visa [closed]

my wife is from Thailand i am British we plan to move from Thailand to live Spain will she need a visa or can we travel without her having a visa.
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I am Non EU citizen working in Germany, can I travel to UK without visa?

I am from Non-EU country (from Nepal to be precise) and recently moved to Germany for work. I am applying for BlueCard. I would like to travel to UK later this year, can I go there without visa as I ...
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How do I prove excessive quantity of goods are for my personal use?

Europe has this regulation of certain amount of certain goods you can cary while traveling between EU countries. For example you can carry 800 cigarettes, 90 litres of wine etc. Now some EU ...
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Multiple Entry Schengen Visa issued by Germany can be used for next trip to an EU country [duplicate]

I got a 2 year multiple entry Schengen Visa for my Germany trip this october. I will be going to Paris this December with the family, do I have to apply another schengen visa for France?
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When entering the EU, can one bag count for two people's duty free allowances?

As I understand it, when entering the EU from outside, you can't combine your duty free limits on a single item. So, I believe, two people can't bring in a single 2l bottle of spirits for free, as the ...
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Travelling to China

I'll be traveling to Manila next year and I would like to pick up a flight which could give me at least half a day in a Chinese city like Shanghai or Beijing during transit (to make a short ...
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Can I buy a Graphics card in the US and bring it back to EU?

A friend is in the USA and is coming back to Slovenia (EU). Can he buy a graphics card for me in the US and bring it home with him? Because it's so much cheaper in the US, I thought this would be a ...
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Travelling from Portugal to Finland - is it recommended to get a passport?

This summer I will be travelling to Helsinki (and staying there for about a week). While both countries belong to the EU, and so I am not obliged to get a passport, I know that not having one can make ...
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Visiting Monaco as an EU citizen — what to think about?

I've never been outside of EU, so I could really use some advice before I put myself in a bad situation. I'm thinking about going to Monaco for vacation for a couple of days at the end of June. If ...
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During long on-train delays, what (if anything) should EU long distance operators be doing?

I'm aware that, under the Flight Delay Compensation Regulation (EC) No 261/2004, airlines flying to the EU, and EU airlines flying from the EU have certain obligations in the event of delays. Is ...
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How to cancel multi-entry Schengen visa?

I have a Schengen visa (business class) from one of the EU countries. It is multi-entry type valid for 18 months (90 day stay), I used this visa to visit the EU last month and it will remain valid ...
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Are British immigration officers permitted to require evidence of a relationship between passengers and their children?

Sometimes we hear stories where passengers who accompany a child are questioned when the relationship between the child and the passenger is not immediately clear. The questions seem intrusive and ...
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Is it legal to study while on a tourist Schengen visa?

If, say, you acquired a 90-day tourist Schengen visa, would it be legal to use it for the purpose of visiting a language course or a university class? Or do you have to apply for a special education ...
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Visa needed for UK entry by non-EEA spouse of non-EU but EEA citizen? [closed]

Can a Norwegian citizen bring their non-EEA spouse to live in Britain, without the spouse needing a visa that has an earnings requirement, or any other visa, just as a Polish citizen can but a British ...
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Is a working visa in Bulgaria (part of the EU) valid all over the EU? [closed]

i have a Nigerian passport and for the last 3 years i was working legally in Bulgaria (i have a working visa) Bulgaria is part of the EU Is a working visa in Bulgaria valid all over the EU ? (im ...
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Will staying in Northern Cyprus cause problems for later travel in the EU?

I am Peruvian, and will study in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus for two years. As a South American, what problems may I have if I decide to study in the TRNC, as it is recognized only by ...
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What good is travel insurance?

I am non-EU citizen living in Europe for number of years. I have been an extensive traveller within EU countries. I have often wondered what the good of travel insurance is when travelling within ...
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Can I ride a small moped/motorcycle elsewhere in Europe, with a UK driving license with “p” category entitlement?

Before reading much more of this question, you might want to peruse the wikipedia pages for European Driving Licenses - Categories valid in all EEA countries and UK Driving License - Driving license ...
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Dual citizen US/Ireland need healthcare in EU [closed]

I'm the victim of a bad foot surgery here in the US. Because the patient comes about 5th in our system, I can't get the corrective surgeries I need. I reside in US but have dual citizenship with ...
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Can I use 2 passports? [duplicate]

I am going to the UK for 2 weeks, courtesy of SAASTA. I have both a South African and a German (EU) passport. Would it be an issue for me to use my South African passport to leave OR Tambo, and then ...
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Preparing for Greece to Exit the EU (Grexit)

This question is partially informed by Tourist SOS… Sunscreen, hat and emergency Grexit preparedness!, which appeared on June 21 and starts and ends as below (emphasis mine): The U.K. Foreign ...
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Flight booked in the UK delayed 24 hours in the US

My British Airways Houston-London (Heathrow) flight has been "delayed" 24 hours. I have 2 questions: What rights to compensation or rebooking do I have, since this was a flight booked in the UK ...
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Fee for taking cash out of the EU

I read on the European Commission website that if I bring more than €10000 with me when I leave the EU on a flight, then I have to make a declaration at the customs. In this case, is there any ...
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Is a traveller's allowance to drive on their native driving license renewable between EU countries?

An American citizen is resident in the UK and has not driven since her arrival. She has lived in the UK for long enough that she no longer qualifies as a visitor allowed to drive in the UK on her ...
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Formalities for an American spouse of an EU national staying in France for 4 months annually

My father is an EU/US dual national. My mother, his wife, is a US citizen (only). They are retired, both over 65. They are financially comfortable and own a small residence in France, which they ...
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Is there an EU law that a hotel can't kick you out if you're sick?

Someone told me that there was an EU law that said that if a doctor certifies you as sick (to some degree) and you're staying in a hotel, that the hotel cannot kick you out of the room. Update Just ...
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Spanish Visa for Non-EU Spouse of a UK National

I am a British national resident in the UK. My wife is Jordanian, resident in the UK with me. She has a UK biometric residency permit. We were married in the UK and the marriage is registered in the ...
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Schengen visa for non-EU spouse of EU citizen

Most of the already posted questions were about traveling between EU countries. In my case I would like to visit Austria with my South African wife. We got married over 20 years ago in Austria, lived ...
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Can a Thai national married to a UK citizen enter the UK freely?

I am a UK Citizen/Passport Holder, have a house in the UK but have been mainly in Thailand for the past twelve months, so currently deemed non resident in UK. The reason for being in Thailand is ...
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What are the future European Union roaming fees/pricing charges? [closed]

Since the legislation abolishing roaming charges was itself abolished, what milestones in pricing can we expect and when? Please no discussions, arguments for national SIM plans and packages. ...
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How much can I claim in damages for a missed connection, on an EU airline flying through the EU?

On a flight from Asia to the US on British Airways recently, I missed the connection in London. The first flight was delayed because of mechanical reasons. London was chaotic and British Airways was ...
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Are “violation points” applied to EU licences outside of their home country?

Assuming I have a Czech license and break a minor law in Germany which incurs me a certain number of "violation points" (e.g. speeding), would those points be eventually transferred to my Czech ...