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Will confiscation of over-the-limit alcohol prevent someone travelling to Cuba?

I'm traveling to Cuba with family members. All arrangements were made when I found out that one person in group had alcohol 2 bottles rum confiscated there less than six months ago as it was not ...
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Locating a Notary Public in Cozumel Mexico

I need to locate a Notary Public on Cozumel Island, Mexico. This is needed to have a legal document signed under witness recognised in Australia. Does anyone know how to search for one, or the name ...
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Can I create my own island nation? [closed]

(Inspired by can I live on an unoccupied island) In the question that made me think of this, the person asked about inhabiting an island that is part of a country. This made me wonder - what if you ...
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Why are (taxi) medallions still so pricey? [closed]

I was looking at this news in yahoo today. This clearly shows that the Yellow Cabs no longer have a monopoly in New York city. Having said that, why are medallions still so pricey? How did Uber ...
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Can I live on an unoccupied island?

Suppose that I am going to unoccupied island in Oceania, the Carribean, or somewhere else. Suppose I find an island where nobody is there, and nobody knows about it. If I invade it like a pirate ...
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How are validated underground tickets checked in Berlin?

I have been travelling around Berlin the last few days. I have bought a ticket for the underground zones A and B every day but my ticket has not been checked once and there are no barriers (I'm from ...
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Can I supervise a learner italian driver in italy with my full Australian drivers license plus international drivers permit?

I am going to italy, and I have a full australian driving licence and an international drivers permit. My friend has a car and has his learners permit only. Can he drive with me as his passenger ...
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Guests at a motel

My boyfriend and I are renting a room weekly at a local motel while we search for an apartment. My brother, who pays for the room, visits about once a day to check on us and make sure we don't need ...
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How can I find out if someone is in the Schengen Information System (SIS)?

Long story short my elderly mom (74) with USA passport overstayed in Spain and got a fine put on her coming out of France. She did not tell us how long she would be banned for. I want her to come see ...
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In which countries (or states) can a traveler smoke weed and not face any legal charges? [closed]

According to the accepted answer to this question tourists cannot smoke weed anymore in coffee shops, in Amsterdam. It is allowed only for residents. It also seems that smoking weed in Prague is not ...
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I booked an TGVAir train+plane ticket with Air France, must I travel the first (train) leg?

I have a booked TGVAir train+plane ticket with Air France. The problem now is that SNCF, the company that will effectively be handling my train journey, announced a train strike on my departure date. ...
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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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Entry into South Africa with Felony

I'm a US citizen was convicted of a felony in the US about 8 years ago. I'm planning on traveling as tourist to South Africa, arriving by air from the US. I don't think I need a visa according to ...
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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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Is it OK for someone to follow their family's rented moving truck into a weigh station?

My wife and I will be moving from Florida to Texas in a few weeks. I will be driving a 16ft Penske truck with a tow dolly carrying one of our cars, and my wife will be following me in our other car. ...
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Is the country code for “U.A.E.” in a passport “ARE”?

My cousin just got his first passport and I'm trying to convince him to get a new one as I'm sure the "country" part on the info page of his passport is wrong or maybe I'm wrong. So on the country ...
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UK hotel overcharged credit card, where to complain?

I recently stayed in a hotel in London UK, which overcharged my credit card by 8.4% or ~100 US$. They refuse to address the issue in any way. As a foreigner, is there an Ombudsman or some consumer ...
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Do additional guest need to be present for hotel check in

Do additional guest at hotels need to be present with you in the hotel when you check in? Or can I just register them as additional guests and let them check in at a later time? My friend will be ...
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DOT complaint for non US citizen

I'm non-US citizen. I planned a trip to US this summer and booked several (separate) tickets. One of my tickets has recently been canceled with just saying I can rebook that flight. Fortunately I ...
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Food imports and exports from Turkey

I am travelling to Turkey and would like to know if are there any laws/regulations regarding bringing food into or out of Turkey?
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€5 coin not accepted

Three years ago I went to the post office in a big city in France, there I received change back after I paid for something. I didn't look at it first but later on I discovered that I received a €5 ...
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How to travel with a minor when you're not their parent?

I have a friend travelling and he will be taking his goddaughter to Disneyland Paris. She is a minor. What kind of documentation does he need to travel with her? (He is not officially her tutor or ...
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Is a male guardian required for women skiing in Iran?

NY Mag's article Vogue Left Out a Few Things About Skiing in Iran claims that women need a male guardian to go skiing, citing a 2011 Washington Post article. (The Islamic term for this is mahram) The ...
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How to report hotel booking fraud?

I've booked on-line the hotel in Thailand via some agency. After I've check-out the hotel charged without my knowledge the deposit (4 times more than agency booking) and agency took the money as well, ...
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Not boarding at departure city [duplicate]

Can you book a flight from, say... San Diego to Cancun that has a plane change in L.A. and not board the flight in San Diego but rather in L.A.? Say you "missed" your San Diego flight and were able ...
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Cure for departure anxiety in less developed countries?

I've been once or twice to places like India and I have a fear about leaving. The fear is that I will place my suitcase for hold luggage on the belt and a little bit later my name will be called over ...
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As an American — where can I NOT go? [closed]

That's right folks. Where on this beautiful blue and green (and some yellow and grey in there too) marble of ours would an American of European descent be disallowed access or would face serious risk ...
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Are non-Muslims allowed to build snowmen in Saudi Arabia and similar countries?

I recently read Saudi Arabia 'fatwa over building of snowmen'. A religious scholar issued a fatwa (which merely means legal opinion) against the building of snowmen, or snow models of animals (such as ...
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Free camping in Uk, Belgium, Netherlands - is it legal?

This summer I'm planning a bicycle trip from Manchester (UK) to Trieste (ITA). I don't have a lot of money to spend in hostels or campings, therefore I was thinking that wild camping would be a good ...
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Is it legal to import software from the US to India, which is presently not for sale in India?

I am a big fan of GTA (Grand Theft Auto) and I am a PC gamer waiting for GTA V PC version for months now. I have seen that it will be available from Jan 27th on amazon.com so that we can pre-order ...
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Can I refuse to pay auto-gratuity in a restaurant?

I got the following receipt at some restaurant in the USA: Can I refuse to pay auto-gratuity, or pay a lower percentage of gratuity, given that it wasn't mentioned on the menu and no restaurant ...
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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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If I am banned from entering the US can I still land at an airport there, for a flight transfer? [duplicate]

I'm legally banned from the US and I need to get to Cost Rica or at least close to it. I can't find any direct flights from Ottawa or Montreal. Will they arrest me if I land in the US for a flight ...
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If you're speeding by 20, why's it less hassle to ticket for 10 or 15?

[Source] 5 MPH over could be a discrepancy in measurement equipment, and officers do not want to go to court to explain when and how their radar gun was calibrated, etc. If they see you doing 20 ...
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Do any States in the US give traffic tickets for 5 mph above the speed limit?

In Louisiana, USA it's widely understood (unofficially) that one can travel 5mph above the speed limit without receiving a speeding ticket. Does this rule apply when traveling the rest of the ...
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What's the drinking age in the duty free area?

Is the drinking age in the tax free/duty free area the same as in the country you are in or is there no real drinking age? Can I buy spirits in the tax free even though the countrys law doesn't permit ...
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Is there a list of words or themes that will get you thrown off a plane in the US?

I'm wondering if there's a definitive list or collection of things you should never say on a plane - eg words that if heard, will definitely get you removed, due to a rule or airline policies? I ...
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In USA, are police not allowed to follow a car to the next state? [closed]

So, long time I ago I got this information from a trustworthy source (a Hollywood movie) that a cop car can follow you only until to a state line. If you cross the state line, they have to let you go. ...
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In which European countries do I have to have a country indicator on my car?

In Europe, a lot of cars have country indicators that indicate the country of origin and that look like this: I heard that in some European country this is necessary to have. Since I don't want to ...
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What are the rules for taking electronics and other expensive gifts from the USA to the EU?

I am an American with residence in Belgium. I came here to the USA for the holidays and brought my old, iPhone, iPad and my MacBook. Now, here, I want to buy a new iPad and also a surface pad, among ...
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Find out if I'm wanted in a foreign country?

Say that I want to travel to a foreign country, but it's possible I am wanted by the authorities there*. To find out if this is the case, I could just go, and see if I get arrested at the airport, but ...
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Can you use vapes/e-cigs in Seattle airport or on a flight?

I'm a smoker, and I'm sure as many smokers know its hard to sometimes go along time without having one. I'm going to Seattle airport then from Seattle I stop in San Francisco and then from San ...
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Cards, dices, poker chips, board games, etc. in Thailand

I've read that cards have actually been outlawed a while ago in Thailand to crack down gambling. I know that it's illegal to own poker chips as that's classified as gambling paraphernalia, but what ...
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Eating cat meat as a tourist in Switzerland

I've read that cat meat is eaten in Switzerland. Stop eating cats and dogs say animal rights campaigners in Switzerland cites an animal rights activist saying that it's not legal to sell cat meat ...
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Cancelled uk visa at the point of entry (with Removal form IS82C)

I was granted a 2 year UK visa but was denied entry when I got to London Airport because there was a Ghana stamp on my old passport that is fake. The 2 years UK visa is on my new passport. I was ...
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Transfer of driving penalty from USA to UK license - does this happen?

Okay apologies if this question has been asked but searching all night has revealed nothing at all to me! Simply put, do speeding tickets from the USA put points on a UK driving license? I got ...
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Must a Canadian citizen enter Canada on a Canadian passport?

This question assumes that this citizen has another passport (eg from dual citizenship). I thought to ask because identical questions for different countries yielded disparate answers. Both of the ...
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Speeding tickets in the US (CA, AZ, NV)

I returned from a trip to the US today. While there my husband and I drove a rental car and were careful not to drive too fast. We drove in California, Arizona, and Nevada. At least in California ...
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2-hour parking in the US

In the US, I often see public parking where there's a hour limit (e.g. at a public library). Can I simply park there, and after 2 hours, come back and re-park to the next slot in the same parking ...
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Can my brother photograph my wedding as a tourist?

I will be getting married in Guatemala. My brother (a US citizen) is an excellent photographer, and I would love for him to take some photos before and after the wedding (he will be in the best man, ...