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Maximum cash allowed when travelling to the US

I was wondering if someone knows the legal limit of cash money allowed per adult tourist when entering the US, especially from the UK. The reason is that I would like to get the best conversion rate ...
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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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Is it technically illegal for US citizens to visit Cuba?

There is a belief that US citizens would be doing something illegal if they were to visit Cuba. I remember hearing years ago while in Mexico where lots of people go on sidetrips to Cube that it's not ...
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Is it safe and legal to sleep in my car in California (L.A. area)?

I will be visiting California and some parts of the US West Coast in the coming September. I'd like to rent a car for travelling, and to reduce travel expenses I would like to sleep in it some nights. ...
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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 you travel 'above' the control of a country?

To be clear this is not a question on doing anything illegal. The question is about realms of control, and when you're "visiting" the territory of a country. According to the UN's rules, territorial ...
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Is leaving airport at a stop before the final destination illegal?

There are tricks such as "fuel dumping" or "hidden city ticketing" which involve booking a ticket comprised of several connecting flights, then leaving the airport at a stop, possibly even "hopping ...
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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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What are the rates posted on hotel room doors / in the lobby for?

When I'm travelling, I often see hotel room rates posted on the back of the hotel room door (typically in the US) or in the lobby, behind the check-in desk. These rates are typically eye-wateringly ...
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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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How to calculate the damage to a rental car?

Let's say you have damage to a rental car for which you are liable. Other scratches clearly show that earlier damage was never fixed. How do you calculate the reasonable damage the rental agency can ...
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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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Sunbathing naked in public parks in Germany

I've learned it's practiced to sunbathe naked in public parks in Germany. But also in some parts of some parks. What are the general legal regulations about naked sunbathing in public parks in ...
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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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US Visas: O and P

Some young semi professional musicians are planning a tour that might include some dates in the USA. I called the CBP and they confidently assured me that an O or a P status, which can be obtained at ...
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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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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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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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What are the exact restrictions on night time Eiffel Tower photos?

I know that there are some restrictions on night time Eiffel Tower photos, but what exactly is allowed and what is not? Does it make a difference if some persons are on the photo and the tower is only ...
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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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Is it safe/possible for a long haired guy to visit North Korea?

I would like to visit North Korea someday, because it is a rather unique country. However, I am guy with a long hair which I am unwilling to cut and I've heard that they are strongly enforcing gender ...
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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 legal limit to the amount of cash one can carry on domestic US flights

Is there a legal limit to the amount of physical cash a US citizen can possess when flying from one US state to another? I've heard that the United States government can and is seizing any amount of ...
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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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Is it possible for non US citizen tourists to get married in Las Vegas?

I see this in many movies but I ask myself if it's true - can I just go to Las Vegas with my girlfriend and get married? If yes, do I need any documents from my home country (such as to prove that 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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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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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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What should you do if you get arrested in a foreign country?

If a traveller - for whatever reason, is arrested on charges (valid or otherwise), what steps should he/she take to ensure their safety, local and home legal aid and security? How can one make sure ...
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Can you register a same-sex marriage while a tourist rather than a resident?

Of course there is Las Vegas. But so far, the US does not recognize same-sex marriage. Only 13 countries so far seem to have recognized the right to conduct same-sex marriage. If you are not a ...
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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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Re-entering the US on a valid visa after illegal entry to Canada

A few friends and I are planning on traveling to Montreal for a weekend. However, one of them is not a US citizen, and is here with a multiple-entry student visa in his Chinese passport, which does ...
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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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Is free camping permitted in the Faroe Islands?

I'm planning to go to the Faroe Islands next August after visiting Iceland. I was wondering if camping out in the wild is permitted anywhere in the Faroe Islands. I don't mind about the costs, but I ...
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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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Why do countries require validity of 6 months for passports?

Many countries require a passport to be valid for six months. Sometimes these six months are counted from the date of departure, or from the date of entrance. Even though some of these countries only ...
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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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Camping in national parks in Sri Lanka

Can you just take a tent, take some food and stay for a few days in national park in Sri Lanka? First of all is it legal to do so? For example are campfires allowed? And if it is legal is it safe? Are ...
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Is it legal to drive in the nude in the USA (specifically Kansas)?

I was browsing the local Craigslist Rideshare section, looking for someone to tag along on an upcoming road trip when I came across this post: I am a nudist that will be travelling, in the buff, ...
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Are laws about sex outside marriage less rigorously enforced in Dubai for people on layovers?

Last night, I read on the news that Qantas was switching its main hub from Singapore to Dubai. Smart Traveller notes about the United Arab Emirates: Homosexual acts and sex outside of marriage: ...
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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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What harm can be done with a copy of one's passport?

In one of the questions on this site, it was suggested the use of Dropbox to save a backup copy of your passport, in case you need to proof who you are if your original document is lost. I like 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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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, ...
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Is a passport needed when flying within Mexico as a U.S permanent resident? [duplicate]

I am a permanent resident (U.S) and I'm crossing the border into Mexico and taking a flight to Mexico city. The passport from my home nation is expired and I'm trying to avoid the last minute 500 ...
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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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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 ...