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What to do if drugs / a bomb are planted in your travel bag?

So the scene: You're flying from Bogota, Colombia to New York, USA. You arrive, pick up your bag from the carousel, and figure you'll stuff your netbook you used on the flight into your bag now ...
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Are companies offering to obtain the EU delay compensation for you, effective?

Last year I had a flight with a Portuguese company which was delayed for one and a half day. At first they provided proper accommodation and I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. The ...
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Buying alcohol in Prague

I'll be traveling to Prague soon and I was hoping to purchase alcohol at a reduced price. Can I purchase it in the duty free stores? (Are there restrictions in the Czech Republic on boarding planes ...
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In which EU countries it is illegal to carry/have a kubotan keyring at customs?

I had the situation in the past when I had a plastic kubotan key ring at the security checks at the airport in the UK, so one of the officer called the police and it was confiscated and I've received ...
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Birth while traveling on-board an airplane

Yesterday, a friend of mine who works as a purser (chief flight attendant) helped a lady with delivering her baby during a flight to Manila, Philippines while over the ocean :) I know that pregnant ...
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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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Re-entering with the Visa Waiver Program for the USA

In November last year I visited Florida, and as a New Zealander had to go through the process of applying for and getting the Visa Waiver Program (which costs money, making it feel suspiciously like a ...
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How often can you visit on a multiple-entry pass to Singapore?

I have multiple entry visit pass of Singapore valid for 2 year and normally they allow to stay for 30 days in a single visit. How many times I can do this if go out to my home country and come back ...
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Current state of Smoking in Paris

I've been unable to find an accurate explanation of French law regarding smoking. I last visited Paris over 10 years ago, and remember it being fairly normal to be able to smoke both in bars, and on ...
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Disability Laws By Country [closed]

I'm in the process of narrowing this down or formatting into about 5 different questions, leaving this as a more generalized question regarding laws similar to the ADA. This shall serve as the ...
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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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What exactly is allemansrätten in Sweden?

My understanding is that it is a limited right for a traveler to camp out on any "unsettled" property in Sweden, public or private. Of course, there are important restrictions, such as NO right to ...
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What happens if you cannot pay for a hotel?

What happens if you cannot pay for your hotel stay because you accidentally run out of money (can happen) or your credit card was blocked (much more likely)? I assume you cannot arrange the money on ...
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Bringing someone's ashes abroad [closed]

One of my friends last wishes is to spread her ashes at various places around the world. Consequently, Will I be hassled by security for having someone's ashes, in say, a Ziplock bag? Is the ...
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Will airlines object to me booking separate “legs” of the same journey individually?

I want to purchase a separate ticket from San Francisco to New York and then fly from New York on the same day with a separate ticket to Germany. I can save money by doing this but do not know if ...
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Geocaching with GPS device in Belarus?

I've found some people saying on geocaching fora, that GPS devices are not legal (or problematic) in Belarus. Therefore it is recommended to cache with smartphone. Since such fora are quite ...
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Do I have to pay traffic fines issued by foreign governments?

I live in Italy and I own a car registered in Italy as well. Next year I'm planning a long stay in the US (around 6 months) and I want to bring my car with me. I was wondering, can I abuse carpool ...
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Rent a rental car without a valid driving license?

A friend plans to go to USA in June. There he wants to rent a car to travel through the country. Unfortunately, he got a speeding ticket during the last weeks now his driving license is suspended for ...
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Legal permissions required to host foreign guests in India via Airbnb [closed]

I heard that we need to register a paying foreign guest with the nearest police station, is this necessary and true? Also what is the procedure to obtain them for Mumbai India?
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What's the drinking age on Icelandair?

I'll be flying from Sweden to Iceland on Icelandair in a week. Will they serve me alcohol when I'm 18 years old? The drinking age in Sweden is 18, and in Iceland it's 20. If they will serve me, I'll ...
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What happens if you are caught (accidentally) not declaring something at customs?

So, you get into the "nothing to declare" line, but you get selected for a random bag check anyway... and the customs officer finds something you were supposed to declare. It's something small, like ...
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Is it allowed to carry “a knife” or “a pepper spray” while traveling by road in the Schengen area as a woman?

Can a solo female traveler carry a knife or pepper spray to be able defend of herself when she is on the road or when hitchhiking, or it is illegal?
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How to deal with flight attendants behaving unlawfully?

How do travelers deal with flight attendants who conduct themselves unlawfully (racist/homophobic/etc)? I have seen and even overheard flight attendants discuss amongst themselves why they are going ...
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Is it legal to stay in a wild camping in Romania?

I'm interested in setting up a tent in a forest in Romania. Would this be legal to do?
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Transit stop in Germany on route to USA from Turkey with expired Turkish visa

Friend was in Turkey with a work visa which has expired, he is travelling back to US (not a USA citizen, but has visa to enter the USA), with transit stop in Germany. They are not allowing him to ...
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Can I get in to London after being deported in Ireland?

I got deported from Ireland (Cork Airport) last year. The letter states: MR FERNANDEZ THIS IS TO INFORM THE PERSON TO WHOM NOTICE IS ADDRESSED THAT HE IS BEING REFUSED PERMISSION TO LAND IN ...
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Do I need an EU visa if I'm married to a UK citizen?

I'm a Jordanian national married to a UK citizen. I hold a leave to remain spouse visa here in the UK. Do I need a visa to travel to Europe with my partner? I have been reading a lot and it gets more ...
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Minimum prerequisites to stay camping on private land (finca) in Spain?

What are the minimum prerequisites if you want to stay camping on private ground in Spain? I mean by law: Are there any restrictions, especially if you want to stay some weeks camping with your ...
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Why are you now required NOT to smile in passport photos?

Passport photos these days are usually pretty specific - certain size, color, etc. But the odd requirement the past few years is that usually you're not allowed to smile in them. We're discussing ...
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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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Arrivals forms or customs agents may ask if you packed your own bags. Must I pack them myself or is it OK to answer in the negative to this question?

When arriving in some countries you must fill out an arrival form at customs and immigration. You may also be asked some questions by customs agents. In some countries one question is whether or not ...
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What is the real legal status of an airport transit area?

According to Russian president Vladmir Putin in the Edward Snowden case, an airport "transit area" is not subject to the authority of the country in which it lies, because the passengers there are not ...
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What is the minimum age to drive a rental car in the US?

I recognized that renting a car in the US is allowed at the age of 21 or 25. But are 18 to 21 year olds allowed to drive it if their parents or another 25 year old person signed the contract?
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Travelling to Attu Island

The U.S. Coast Guard recently closed and abandoned (I think) their Loran station on Attu Island, Alaska. Is it possible to legally visit Attu now? Is there any red tape involved? Is the airport open ...
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How do carpool lanes in the US work?

I'm doing some research for our roadtrip through SW USA (+Calif.) and ran into "carpool lanes" and this came to my attention: Hopefully if you're not travelling alone, you will be allowed to ...
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Are there any legal restrictions on busking in Mexico City?

My nomadic sister is visiting me in Mexico City for a couple of weeks. Her normal mode of travel involves busking (playing music and/or singing in the streets) for money. She wants to do this in ...
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What happens when you exceed the import limits of alcohol in Norway?

What happens when you arrive at the border of Norway (as an EU citizen) and you get caught by the customs with an amount of alcohol (beer, liquor) that is greater than the allowed amount? Do you ...
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Can a tourist buy a gun in the USA?

This came up as a discussion. With recent incidents in the news, it's often argued by some members of the public in the US that guns are a requirement for safety, and that everyone should have the ...
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Can go to Germany on all-year tires in winter?

I know that German law requires tires apt for snow in winter time. It's quite obvious that I cannot use summer tires, but can I go on universal all-year tires? What are the exact requirements?
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Legality of carrying spent ammunition

Recently I was visiting my grandfather and we went gun shooting, I shot a barret .50 caliber rifle and some other automatics and were able to keep a few of the casings as a keepsake. Is it legal to ...
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Is it legal to drink your own alcohol onboard a plane over international waters?

A debate was ensuing at work about consuming your own booze onboard a plane. The FAA can fine you several thousand dollars in the US if you did this, so naturally this led to people theorising ways ...
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Travelling with controlled substances through Doha, Qatar on a connecting flight?

I just need to fly from Thailand to America and am considering using Qatar Airways. I know the word controlled substance sounds like a bad word so let me just explain in more detail. I have some sleep ...
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Is it legal for officials to hold my foreign driver's license as a guarantee for a traffic fine?

I was pulled over again today in Mexico, for an illegal left turn. The officer wanted to hold my driver's license until I paid the fine--as is common practice in Mexico for foreigners. However, I've ...
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Applying for a Schengen visa from Greek embassy with an expired resident visa in Israel?

I'm Philippines passport holder and currently living in Israel. A few months ago my resident permit expired and I'm ready to go back home for good. My question is - can I apply for a Schengen visa in ...
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Are foreigners allowed to take a police ride-along in the US?

I recently found out about the police ride-along thing, at first I thought it is some fiction in movies. Anyway, are tourists on B1/B2 visas allowed to take that dream ride?
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Do I need to get USD to travel in Argentina?

I have heard that there is an "official" exchange rate in Argentina and a street rate which is much higher because currently, the locals are finding it really hard to get foreign currency. When I ...
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“Free Camping” in India

I've seen many questions inquiring about the safety / legality of so-called "free camping" in Japan, Iceland, and the USA among others, but none regarding India. I realize that safety will vary ...
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What are the rules surounding alcohol in Morocco

I will be in Morocco for New Year's: what are the rules surrounding alcohol? Firstly is alcohol even available? If so do I need a permit or is it just a case of showing your passport at the store? ...
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Can a non-US citizen drive my US car in Mexico?

I have a US-registered vehicle in Mexico. An American friend once told me that only other Americans can legally drive a US car in Mexico. That is to say, I cannot legally lend the car to a Mexican ...
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Can you freeze liquids to pass security checks?

Once I read a suggestion saying that frozen "liquids" are not subject to the 100 ml restriction of security checks in airports. I've found other references of this googling, but they all refer to TSA ...