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Why does Rotterdam not want me to lean against buildings?

I'm going to Rotterdam for an Ingress event at the end of May. This event expects somewhere between 2000 and 4000 people from all over the world, but mostly central Europe. Because of recent terror ...
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Hiking along Mount Aso volcano's caldera

It is currently forbidden to climb within 1 kilometer of the crater of Mount Aso (largest active volcano in Japan), so I used Google Earth to find another hike giving nice views of the volcano, and ...
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When do I have to pay for the Mexican tourist card?

I have a question about Mexican tourist cards, or whatever they're called these days. There is now a fee, a little more than $20. According to some sources, a traveler only has to pay this once per ...
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What is a notarized copy of the Green Card (I-551) for Schengen visa application?

Schengen visa application from within the U.S. requires "a notarized copy of the Green Card (I-551) for Schengen visa application". I do not understand what is it. Notary public in the US certify the ...
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What questions should I be able to answer when entering USA?

Last time I entered USA, the border officer asked me a lot of questions. Some of them were quite personal and others were about my destination in the USA. For example, he asked me where I would stay. ...
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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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I overstayed in US for over 9 years. When can I apply for a visa again?

I came to the US in 2002 on a tourist visa after I got my US visa multiple entry in the Philippines. I was able to find a job in the US and stayed for over 9 years. I had no bad record and worked ...
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How are combined dimensions calculated for checked baggage on Ryanair?

The Ryanair website makes little sense regarding combined dimensions for checked baggage. For health and safety reasons Ryanair does not accept for carriage any individual item exceeding 32 ...
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Is it legitimate for European hotels to ask for passport numbers?

In the European Union, data protection law applies, and typically includes provisions along the lines: Personal data shall be adequate, relevant and not excessive in relation to the purpose or ...
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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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United States National Radio Quiet Zone: Impact on travellers?

The United States National Radio Quiet Zone forbids radio noise in a 34,000 km2 rectangle encompassing several touristic towns: Staunton, Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, Bridgewater, Shenandoah Valley, ...
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Minimum amount of days travel insurance policy should cover for Schengen visa?

My father in law is travelling to France, for 4 days, (01/07-04/07). Is there a minimum duration for which the travel insurance needed to apply for a Schengen visa must be valid? In other words, can ...
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Can a US Citizen work whilst travelling in UK? [closed]

I know that a US citizen could potentially remain in the UK for up to 6 months on travel. However, I'm also sure that this wouldn't allow them to work while here. If someone were to be visiting the UK ...
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Are LiPo batteries allowed on commercial airlines?

I want to travel with my RC quadcopter across international boundaries (Canada to USA). The RC uses LiPo batteries and I have two separate batteries for it. Are they even allowed on airlines? I am ...
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I bought an airgun in Patna, India - can I take it to other cities by train or on road? [closed]

I have bought an air pistol .22 mm, 35 model in Bihar. Can I take it to other cities? Is there any law against transporting this? Does mode of transport matter?
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As a tourist, can I try firearms in California?

I will be traveling to the United States soon (with an ESTA application). I come from an European country where firearms are forbidden. (For regular citizens.) I would really like to try it when I'll ...
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International Legality for travelers to import or buy poppy seeds used as cooking spice?

Different countries have different fair use policies; medicinal, cooking spice, versus contraband/ intoxicant usage. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poppy_seed They are widely used in cuisines across ...
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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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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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What should someone from the US know when driving in Italy?

For instance, I know one should not turn on red lights, which is different from US/Mass. rules. What are other things which can confuse a driver from US while driving in Italy? More generally, are ...
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Camping in French National Parks

'Wild camping' is permitted in France, but not in national parks, according to this question. How strictly is this enforced, and what are the consequences of camping in the a national park? Are ...
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As an Australian driving in South Africa, what differences in traffic or road rules do I need to know?

As an Australian driving in South Africa, what differences in traffic or road rules do I need to know? I'm interested in: any differences in rules any differences in usually accepted practices any ...
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Why are balloons prohibited at Amsterdam Schiphol?

At Amsterdam Schiphol Airport there are prominent No Balloons signs on each entrance to train platforms. What is the story or rationale behind that ban?
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What regulations should a European driver know when driving in the US?

There are the obvious ones. The US has the keep-your-lane system, where as in Europe you are expected to keep to the right (left for UK) as long as possible. On my latest travel to the US, I was ...
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Carrying Condoms while traveling to Dubai

I am traveling to Dubai in last week of May 2016, I wanted to know is it OK to carry condoms in my luggage or I'll be stopped at security check?
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Visiting Japan, what foreign proofs of ID are acceptable (for non-official purposes)?

Possibly related to this question about carrying passports everywhere. In preparation for my first trip to Japan, I have my UK passport, which is of course kept on hand at all times when I'm ...
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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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Can a shop in the Netherlands force you to buy clothes if you take a photo? [closed]

I've just been in a shop in Amsterdam which had a sign saying: No pictures allowed and specially not when wearing our garments!!! If we see you making pictures anyway, you will have to buy ...
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Can I import a gun-shaped console controller‎ from the United States into the UK? [closed]

My friend is traveling to the states next week for a short time then he'll be back to England , I would love to ask him to get me this very unique xbox controller. He doesn't have to carry it with ...
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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 composed of several connecting flights, then leaving the airport at a stop, possibly even "hopping off"...
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Penalty for overstaying tourist visa in Taiwan

In Taiwan, what is the penalty for overstaying a tourist visa with legitimate reasons (for example, a flight was cancelled or delayed, or a transportation closure made someone miss getting to the ...
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Leaving Schengen Area from a different country to that which issued my visa/was the point of entry [duplicate]

I have a Schengen visa issued by Germany. I intend to enter the Schengen area at Frankfurt, and then later travel onwards to Belgium and France. I intend to depart the Schengen area from Paris on a ...
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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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Where is wild camping possible in Europe?

Are there countries in Europe where wild camping with a tent allowed or at least tolerated? How high is the probability that someone will get angry at you or even call the police? Please consider ...
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Travel agent booked ticket when passport has less than 3 months left

Briefly, my boyfriend's mum booked a ticket for me to Germany through a travel agent. The travel agent requested a scan of my passport photo page (which shows the expiry date). I hold a Canadian ...
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What can I do if my allowed duration of stay in the US (based on the passport stamp) is too short? [duplicate]

Completely paranoid about my last experience with US Immigrafion. Leaving the Bahamas(my home) I had a very interesting encounter with an immigration officer. I approached the counter and was asked ...
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New UK passport with new name; would the US know it's still me? Suspected outstanding warrant

I went to Florida on family holiday, and at Disney World my little boy hid some toys under his pram, and I walked out the store not knowing he had hid stuff under there. Basically I got arrested and ...
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In which places in China can travellers not stay at just any random local hotel?

I have now heard a couple of times from different sources that in some parts of China you can't just stay wherever you feel like as a tourist. I hitchhiked from the Lao border to the Mongolian border ...
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driving with NC permits in NY

My 16 year old son has a NC permit. He will be spending the summer in Upstate NY. Will he be allowed to drive his Grandmother's car with her in it?
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Obligatory identification while applying for a visa

Some countries got obligatory identification, where you can even receive a fine if you can't show a valid ID, see for example http://amsterdam.usconsulate.gov/mobile//id/mandatory-identification-...
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Vehicle Insurance for UK Residents in Canada looking to ship our VW over for 10 to 12 months?

Myself and my wife are planning a trip to Canada for 10-12 months. We are hoping to ship our vehicle over from the UK and use it for tourism-related purposes throughout our stay. We are struggling to ...
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What is the minimum wait before I may I re-enter the USA after a 90 day visit on the Visa Waiver Program?

I entered the USA on a three month visa waiver program from Australia. I am about to return to Australia and would like to come back again to the USA. How long do I have to wait until I can re-enter ...
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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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Men in thongs on mediterranean beaches?

So I am travelling in a few weeks to Barcelona, Cote D'azur, and to Genoa Italia and was wondering if men wear thongs on these beaches. I want to try it personally but am unsure how taboo it would be. ...
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What is the best way to carry photographic film when travelling?

Since I still shoot analogue photos, I often find myself travelling with photographic film. Film can be sensitive to X-ray machines, depending on the "strength" of the machine, the technology, the ASA ...
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Kicked out of hotel in morning when booking through booking agency (asked to pay for extra day)

I am from UK, I went to travel agent website and booked holiday (flights + hotel), today is the last day and my flight is 22:30. In the morning we went to the city to have some lunch and when we came ...
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Ireland and Scotland Car Hire [duplicate]

My family and I are travelling from Australia in about a month. We would like to hire a car from Dublin airport, drive north to Belfast, take it over to Scotland ( via ferry - no other way) and then ...
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Rights regarding airline schedule change

12 of us booked flights with Thomas Cook airlines to travel from Manchester to Dalaman. A month or so after booking we were notified that instead of departing at 9am our flight had been changed to 6am....
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Are ziploc bags banned in Rwanda for air travelers?

Rwanda has enacted a ban on plastic bags, as a web search for "Rwanda plastic bags" will show. Does this extend to 1-quart or 1-liter sealable freezer bags? If so, how can one pack liquids in carry-...
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What documentation is needed to fly domestically within Mexico?

If a Mexican citizen, residing in Mexico, wants to fly domestically, what documents are needed? Example: Flying from Torreon to Cancun (different states in Mexico)