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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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Is there any restriction/limitation against female passengers who travel to the Arab countries of the middle east by these countries?

I was searching for visa rules of some Arab countries in the middle east which may limit or prohibit women (in relation to marital situation, age, male accompaniment, etc) to travel to their ...
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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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What are the main differences in traffic regulations between the US/Europe?

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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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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Traveling to France with prescripton medications

I take several medications for my fibromylgia and arthritis all are prescription drugs. Will I need any documentation from my doctor? A couple of these are classed narcotics.
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Cast iron pot in cabin luggage?

I want to take a Le Creuset pot in my cabin luggage on united airlines from San Francisco to Australia. Any chance they may consider it a dangerous object? Anyone have any experience carrying this ...
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How can I determine if it is possible to check luggage during a layover?

A common desire among some travelers with long layovers is to leave the airport for a while, and perhaps do some shopping, or even buy goods in the airport. But this then often necessitates the ...
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Will U.S. Customs at international airports be discreet when asking me about previous criminal charges?

I'm an F1 student visa. I was arrested in 2012 for a misdemeanor (soliciting a prostitute) when I was completing my MA. This incident, which I still regret it very much to this moment, has been ...
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Fast lane in the UK? [duplicate]

As an American, I am used to driving on the right, and that the left lane on a major highway is supposed to be the "fast lane"... If I attempt to drive in the UK, is the right lane the "fast lane" on ...
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US layover Petty Offense Exception for passenger with a criminal records

I am a Canadian citizen working in Haiti. I have a criminal record for shoplifting (6 years ago) (less than 5000$) Most of the flight to come back to Canada have a lay over in the US. Do you think It ...
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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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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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Can I pump my own gas in New Jersey, USA?

I've read conflicting reports online so I'm hoping someone can clear up my confusion.
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Why animal drugs don't need permission at airports? [closed]

Yesterday I saw the movie The Terminal (2004). In one scene there is a russian guy taking medicines to his father but he stopped by customs. Vicktor Navroski deal customs those are for goat, then he ...
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Is it really permitted for travellers to work while visiting Georgia on a tourist visa?

Last night at a party with lots of expats and Georgians the topic came up that foreigners don't need any special visa or work permit to work in Georgia while they are visiting the country as tourists. ...
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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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Exporting Lava Stones from Tenerife within EU

On our Vacation in Tenerife we have found some very nice lavastones from the Teide-Volcano and want to take them on our flight home (All within EU). So the problem is that our friends went to Egypt ...
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Can I strap a small bag to my backpack so that it still counts as one bag?

I'm going on an international flight via Singapore airlines and I was wondering can you strap a smaller bag onto the front of a pack and will it class as one bag?
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Children with a different surname to parent - UK citizen - UK passport control

Assume a child (aged 15) has a different surname to its mother. They live with their mother and father, but the mother did not take the father's name on marriage. All three are UK citizens, have UK ...
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Do I need to include details about a side trip to another country on my Schengen application form?

I will be applying for my tourist visa at the Germany embassy as my main destination is Germany however I would like to take a side trip to Italy for maybe 3 days. Do I need to add Italy as a second ...
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How to understand the registration rules in Serbia?

A country like Serbia obligates you to register your stay within 24h. Now how to understand that if you move constantly and do not stay in a place where they do it for you. Do you have to register ...
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How can I determine if I need an International Driving Permit?

Several of the existing answers on the matter of the IDP point to the advantage of it being in a Latin script and thus easier for foreign police and car rental agencies to verify. Generally there is ...
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Bringing snacks purchased in India into the EU

I am currently in India and I was planning on bringing back to Europe (Spain, in case it is relevant) some Indian Chips (packaged, about 100 to 200g each). The reason is not relevant for this ...
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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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Can tourists or other travellers in China get in trouble for using a VPN or other method to get around the “Great Firewall”?

The People's Republic of China blocks some very popular websites used throughout the rest of the world including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. This is known colloquially as the "Great Firewall of ...
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Am I allowed to put on my pyjamas during a long flight?

Due to a medical issue I can't sleep well with tight trousers and wearing a belt. Should I expect any problems if I go to the toilet, put my pyjamas on, go to sleep in my seat and then change back ...
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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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In countries with a “Keep right/left unless overtaking” rule: May I keep the left/right lane if driving at speed limit? [closed]

As far as I have read, overtaking over speed limit is always illegal. So do I need to keep in left if I am at speed limit and no one can overtake me legally? It is also less tedious to just stick to ...
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Is it possible to visit the Vatican while wearing a Hijab?

I have read the question "Is there a dress code when visiting the Vatican in Rome?" carefully and I thought "the better covered the more welcomed" just like the photo suggested. However the ...
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Giving First Aid in the USA

I am a qualified first-aider in the UK and as such would automatically stop to give aid to any accidents and emergencies I saw. I was watching a US show on the TV the other night where someone was ...
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Given an itinerary receipt from a travel agent, how do I find out the fare conditions of the ticket? [duplicate]

For the first time in a long time, I traveled on a ticket that was purchased (in the US) at a travel agent. Our travel party got itinerary receipts, not e-tickets. At the end of the itinerary receipt, ...
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Air travel with white powder in little transparent bag

Instead of plain old coffee, I sometimes like to get my daily caffeine ration from other drinks, e.g. fruit juice. For this purpose I have bought some pure caffeine, which takes the form of white ...
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Are airlines allowed to move up the time of a flight?

I was on a flight recently where my flight was schedule for 5:50PM, but when I got to the gate, the time had changed to 5:45PM and eventually 5:40PM. While it didn't make much difference for me since ...
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Overstay in South Africa

I overstayed my visa permit in 2012 and upon leaving the Republic of South Africa, I was not issued or given the form with which to pay the necessary administrative fine. How do I pay this fine, where ...
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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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Couldn't return papers to border officials last time. Should I be afraid when going back to USA?

Three years ago I was on holidays in Canada and visited the Niagara Falls. I also went to the American side of the falls and got something like a "short-term visa". I also got a green paper with all ...
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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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Why 1000 and 500 Indian rupee are not accepted in Nepal and Bhutan?

Why all Indian rupee notes are accepted in Nepal and Bhutan, except 500 Rs and 1000 Rs? Why spare those two notes?
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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 ...
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Are there any US laws that a US citizen MUST obey while traveling, even if those laws do not exist in the country he is traveling to?

It goes without saying that the laws vary from country to country, and what is illegal in one country might be both legally permitted and culturally accepted in another. For example, in the US the ...
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Carrying Bitcoin Internationally

I was reading this question and @Mikaveli's answer regarding a list of things not to bring, including money. So my question is, what if I bring my laptop across borders and its hard drive has a ...
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Importing shells from a US beach into Japan

Can someone take sand dollars found on a U.S. beach to Japan in their suitcase? Do they have to be treated to get through customs?
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Cockroaches in a Greek hotel, what can I do and what are my rights?

I stayed in a hotel on a Greek island and one morning I found a cockroach (alive) in the shower; later that day I spotted a dead one on one corner of the hall. It was pretty clear that the hotel had ...
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What would happen if a foreign national got in an accident driving my car? [closed]

In Florida, foreign nationals can drive cars with their International Driver's Licence. My brother is visiting me here in Florida and he asked if he can drive my car. What would happen if I gave ...
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Abaya standards in Saudi Arabia

My fiance and I have an opportunity to travel from the US to Saudi Arabia (we would get married before going to avoid any problems) but she is trying to determine what type of clothing she will need. ...
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Reservation cancellation in Quebec

I'm wondering if anyone knows what the statute for cancelling a reservation free of charge is in Québec. Every hotel I've ever been to allows for a free cancellation as long as you cancel more than 48 ...
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My Schengen visa expired on 28 June but the police has given me an extension till the 9 july

Will I have a problem in getting a Schengen visa again? Does getting an extension of a week after expiration of the visa stain my intentions or will they refuse me the visa next time? I am an Indian ...
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When in doubt, can't you just show two passports? [closed]

I see on this site tons of questions about "I have a dual citizenship, which passport do I show in this case?" and I don't get a simple thing… can't you just show both, and let them pick which one ...
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Whose job is to check if the passenger has a valid visa to the destination he is travelling to? [duplicate]

Is it the airport security at the country you flying from? I highly doubt it because I have been to countries where it's so corrupted that you buy the airport officials for the price of a dinner. Is ...