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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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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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Have I invalidated my own ESTA and if I fly to Mexico does that mean I will not be allowed back into the States?

The ESTA that I entered the States on back in October was due to expire on January 8th. As I wished to stay a little longer (an extra couple of weeks) I searched the internet to see how this was ...
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Is it possible to appeal a refused Schengen visa? (Germany short stay holiday visa was refused) [duplicate]

I am from Sri Lanka and applied for a short stay holiday visa to Germany for two weeks from 30th Dec 2013 to 11th Jan 2014 with my two children age eight and ten. My husband did not apply due to his ...
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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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Pre-war travel ban

Reading a wikipedia article on the invasion in Iraq I saw something about a pre-war travel ban. Googling it I only found one news article relating to that. I know that some ministries of foreign ...
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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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Can you just charge your phone/ipad/laptop at the airport at any outlet?

Recently, a guy got arrested for charging his Nissan Leaf. I don't have an electric car yet, but I do this so often. That is, when I am traveling and I see an outlet I feel free to charge my gadgets. ...
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Can hotel kick me out into ice storm if I don't have more money? [closed]

I've been staying in a hotel for the past month. I work to pay the bill on a daily basis. We are in an ice storm, there's no work. I can't pay. The officials say stay put, Can they kick me out if I ...
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Can a hotel kick you out if you let an unregistered guest share a room with you?

We are going to an event and because of this event all hotels are fully booked. Now a friend wants to join us, but can't find accommodation. We are okay with him crashing in our hotel room, either on ...
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Traveling to the US with a criminal record

I have a passport that is valid until 2015. 2 years ago I was charged and now have a criminal record. We have a family trip planned to travel from Canada to Walt Disney World next week and I just now ...
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Which travellers in Mongolia have to register, and how?

When I was applying for my visa to Mongolia a couple of days ago the form mentioned something about registering within three days when staying more than thirty days. But the English was not great and ...
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Can I bring an anti-religious book into Saudi Arabia?

Could I bring books like The God Delusion from Richard Dawkins to Saudi Arabia? What will happen if they saw this book in my hand during the check-in or somewhere else in Saudi Arabia? What about ...
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Could you actually get in trouble if you don't stick to the transport and accommodation stated in your visa application?

For some countries to apply for a visa you must provide proof of: Travelling to and/or from the country, sometimes the document even specifies flight ticket. Accommodation booked, sometimes just the ...
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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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How long do I have to leave South Africa before returning?

I am a British citizen owning a house in South Africa, I intend to travel to South Africa for 8 weeks this month, return to the UK for 10 days approx at Christmas time and then return to South Africa ...
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How can I check if I'm allowed to take a rental car from Argentina to Chile?

I'm planning to rent a car in Argentina by one of the big, well-known companies. I'm also planning to drive to Chile for a day or two. I know that quite a lot of rental companies explicitly do not ...
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Work as freelancer while tourist in US [duplicate]

I work as a freelancer in web development in Germany for German customers. I now want to visit my sister as a tourist for 2 months in the US. She's studying there for a year. Am I allowed to continue ...
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Canadian wants to exit and re-enter Beijing without a visa, during 72 hour TWOA (Transit Without Visa)

I have a conference to get to in Changchun (I really, really, really would like to go, the whole trip to China is centred around it). I'm not able to get a visa in time though. My flight lands in ...
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Red triangle, yellow jackets, etc. for rental cars in France

Our rental car in France does not have the items required by law, such as a florescent jacket and a red triangle. Should the car rental company provide these items?
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Is it permitted to look for a job while visiting the US under the Visa Waiver Program?

We already have a question on whether you can attend a job interview or look for work while in the US on a tourist visa. (Actually it's unresolved with two possibly conflicting answers and no solid ...
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Is it legal to look for work in the US while on a B1/B2 (Business Visitor) visa?

I have got 10-year multiple entry US VISA on my Indian passport. I got it to attend a technical conference. I was curious to know if I give job interview during this visit? I may not have time in ...
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Is sleeping outside really illegal in Laos? If so does that mean no camping too?

In the HitchWiki entry for Laos it says: It is illegal to sleep outside in Laos. If you are caught, you will be fined. [source required] As you can see nothing is offered to indicate the ...
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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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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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Is it illegal to peel off a visa from your Australian passport?

A friend commented on my Facebook that the Cambodian visa isn't stuck permanently into the passport and suggests I could go there then peel off the visa so the blank page can be used for another visa. ...
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What is the period of validity for a Power of Attorney letter for a child travelling with a parent?

What is usually the period of validity of Power of Attorney letter for a child travelling with one parent? Or it may be called Child Travel Consent letter. I need to make such a letter to go from ...
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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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What kind of ID does the US accept when visiting bars or drinking age events?

For tourists visiting the states, what kind of ID do you need to carry with you to visit bars or drinking age events? I understand the passport is the main piece of ID but do they accept any other ...
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Prescriptions in checked luggage: ok when travelling to Spain?

Can I pack my physeptone tablets in my checked luggage instead of my hand luggage? I'm flying to Spain / Majorca and don't want the people I'm going with to see the medication.
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Can I use “Récépissé de demande de carte de séjour to re-enter” to France? [closed]

I am student in France but I am not French. During the holiday, I came back to my country. Before I came back, I have received the "Recepisse De Demande De Carte De Sejour" in the form of paper from ...
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What are the registration requirements when visiting Russia?

I'm visiting Russia, and I've read that I need to register my visa after arrival. Some hotels do this for you, but I'm staying in a rental apartment. What exactly do I need to do? Where should I go? ...
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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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U.S. passport holder to travel in the Philippines with expiring passport

We are residing in Japan but is it OK to leave Japan and visit the Philippines for an emergency reason on Aug. 19, 2013 if my son's U.S. passport will expire on Sept. 16, 2013?
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Can foreign tourists see Pakistani dancing girls?

I heard about dancing girls of the Swat valley, Pakistan, as a result of news articles about attempts to eliminate them. For example, Dancing girls of Swat back in business. I haven't been able to ...
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Is it permitted to ask questions of female sex workers in Thailand to be familiar with their real life as a tourist?

As a female traveler I will be in Thailand for around 2 months in mid November to have fun and complete my professional diving lessons. I would like to be familiar with Thai culture and foods and also ...
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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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What are the risks of using Airbnb in New York?

Context: I'm 29, travelling solo to San Francisco & New-York for the first time. I have a budget of around $140-170 a night. I'll be doing a week in each but my concern pertains mostly to New York ...
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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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Casual study in the USA

I have a New Zealand passport. I am married to a Canadian and will apply for a Canadian Residency shortly. UPDATE: I've since discovered there is at least a one year delay to get a residency in ...
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Inner tubing down rivers in the United States

I've got this crazy idea to have an adventure trip inner tubing down a large river in the USA and stopping off at various locations along the way. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find any information ...
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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 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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If, like Edward Snowden, your passport was revoked or cancelled, how could you travel?

As per the news, NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden has had his passport revoked by the United States Government. From the article: It was not immediately clear how Snowden was able to travel, ...
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What is the most inexpensive way to obtain a visa for Russia and stay legally for 30 days?

I can buy an invitation that costs 30€ in the consulate and travel everywhere I want. Is there a better way? I also need a registration for three different cities I want to visit, and it’s going to ...
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Are there restrictions on carrying fresh produce across US state borders?

I'm planning on traveling from one US state to another (by plane, in this case) with fresh produce. I know that importing fresh produce internationally is subject to restrictions. A quick googling ...
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How does “Fuel Dumping” work?

Recently, I saw a lot of blog post, forum posts etc on Fuel Dumping. For me it seemed like you can book a flight with high fuel charges, and then add another unrelated leg to the flight that you not ...
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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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How many passengers allowed in a car in Oklahoma, USA?

I am traveling to Oklahoma state in USA next week. I am driving my SUV but I have 4 friends going with me and one more person will join us in Oklahoma. I am wondering if there is any legal limitation ...
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Can I consign my pepper spray from Canada to China?

I have a flight from Canada to China (by aircanada). It seems that I can't bring pepper spray to the plane, but can I consign it? Is that illegal?