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Residence has changed - Must I re-apply for ESTA?

I have an old, but still valid ESTA, with the country of residence showing my home country. However, I have recently moved for education in the UK. Do I have to apply for a new one? Nothing else has ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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What happens when a foreigner gets a traffic fine in the United States?

What happens when a foreigner gets a speeding ticket / traffic fine in the United States? I've heard that the issuing officer will demand payment on site or will confiscate the drivers license. That ...
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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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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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Is it possible for a foreigner to drive through (mainland) China in a foreign-registered car?

Is it possible to drive through mainland China, for example for transit from Kazakhstan to Vietnam, as a non-Chinese citizen, in an own car/van/truck? This is about an European Union citizen, trying ...
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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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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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Can I walk around in Cuba with a copy of my passport instead of the passport itself?

Can I walk around in Cuba with a copy of my passport instead of the passport itself ? I'm asking this because I prefer to leave my passport in the hotel, rather having it with me. Do you think that ...
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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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How to apply for a Schengen business visa instead of a work visa?

I am a Filipino citizen living in the Philippines. I am working in a BPO (business process outsourcing) company and we currently acquired a new client from Spain. New processes needs to be learned and ...
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Is squatting a viable alternative for accommodation?

I have encountered references (e.g. hitchwiki) that list squatting (staying in a an abandoned building as I understand it) as a cheap accommodation. I have however some concerns: it is illegal in ...
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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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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?
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Travel to Cuba as dual citizen (USA+other)?

Suppose I am a U.S. citizen with dual citizenship with another country. Citizens of this second country are allowed to travel to Cuba. Suppose further that I live and work outside the United States ...
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Should I always keep my passport with me while travelling?

I am visiting Singapore in May. As a practice I always keep the passport with me wherever I travel. I think how can I show my identity if some officer ask about it. But sometimes I fell it is annoying ...
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Is AirBNB legal and legit in Canada?

This answer mentions AirBNB technically being illegal in New York and that causing issues sometimes with unprompted withdrawal of rentals. Are they legal in Canada, and specifically Toronto?
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How can I Travel and Teach English in Thailand? [closed]

I'm struggling to find non-commercial information on teaching English in Thailand in terms of daily costs of living, pay rates for full-time TESOL teachers and the legal requirements (these seem to be ...
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How can I get a brief but still extensive summary of the Conditions Of Carriage of an airline and are they an international standard?

Any time I am booking I agree to the Conditions Of Carriage, without reading its contents. I once tried starting to read the conditions, only to find that my booking session ended due to the fact that ...
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Crashing a rental car abroad

What happens if I (a US citizen) rent a car in, say, the UK, and crash it because I was driving on the wrong side of the road? Do I have to pay the damages out of pocket? What if I don't have the ...
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Are there any trains where roof riding is legally possible?

I just read an article about the Indonesian railways, where they put low hanging concrete balls above railroad tracks to deter train rooftop riders. Roof riding is common on certain trains in ...
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Can I take a flight to Canada which stops in the USA, if I have restrictions from entering the USA?

I am a Canadian citizen and I have been denied from the USA in the past 2 years and last year I entered illegally and was caught and given voluntary departure, but I do not have a criminal record in ...
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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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Cuba Travel by US Citizen and Non-citizen/Non-Resident spouse

As there is no ban on actual travel by a US citizen to Cuba but rather on the financial transactions, on which side of the legal fence would the following scenario fall?: I am a US citizen. My ...
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Can you get married while traveling?

As a traveler getting married while traveling must be the ultimate experience. Can you actually legally get married while traveling?
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Going to Playa de Carmen in a few weeks - What do I need to know?

Specifically, I'm staying at the Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda. Is there anything I need to know when traveling to this area? Any laws that aren't apparent to a traveler? Anything I should do?
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Breast feeding in Iran

We are considering a trip to Iran with a 5-month old. What is the local attitude to breast-feeding in public places? Is it legal? Are there any severe consequences? Do you need to use some special ...
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Traveling abroad with an expensive watch

If I am wearing an expensive watch, what should I do not to get in trouble at customs? Should I declare it when I enter a country? I will travel from Germany to Russia.
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What can I expect when bringing in my netbook to China?

I am considering bringing a netbook on my trip to China, arriving via Beijing International Airport. I am mostly concerned about what will happen at the border. Do I have to show it at the border, ...
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Can I import homebrewed alcohol to Norway?

In Norway, as far as I know, the sale of all alcohol is nationalized. I'm going to visit my friend there, and his parents want to send him a bottle (He is from Slovakia, same as myself). Is it legal ...
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How can I find which European countries require headlights on during daytime?

I know that the driving law in several countries in Europe require headlights on during daytime, some of them only in winter. But where can I find which countries have such a requirement? Just to ...
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Are there places where it isn't legal to take a taxi that isn't in the front of a line?

I've experienced being turned down by taxi drivers when requesting short distances, as they have waited for some time to get in front of the line and don't want to "waste" it. I recognize that it may ...
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How fast may you drive on the Autobahn?

As every American teenager "knows" there is no speed limit on the Autobahn. My understanding, however, is that there is still such a thing as excessive speed even on this free-for-all. So, ignoring ...
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Tourist speeding fine in USA

I got stop for speeding in United States (New York City) and I was issued a summons stating my offence. I was than told to mail it back to the court, stating if I plead guilty or not. I did so when I ...
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Your address at destination: What if you don't know any address?

Often, when entering a country, you must fill a form that asks, in particular, where you will stay. What if you don't know yet? Even worse, what if you don't have your guidebook in hand luggage, and ...
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Are there any “Fantasy Passports” that are recognised by other countries?

I've read about the Conch Republic passports, and Hutt River, and am wondering - these so-called fantasy passports - are any of them actually recognised anywhere else in the world? @mindcorrosive ...
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Can I get in trouble if, at customs, the police finds media files that I can't prove are mine?

I have ripped some of my DVD series to my phone and laptop so I do not need to waste space and battery with the extra discs. But what happens when I am traveling, say from Europe->USA or ...
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Declaring illegal substances at customs - what would happen?

I've always wondered this. Occasionally I declare medicines, or wood carvings or whatever when going through customs. The point of asking you to declare these things is so that they can inspect and ...
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Is it safe to buy-and-forget prepaid SIM card with internet tariff in Germany?

When you're geocaching, or using mobile maps for navigation, or simply you're internet addict :) you're likely to buy a prepaid SIM card for internet in your smartphone when you're in foreign country. ...
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Under what situations can a passenger be restrained by flight crew?

I came across a news story recently where a passenger was restrained using tape for unruly behaviour on an Icelandair flight. Under what situations is a flight crew allowed to take such action, and ...
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Is it allowed to drive a bike after 1 (2, 3) beers in Germany?

What is the regulation about bicycle driving in Germany? What is the acceptable alcohol rate in blood? So, am I generally allowed to drive a bicycle after 1 or 2 beers? In Poland, for example, I ...