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In which European countries can I use disposable barbecues in summer? [closed]

I would like to know in which European countries can I use disposable barbecues in summer? My question focus on disposable BBQ because they have some specificities, and area easier to get for someone ...
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Indian passport with two missing (ripped out) pages - should I get a new one to enter the US?

I have got a passport in very good condition with two inner pages totally ripped out (they are missing). I had my Schengen visa issued on those pages with a few stamps but now that visa has expired. ...
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Same-sex marriage in Paris?

I don't live in France but would like to get married under the Eiffel tower. Is this possible? Can someone provide some information on the rules regarding same-sex marriage in France for foreigners?
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Driving in France with US driving license only (French driving license being kept in some French Consulate)

I live in Massachusetts, USA. I will go to California, USA one month in June, then go to France in July. I need to drive in these 3 places. As a French citizen, I have a US driving license and my ...
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Do you physically need a license to drive in the US?

I am a US citizen and rent a lot. Sometimes, owing to some reasons, I forget to take my driver's license with me. Do you need the actual driver's license to drive in the US? I know my license number,...
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What do the dashes close to each other near French freeway exits mean?

During my last trip to France via car I noticed that French freeways (autoroutes) have a somewhat strange road marking I am not familiar with. Usually, there are two lanes going my direction on a ...
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Immersion at St Helen's Spring (Sacred Spring in England)

I have been planning to take a group of visiting in-laws to various healing springs in South East England (related question here), and St Helen's Spring in Hastings seems like a great venue. I have ...
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Exact current information on “missing a return flight”?

How, specifically, do airlines distinguish between people who miss a return international flight for genuine reasons, and people who skip specifically the return leg of a ticket to get a cheap one-way ...
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My sister has been taken off the US Visa Waver Program, can she re-apply? And if so how soon?

My sister was recently denied a visa extension and taken off the Visa Waver Program, she was trying to get her visitor visa extended so that she could attend my graduation. She was denied and taken ...
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No-pictures buildings in Japan (shooting from street forbidden by law)

I often take pictures of buildings. Usually without knowing what the building is. QUESTION: Are there buildings in Japan that it is forbidden by law to take pictures of? If yes, which ones? Bonus ...
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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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International children car seat standards for multiple regions

I've been looking into car seats suitable for international travel. In the EU modern car seats have to meet ECE R44/04 and for New Zealand/Australia AS/NZS 1754.2010 I emailed a few manufacturers ...
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Can I be prosecuted in a European country while on vacation?

Obviously I know the answer is yes, but if I visited a European country and stole something there would I actually be put in jail and face trial or be deported or face trial in the US?
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Travel protection bag OK at airport?

I have a travel protection bag in which my whole suitcase fits. It's just a nylon zippered suitcase-size bag with a handle; when the suitcase is in it the whole thing just looks just like a lumpy ...
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Can I travel by car or van with unusual objects like furniture?

I am visiting several countries in Europe by car. Namely France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and maybe a few others if possible. A friend currently living in Paris and moving near Amsterdam offered ...
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Curfew - Is walking on the street in Tokyo legal after 11.00 pm if you're under 18?

I am soon visiting Japan. I have a son who is not yet 16. Is it okay if I go shopping with him, or for a walk with him on public streets, after 11pm, which is the period the Japan government imposes ...
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Why does each consul general have a specific service area?

What is the point of each consul general having a specific service area? For example, if you're a living in Portland, Oregon, according to http://www.russianembassy.org/page/russian-consulates-in-the-...
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How are validated underground tickets checked in Berlin?

I have been travelling around Berlin the last few days. I have bought a ticket for the underground zones A and B every day but my ticket has not been checked once and there are no barriers (I'm from ...
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Travel from Nassau (Bahamas) airport to Paradise Island with an Infant

What's the law about travelling with infants in taxis in the Bahamas? We will be travelling this Spring, with our 5 month old, and needed to know if his car seat had to be taken along for the taxi ...
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Liability of passenger on airline ticket purchased by another person

I am an entertainer and a promoter purchased a first class ticket on AA for me to travel within the USA with their credit card and 3 months later I am being billed due to fraud. According to AA the ...
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Are there any countries in South-East Asia that don't require a motorcycle licence to ride one?

I only have an European car drivers licence and I'm wondering if it is possible to rent/buy a motorcycle somewhere in South-East Asia and ride it. Is it allowed in some countries in that area? Or are ...
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Is it legal to bring Hentai/Yaoi from Japan to Europe (EEA)?

Last year my friends and I visited Japan and naturally we wanted to bring some souvenirs for our friends and family. We were looking for some yaoi/hentai manga books for one of our friends, who is ...
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Aunt travelling with a 2 yr old [closed]

I have power of attorney for my 2 yr old niece. She has been living with me since September. I would like to take her with me when I travel this summer and her parents are not terribly involved in her ...
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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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Are there accommodation embargoes for booking in Iran?

I've had trouble in the past looking for flights to Cuba since the US seems to restrict sales of flights there. I'm likely going to Iran later this year, but while flights seem readily accessible, my ...
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Minimum prerequisites to stay camping on private land (finca) in Spain (Canary Islands)?

What are the minimum prerequisites if you want to stay camping on private ground in Spain (especially on the Canary Islands)? I do have the owner’s permission. I mean by law: Are there any ...
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Where might I observe people sneaking across the Vietnam-Cambodian border illegally?

I'm writing a thriller novel set in modern-day Vietnam. I need my protagonist, who's wanted for murder, to sneak illegally across the border from Vietnam to Cambodia. Where are the most porous ...
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How to clean drug misdemeanor in US so I don't get stopped at border every time?

I'm an American living in Canada. 11 years ago, when I was 19, I was stupid and had some pot in my car while driving through a border patrol checkpoint. (Note: A border patrol checkpoint is not the ...
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Any trouble at Florida customs for not paying a California speeding ticket from 5 years ago?

I'm from Montreal (Quebec). I went on vacation in California 5 years ago and got pulled over for speeding on the highway in a rental car (111 mph in a 60 mph zone.) The officer told me I was lucky he ...
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Is it legal to import software from the US to India, which is presently not for sale in India?

I am a big fan of GTA (Grand Theft Auto) and I am a PC gamer waiting for GTA V PC version for months now. I have seen that it will be available from Jan 27th on amazon.com so that we can pre-order it....
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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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How can I find out if someone is in the Schengen Information System (SIS)?

Long story short my elderly mom (74) with USA passport overstayed in Spain and got a fine put on her coming out of France. She did not tell us how long she would be banned for. I want her to come see ...
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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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Will confiscation of over-the-limit alcohol prevent someone travelling to Cuba? [closed]

I'm traveling to Cuba with family members. All arrangements were made when I found out that one person in group had alcohol 2 bottles rum confiscated there less than six months ago as it was not ...
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Can I live on an unoccupied island?

Suppose that I am going to unoccupied island in Oceania, the Carribean, or somewhere else. Suppose I find an island where nobody is there, and nobody knows about it. If I invade it like a pirate (...
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Can I create my own island nation? [closed]

(Inspired by can I live on an unoccupied island) In the question that made me think of this, the person asked about inhabiting an island that is part of a country. This made me wonder - what if you ...
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Finding a notary in Mexico City

My employer just handed down an urgent requirement to provide a notarized proof of my eligibility for employment in the U.S.A. I'm in Mexico City now. Is it possible to notarize something here? How ...
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Can I supervise a learner italian driver in italy with my full Australian drivers license plus international drivers permit?

I am going to italy, and I have a full australian driving licence and an international drivers permit. My friend has a car and has his learners permit only. Can he drive with me as his passenger ...
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Guests at a motel

My boyfriend and I are renting a room weekly at a local motel while we search for an apartment. My brother, who pays for the room, visits about once a day to check on us and make sure we don't need ...
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Airbnb: will I be charged extra $1,500 if I check out just one day earlier?

I found a place on Airbnb that goes for $90 a day or $1,000 a month. Since I need it for a month, it is going to cost me $1,000. However, there is a possibility that I might have to leave little bit ...
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Do any States in the US give traffic tickets for 5 mph above the speed limit?

In Louisiana, USA it's widely understood (unofficially) that one can travel 5mph above the speed limit without receiving a speeding ticket. Does this rule apply when traveling the rest of the States?...
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In which countries (or states) can a traveler smoke weed and not face any legal charges? [closed]

According to the accepted answer to this question tourists cannot smoke weed anymore in coffee shops, in Amsterdam. It is allowed only for residents. It also seems that smoking weed in Prague is not ...
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Can an airline really refuse to depart when overbooked?

I do not fly often, but when traveling home from vacation with my family yesterday, I encountered something I have never seen and I am wondering if what the flight attendants were saying was true. ...
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I booked an TGVAir train+plane ticket with Air France, must I travel the first (train) leg?

I have a booked TGVAir train+plane ticket with Air France. The problem now is that SNCF, the company that will effectively be handling my train journey, announced a train strike on my departure date. ...
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Entry into South Africa with Felony

I'm a US citizen was convicted of a felony in the US about 8 years ago. I'm planning on traveling as tourist to South Africa, arriving by air from the US. I don't think I need a visa according to ...
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Is wild camping possible in Germany? Where?

Is it possible to do wild camping in Germany? Are there specific zones for that? If yes, can someone recommend a few, preferably with nice trails to walk. The idea is to go into nature.
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Is it OK for someone to follow their family's rented moving truck into a weigh station?

My wife and I will be moving from Florida to Texas in a few weeks. I will be driving a 16ft Penske truck with a tow dolly carrying one of our cars, and my wife will be following me in our other car. ...
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Is the country code for “U.A.E.” in a passport “ARE”?

My cousin just got his first passport and I'm trying to convince him to get a new one as I'm sure the "country" part on the info page of his passport is wrong or maybe I'm wrong. So on the country ...
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UK hotel overcharged credit card, where to complain?

I recently stayed in a hotel in London UK, which overcharged my credit card by 8.4% or ~100 US$. They refuse to address the issue in any way. As a foreigner, is there an Ombudsman or some consumer ...
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How to report hotel booking fraud?

I've booked on-line the hotel in Thailand via some agency. After I've check-out the hotel charged without my knowledge the deposit (4 times more than agency booking) and agency took the money as well, ...