Questions regarding what is permitted or forbidden in various places including unforseen technicalities.

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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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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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Travelling to Attu Island

The U.S. Coast Guard recently closed and abandoned (I think) their Loran station on Attu Island, Alaska. Is it possible to legally visit Attu now? Is there any red tape involved? Is the airport open ...
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Are there any legal restrictions on busking in Mexico City?

My nomadic sister is visiting me in Mexico City for a couple of weeks. Her normal mode of travel involves busking (playing music and/or singing in the streets) for money. She wants to do this in ...
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What happens when you exceed the import limits of alcohol in Norway?

What happens when you arrive at the border of Norway (as an EU citizen) and you get caught by the customs with an amount of alcohol (beer, liquor) that is greater than the allowed amount? Do you ...
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Can go to Germany on all-year tires in winter?

I know that German law requires tires apt for snow in winter time. It's quite obvious that I cannot use summer tires, but can I go on universal all-year tires? What are the exact requirements?
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Legality of carrying spent ammunition

Recently I was visiting my grandfather and we went gun shooting, I shot a barret .50 caliber rifle and some other automatics and were able to keep a few of the casings as a keepsake. Is it legal to ...
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Is it legal to drink your own alcohol onboard a plane over international waters?

A debate was ensuing at work about consuming your own booze onboard a plane. The FAA can fine you several thousand dollars in the US if you did this, so naturally this led to people theorising ways ...
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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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Applying for a Schengen visa from Greek embassy with an expired resident visa in Israel?

I'm Philippines passport holder and currently living in Israel. A few months ago my resident permit expired and I'm ready to go back home for good. My question is - can I apply for a Schengen visa in ...
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Are foreigners allowed to take a police ride-along in the US?

I recently found out about the police ride-along thing, at first I thought it is some fiction in movies. Anyway, are tourists on B1/B2 visas allowed to take that dream ride?
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Do I need to get USD to travel in Argentina?

I have heard that there is an "official" exchange rate in Argentina and a street rate which is much higher because currently, the locals are finding it really hard to get foreign currency. When I ...
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Can a non-US citizen drive my US car in Mexico?

I have a US-registered vehicle in Mexico. An American friend once told me that only other Americans can legally drive a US car in Mexico. That is to say, I cannot legally lend the car to a Mexican ...
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Which countries allow to work remotely on visitor visas? [closed]

Which countries allow to stay ≥6 months on business/tourist visa and telecommute for another country during the stay? So far I only know one: Canada (6 months business/tourist visa) ...
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Legality of hitchhiking at SAs/PAs in Hokkaido compared to the rest of Japan

I first took up hitchhiking as a primary form of long distance transport back in 2010 in Japan. Since then I have been hitchhiking in Japan on several trips over the years. For long distances the ...
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Are short-term rentals (Airbnb, etc.) legal in Singapore?

Are short-term rentals like those offered by Airbnb, Roomorama, etc legal in Singapore? There are obviously lots of listings, and Roomorama is actually headquartered in Singapore, but there's also a ...
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Which countries allow tourists to get married without the long wait for the marriage licence?

I am a 19 year old girl and my guy is 22. We live in the Middle East, and it's hard for us to get married here before I turn 21. We are planning on marrying outside the Middle East. What countries ...
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If I enter the USA with dual US/Caribbean Island citizenship and only present my Caribbean passport will they know I am a USA citizen?

I have dual citizenship, USA & a Caribbean island. If I enter the USA with only my Caribbean island passport, will they know I am a USA citizen?
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Fudge into Australia [duplicate]

Can I take fudge that has been produced in Guernsey, Channel Islands, UK - into Australia together with my personal luggage?
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Travelling as unmarried couple in Dubai

I'd wish to visit Dubai with my girlfriend, but after reading this travel advice and this question on sex and couples in Dubai I started to get a little worried about it. How should I book an hotel? ...
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Can I bring a taser from Thailand to Sweden?

I have bought a taser in Thailand (not the one that shoots prods, but the hand held "zapping" one) and I'm wondering if I put it in my luggage (NOT my carry on, obviously) if I will be detained. Or if ...
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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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May I cross closed gates in Iceland?

I've found looking in Google Street Map that in Iceland sometimes you find gates in public roads like this. In my country (Spain) these are very rare, but when they exist is because there are free ...
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What constitutes “studying” in the UK for visa purposes?

A comment on this question, points to a document, which specifies that: You cannot study in the UK with General Visitor or Business Visitor permission and you cannot register at LSE if you have ...
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Is it legal to ask for my information? [closed]

Is it legal for air companies to ask for my personal information? I mean, today I had to buy a ticket from easy jet. To do so, I was forced to register to the site, choose a password, and to insert ...
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Are medical doctors legally doctors wherever they are?

"Is there a doctor on board"? Who hasn't heard this announcement while flying, specially long distance. I once talk to an American medical doctor on a non-American carrier who told me he tries to ...
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Joining the Mile High Club (MHC) - Can I get into trouble?

The same friend I already mentioned in this question, has an additional travel question. Recently, he read a lot about the Mile High Club (MHC). Wikipedia defines the mile high club as people who had ...
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Legalities and safety concerns of visiting prostitutes in Amsterdam

A friend of mine left his girlfriend after a long (~5 years) relationship. To cheer him up a little bit, we decided to go to Amsterdam, as they have liberal prostitution and drug consuming laws. ...
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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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Is hitchhiking permitted in the Faroe Islands?

I'm planning to go to the Faroe Islands next August after visiting Iceland. I was wondering if hitchhiking is permitted anywhere in the Faroe Islands. I've checked the hitchwiki website, but it ...
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What are the residence requirements to use a foreign driving licence in California?

On the back of Driving license in California, and as per California's DMV on International Driving Permits: California does recognize a valid driver license that is issued by a foreign ...
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What curfews, if any, exist in Myanmar at present?

I am currently looking to travel to Myanmar (Burma) and had read about some curfews. I was wondering if this is still the case because I couldn't find a great deal of information on them being lifted ...
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Is it legal to sell flight tickets at a lower price than the airline's price?

I've heard that it might be illegal for a reseller like lastminutes.com or tui.com to sell a ticket at a lower price than the one offered by the airline itself and that the company, if it finds out, ...
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May kids ride in the back of a 5th Wheel in the US?

I'm investigating changing to a 5th wheel RV - that's the kind of travel trailer that you tow behind a pickup. In such a setup, there is no access from the driver in the truck to the living space ...
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Can I renew my US passport by mail while I'm outside the country?

I'm sure this is a pretty unique situation I've gotten myself into, and it's certainly complicated. I'm not sure what I should be doing. I came to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in May of 2013. I got a ...
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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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Laptop/mobile device in countries with Sharia

I'm traveling to Iran and i need to bring my laptop. For western standards I do not have anything illegal on my hard drive but since I'm not familiar with the Sharia I'm a little bit paranoid. Is ...
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Is it possible for non-residents to shoot at a range in the State of Georgia (US)?

I am interested in going to a range to shoot both hand guns and rifles while in Georgia. Is it legal to do this in Georgia as a non-resident, and if it is legal, is it common for ranges to deny entry ...
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Why does US Customs & Immigration ask the purpose of my trip when I'm returning home?

As a US citizen, when I re-enter the US, I am often asked where I was, how long I was there, and the reason for my visit. Why am I asked these things? Am I required to answer? Don't I have a legal ...
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As an Argentinian citizen, can I attempt to look for a job in Germany while touring?

I'm attempting to decide what to do of my holidays, and this just popped up on my mind a couple weeks ago. My original plans included the possibility of, if the place is nice enough, trying to seek ...
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Can I apply for B1-B2 visa if ESTA is still valid?

My daughter and I have ESTAs for USA, but for our upcoming trip I'd like to stay 5 months, I have previously held a B1-B2 visa, can I apply for a B1-B2 visa now if my ESTA is still valid (*until Oct ...
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Getting a Chinese tourist visa with an expired UK criminal conviction

A group of us are travelling to China this year. One of the members of our group was convicted five years ago for possession of Ecstasy; as it has been five years, the conviction is now spent / ...
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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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Telecommuting with US with occasional visits on-site

I'm an independent European contractor and I'm currently working with a an Irish company who wants to send me to US for a couple of weeks in order to receive training from an American company (I work ...
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Same passport for visiting all of Africa?

So tonight I was catching up with a well-traveled friend who was visiting Melbourne. A few years back they did an overlanding tour in Africa, and was told for the tour that if you had multiple ...
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What needs to be done locally in case of a car accident while travelling in the US?

My friend is away from home right now; he lives in Ohio and has had a car accident in the state of New Jersey. What does he need to do locally before he can return home? He says a state trooper took ...
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Is smoking weed legal or just tolerated in Colorado?

On 1.1.2014 at least 24 pot shops opened in Colorado and I wonder if smoking marijuana is now legal or just tolerated as long as you don't smoke on the street (like in Amsterdam). What are the ...
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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 ...