Rules, regulations, and policies of organizations as opposed to laws of nations or governments.

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Is there a time limit to staying on an ESTA in any one year?

An elderly friend of mine has recently been to Hawaii, staying from the end of May until July 21st, 2014. He has a valid ESTA which expires April 2016. He would like to travel again this coming ...
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Are the UK Highway Code rules regarding roundabouts sufficient? [on hold]

Highway Code rule 185 clause 1 states: When reaching the roundabout you should give priority to traffic approaching from your right, unless directed otherwise by signs, road markings or ...
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Is it against regulations to pack my laptop battery on its own in my checked luggage?

We have several small children, which complicates traveling and requires us to compact our hand luggage as much as possible. We've been tempted to check in our laptop in our luggage, but have been ...
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New Zealand support funds when leaving South Africa

I have a South African friend coming to New Zealand for a three month holiday and due to stay with me. She has a return ticket and the funds required to enter New Zealand. However she is saying South ...
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What are mini-bar policies for one-night stays in hotels?

I've had this question on my mind for a while now because I've never understood how this works. I began traveling two years ago for personal reasons and sometimes I've stayed in various hotels for the ...
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how bout nightly visitors [duplicate]

if a hotel room is booked for 1, but built for 2, could I bring a person up to my room for the night to sleep there innocently? or would they ask the second person to charge? do they react if you ...
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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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What other countries besides India use a Maximum Retail Price model? [closed]

India is the only country I have come across in my travels where it is mandatory to print the Maximum Retail Price (MRP) on any packaged items. On the Wikipedia article for Suggested Retail Price, ...
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Can I drive a Dutch friend's car in the Netherlands?

Rumours go that as a non-resident it is forbidden to drive a Dutch registered car in the Netherlands, with rental cars being the exception. The rumours continue that this even applies to Dutch ...
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Japanese driver's license in Oklahoma?

Is it legal to drive with a Japanese driver's license in Oklahoma?
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Can I own a French registered car as a non-resident?

I would love to drive through Brazil and Suriname starting from French Guyana. However, renting a car to do this proved to be impossible. There are ferries between France and Suriname and a bridge ...
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How was a travelers identity resolved in a pre WW1 Europe? [closed]

According to wikipedia, modern passports and visa is something that got introduced after World War one. passports and visas were not generally necessary for moving from one country to another. The ...
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Do airliners tend to arrive earlier then announced lately?

I have the impression that more and more airplanes arrive ahead of schedule. Personaly, all but one flight (which got canceled) last year did arrive quite early. The most surprising arrival was a ...
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Can you do a drivers test in the US to obtain a drivers license as a souvenir?

I have confidently driven in three States in the US with my EU licenses. However, like in the EU there are these little quirky differences for which it is impossible to know it all. The only solution ...
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Can you be an eligible post-mortem organ donor candidate when you are traveling abroad?

Some countries have opt-in arrangements, others have opt-out arrangements when it comes to post-mortem organ donorship. What happens if you die while traveling abroad? Is your body lost in transit, ...
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Can I drive in North-Carolina with a EU drivers license?

In an entry to travel.se on reciprocal agreements for learner drivers, it is mentioned that in North Carolina: The International Drivers License is NOT recognized in North Carolina and cannot be ...
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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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It is possible to travel from London, England to Detroit, USA using a British convention travel document?

My friend wants to travel with me on a trip to Detroit. The problem is he only has a 1951 convention travel document as he is an Iranian refugee and has been living in the UK for four years. Also ...
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Do North-American car rental agencies typically apply a minimum driving license duration?

In Spain, I've once been rejected to be registered as an extra driver because I had had my driving license for 11 months, and the car rental agency required that one should have a license for at least ...
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Transit visa through Germany with expired I94

I am an Indian citizen and have completed my OPT/studies. However my I94 has expired because I based it off the Visa which is still valid, due to a misunderstanding. I am returning home and before I ...
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What happens if you are caught (accidentally) not declaring something at customs?

So, you get into the "nothing to declare" line, but you get selected for a random bag check anyway... and the customs officer finds something you were supposed to declare. It's something small, like ...
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Who can pick up a passport with stamped visa?

I live in the USA. My parents live in India. We have applied for B2 visas to the USA for my parents to come and visit me. The only passport collection option shown when booking the interview was to ...
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Is bringing tea from coca leaves to Europe illegal?

When travelling in Chile, tea from coca leaves was something you could buy at regular places. It is even sold as a preventive to altitude sickness in places like San Pedro de Atacama. After feeling ...
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Are customs liable if they break something doing their job?

I watched a reality show on the Australian border controle where they destroyed an object in a mail package and found drugs. The destruction wasn't really subtle, you couldn't use the object ...
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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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Did the international regulation for electronic devices during takeoff/landing of airplanes change?

I was on a flight on 18th April, and the announcement during start & landing was that all devices, including those with flight mode have to be completely switched off. On 8th of May I was again ...
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How to speed up an accident insurance report in case of an accident in another EU country than your own?

So far I had two car accidents when abroad in the EU. Each time it was a no-brainer that the other party was responsible. The first time I stood in a traffic jam, while being rear-ended from behind. ...
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Why do some tourist attractions forbid tourists to take photographs?

In my travelling career, I have seen lots of no photography zones, but the reasoning behind it mostly made sense. It is related to national security (infrastructure, proximity of military bases) and ...
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Why do international drivers licenses have limited validity?

The International Drivers Permit or IDP is simply a booklet with translations in various language of your own driver license. It always needs to be shown together with your original drivers license. ...
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Do you need to be at the airport as a writer of declaration of guarantee for a Schengen visa?

For a family member to apply for a Schengen visa, I provided an official declaration of guarantee. Now I appear to be traveling myself when my family member enters Schengen, so I won't be able to ...
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Can I carry roller blades in cabin baggage?

Can I put roller blades into a bag and fly with it as my cabin baggage with Ryanair? EDIT: There were no problems with roller blades at the airports.
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Official end time of a stay in China (for visa purposes)

My flight back from China leaves on my 31th day there, just after midnight. They seem very reluctant to grand a tourist visa for more than 30 days, so I was wondering: If I get past the airport visa ...
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Are non-US citizens elegible to sign up for TSA-Pre?

My understanding is that it's a more complex process, but once you're processed, it's much faster to get through airport screenings in future. Is it available to non US citizens as well, and if so, ...
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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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Is overnight stay at Narita Airport permitted?

I will arrive at Haneda Airport at 19:00PM and depart from Narita Airport at 17:25PM the day after. Can I stay the night at Narita Airport without any problem with the airport officers? The time spent ...
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Is there a europe-wide rule stopping under 18 year olds from staying in the dorms of hostels?

My friends and I are going inter railing and so will be staying in hostels across europe. One of the group will still be under 18 by the time we leave and several hostel sites have information saying ...
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Foreigners attending events on US bases in Okinawa

I found out that there are some kinds of events held on land that is part of US bases here in Okinawa that are attended by the general public, Japanese and American. The particular event I noticed ...
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Are airlines legally obligated to feed passengers without charging?

Is there any duration and/or distance of flight beyond which airlines are legally obliged to feed passengers without charging them for it? If so, what is the limit? In case jurisdictions matter, I'm ...
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Kids not allowed into sauna in Serbia

We recently faced a restriction for children under 16 to enter sauna area of a spa complex in a hotel in Serbia--they are only allowed into a pool, but not into multiple varieties of sauna. No single ...
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Changes to British transit visa policy

A couple of days ago a friend of mine was denied boarding on a flight from Canada to London on the grounds that she did not have a transit visa for the UK. She is a Kenyan citizen with a valid ...
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Does CBSA/ASFC's restriction on importing mattresses apply to camping mattresses?

From the CBSA/ASFC Prohibited Goods list: You cannot import used or second-hand mattresses into Canada unless you have a certificate that verifies the mattresses have been cleaned and fumigated in ...
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Does one need a permit for personal photography in Tel Aviv Yafo?

I was looking though some websites and came across permit requirements on Tel Aviv Municipality site and Filming in the Tel Aviv site. These sites mention that permits may be needed for photography in ...
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Who pays for the return ticket when a country refuses entry?

If I am on a tourist visa, and refused entry into the intended touring country, then who pays for the return ticket? I would assume I will have to. But if I have no money of any kind, then what ...
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Do I need to have money when entering a country as a tourist?

Am I legally required to be in possession of X dollars/money to gain entry as a tourist, on a tourist visa, in any country ? If I arrive in the US on a B1/B2 (USA tourist visa) then can the CBP/DHS ...
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Where is a tripod allowed from high up in New York City?

The title says it all. I'd like to make a time-lapse video in New York City, but most buildings do not allow tripods. Does anyone know where I can use one 'from above'?
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Travelling from USA to Australia [closed]

I am on H1B and travelling to Australia on my permanent residency visa. Since I am a Indian citizen / passport are there any additional formalities that needs to be done?
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Accommodation that accepts foreigners in Dandong, China

Here in my hostel in Beijing there's a European couple who want to travel to Dandong, which is a city right on the North Korean border. So Wikivoyage lists some suggested places to stay but, along ...
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Airlines refusing check-in without return ticket

I recently heard that some airlines refuse to let you fly to Japan (from Europe), if you don't have a return ticket. Since it is possible to buy one-way tickets, I guess this is utter nonsense, but ...
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As an EU national, if you live in France for a few months, what are the rules around registration / tax / etc?

Within the EU, for EU nationals, there is a right to freedom of movement, which (slightly simplified) means you can visit, live and work in any other EU country. Depending on the country you go to, ...
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What are the regulations for transporting medication abroad?

This is in reference to medications, both prescription and non-prescription, not illicit drugs. Since the legality may vary on country, let's say a round trip from the US to Singapore, as an example. ...