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

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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. ...
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e-cig on board 18 hour flight [duplicate]

Anyone know if I can bring my e-cig on an international flight to Australia? If there is no "smoke" and only vapor what's to stop me from taking a drag while in the lavatory? The smoke detector ...
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Why do countries require validity of 6 months for passports?

Many countries require a passport to be valid for six months. Sometimes these six months are counted from the date of departure, or from the date of entrance. Even though some of these countries only ...
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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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At what age an infant can start flying?

Can a month old infant fly? Are there any health related issues prevent that or is it ok? Any restrictions from airlines I may face?
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Information about causes of flight delay

Having experienced a few flight delays on my own, I'd like to know if there is some source of precise information about the delay (including up-to-date estimations of the delay and causes). So far, it ...
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Why aren't conventional thermometers allowed onboard?

Why do airlines prohibit carrying conventional mercury thermometers onboard? What potential this small device has to prohibit it? PS: I prefer conventional thermometers in my personal first aid kit ...
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Why do airlines prohibit having two infants in the same row?

If a family is travelling with infants under 2 years old, these infants will not need a seat (of course you can buy them a seat if you want), and they can just sit in their parents' laps. Given that, ...
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Would China to Taiwan and back again count as another entry into China?

I have a double entry visa for China. I've used up the first one and will reenter China for the second one in the next few days. Now I'd really like to go to Taiwan by ferry but was worried that it ...
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Is there a reason why airlines prevent laptops from being used during takeoffs and landings even though some allow tablets and smartphones?

Airlines like Delta and British Airways recently started allowing passengers to use tablets and smartphones during takeoffs and landings, yet they still restrict the use of laptops to within the air ...
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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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What is proper etiquette on bringing one night stands to a hotel room?

somewhat related to "Can a hotel kick you out if you let an unregistered guest share a room with you?": In the, alas, completely hypothetical scenario where I'm out in a foreign town and just happen ...
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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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Is there an international standard for medical prescriptions, you can carry around and show to any pharmacy?

I have a condition that only sometimes needs medication, most of the time not. My doctor gave me a set of prescriptions I can use when the condition surfaces. I only go to the pharmacy to fetch that ...
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Is an EU residency permit for EU nationals a valid travel document within the EU?

I am a citizen of an EU member state, being a resident in another EU member state. I hold a both a national identity card of my birth country and a resident permit of my home country. In an answer to ...
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Can you travel to the UK with an EU national Identity card that is only valid for another week upon return?

For international trips I have a passport, for EU journeys I use my national identity card. Simply because its format is more convenient, since it fits in my wallet. On my next trip to the UK my ...
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Boarding a sleeper compartment with a waiting list ticket and no reservation [duplicate]

What are the railway reservation rules under the below noted circumstances? I have purchased a waiting list ticket in 3rd class A/C and did not confirm it before the journey. Can I make a valid ...
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How old do you have to be to get into Canada by yourself?

I am 17 and I'm going to Canada to get my truck worked on and I need to know if I can get over there by myself and back and can I use my birth certificate and driver's license? It's just me driving my ...
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Am I allowed to own a foreign flag? [closed]

Sometimes I buy the local flag of a country I have visited as a souvenir. Given that there is such a thing as a flag instruction, which in some countries is embedded into either criminal or civil ...
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Customs check when flying in a corporate plane

Where does a non US citizen go through a customs check when arriving in the US on a corporate airplane? Is the procedure any different than what it would be if someone was flying with any commercial ...
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What are the procedures and documents necessary when traveling to France from the UK (not by plane)?

I have a United States passport and will be in London this year. I am looking into rail and ferry options to coastal France and was wondering if I will need to present any documents other than having ...
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Departure options after Schengen visa?

I got a single-entry Schengen visa for 83 days. By the end of the 83 days, do I have to leave the Schengen area to my home country (Egypt) or am I allowed to leave to any other country as long as ...
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Is it possible to stay in Laos for one year with tourist visas only?

My girlfriend and I will go to Laos for one year. She will have work there. We are not married and, anyway, the situation doesn't allow anything but a tourist visa for me because I will continue to ...
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Can I enter Thailand without having my passport stamped?

Saudi Arabia and Thailand have no political relations due to the bizarre blue diamond affair. If my passport found to have a Thai stamp during renewal I will be fined some big fine and my passport ...
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What happens if you don't have a passport photo when you get to the Laos border for a visa-on-arrival?

I've read online that one of the requirements for getting the visa-on-arrival when entering Laos at a border crossing is that you must have a passport photo. But what happens if you are unaware of ...
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Why are airline passengers asked to lift up window shades during takeoff and landing?

I have always wondered why the windows shades have to be raised during take off and landing. I can't think of any safety issues by having a closed window.
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Is the date on my Thai arrival and departure card the last day I'm allowed to be in the country or the first day I must be out of the country?

When arriving in Thailand, at least by land, you receive a piece of paper you should keep with your passport for when you depart. On this paper there is a date stamped. My stamp is September 4 2013: ...
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In which countries are the visitor's first name and last name compulsory?

My name consists of just a first name and no surname. Will there be a problem regarding my name in the country I visit with a tourist or employment visa? Are there countries in the world where this ...