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Is it possible for a U.S. citizen to rent a car in Brazil?

Is it possible for a U.S. citizen to rent a car in Brazil? If so, what are the requirements, from the leasing companies, as well as the transit authority (to drive in Brazil)?
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Time from the plane to the train at Schiphol airport?

We will be arriving at Schiphol Airport in a couple of weeks on a Thursday from the United States at around 8:45 a.m. We would like to catch an Intercity train to Utrecht that departs Schiphol at ...
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International driver's permit expired in Spain — what should I do?

I have a US driver's license, and I have an international driver's permit which, I discovered this morning, expired in June. I'm already in Spain, and I understand that here US citizens are ...
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Orthopedic medical tourism in Cuba?

I am suffering a muscle pain and I also have a profound hatred for the U.S. healthcare, including making phone calls to see if some provider is "in network" and all that goes with it. Since I do not ...
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Can I leave the Helsinki airport on a layover, as an American

I have a 24 hr layover in Helsinki. I am traveling in a US passport. Can I leave the airport, check into a hotel, and take a bus into the city?
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Must I provide proof of onward travel when entering South Africa?

I will be flying one-way from Europe to Cape Town, South Africa in early December. Some time later (early January), I will fly from South Africa to the USA. My employer will be purchasing this ...
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Do you only have to pay the reciprocity fee once per passport?

So I just arrived in Santiago this afternoon, and wouldn't you know it... my passport was the wrong color. So I trudged over to the desk to pay the reciprocity fee. I noticed that the person who ...
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Is a stopover in Havana a problem for a U.S. citizen?

I'm looking at flights from Mexico City to Paris, and the cheapest option has a single stop in Havana, Cuba. As a U.S. citizen, can this get me into trouble--specifically when returning to the U.S.? ...
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Dual Colombian and US Citizenship - can I enter Brazil visa-free as a Colombian?

If I have dual Colombian-US nationality, can I enter Brazil visa-free since they do not require visas for Colombians. Even though they do require visas for US citizens? In others words, do I have to ...
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Is it possible to obtain a visa to Brazil without entry ticket?

I have plans to meet a friend in Paris mid-September. Before that I will be visiting Brazil. Therefore, I am considering buying a flight Brazil to France. This should satisfy the ...
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Is it advisable for US citizen to attempt a visit to Cuba w/o going through an agency?

I am aware of travel agencies catering to US citizens visiting Cuba, but are those services really worthwhile? If so, how does one go about vetting them?
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Does Colombia require proof of onward travel?

I will be flying into Medellín within the next few weeks. I purchased a one-way ticket, as I will be flying to Asunción after I leave Colombia. I'm not 100% sure which city I will be flying out of, ...
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What are the visa (or any other crucial) requirements of Bhutan for US or EU citizens?

I heard that access to Bhutan is quite restricted for all people of outside South-Asian countries? Can I have the details on that?
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Is a naturalization certificate required as well as a valid passport for reentry into the United States from the Philippines

I am a naturalized US citizen with a valid passport and I've heard rumors that trying to reenter the United States from the Philippines requires a naturalization certificate as well as the valid ...
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Can I get a short-term visa on arrival in Turkey?

I'm visiting a friend in Turkey for two weeks in early June. I'm a US citizen and have a valid US passport, but I did not apply for a visa. Are there short-term tourist visas that I can use? I heard ...
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Does a US citizen need a visa to go to Australia to put on a conference and go on vacation?

I'm going to Australia for both business and pleasure for two weeks. Do I need a special visa for this?
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US citizen has a refused academic UK visa, can they travel to the UK without a visa for tourism?

Backstory US Citizen (and passport holder) applies for an academic (business) visa and is declined on the grounds that they are not on sabbatical leave. However, they are a professor teaching online ...
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Schengen overstay fee, which Schengen country will impose fine?

I am entering Germany just to connect to flight to Italy. Counting from day of entry Nov 7 into Germany and departure date from Italy Feb 6, I count 91 days. I did not know 90 day limit rule. Called ...
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Do any sources indicate additional risk for being a (South) Korean-American visiting North Korea?

I'm an American-born (South) Korean, and I have a week to sign up for a surfing expedition in North Korea. I've read several pages of Google results about Americans traveling to North Korea, the ...
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Last-minute passport for American citizens

I'd like to travel from California to British Columbia in 3 weeks. I lost my passport. I'm aware that in general, passport offices will issue a last-minute rush passport if you can prove that you ...
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US citizen from parents, no proof of citizenship. Can I reenter the US from Mexico?

I used to be a permanent resident, but my green card expired in 2013. I filed form N-400, paid my fee, and was able to get an appointment for biometrics and a USCIS exam within that same year. On the ...
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Returning to the UK for Holidays after a previous visit [duplicate]

I am a US citizen with a boyfriend in the UK. My "leave to enter" visa expired on October 31, 2015 (I left on Oct 15). I want to go back to the UK for the holidays but I want to know that they will ...
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Can a US citizen entering the EU in Germany travel through Switzerland without further ado?

My girlfriend is a U.S. citizen and I'm taking her on a trip through Germany (I'm German). She will enter the EU at Frankfurt airport as a tourist. During our trip, we want to go to Lake Constance, ...
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Traveling between US and Canada with expired US passport but valid EU passport

I need to travel to Canada from the US ASAP but my US passport is expired. I do have a valid EU passport. Will I be able to get in and out of the country no problem?
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Should US citizens get a visa in advance for a one-week trip to Hong Kong?

I'm US Citizen and I'm planing a one week trip to Hong Kong for pleasure. Do I need to get a visa in advance? This site seems to indicate that I do not need to as long as I have a passport that is ...
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Do U.S. citizens need a Russian transit visa?

On a five hour layover in Moscow, changing planes but not airport, would a U.S. citizen need a transit visa?
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What is the reciprocity fee for US citizens entering Argentina?

I am having the hardest time finding the exact reciprocity fee for US citizens entering Argentina. Does anybody know what that amount is?
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How long does it take for a US citizen to get a visa to travel to Israel?

I just want to know how far in advance I need to plan these kind of logistics.
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Acquiring an international driving permit in the US

After reviewing "Are international driving licences really necessary for any country?" it seems like it might be worth my while to look into acquiring an International Driving Permit. I'm having some ...
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Driving in Guatemala on a US license - must you carry your passport as well?

I arrived in Guatemala City a week ago. Two days ago I was stopped at a routine traffic checkpoint where I presented my US driver's license. The officer informed me that I am required to carry my ...
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Leaving and entering the US with a foreign passport

I am a dual national. I have both a US passport and a non-US passport. I live in the US. My US passport is currently being processed for renewal. I am unsure whether I will receive my passport in ...
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Do US citizens need to purchase US health insurance while traveling abroad, under the rules of the Affordable Care Act?

I am currently a US citizen traveling without insurance for 3 months. I am no longer employed but plan to be again soon after I return. I understand that, in the past, I needed "creditable coverage" ...
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Stay at the airport for my 8-hour layover in Tocumen, or spend a few hours in Panama City?

On my way to Asunción, I will have an 8-hour layover at Aeropuerto Internacional de Tocumen in Panama from 8 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon. If there's a lounge at the airport, I can ...
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What is an “Approval Letter”, and how do I get one?

I was doing a bit of reading up on how to get a visa on arrival for Vietnam, and several sources mention that I need to get an "Approval Letter" to pick up my visa at the airport. What is an ...
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Is my US Driver's License valid in Costa Rica for Motorcycles?

I will be in Costa Rica for an extended period — long enough that it would make sense for me to rent a vehicle for the duration rather than rely on taxis. Based on what I've observed of the traffic ...
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What is needed for a minor to cross the US/Canada border via bus

I'm going to be traveling from the U.S. to Canada by myself (age 16) without any adults. I'm planning on taking a bus, and I was wondering what all I'll need. I've looked up online plenty, and the ...
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Can I attend a conference on a tourist visa in Vietnam?

I, a US citizen, am planning a trip to Vietnam for an academic conference to which I've been invited. The conference web page suggests getting a tourist visa and points to two websites which allow one ...
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How many days a year is a U.S. citizen allowed to stay in Morocco?

I arrived in Morocco in October of 2014 and renewed my visa by traveling to Spain by ship for a day and getting my passport stamped again in January of 2015. My question is, am I allowed to leave the ...
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Do minor children require a visa if their parents enter Costa Rica on student visas?

I am planning a semester stay in Costa Rica with my family for language school and volunteer work. I think I'm fairly informed about the residency statuses and the mechanics of the 90-day tourist ...
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Will using a Mexican debit card in Cuba get me in trouble in the US?

I'm a US Citizen with Mexican residency. If I were to open a Mexican bank account, could I use my Mexican debit card in Cuba? Or would this somehow be traceable back to me when I re-enter the US, and ...
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Should I anticipate complications as US Citizen flying to Paris from Canada?

I'm a US citizen traveling to Paris in a week via a drive across the border from Michigan to Windsor, Canada, a flight from Windsor to Toronto, and finally a flight from Toronto to Paris. Should I ...
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South African tourist visa, multiple entry?

I am traveling to South Africa this year on a U.S. passport, and will be taking a safari that leaves South Africa and goes through Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe and then I must return to South Africa ...
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How can an American get a Maestro Debit Card

I am an American and I plan on traveling to the Netherlands periodically over the next few years. I was recently there and had to use a hodgepodge of credit card, debit cards, cash and worst of all ...
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Dual US/Canadian citizen with an expired passport [duplicate]

I'm hoping someone may able to answer my question... I am a dual citizen of US and Canada. I was born in the states but grew up in Canada and like alot of other dual citizens, I hold both Canadian ...
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Taiwanese traveling to Xiamen, China - do I need to get a visa or Tai Bao Zheng before I go?

Me: US passport and Taiwan passport Trip: Going to Taiwan for a few weeks but also planning on going to Xiamen from Taiwan for a few days. Problem: So far, it seems like it is more annoying to use ...
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Are U.S. Citizens prohibited from travel to Crimea?

I have family in Crimea and would like to visit them. I've read executive order 13685 but am unsure how to interpret it. Are U.S. nationals prohibited from traveling or spending money in Crimea? Does ...
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Driving from Haines Alaska to Anchorage Does having a felony (Domestic Violence) 15 years ago prevent me from entering and exiting Canada?

I had a felony for domestic violence, didn't have money to fight it than. I have traveled through Europe and Mexico and Central America since and never had any problem. Just wondering if Canada would ...
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Does the US Government shutdown make me stateless (like Viktor Navorski)?

I'm a US expat, living in India. Does the government shutdown affect my rights to live in the country? How about my rights to travel on a US passport? (In the past, I have been able to enter many ...
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Can a US citizen leave the airport briefly while transiting through Zurich?

I am a US citizen with a US passport, traveling to Mumbai through Zurich. Indian travel visas have already been obtained. The return flight has an extended layover for a few hours, and my wife and I ...
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UK citizen Entering the UK on a one way ticket and US passport

can my son ...who is a UK citizen, but only holds a U.S. Passport ...enter the UK on a one way ticket. We want to visit family and apply for his UK passport in Britain. We only plan to stay for a ...