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Do I have to enter the UK on my UK passport?

I'm a British National (Overseas), which basically means that while I don't have the right of abode in the UK, I am permitted to visit the UK without a visa. However, my passport has expired, and ...
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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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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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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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Are there any US laws that a US citizen MUST obey while traveling, even if those laws do not exist in the country he is traveling to?

It goes without saying that the laws vary from country to country, and what is illegal in one country might be both legally permitted and culturally accepted in another. For example, in the US the ...
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How can I get a US passport photo mailed to me based on an existing digital picture?

I'm in the process of renewing my US passport, which requires that I submit a new, hard-copy passport photo. I don't want to have to drive to a store that's going to charge $10-20 to take and print a ...
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American citizen, resident in Israel, getting student visa for France

My family and I (American citizens) have been living in France on tourist visas for the past 87 (88?) days. We plan on staying in France long term. But as you might know, we have to leave the country ...
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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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Travel health insurance that counts as “credible coverage”

I am taking a long-term international trip of around 11 months. I am quitting my job, and so will lose my health insurance. I am looking at different travel health insurance plans such as World ...
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What to expect at Chinese customs when bringing in items for friends who live there?

I am taking a trip to Shanghai next week to see some friends. They have requested that I bring a few items with me to give to them that are difficult (or expensive) for them to obtain where they ...
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Flying within the United States, Passport required?

This month I'll be flying twice within the United States. I am a US citizen with a valid drivers license, flying within US boundaries. Is this sufficient to fly? I haven't held a valid passport for ...
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Is it technically illegal for US citizens to visit Cuba?

There is a belief that US citizens would be doing something illegal if they were to visit Cuba. I remember hearing years ago while in Mexico where lots of people go on sidetrips to Cube that it's not ...
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What services do US embassies provide to travelers?

What services do US embassies generally provide to citizens traveling abroad? In other words, what types of issues encountered while traveling can be taken to the embassy for assistance, and what ...
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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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Best way for U.S. citizen to obtain China visa while in Europe?

For a U.S. citizen who is travelling in Europe and wants to fly from Europe to China, what is the recommended way to obtain a Chinese visa?
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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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US debit/ATM card with lowest fees for travel

For a US citizen traveling worldwide, what is the best major debit/ATM card (on the Visa or MasterCard networks) to take in terms of lowest fees for withdrawing international currency from ATMs? ...
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Visa for US citizen visiting Nicaragua

When a US citizen travels to Nicaragua, what does it cost to enter the country? How long can the stay be without having a visa or paying a fine? Is there a resource online where up-to-date answers to ...
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US citizens traveling between 2 “no visa required” countries

Friends of ours want to come from US to Lithuania then go to Ukraine and back to US (or Ukraine, then Lithuania). They don't need visas to go to either Lithuania or Ukraine and thinking logically ...
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How long does it take for a US citizen to get their first passport?

If I am a US citizen and I have never had a passport before, how long will it take for me to get one? How early do I need to apply before I plan on going abroad?
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How long does it take to renew a US passport?

For US citizens living in the United States, how long does it typically take (from start to finish) to renew a US passport? If the expedited fee is paid, how fast can it be done?
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Do I have to visit the Chinese consulate in person to get my visa?

I'm planning a trip to Shanghai to visit some friends in about 5 months. I understand that I will need to get a visa issued so that I can travel to China. This will be the first time I've applied ...
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Are there any programs in British Columbia in which a U.S. citizen could get a visa to work temporarily (and travel)?

I'd like to explore British Columbia, for maybe a few months. I see this being expensive and difficult without a visa, but I don't mind working, even in a stipend position that only covers living ...
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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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Visa for European countries when traveling from the U.S

What documents do I need when I fly from the U.S. to Germany? Assume I'm going for a few weeks of vacation. Obviously I need my passport. What about a "visa"? Anything else?
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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?