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What can I do to prevent passport stamps being put on blank pages?

I'm running low on blank passport pages which are sometimes needed for full page visas such as those issued by Armenia, India, and Vietnam. When I crossed the border into Turkey the other day I got ...
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Does one need a visa to visit Antarctica?

What is the status of Antarctica in terms of visa regulation? Does one need a visa to visit Antarctica? If so, which country does issue such a visa?
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What's the difference between embassies and consulates?

Today Mitt Romney called Benghazi the capital of Libya (it's Tripoli) and apparently mixed up consulates and embassies. I thought it'd be a handy question to have on here, for those sorting out visas ...
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Do I need a US visa to change planes in an American airport?

In Europe usually you don't need to go through immigration to change planes (unless you are entering/exiting Schengen). Is it the case in the US as well? May I catch a connecting flight on one of the ...
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Should my first trip be to the country which issued my Schengen Visa?

In case, if I get a multiple-entry Schengen visa in one of the embassies in Ukraine, Kyiv - should my first trip be to the country which issued the visa? Any there any requirements of this sort? Does ...
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Are there any repercussions from having an Israeli stamp in my passport?

I have heard people say that having a stamp from Israel in your passport can cause problems when trying to get into other countries. Is there any truth to this statement? If so, which countries does ...
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Why does Nizhni Novgorod have visa restrictions?

When filling out a form for a Russian visa, there is a specific question asking if I will be flying directly into a city called Nizhnii Novgorod from outside of Russia. I am not, but I think it's ...
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Why do Indian citizens need many visas?

As an Indian citizen, this has always been my trouble. No matter where I go, I always need a visa. My father has exhausted his passports thrice because he travels a good amount. In short, we need ...
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What is the least useful passport in the world, visa-wise?

An Israeli colleague and I were debating the merits of his passport, and that he can't travel to many countries. So with the proviso that a passport is not 'useful' if you require a visa to get into ...
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What happens when you book a flight to a country you don't have a visa for?

I'm a travel newbie but I do want to travel to a lot of places. It seems that I could book flights to where ever I want to go, but some countries have visa requirements. What happens if you do get a ...
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If a baby is born mid-flight, what happens visa-wise for them when they land in a foreign country, sans-passport?

I asked a similar question about what nationality a newborn midflight gets, but I'm also now wondering - when they land, what happens? Normally you need a passport and possibly a visa to travel - so ...
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Arriving at night before Schengen visa valid date?

I'll be traveling to Germany this May and my planes would arrive at 4 May 20.30 at Frankfurt Airport but the Schengen visa that I received is valid only at 5 May. Is it possible to enter if it's only ...
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Attending an academic conference is what type of travel?

I am planning to travel to Portugal to attend an academic conference and in that regard needed a short-stay Schengen visa. The visa application has a field "Purpose of Travel" with the following ...
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What is the best way to obtain visas for the Trans-Siberian/Trans-Mongolian Railway?

I'm planning on taking the trans-Siberian / trans-Mongolian from Moscow to Beijing via Ulaan Bataar next year and I'd like some advice on how best to organise the visa situation. I'm a British ...
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Is it possible to travel to Israel if it's not recognised by your passport's country?

I'm wondering if it's possible for passport holders of countries that do not recognise other countries to travel to that particular country. Israel is not recognised by the Malaysian passport, so ...
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Forced layover in country for which you have no visa

Last night, I was in the unfortunate situation of a forced extended layover, due to a delayed flight. The airline automatically rebooked my connecting flights and booked hotel reservations, and ...
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How to independently visit Saudi Arabia?

I've read that Saudi Arabia doesn't grant tourist visas to independent travelers. I've also read that recently they grant visas to group of travelers, if the tour is organized by a recognized tour ...
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Visa-friendly country for an international conference?

Let's suppose I want to organize a conference with one attendee from each country of the globe. Considering visa fees/problems, where would be a convenient location? If transportation is not ...
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Booking travel tickets for visa without paying?

I am in the process of filling the forms for my wife and daughter (Chinese) to travel with me (British) to the UK for a short holiday. On the government advice located at ...
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Meaning of asterisks and binary mask in the US visa

What do these two sections mean in the United States visa? Asterisks (stars) below a photo. Some kind of binary mask of size 4. On this photo, it is 0111 in the right middle part of a visa. ...
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Can you search for a job when using a tourist visa (B-2) in the US

If I am visiting the US with a tourist visa, can I look for a job in the US?
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Is there a way to find out if I need a transit visa for a layover in the UK?

Is there a website or some other way to find out if I need a transit visa for a short stop in the UK on my way somewhere else? Ideally this should give me the answer for all nationalities, and take ...
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Couldn't return papers to border officials last time. Should I be afraid when going back to USA?

Three years ago I was on holidays in Canada and visited the Niagara Falls. I also went to the American side of the falls and got something like a "short-term visa". I also got a green paper with all ...
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Slightly illicit: felon traveling on a US passport; will I be refused entry to the UK?

I was convicted of a felony in the US, and my conviction will not be considered "spent" as of the period in which I intend to travel to the UK. I understand if I were to apply for a standard visa I ...
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Tips for getting a visa when there's no embassy in one's country of residence

I'm looking for general tips about how to get a visa cheaply when there are no embassies in one's country of residence. This has prevented us from getting visas more than one time. Think e.g. non-EU ...
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Kenyan citizen refused Schengen visa from Sweden

I am a Kenyan citizen. I applied for a Schengen visa, via the Swedish embassy, for visiting friends and family. I got my results today and I was denied the visa. I am a student, I will be done with ...
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Overstayed my US visa for over 9 years, never got deported, can I return as a tourist?

I have a particular situation here, In March of 1997 I travelled to the US as a tourist and lived there illegally for almost 9 years. I was never arrested, or had any trouble with the law, I was never ...
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Refused entry to UK, not sure what to do

I'm a writer and theater/film director who has been traveling nearly all my life without incident. In February, I decided to pull up stakes in NYC and move to London. I am a freelancer and I'm working ...
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How can I get an 'invitation' to Russia?

I understand that in order to get a visa to visit Russia you need an invitation before you can get a visa. If you don't have family or friends that you are visiting and you aren't part of an ...
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Travelling to the US on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) to attend a job interview

I am a UK citizen who has been invited to the US for the purposes of an onsite interview in a few weeks' time. I have been looking online for an answer to this question and have found many conflicting ...
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Entering Brazil by air, leaving by land, will I be denied entry?

I've just read this question Travelling to Brazil without return ticket which suggests that I will need to prove that I am leaving Brazil before the 90-day visa expires. If I was planning on leaving ...
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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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What does this Chinese character 天 mean on my visa?

In my Chinese visa, against "Days after entry", I find this character: 天 Google translate says it means day, sky, heavens, God, etc. What exactly does it mean in this context? Edit: You can see it ...
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About Schengen 90/180 rule

I have searched the web a lot and could not find an answer that fits my situation. Here are two links that are quite contradictory: Schengen visa rejection ...
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Frequent Traveller to the UK Does Not Want to Fill Out Landing Cards, Be Interviewed

A US citizen has been visiting the UK 4 or 5 times a year for either personal or business reasons. He is tired of the same procedure of filling out a landing card and waiting in the queue for his ...
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Cancelled UK visa on entry

My friend applied for a UK visa last month (that is, June 2015) for 3 weeks in the UK, but got 6 months. Since she got more days, she decided to extend her stay, because she has a six month valid visa ...
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Do I need a visa to transit in the Schengen area?

I found many related questions on this site but I am still not sure about the rules. How can I decide if I need a visa to transit?
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How to stay in Thailand for more than 30 days?

Thailand imposes a 30-day limit on stays for U.S. citizens travelling on a tourist visa. What is the preferred way to stay up to three months? So far, I've come up with these options: Fly to ...
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Can a Muslim woman visit Medina Mosques as tourist independently?

I’m a Muslim girl from Romania. How can I get a visa to visit the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, Saudi Arabia?
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I want to travel to the USA while working remotely for my non-US employer

I would like to travel in the USA for a period of 3 - 6 months. But I want to spend some time working for my employer (remote work) and getting paid by the employer. Is this possible under a tourist ...
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Maximum validity of a Schengen visa for multiple visits

My dodgy Colombian friend has a Schengen visa which is valid for 5 years. It is a multiple entry visa but it also says you are permitted 90 days in the Schengen zone. Is this 90 days total in 5 ...
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Entry to U.S with criminal record

Six or seven years ago I was in the USA for W&T programme. I did a very stupid thing and was convicted for petty theft in Florida. I still have a pending fine, around 400 USD. I came back to my ...
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Can I through check my bags on separate bookings (international flights)?

I have two different bookings on British Airways and Emirates. Booking 1 (British Airways): Washington (IAD) -> London (LHR) -> Dubai Booking 2 (Emirates): Dubai -> Hyderabad I have a 5 hour stop ...
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Do I need a visa if I go with a cruise line to St. Petersburg?

Last week I discussed with a friend if it is necessary to get a Russian visa if you travel with a cruise liner to Saint Petersburg in Russia? I think so, but my friend has the opinion that it is not ...
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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 ...
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Which countries, if any, offer on-arrival work visas?

After seeing this question I began wondering - are there countries that say, Aussies or Kiwis (or anyone else) can get a work visa on arrival, or while in the country? The best I've found is this: ...
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Can I pay for my Turkish visa on arrival at the airport in Euros?

I'm Australian, flying into Istanbul Turkey tomorrow (Ataturk airport) and I know from last year's trip that I must pay a visa fee upon entry. But last year I crossed by land from Bulgaria and this ...
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Does tourist visa (90 days) apply after a working holiday visa ends in Schengen countries?

I am an Australian currently on a Netherlands working holiday visa that ends in May next year. I would like to know if when my visa ends I then get another 90 days just as a regular tourist visa as I ...
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Do I need a visa to go to Canada from America if I have a Green Card?

I am planning to drive to Niagara Falls to see it from the Canadian side. I have heard good things about seeing it from the other side. So, I want to stay in Toronto for a day, see Niagara Falls and ...
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Northern Cyprus - way to visit and what problems can I have with Republic of Cyprus after that?

I know that Northern Cyprus is recognized only by Turkey, and not other countries. So how can I visit this republic - only from Turkey, or there are some other ways? Will I have problems with getting ...