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There are things I would try doing and there are the others. Attempting to enter Russia before my visa is valid (or attempt to overstay my Russian visa) even if by a few hours only clearly belongs to the others. The visa is valid from a minute before 00:01 of its first validity date and until a minute after 23:59 of its last validity date. Entering the ...


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I've been on a Russian train with a Canadian whose visa expired during the train ride (so just a couple of hours) as we crossed the border after midnight into Mongolia. Said passenger was marched off the train ("there is ... problem") and returned hours later with multiple fines and a black mark against their name. Short answer: It's not worth the risk. ...


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I wouldn't risk this. I exited Russia with a friend. He had given the end date for his visa, by mistake, as the day we left Moscow. Travelling by train, we didn't reach the border until a couple of days later. They got that he'd made an error, but they were not understanding. He was led away by armed guards. There was no explanation. The entire train was ...


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If you are at a land border and inadmissible in both directions, you'll be taken to a detention centre. In the scenario you described, most likely Viru. They will book you in and then go over your travel document(s) with a view to determining where you are admissible. They will contact the consulate where you have citizenship and let them know you are in ...


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From personal experience on the Thai-Cambodian border (left Thailand but refused entry into Cambodia), the departure stamp gets cancelled and you get back into the country you just left. Here's an example of how a cancelled Thai exit stamp looks like (taken from https://rompingandnguyening.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/bangkoking-again/):


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This is in fact a completely legitimate photo. It is from Baarle-Nassau where the borders get really funky. Indeed, the one house you are looking it is just one of many, though it is probably the most famous. The exact address is Loveren 19, Baarle-Nassau 5111, The Netherlands. In a situation similar to that along, say, the India-Bangledeshi border, ...


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It will probably make them take a few extra moments to verify it's really you but the Department of State in the United States has no rules or notices that you need to look identical to your photo. Here is a Q/A about facial hair and hair coloring on the DoS travel website I found: http://travel.state.gov/passport/pptphotoreq/photofaq/photofaq_5291.html ...


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Let's think logically. Imagine one is a Russian border officer. One got a job during which each day got the stamp for the passport and visa checks: As you can see, there is a date on it, and it's numbered (the stamp is adjustable itself, however is sealed, so officer can't change the date by himself). So there is no time there (this is important). So ...


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When driving a private car, it is usually assumed that the baggage in that car belongs to the people in the car or was placed in the car by the occupants. And if any of the occupants warrant additional checks, the car is pulled aside for secondary inspection. When riding on a bus, the baggage compartment is accessible to many people other than the ...


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While there are no guarantees, you can always file a claim for redress under the DHS TRIP program (Traveler Redress Inquiry Program). This program is intended for people who, among other things, are: Denied or delayed airline boarding; Denied or delayed entry into and exit from the United States at a port of entry; or Continuously referred to ...


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One notable exception to the existing answers: If you have darker skin, and grow a particularly long/unkempt beard, you might open yourself up to some forms of racial and ethnic profiling. I have a friend who is of mediterranean descent, and has a beard that is a good 9 inches in length. He has to budget an extra two hours to pass through any airport, ...


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No problems at all. The two countries are friends especially due to the pipeline bringing oil from Azerbaijan to Turkey via Georgia. Nationals of either country can visit the other without visas. Border crossings There are two active border crossings and I believe one inactive one. The main one is on the Black Sea coast and is very busy and has been ...


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It happened to me once in Saudi Arabia - due to a delay at immigration; my visa was marked as invalid because midnight had passed. They didn't stamp anything on my passport. I was held in a jail at the airport - was not allowed to enter the country. My passport was with the immigration officials; who then escorted me to the next departing flight to Kuwait ...


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From personal experience, I can tell you that I once (almost) was not allowed to board a plane because, at checkin, I was told I needed at least two empty pages in my passport to allow for stamps and visas. This was (and is) a requirement of the destination country, even though it had little relevance to me (I already had a full page visa for said country, ...


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Then normally, for most people, you would require a visa. However, keep reading, there is good news, I'm just including all information for future people reading this. VisaHQ - for Indian passport, living in the US, you still need a visa, whether for business, tourist or transit purposes. Citizenship and Immigration Canada also confirms - visitors to ...


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At different times in history, there has been suggested that a Quadripoint - or meeting of four countries, existed in Africa - between Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. However this is generally now not believed to be true, with instead two tripoints quite close to each other marked. Instead, the most is three, known as a tripoint. Amazingly, there ...


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The image is from the border between the Dutch municipality Baarle-Nassau and the Belgian municipality Baarle-Hertog. To be more exact, the address of the house is Loveren 19, Baarle-Nassau, Netherlands. If you don't want to go there, you can look it up on Google Streetview :) Although it is not that uncommon that towns or villages are split by country ...


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If you are a US citizen, you can indeed cross into Canada using your birth certificate and a photo ID. For safety reasons, you may want to bring the original birth certificate, or at least a certified copy. If you are not a US (or Canadian) citizen or permanent resident, you cannot enter Canada without passport: If you are a citizen of the United States, ...


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My passport has a photo taken before I grew my beard. Since growing the beard I've traveled extensively, including the US. Never had any border official so much as comment on this. I should note that my beard is of modest thickness. A big, bushy beard may alter your appearance enough to cause issues.


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I have an anecdotal answer to this question, as I once gave shelter to a British "travelling bum" who was hitchhiking from Australia back to the UK in the 70s (save for the sea voyage). The chap found himself penniless and destitute by the time he reached India, but miraculously came across some tourists in a car who were willing to give him a ride all the ...


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Jerusalem is no longer divided (it was divided between Jordan and Israel between 1948 and 1967). Israel controls all of it, and there are no check points or border control anywhere in the city. There are security checkpoints at the entrance to the Temple Mount, but they're there to keep the Israelis (and weapons) out, not the foreigners (as opposed to what ...


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Officially it varies - the UN doesn't recognise Kosovo, but several others do. The big problem for you, as you observed - is Serbia, which considers it to be another province, and indeed administers five of the municipalities. The best warning I can find seems to come from Wikitravel: Visa Restrictions: Serbia officially states that it will block ...


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Nothing much. Probable delay (and also general unpleasantness, especially if those checks involve some implicit “profiling”) is the main consequence for those who do have a visa or a right to travel in the Schengen area without visa. Also, what happened recently is that some countries decided to scale up and/or openly communicate their intent to reintroduce ...


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The Schengen rules cover several separate aspects: An unified visa policy: All Schengen members are supposed to apply the same standards, use the same database, etc. An unified travel area: Any Schengen visa allows entry into any Schengen state, and travel between those states. (This is a generalization. The visa must be requested from the main destination ...


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This is how we did it today: From the Puerto Iguazu (Argentina) bus station a bus of the travel company "Crucero del Norte" goes directly to the Waterfall Park on the Brazilian side. This bus leaves every 2 hours. The last bus going back again starts at 5 pm. It cost 50 pesos per person going there and back. The ride took about 45 minutes. The bus departs ...


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To some extent, this depends how you define a "country". For one definition of country, the maximum countries that meet at a single point is 7. The countries that meet at this single point are : Argentina Australia Chile France New Zealand Norway United Kingdom The point where they all meet? Latitude 90 degrees South - otherwise known as the South ...


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In general the answer is going to be that no, it will not cause any issues. Immigration officers are trained to look for features beyond those that may be covered by hair, so although they may need to look a little closer at you to determine that the photo matches, they will still be able to confirm your identity. However there is one place where this may ...


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You can just cross through these zones. No extra visa required. There may be checkpoints where the Israeli army will have a look at your passport or scan your bags (such as e.g. the Bethlehem checkpoint). But on some road blocks they may just wave you through (such as e.g. on the road 90 in the Jordan valley). It all depends on the current situation ... In ...


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German citizens (born in 1928 or later) do not require a visa to enter Israel, so there won't be any background check in advance. As to the background check at the border, I'm not sure where you're getting your information from about this: "Realistically the Israelis will do a digital background check ... natural language processing of everything you wrote ...


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Poland is now in the Schengen border-free zone so there should not be any border check at all. As noted in the comments, you will still need a valid ID to fly, but that is generally true even on domestic flights in Europe. It is purely for the sake of air security. That said, it is always best to have your passport when flying within Schengen as it is the ...



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