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Unlike meat products and potatoes, grains like rice can be brought into Germany. Homeopathic remedies are not considered medicines in Germany, because their efficacy has not been proven. Legally, it's just sugar or alcohol, and unless you bring ridiculous amounts, you will not exceed the free import limit for alcohol. Finally, there is a limit on the total ...


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Your question has both legal, but perhaps more important, also moral aspects. Generally speaking, when airborne, an aircraft is subject to the legislation of the carrier's home country. So far so good. I am not sure if medical doctors according to US law is both legally required to help in an emergency and liable to damages they inflict even if practicing ...


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As far as I know, there is not such a world-wide standard, however there is an EU regulation. From www.europe.eu: A prescription delivered by a doctor in your country is valid in all EU countries. However, medicine prescribed in one country might not be available in another, or it may bear another name. As of 25 October 2013 you are able to ask ...


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The other answerers have answered your question about whether it is safe. I'd like to address the issue of chlorinated water not being very pleasant to drink by explaining how to dechlorinate the chlorinated water. You can reduce that chloriney taste somewhat, mainly by aerating the water. I kept tropical fish for years and you can't use chlorinated water ...


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My understanding is that chlorine, in the concentrations found in drinking water, does not pose an acute health danger. There may be health risks associated with long-term exposure, and this is a more controversial topic, where the literature and expert opinions are mixed. Most main-stream information seems to suggest it's safe, but the skeptics claim a ...


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Vegas is a dry heat--while this is often scorned by those who don't understand the difference it means that your body can do a much better job of cooling itself than you might expect. Your body sweats, it very quickly evaporates and you are nowhere near as aware of the heat as you would think. As others have said, bring plenty to drink--although since you ...


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No, you just got lucky. Virtually everywhere in the world, tap water is fine when it leaves the processing plant, the problem is what happens between the processing plant and the tap you drink it from. If there's a leaky water pipe with another leaky sewage pipe dripping on to it, you're screwed. This is also why flooding and heavy rains often make tap ...


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In almost all the Middle East countries, almost all prescriptions from other countries will be accepted. The reason behind this is simple, most of the Middle East countries do not have controlled prescriptions. You get a prescription then you go to the pharmacy and get your medicines and the prescription, you can reused it! Pharmacies will give you almost ...


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They are not going to be 'sucked in'. Pressure increase in the cabin (causing inward pressure) happens fairly gradually as the plane descends. Even in an uncontrolled dive, it will take awhile for a plane to go from cruising altitude (30.000 feet or so) to 8.000 feet at which point the outside and inside pressure is about equal. The only possible rapid ...


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Basically, in France, smoking is forbidden indoors except in private places and allowed outdoors. The law changed considerably around 2007–2008, so if you last came to France over 10 years ago, the situation then has nothing to do with the situation now. Smoking is forbidden in covered spaces in government and other public buildings, in public transport ...


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You cannot go to every shop as a visitor without getting a membership. check the website for the location where you want to go and look if the have a visitor (ビジター) package. Depending on the location, they might require you to speak Japanese. Since Gym facilities have a legal responsibility towards your health, they have to make sure that they explain ...


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Seafood allergies are a big issue in Japan, vegetarianism is often hard to deal with, a strong allergy to shrimp will cause problems unless you know what not to eat and are prepared to tell the waiter your needs in Japanese. If you rely on English skills only and do not avoid special types of food, you will have a problem, guaranteed. My first ...


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You may want to look into buying clothing specifically marketed as keeping you cool. I regularly ride my bike 15 km in 30 C heat. In a white cotton tshirt, sweat runs down my arms and I have trouble gripping the handlebars. In a long sleeved "performance " shirt I feel much cooler (even in a dark blue one) and sweat far less. I also drink less water in those ...


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This question is not that easy to answer as the leg space is very different depending on plane, airline and therefore route. Anyhow I didn't found any leg space database/comparison on the web till now. But there is another indicator you can use which is mostly up to date - the seat pitch. Seat Pitch: The distance between two rows of seats, this is the ...


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There are at least four aspects to this question: Legal obligation Legitimation Liability Moral Obligation Legal obligation is a common misconception. While generally there exists an obligation not only for medical professionals but for every person to help in most (all?) countries in the world, this obligation does not work the way laymen think. You ...


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As discussed in answer to your other question, the The NHS is a residence-based healthcare system. As such, if you're not resident in the UK, you wouldn't normally have access to the NHS. There are two broad exceptions though. One of those, as mentioned before, is for countries with reciprocal healthcare agreements, but Canada isn't one of them. There is ...


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I'm resident in Canada and occasionally travel to Dubai to visit my parents. I am in Dubai right now and it was 44 degrees Celsius this afternoon. Note that I am used to wearing shorts even when it is lower than 0 Celsius while in Canada. Here is what I have for you: Clothing Absolutely avoid long sleeved clothing Wear shorts instead of jeans or other ...


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TL;DR: I wouldn't cancel a three-day trip because of the current spike. Pollution is like smoking cigarettes: while it's theoretically possible to get lung cancer from a single puff, in practice it's repeated exposure over the years that kills you. Barring asthma and the like, three days of bad air is unlikely to have any measurable impact on your health ...


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I would personally advise against it, unless you plan on staying there for a long time and are trying to get used to it. I found a UN report about water quality in Laos. You should read it for yourself to get the details, but here in short: Most water sources/wells seem to pose a health risk. There is little contamination with chemicals and the like, so ...


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I don't think you can make any assumptions about future trips just because of this single trip. There are just too many variables to say that you will be fine every trip in the future, e.g. The specific bugs in a water source can vary over time. If you were immune to some, you may not be immune to the ones next time around. If there has been a lot of ...


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You cannot build up a resistance to every water-borne disease. Of the diseases you can build up an immunity to, there are more than one, and you have to build up immunity to each of them. You can only build up immunity by exposure, often by getting sick and recovering, sometimes more than once. The little bit of local water you drank is unlikely to have ...


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In Brazil you can buy many kind of medicines without prescription. Just go to a pharmacy and ask for it. Exceptions are antibiotics and some restricted ones (like psychotropics), in general those that can cause dependency if used for a long time. In Brazilian Portuguese, the list for medicines that you'll have to have a medical prescription to buy in ...


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I have tried the medicines such as imodium that are designed for this and they make me feel very unnatural and uncomfortable so I personally don't use them. I'm sure they will be dealt with in other answers. Others who prefer something more natural recommend charcoal tablets but I have not tried those. Naturally I avoid moving when afflicted but this is ...


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Some airlines do seminars for exactly that (for example Lufthansa). They explain to you beforehand what sounds you are going to hear, what motions you feel, where they come from and what they mean. Then, they take you on a short flight so you can experience it all with someone giving you live commentary on what is happening. The advantage of those courses ...


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Yes. The chlorine is put in there exactly in order to make it safe to drink by killing germs. If tap water is not chlorinated, it can mean one of two things: either the place has no regulations concerning germ counts in tap water and whether it's safe to drink is basically up to luck. or there are such regulations and the water provider is able to ensure ...


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According to Wikipedia, the Reedy Creek Improvement District provides water for WDW, and they do not add fluoride, but there is roughly 0.10 ppm of fluoride found in the water. There are also reports that the water at WDW tastes horrible, so you may want to consider bottled water aside from the issue of fluoride. As a general rule, when traveling, if you ...


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In addition to @Dirty-flow's answer: This varies from country to country and from medication to medication. For example: Dypirone which is available over the counter in some countries is banned in others like the United States. So you will need to look at the prescription and ingredients to know for sure. It is known that prescriptions from the United ...


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When descending, the pressure in the cabin rises, so it's higher outside your nasal cavities than inside. There are various ear clearing techniques used by scuba divers who regularly experience much bigger pressure differentials. Different ones seem to work for different people, but for me the most effective one is the Valsalva maneuver: pinch your nose, ...


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On top of what has been written by @toy and @user34936, which I can support 100%, I would like to give you the following advice: When traveling to remoter areas in Asia (I would count Laos into that), and specially if you do not do so frequently (several times a year), you are risking to get Diarrhea as a minimum and intestinal parasites as a worst case ...


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Being myself insured in the Netherlands, I am not 100% sure how it works for non-residents but the way health care is structured here is that there is no national health service but many independent providers and several private insurers. However, prices and insurance coverage are regulated. In practice, general practitioner (huisarts) consultations are ...



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