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Lets reiterate You had a problem with your current passport People were not accepting (or at least easily) other means of identification It seems you were just let go on that occasion because people had "better things to do". Even if by all laws your current passport (or other documents provided) should work, you already know that this didn't impress ...


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As one simple but quantifiable example, two of the conditions for a country to qualify for the US's Visa Waiver Program are: Their Adjusted Visa Refusal Rate must be below 3%, and The country must provide visa-free access to US citizens. India fails on both counts: The AVRR for Indian citizens in 2013 was 18.7%, 6x higher than required. This is worse ...


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Being an Indian myself I can understand the frustration of having to apply for a visa for almost every country that you travel to. This Wikipedia article gives a fairly up-to-date information about the visa requirements for Indian citizens. As you can see, most countries that do not require an Indian passport holder to get a visa are in Asia and Africa. I ...


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I know your question is totally based on the Schengen area of Europe, and its controls; however, I read an answer to a different question and it included a synopsis of a FAQ on the U.S. Department of State website, which I will add here as well. Do I need to take a new photo if I recently dyed my hair a new color or grew a beard? New photos are only ...


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I guess this is a case of bad luck. I wouldn't expect this behaviour in London, which is quite a diverse city with a lot of different opinions and flavours. London has everything. Regarding the Manchester United fan wear, I also wouldn't worry that much in London, nor in other UK cities. You might take a lower profile when there is match in town of the club ...


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Officially, you are not supposed to / expected to give tips to anyone on the Indian Railways network. On most express or mail trains, these attendants used to be IRCTC employees, a public sector company but many of them are now being directly handled by the Indian Railways while on other routes, these are handled by private companies. Regardless of who ...


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That's neither nationalism or racism, it's just fanatical fanhood for (or against, which is often the same thing) a specific sports club. And yes, that's common in the UK when it comes to football, just like it is in many other European countries. If you're from say the US, it's somewhat similar when it comes to baseball or American football. Though your ...


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Simple rule, if the employer's name was annotated in the visa page, then you should apply for another visa. If the employer's name was not annotated there, then you can use the same visa, just make sure to bring what proves your business. In general, the visa is issued to the person himself to conduct certain businesses (short training, meetings, ...


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Just to make this clear: This has nothing to do with nationalism or being a fan of some football club. It has only to do with some idiot trying to make himself feel big and strong by threatening a 15 year old child. People going to football matches and then getting into fights don't get into fights because they are fans of some football club, they get into ...


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I believe the answer is immigration, immigration and immigration (real or perceived). In Europe at least, visa requirements and enforcement measures are motivated mostly by the risk that the people in question would try to enter the country and stay there illegally (and of course all the political posturing around that risk). It could be argued that ...


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No, you don't need a transit visa - as long as you don't leave the transit lounge. But be sure about your change with airlines/planes, as there are two airports in Istanbul. You may read detailed information on the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.


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Either will work. A Swiss tourist visa is for the following activities: Tourism trip Visits to relatives and/or friends Scientists, professors or researchers attending cultural, technological or scientific conferences, seminars or meetings (services provided must not be paid by organizations/corporations in Switzerland, except reimbursement for expenses or ...


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No visa is required for transiting in Japanese airports if you have immediate flight connections regardless of nationality. Anyway, there is a Japanese transit visa which is intended for people who have longer layovers before transiting and want to go sightseeing or resting in Japan for few days (up to 15 days).


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You should not have any troubles travelling directly to USA from Sweden. At most, you'd get questions at the airport in Sweden when checking in, and you'd have to explain (or prove) your current status in Sweden. The US authorities won't care much where are you flying from, as long as you hold a valid visa. I myself travelled on a B1/B2 visa from Sweden one ...


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Nothing and nobody can justifiably stop you heading to international waters. ( The freedom of the seas) However, that's only half the story: afterwards, you will have to enter somebody's territorial waters (unless you plan to stay at sea forever to avoid taxes; some very rich people have plans to do just that). When you do, you will need visas, customs ...


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Since you ask for do's and don'ts, and I don't think anybody has said this in the answers so far: It is unfortunately true in the UK, that it's probably safest not to wear team clothing for a team you don't know much about. The simple reason is that if it just so happens to be a match day, or if the team has recently done something notable, or if you're in ...


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People do change in time, this is a fact an no one can do anything about it unless you really stick to a strict life style. Considering that, you have two options: An expensive quick solution: Renew your passport, even if it is not expired. I am sure I have seen passport renewal forms with a checkbox saying "due to change in looks" or something like that. ...


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The annulment should have been be recorded and shared between Schengen countries (there is a database especially for that). This will weight negatively against any Schengen visa application you might submit in the (near?) future. On the other hand, as far as I can tell, you haven't received a formal ban so any consulate can still legally issue a visa if they ...


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Firstly, the Indian embassy in France gives out visas to India. Assuming you're on an Indian passport, this is useless to you. You need to go to the embassy/consulate of the country for which you want a visa - eg if you are going to Egypt, you go to the Egyptian embassy in France. My belief is that your long stay visa (more than three months) falls under ...


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It seems you'd be able to pull it off, but it'd definitely be extra hassle and you might be subject to extra scrutiny (not to mention the cultural tensions between the two nations). Visas The Pakistani government says about tourist visas: "A non-extendable tourist visa valid for 14 days is issued by Pakistan High Commission, New Delhi through approved ...


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I am an Indian passport holder working in the US on H1B. I was supposed to fly LAX-Narita-KL-Bangalore on 23rd December 2012 with a 14 hour overnight layover in Narita. I received a call from the airline 2 days before my scheduled departure, stating that new rules at Narita dictate that travelers absolutely need a transit visa for overnight layovers in ...


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According to the Freedom Of The Seas principle you can travel to the areas which isn't under any control of a country, that is called international waters. Just make sure that you do not cross the sea borders of any country. This happens a lot in some areas like the Arabian Gulf where Arab ships cross to the Iranian borders by mistake and vice versa.


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No, having a college degree does not affect the process of obtaining a tourist visa to either Schengen area or US. In both cases the most important thing is proving strong ties with your home country. This includes a bank account with a decent balance, an employment letter etc. Take a look at the requirements to obtain a Schengen visa from the French ...


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The address is mostly a convenience (in case the passport gets lost). In my country, reporting an address change is not mandatory and Canada even advises you to change it yourself. It might be a problem as far as the Indian authorities are concerned so I wouldn't recommend doing that but there is no way a third country could verify it or rely on it for any ...


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Yes of course!, you need a Schengen visa. The UK is not a part of the Schengen Area despite being a member of the European Union. Ireland shares the same opinion as the UK due to the Common Travel Area agreement between both. Thus, having a UK visa is not enough to travel to the Schengen Area and vice versa. You will still need to apply for a Schengen visa ...


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1) You don't have to apply for a transit visa if you are eligible for a Transit Without Visa (TWOV) concession. The rules for TWOV are outlined here: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/policyandlaw/carriers/ukvisarequirements.pdf Indian citizens may not TWOV in general. However, it looks like you meet the following exception: ...


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No, you do not need a visa for going from Canada to India via Munich airport (or vice versa), as long as you stay in the transit area and have a connection in less than 12 hours. Lufthansa, emphasis mine: Indian nationals can Transit without Visa via FRA or MUC if holding a valid visa for the destination and a valid Visa for any of the following ...


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Will I have any trouble with getting Schengen visa? Very likely yes, even though UK is not part of the Schengen zone, it does collaborate in SIS (Schengen Information System). One of the preconditions of getting a Schengen visa is to not be flagged in SIS. In accordance with the protocol to the Treaty of Amsterdam, Ireland and the United Kingdom ...


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To address the travel aspect a bit more directly, there are some places in Europe that have a bad reputation and some members of my family faced racist insults on the street based solely on the color of their skin. But it's difficult to assess precisely how safe or dangerous a particular place is and whether an incident is a case of bad luck or evidence of a ...


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No. Your parents will need to get a visa before they get to the airport in Bombay. Without one, they won't be allowed to board the flight to the UK. You can check if you need a visa or not for the UK with the Gov.UK Visa Check tool. For your parents case the answer is they need a visa for transit, even a Direct Airside Transit as they're doing. This is ...



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