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Where Is it Illegal to Import Poppy Seeds? This list is by no means comprehensive as regulations may vary over time. Singapore I would like to know if I am allowed to bring poppy seeds into Singapore for my baking business. Poppy seeds are classified as prohibited goods by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB). Any company or person who wishes ...


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I have friends in the US who operate ranges and training facilities, they get a lot of tourists and yes, they will show you how to operate a firearm in a safe environment, most ranges will (for a fee). Watching a Youtube video is NOT a good way to learn how to operate any firearm, it requires proper hands-on, supervised training. Taking a short-cut can and ...


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There are both legal and practical issues related to possessing a firearm in the United States for nonimmigrant aliens (visitors from other countries who are not attempting to migrate to the United States). The rules are complex and are dependent on your country of origin. Here is a document from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives which ...


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There are plenty of ranges nearby in Nevada that you can try. They are popular with European tourists. Locals would probably find them rather expensive. There are definitely also some in the Los Angeles area. If you have some gun-owning friends in California you might want to ask them if they could take you to their range as a guest as it will almost ...


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Inner city vs between cities are two different things. The easiest driving is between cities; once you are out of the city center, streets and roads are usually better organized, larger, and straighter. Highway driving is more or less the same; on multi-lane highways, stay on the right side of the road unless passing. Inner city driving, depending on the ...


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Indeed you cannot camp, but you can "bivouac", even in protected areas (for example in the Mercantour, near where I live). This is the same as camping, but: The tent must be set at/after sundown, and removed at/before sunrise You cannot camp more than one night in the same place You should use "light" camping gear, like ultra light tents, tarps, or just ...


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At first, I was surprised by the exit signs on the motorway. Shortly before an exit, you will see two signs, an arrow pointing upward/forward more-or-less above the left lane and an arrow curved to the right more-or-less above the right lane. Following that, there are also markings with a right-pointing arrow and the name of the exit, directly on the road ...


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This is from personal experience. When driving across country in the south of Italy towards "City A" from "City B". I would see a sign that had "City A" marked on it, but the sign would be constructed such that it looked like an arrow pointing at 90 degrees to the direction of traffic - which implied to my non-italian mind that I should be turning in ...


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It's 100% OK to carry condoms. In fact, you will find them everywhere in Dubai (Pharmacies, supermarkets, etc.). In case you are wondering (and I think you are since you asked this question), condoms are not a problem for both the Islamic and the Arabian cultures. Source: I am both an Arab and a Muslim who lived in Dubai for 3 years in the past, and I ...


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Legally speaking, there's only one legal ID for foreigners in Japan: your passport. (Unless you're a long-term resident of Japan, in which case your zairyu card is also OK, but these aren't available to tourists.) That said, ID checks are pretty rare and in practice you can likely get away with a laminated photocopy of your passport's photo page. Do bear ...


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Being Dutch, I have never heard of such law. I also doubt there is a law that would cover this, I would take it as a try to intimidate you. But also as a 'please really, really do not do this.' If caught out after you made the picture and before you had seen the sign, I would let them try to sue you. But if seeing the sign before you take the picture, do ...


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I was charged "Over Stay" even though my visa waver had run out less than 24 Hours. All because I had missed my flight by a few hours! That was because I checked in on the same day as flight but I should have checked in the night before as my flight was just past midnight. (Slight oversight on my part, not checking the time and date correctly, so my flight ...


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IMHO the problem here is that the UK law forbids importing imitation firearms. Quoting from the Guide on Firearms Licensing Law found on Gov.uk: Section 36 of the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 makes it an offence for a person to manufacture, sell, import or cause a realistic imitation firearm to be brought into Great Britain. As it turns out, an ...


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Realistic toy guns are banned in the UK. Based on the information on that page, it seems quite likely that this would qualify and therefore be banned. The penalty for trying to import it could be up to a £5000 fine or 6 month prison sentence. This mainly hinges on whether this gun is considered "realistic". In the U.S. an orange tip on a gun is ...


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Since you will be held-responsible, the travel agent nor the agency agree to covering the cost of rebooking the flight. Their probable argument would just be that you are responsible for your passport and your travel plans, and their only job is to book a flight for you. By the way, how long will you be staying in Germany? Maybe you could get a new passport ...


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First, you should check your electronic I-94 online because the date on your entry stamp is not always correct. If you wish to stay beyond the admit-until date on your I-94, you can apply for Extension of Status with Form I-539. You can file it at any time as long as USCIS receives and accepts your application before your I-94 expires. (Though seeing as ...


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All degrees of theft carry some form of jail sentence and a fine; these range from 60 days and $500 all the way to 30 years and $10,000 - it depends entirely on what you are charged with; which correlates directly with the value of the item. So, the very first thing you have to do is find out what exactly is the charge against you; in other words - what ...


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See articles R111-32 to R111-35 of the "Code de l'Urbanisme" created by Décret n° 2015-1783 du 28 décembre 2015 relatif à la partie réglementaire du livre Ier du code de l'urbanisme et à la modernisation du contenu du plan local d'urbanisme Camping out of campsites can be prohibited on protected sites, national parks, within 200m of water sources, near ...


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Depending on the region and season, nobody might notice your presence. BUT if you get caught, then you might get a fine. It is hard to predict how frequently you'll get a fine. Sometime the forest guard will just explain you why this is forbidden and that's it. But sometime, they will also give you a fine...


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Your best advice in this situation is to speak to a local lawyer in Florida. The lawyer will be able to inform you of the risks of visiting the state, as well as the options of settling the misdemeanor charge currently set against you. If it's truly a minor misdemeanor, you might be able to send a written affidavit to Florida and have the lawyer argue the ...


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In addition to the issue of the potential arrest warrant, which has been extensively covered in other answers, there is another issue to consider. The UK is part of the US's Visa Waiver Program. This allows visa-free travel and requires you to complete an online form and declaration, and pay a small fee. It is the usual way for a UK citizen to travel to the ...


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There is no state level law that to regulate the foreigners to stay in special hotels. According to §39 Foreigners Entry and Exit Management Law of PRC, the hotels must register the foreign guests according to "regulations which are applied" and report the registration to local police authority. The "regulations which are applied" could be made by any ...


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I am just going to answer the specific question "will they know it's me now that I've got a new passport". That question has got somewhat buried in discussion of the probability of negative consequences if they do know, and ways of mitigating those consequences. The USCIS has the information you supplied on your last visit. You will presumably complete an ...


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I am surprised that no one mentioned the fact that you could be in contempt of court and that an arrest warrant could be a sealed arrest warrant (that is, you won't discover there is an outstanding warrant against you until it's too late). An arrest warrant is usually NOT published or posted online. It is kept secret so that the police can arrest you with ...


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It took a little bit of searching but here is some information from the New York DMV. **Can I drive in New York State with an out-of-state learner permit?** You may drive in New York State with a learner permit issued in another state if • you are age 16 or older • your out-of-state learner permit is valid outside the issuing state • you obey all ...


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While I agree with all the advice that it's both foolish to risk incarceration in a foreign country for the sake a family vacation (in quite an over-rated spot, at that) and that showing up in court in response to a summons is not considered an optional activity, you can check fairly easily on whether or not you have any active warrants in Florida. The ...


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Although it doesn't entirley answer your question, I am posting this as answer because I don't think you appreciate the risks involved here. Your proposition is to travel to a foreign country and risk imprisonment there, for the sake of a family holiday. Your hope for avoiding these consequences is that they will not recognise you based off the fact that ...


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All the countries I know with some form of mandatory ID (the Netherlands being the only one I know where carrying ID is mandatory, but there are other where you have to hold an officially sanctioned form of ID and be able to present it within 24 hours or some other short delay) also issue ID cards so that most citizens would have one beside their passports ...


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Have you explored the option of an extended car rental? Hertz has a 'Multi-Month' option, for up to 360 days; Avis calls it a 'Mini-Lease,' Enterprise has a 'Long Term' offer, just to mention a few. It avoids the issues of license tags, purchase, registration, etc. and is designed for accommodate, among others, travelers. The rental agencies offer insurance ...


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There is no official rule for this, although there is a rule of thumb according to CBP. This is that if one spends X days in the US on the VWP, one should wait at least X+1 days before seeking to re-enter the US. Quoting from this Travel.SE answer on the topic: the important paragraph reads: The Visa Waiver Program doesn't work that way. ...


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There are two possibilities to consider - and you didn't specify which one you are after. You want to ship the vehicle to Canada and use it there, but continue driving with the British plates. In this case you should contact your UK insurance company and extend your insurance to cover you while abroad. This isn't going to be cheap for the whole year and ...


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To be legally covered (pun intended), just make sure that you have some piece of clothing around your scrotum and the shaft. The social aspect is quite more complex and the acceptable degree of skimpiness will not just differ between cities, but also between the different beaches in each region. Even if male thongs are not too common on mediterranean ...


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I haven't carried silver film for a decade but back when I did the best solution I found was some clear plastic tubes meant for making film easy to hand inspect without having to open anything. Below is a picture of one such tube: The tube can hold 5 rolls but I only put 4 so one can see the ends of the rolls without taking a cap off.


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Kodak (people more familiar with film than most) have this handy page which they last updated in 2003(!) on film and x-ray machines: X-ray equipment used to inspect carry-on baggage uses a very low level of x-radiation that will not cause noticeable damage to most films. Of course, the obvious: Note: X rays from airport scanners don't affect ...


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There is one thing missing from the other answers: In every hotel I ever stayed in (in total about 50), they tell you in person what the check out time is while you check in. They tell you even if you don't ask. If you book through a website or a travel agency doesn't matter, the one telling you about checkout times is the person who checks you in at the ...


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TL;DR; Hotel was right (I was wrong) - to pay for one extra day was most appropriate solution. As an addition to the above answers there is a long discussion in comments around was it legal to keep my belongings (this is what I was looking for). In one of comments @piet.t refers to the hotelkeepers liens article. Hotelkeeper’s liens allow a ...


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Short answer, to echo the other answers: it's entirely legal. Checkout time is checkout time, typically anywhere from 9am - 1pm (0900 - 1300). Depending on the situation, you may be able to extend this to within an hour or so of check-in time (typically 3pm), and a late checkout may or may be free. Factors which affect the situation include: what the ...


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When you purchase a ticket on an airline, any airline, you have agreed to both terms and conditions of the ticket and to the airline's Conditions of Carriage (or Contract of Carriage, or General Conditions of Carriage, etc.). The Conditions of Carriage is your contract with the airline, and sets forth what the passenger can expect as far as accommodations in ...


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In a situation like this, you are entitled to a full refund. That's all. It's in your terms and conditions somewhere. Yes, it's patently unfair, but it's the way things work. Your only way to get shifted to the previous flight is to negotiate, and your only leverage is that you are entitled to a refund. The airline does not particularly want to lose 12 ...


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I just returned from my trip to Rwanda, and while I cannot offer a definitive answer to my question, I can say from personal experience that I observed nobody searching the luggage of arriving travelers for plastic bags. I also agree with Michael Hampton's comments about the English version of the law. It's not very well written. The intent certainly ...


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This is perfectly normal. Checkout times at hotels are usually between 10:00 and 12:00 and you need to pay something extra (sometimes for the next night, sometimes less - depending on hotel rules) for overstaying. Most hotels offer their guests to leave their luggage for free for the rest of the day. So in this case I would check-out of the hotel in the ...


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This is not only completely legal, it's how all hotels work. They have a published check-out time, which will vary between hotels but is usually somewhere between 10am and 1pm. if you wish to stay longer, you need to request either a late checkout (which may be free, or may be charged, depending on a number of factors), or pay for an extra night. In my ...


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According to the FAQ page of the Mexico City International airport, Mexican citizens require ID to fly domestically within Mexico: A valid ID can be one of: voter ID passport driver's licence


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Here's the actual legal basis for visa-free travel: http://base.garant.ru/195505 . It says you can stay for 72 hours, have to leave by the same port where you entered, and most importantly (point #6) it says you may only be located on the territory declared in the "official tourist program" filed by your cruise line with the Russian government. There may be ...


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The New South Wales Government in 2007 endorsed the following bee export experts: Dr Doug Somerville, (02) 4828 6619, Goulburn, Nick Annand, Bathurst, (02) 6330 1210.


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Here's my understanding (based on lots of Russian travel): You can legally explore anywhere in Russia, except keep the following in mind: 1) Don't forget about registration requirements. If you're moving around a lot, this is likely a non-issue, but keep all your bus/train tickets, etc. If you're using a central hub city for radial day-trips, register in ...


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You can wait in the Arrivals area after customs if you like, although obviously it won't be comfortable. You can also wait around in the Schegen departure lounge, if you are arriving on KLM, and then exit out to meet them when they arrive. The shops and restaurants will be open until a little after midnight. If you are using a low cost carrier I believe they ...


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Sleeping in Schiphol is allowed, but there is very little opportunity to do so on the Plaza side, but I've seen people put sleeping bags and mattresses down there, so there's always that. There are more than enough benches beyond customs. If you can get to this side, you could also choose one of Schiphol's hotels: Hotel Mercure or Yotel. If your flights ...


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Yes, it's a completely legal, if you aren't going to visit the restricted areas such as closed cities near the border and so on. And if you're asking, then you'll definitely see the warning signs near them, so you shouldn't be afraid of breaking some local law. However, you should check the questions I've linked in comments as there are a couple of advises ...


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The UK requires you to have a current and valid passport at the moment you apply for a Tier 2 visa. Current and valid seems to mean that the passport should be valid for the entire duration of your stay, although this kinda conflicts with the whole concept that passports do in fact expire. However, this is nothing to be worried about. As long as the passport ...



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