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Uber.com provides an official Fare Estimator now, which gives out a range for all types of transport.


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To give a counter voice to Max' answer, I actually think that online booking will be available very quickly. Not for large hotel chains, but for services like AirBNB and Hostelworld. Plenty of Iranians have accounts abroad but now, American law no longer prevents American businesses from doing business with Iran. I'm not sure if the link will hold, but some ...


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Me think it will take some times before all the banking and tourist/hotel infrastructure gets up to par with the rest of the world. Banks/Credit cards/ATM/Debit cards: I assume they will need to get some sort of international accreditation to allow PLUS/Cirrus/Maestro networking and other basic international banking service to be common in Iran. Hotels: ...


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The rental desk often wishes to see that the credit card is issued in exactly the same name as the driving licence. If you and your father share a name or a first initial it would probably be acceptable, but it seems to me a bit risky. A better solution is to ask your father to take out a second card on the same account, but in your name. This is called a ...


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You need to ask your bank; as they are the only ones that control where your card works. It may be true that all MasterCard-network cards work in Italy, and the widest acceptance is that of EMV "chip" enabled cards; but despite this your bank may block the use of the card. So, before you travel: Inform your bank that you will be traveling to Italy. Ask ...


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I've had a chip-and-pin MasterCard credit card issued by an Italian bank foot several years. I've used it all around the Italy and in neighbouring European countries. The only instances in which credit cards might not work, regardless of the payment circuit they use (Visa/MasterCard), is at automatic machines such as the ones found at 24h petrol stations, ...


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My recent experience as an American tourist in several European countries, including Italy (Rome and Trieste): MasterCard is widely accepted. If your card is a "swipe" card (ie, it is neither chip-and-signature nor chip-and PIN), it will work in slightly fewer places, but will still be adequate for your trip. If your card is a swipe card, read on for some ...


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You Will Need an EMV Supported Credit Card EMV stands for Europay Mastercard and Visa. This is the new standard for security related to PCI compliance in Europe. This standard has been adopted in the United States and is currently being rolled out and is behind schedule. Most large banks support this standard in the US, Europe and most of Asia. You can ...


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Yes MasterCard works in Italy. The question really should be does your bank's credit card work in Italy. Is it a chip & pin card or a chip & sign card (primarily US banks) or a swipe only card? Having a chip equipped card is essential in Europe as most POS (point of sale) terminals are set up for chip cards not swipe cards. Does your bank ...


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In Germany, and many other European countries except for the UK, Maestro is the de facto card-payment method. Many shops do not accept credit cards and if they do, Visa and MasterCard are more widely accepted than AmEx. Now, that does not mean you'll have to pay cash everywhere. Recently (somewhere in 2015) more shops started accepting credit cards. This ...


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Obviously, it's a complete scam. Google for instant full details. I was told that I can have a visitor visa to UK... So the OP got a scam email on the level of "Nigerian investment". OK, for anyone who's been on Mars for ten years, it's a scam. It's really not worth all this ink. Quite possibly the only-question OP is a scammer, and this is some ...


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This question is from 2011 and things have improved, even in Germany. As of 2016 you can survive using credit card payments only, but there are still plenty of places that do not accept them. As a rule of thumb a credit card is more likely to be accepted if you are in a metropolitan/touristy area with hotel/supermarket/... chains for larger sums of money ...


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I have never had trouble with using a USA swipe credit card in any ATM machine in Europe.


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A core reason is that shops don't like to accept them, so much that they sometimes even 'fake' that they fail (even disconnect the machine and claim it won't work); or give a discount for higher priced articles when asked. The fees to them are high (as in other countries), but in Germany specially, the EC card (just like a debit card) has taken over the ...


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On a recent trip to Germany (Berlin) (December 2015), my Mastercard Debit card (Chip + Pin) was accepted in all large stores (Karstadt, Ullrich, Kaufland), as well as the BVG Mobile App, but notably not in the U-Bahn ticket machines (per https://www.bvg.de/en/Tickets/Other-ways-to-buy/At-ticket-machines, payment is accepted only in cash or with EC card). ...


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On your inital question: You can apply for a visitor visa with validities as long as 10 years (although individual visits are limited to a shorter duration). Note that while a visitor visa would be valid for attending an interview, you would have to convince the visa office that you intended to return home after the interview, then apply freshly for a ...


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One thing that stood out immediately to me (and it was mentioned by Gayot) is that emergency travel documents are given to citizens for travel to their country of citizenship and not to a foreign country. There are some exceptions (like refugees and asylum seekers - but these do not apply to you). I have been flown in to another country for interviews ...


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A good idea would be to take the credit card if you will have internet/phone service. If someone steals a prepaid travel card, you've just lost that money. If you lose a credit card, contact the company and have them cancel the card immediately. The only problem is, it will take them a long time to send you a new one(if they'll send to South Africa). So, ...


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Based upon what you wrote, you are getting ripped off. It means you are the victim of a con. A UK emergency travel document is issued to British citizens only. They will never issue an emergency travel document to a foreigner. That's the job of the foreigner's country. Issuing a UK work permit (or UK visit visa) at the UK border (or airport) flat out does ...


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You need to check with your bank what are the charges they will apply for both a credit card payment and a local cash withdrawal. Some banks don't apply any charge for foreign payments. Others have huge charges so you really need to check with them. From my own experience, a Master Card or an Amex would make it great. Those are also interesting for the ...


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Simple: use a third-party site like Uber Estimate. Obviously any results you'll get from here will be unofficial and not guaranteed, but they seem to be pulling data directly from the app. Note that even in the Uber app itself, you don't have precise control over what you'll get: for most cities, your choices are basically "normal cars driven by random ...



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