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There is a website that I was hitherto completely unaware of that aims to cater for this need. Great British Public Toilet Map For tourists with smart phones it would be useful as it geolocates the nearest ones in their database (or allows manual search) and provides a facility to add crowd sourced toilet locations along with pertinent details. These ...


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Toilets are important, but not something to worry about. You don't need to make it this complicated. British people really don't mind when foreigners ask where is the nearest public toilet? We don't judge you for your unfortunate need. Go in any public place and ask. It requires no technology, and rather than planning your day around where the convenient ...


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Dealing with the fine first, according to ICAO: 5.14 Contracting States shall not fine aircraft operators in the event that arriving and in-transit persons are found to be improperly documented where aircraft operators can demonstrate that they have taken adequate precautions to ensure that these persons had complied with the documentary ...


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If you haven't already, do consider public transport options which are very good and start much cheaper. If you take Heathrow Express then the tube, it's likely to be a little faster than a taxi; if you take the Piccadilly Line, as well as being very cheap, you don't need to change trains so it's still quite convenient (and might even be faster than a taxi ...


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As has been vigorously argued in the comments, just because it is in their T&C doesn't mean it is legal for them to have it there. I'm not a lawyer and it doesn't seem as though any lawyers are weighing in on the topic so no one can speak authoritatively on the first point. The simplest way to resolve this without getting a lawyer would be to dispute ...


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01) I am an international student, studying my Masters degree in Tallinn, Estonia. self funding my studies.I am in my final semester. what documents should i provide which satisfy the Uk visa authorities that i won't slip in uk and will come back after the proposed time spent in the Uk? They got you on funds parking, it's a very common refusal ...


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Differences Between Notes It is very rare now to see the old style £20 bank notes in UK. Normally when the Bank of England changed the notes they stayed mostly the same but just had a different picture. However with the level of fraud encountered with the old style notes, the bank radically changed the design of the new style £20 note. Below are specimen ...


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Almost every country in the world requires a landing card. (Some also require exit cards.) One answer as to why might be "because it's the law" but an "ask why 5 times" spirit could ask "Why is it the law?" You seem also to be asking "why hasn't it been replaced with something electronic?" Every country asks slightly different things. Some are questions ...


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Assuming that you really are from one of the few countries from which a biometric passport is required for visa-free entry to Lithuania or the Schengen area and that the refused entry was not a mistake by the immigration officer: The Ryanair document check before boarding is not primarily there to avoid your inconvenience, but for Ryanair to avoid all the ...


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Wikipedia gives the reason here. The Secretary of State may by order made by statutory instrument make provision for requiring passengers disembarking or embarking in the United Kingdom, or any class of such passengers, to produce to an immigration officer, if so required, landing or embarkation cards in such form as the Secretary of State may ...


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The dropdown list contains "USA" which is a common way to list the United States, in the same fashion as "UK" is often used for United Kingdom. As to why is appears first in the "U" section, it is an abbreviation not a name and abbreviations are often listed before full names.


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First, the basic idea is that they want to see evidence of your ties to Thailand to indicate that you plan to return after your visit. Evidence of your employment, income, and savings are important parts of that process. The main evidence your wife appears to have submitted was in the form of photographs. Photos are generally poor evidence, because anybody ...


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Some places have closed their council managed toilets at the same time as arranging that a nearby shop or pub or restaurant provides the same facility but without requiring any purchase (This is called the Community Toilet Scheme and most borough councils who use this scheme maintain their own list that you can find online). In some cases this change leads ...


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All major towns and cities have public toilets, but they are generally not that easy to find (ask at the tourist information if you can find that) or pleasant to use. Free public toilets tend to attract vagrants and drug takers (this is my experience having lived in the UK all my life) A better solution is to go into a fast food restaurant and use their ...


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In the UK, if domestic and international travellers are mixed, you will have to have a photo taken whilst passing through security if you are connecting to a domestic flight. At the gate, they match this photo up with the one taken at security. Details can be found here. To strengthen the security of the United Kingdom border, airports that operate ...


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No, it is not possible to apply for a visa (of pretty much any kind) for the UK, from within the UK. In fact, they must (under normal circumstances) apply from their country of residence - note that the UK frequently refers to visas as "entry clearance". According the UK Immigration Rules, part 1: An applicant for an entry clearance must be outside ...


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Your gf got a refusal under Paragraph 320 (7a)... (7A) where false representations have been made or false documents or information have been submitted (whether or not material to the application, and whether or not to the applicant’s knowledge), or material facts have not been disclosed, in relation to the application or in order to obtain ...


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Adding a small note to Zach's excellent answer, your wife was refused under Appendix V APPENDIX V: Immigration Rules for visitors Introduction A visitor is a person who is coming to the UK, usually for up to six months, for a temporary purpose, for example as a tourist, to visit friends or family or to carry out a business activity. section 4.2 ...


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I cannot give you an official answer [there is no official answer] but I think you will not have much trouble exchanging it eventually, even if you are rejected a few times. In most places a £20 note does not receive much scrutiny. Taxi drivers and sole traders may be reluctant; someone at an airport shop, a restaurant or a bar probably won't look very ...


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There is an EU directive about cross-border enforcement of traffic offenses covering speeding tickets (2015/413) but there are a couple of twists: First it needs to be implemented in national law (like all directives). The deadline for an earlier directive about that was in 2015 and I can vouch that it is now working well between Germany and France and the ...


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You got an administrative removal from the UK about a year ago and want to visit again and the question is if entry clearance is required or not. There is no requirement for a New Zealand national (or any other non-visa national) to get an entry clearance following a removal. Instead, it is framed as a 'best practices' recommendation. What that means is ...


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UK visit visas issued prior to April 2015 were segmented along the lines of 'business', 'family', 'academic' and so on. The Immigration Act 2014 changed all of that and consolidated all visitor visas (which are technically known as 'entry clearances') into the single 'Standard Visitor Visa'... This is the single consolidated UK visa type that covers all ...


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If you are in the situation, train staff not helpful, late at night, no trains to get you anywhere, buses stopped for the night and only taxis to get you where you need to go, you have three options. Take a taxi (or call for one if you need to.) Stay in/near the station till the service starts again. Call a friend or relative to come and collect you. Call ...


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Your best bet for Oxford is to not have a car! Really... There are a handful of parking sites in the city centre, but they're very expensive, and often full. Especially at the moment with all the building works for the expanded Westgate Centre, which means that the main shoppers carpark is a building site. If you really must drive in, and don't mind ...


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This refusal cites Paragraphs V 4.2 (a) and (c) of the rules. The popular interpretation of this is that they think you intend to overstay and go underground in the UK and inevitably to become reliant on public funds. They established this by comparing your stated income with other sources and spotting a discrepancy. This was then factored in to your ...


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All Eurostar services are subject to Juxtaposed border controls. That means you clear the UK border somewhere on the Continent (generally in France, except for Brussels where it's in Belgium), and hence you also exit Schengen there too. Depending on the station, after Eurostar checkin you either do security first then France/Belgium exit then UK entry, or ...


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Examining the refusal notice they got her on two grounds... 4.2 (a) + (c) this is basically their way of saying that your mother is not a genuine applicant and they think she will go underground after she arrives. We have lots and lots of this type of refusal already in the archives here on the site, you will benefit from reading them. 4.2 (e) this tells ...


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The first thing I would dispute the price of the return ticket. The T&C's, assuming they are legally binding, only allow RyanAir to recoup the cost of your return trip. The 10x price markup may the ticket price, but that does not represent the actual cost to RyanAir.


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I've personally had good luck feeding out-of-date notes to the automatic check out machines in supermarkets. Could be worth a try. Banks will be disinclined to help you if you are not a customer of theirs. THe Bank of England is not an especially pracitcal location to visit.


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Actually she can stay for up to 6 months visa-free, but this is decided by the border guard on arrival. The more documentation you provide supporting her reasons for visiting (and above all, her intention to go back), the more likely she'll be granted a 6-month stay. Curious: why do you "need her to stay longer"? That's what I would ask myself if I was a UK ...



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