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Flying is the fastest option (1h10), but you'll have to take into account: traveling times to the airports: London City Airport is close to the city center (22 min to Bank Station), but Edinburgh Airport is not (35 min by the tram or 30 min by the slightly faster Airport 100 bus, or 25 min in light traffic if you're driving or taking a cab outside peak ...


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As someone who does this route maybe twice a month my preferred options are as follows: Fly. If I am in a rush and require to be in Edinburgh early or in a short amount of time then I fly from London City Airport to Edinburgh with British Airways. The flight time is roughly an hour and I can be at the City Airport 20 minutes before take off with no ...


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I question your premise. Take the 15" Macbook pro with retina display. Price in U.K. is GBP 1332.00 + 267 VAT = USD 2035.00 + VAT (using exchange rate today) Price in U.S. is USD 1999.00 + State sales tax. So the difference in pre-tax price is less than 2%. The apparent price difference is mostly your country's tax. If you buy it at retail, say in New ...


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This question arises all the time because they have never published a clear policy. They will, however, tell you their policy in a letter if you write to them. You should join the EU queue if you are married. Their policy is not to separate families during immigration control, and they will take all reasonable steps to avoid separating families. But ...


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Yes, Commissioners of HMRC have broad and ancient powers to seize goods they suspect are illegally imported. In this case, unless you can satisfy HMRC that you were not importing the item, you will have to pay a fine and the appropriate duty and VAT on the item. I am not sure I agree with Relaxed's post, I think in this circumstance the item might be ...


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While within one of the EU countries, you could travel by bus and train quite easily, even when crossing borders within the Schengen zone you might not run into trouble. But traveling from the UK to the Schengen zone you will have to show proof of permission to travel from your parents. I checked out the Eurostar rules, as it is the easiest way to travel ...


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You are worried that your bf may be removed at port. Are your concerns real? It's a matter of opinion. The Home Office produces statistics that inform us that approximately 1 passenger out of 2,200 arriving from the US will be removed at port. Or in other terms, for every 5 arriving flights, 1 passenger will be refused entry and sent back. Some of these ...


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Based upon the text of your husband's refusal notice, I think the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) made a good call. Your husband failed to qualify because he could not support his claims to having economic ties to Nigeria. The ECO did not make a personal attack on your husband as you suggest; all an ECO does is react to what's laid before him and nothing ...


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I think this is the building: Google Maps street view link


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Nothing official. But on several discussions from 2010 and 2012 including FlyerTalk there seem to be no issues related to bringing laser range finders on board. The only specifics from the TSA is the list of prohibited items, which doesn't include laser rangefinders.


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The fastest option is by air. There are frequent services from all of London's airports, including the centrally located London City airport. The flying time is about 1 hour. If you are only visiting Edinburgh for a day or less, this is the sensible way to go. However, Edinburgh airport is not centrally located (there is a tram, but actually it is faster to ...


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The Balmoral Estate is vast. On this map of Scottish estates it's the area in the centre of the image bounded by purple lines, extended south from Easter Balmoral and Braemar, over Lochnagar and Loch Muick, almost to Glen Clova. For most this area, the usual right to roam laws apply, even when the Royal Family are in residence; only the area north of ...


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The UKVI site reports the following... So if you have applied for a long-term business visa, the maximum wait is currently 30 days. Note that this is at odds with the VFS page... Which says 90% are processed within 15 days. In either case since you signed up for SMS alerts, you would have had at least two messages by now: the date your application ...


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(I think this is more of a question for http://law.stackexchange.com/ than travel but I shall have a go at it.) They are not merely in violation of a rule, they are in violation of the law and potentially committing a criminal offence. Entry to the UK is tightly regulated by the Immigration Act 1971. The Act has been amended by many later enactments and ...


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There is no prescribed set of questions; the IO will be trying to determine if you qualify as a visitor under Appendix V of the rules. So a full interview will cover purpose, length, maintenance, accommodation, returnability, and overstay risk. Assuming you present an American (or other non-visa national) passport, your landing interview will go something ...


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The point in reserving a seat is so that you are guaranteed (ish) a seat to sit in. It's especially useful in larger groups that wish to sit together. It does not limit you to that particular train. The National Rail Enquiries page on reservations says: When are reservations compulsory? On some routes around Bank Holidays. Sometimes you can only ...


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Adding an answer from personal experience... I purchased a laptop on a trip to California in 2012. When I returned to the UK, I went through the 'red path' and showed it to the inspector along with about GBP 400 of other stuff I had purchased. The other stuff was generic, like clothes and some USB sticks and what-not. The inspector typed something into ...


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While they might detain it until you have paid all applicable duties and taxes, customs officers are not primarily interested in seizing goods that can be imported legally. That's what happens to illegal drugs, weapons, some foodstuff or counterfeit goods. For a laptop, if found out, you would be slammed with a significant tax bill (mostly VAT, some duty as ...


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The fastest commercial option is to fly at 1 hour 10 minutes. The train is roughly 5 hours and driving is also roughly 7 1/2+ hours in excellent conditions. Ryanair, British Air and other airlines provide comparable times. Flights are available from Gatwick, London City, Heathrow, or Stansted. Privately, you can hire a helicopter and reduce the flight ...


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No the validity of the ticket is not affected and moreover you may sit where you want on the actual train However if it is a busy train with no available seats (and this does happen off peak) you are entitled to your reserved seat, and this will be enforced by the train guard (in theory). In practise though I usually have no wish to eject someone less able ...


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You may be able to get your girlfriend an EEA family permit as your "unmarried partner," if you can show that you and she are "in a lasting relationship." See https://www.gov.uk/family-permit/eligibility for more information. Because you are a UK citizen, you must also show that you are "exercising your treaty rights" by living (or by having lived) in ...


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No, you can't stay after your visa expires - and if you show your return ticket with a date after your visa expiry, you can pretty much guarantee they won't let you in. Your visa is the document that states your permission to be in a country. You can expect to be looked poorly upon by border/immigration authorities if you are known to remain in countries ...


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As i was often traveling on that route, i recommend to use plane. From Stansted it will take you 70 minutes to get to Edinburgh Airport, then you can take bus 35 or 100 ( I recommend 100, as it goes straight to centre). Currently you can take tram as well. Journey from Airport if you take 100 bus, will take you 30 minutes, and you will have bus every 10 ...


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Given that you're not going to live in the UK, and you won't be working for anyone except your Spanish employer, you don't need a work visa -- a Standard Visitor visa will do. Transporting goods into and out of the UK by road is considered a "business purpose". Or at least transporting goods into the UK is, according to paragraph 21(c) of Appendix 3 to the ...


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The Visitor (standard) Visa is issued for a period of 6 months and is multiple entry. For your question about trying to get a longer-term visitor visa, like 1 or 2 years, these are difficult to get unless you have been using UK visas for a long time. They prefer the person build up a track record of performance with the 6 month visa. If you apply for a 1 ...


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Railcards Assuming you actually mean a railcard as in the discount card, according to the how to buy page for railcards (in this case the 16-25, but you can switch to the others from the menu), they can be bought online or by phone with a UK driving license or passport (which I assume you don't have) or at any station with a manned ticket office. You can ...


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Lots of people with a history of refusals like to think about not disclosing them because a tainted history may have a bad effect on fresh applications. The UK knows about that too, so Parliament mandated that every applicant for a UK visa of any sort had to enrol their biometrics starting 31 Jan 2008. You may recall that when you applied earlier that part ...


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You can always apply. There is no specific delay between applications in the UK or Schengen area (even to the same country, let alone to different countries) and no automatic ban or anything like that following a mere refusal. However, you may want to be careful to address the problem raised in the UK visa refusal because, even though some of the rules and ...


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Lasers at UK Airports Lasers aren't mentioned on the governmental webpage on hand luggage restriction at UK airports. Moreover there is no mention of lasers in neither the prohibited items list, nor the guide to dangerous goods, both by British Airways (in PDF). It would therefore seem that they are indeed allowed inside carry-on luggage when departing from ...


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Usually no, you won't be able to apply for a Schengen visa in the UK. The general rule, defined in article 6 of the Schengen visa code is that An application shall be examined and decided on by the consulate of the competent Member State in whose jurisdiction the applicant legally resides. And you're obviously not a resident in the UK so you ...



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