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In general, a genuine invitation is concrete, containing information that helps to make it happen. "Would you like to get lunch tomorrow?" is an invitation, and could be followed up with "Yes, how about [restaurant]?" or "Yes, do you have a place in mind?" to accept. If you responded instead with "No, but we should meet some other time," that could be a ...


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There is an essay which explains the difference between "polite" and "direct" cultures. First of all: For members of the Anglosphere like Americans, Britons and Canadians the Germans are using the term "Angelsachsen" (Anglo-Saxons) which is slightly different from the meaning in English, it especially has a more humorous connotation like "Teuton" for ...


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Here's an excerpt from Wikitravel: Although many visitors, especially Americans, may feel apprehensive about visiting Hiroshima, it is a friendly, welcoming city, with as much interest in Western culture as anywhere else in Japan. Tourists are welcomed, and exhibits related to the atomic bomb are not concerned with blame or accusations. Bear in mind, ...


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A removal from port is one of the more distressing experiences a traveller can have, and the UK Border Force has been taking a harder line towards abuse. Based upon what you wrote, you were building up a private life in the UK and working without the proper documentation (even though your work was performed for US companies and probably denominated in US ...


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As far as my understanding goes, you can visit Cuba, but you cannot spend money there. The USA has an embargo on Cuba. Wikipedia has a pretty solid article on it. You need a license to actually participate in commerce... but since that includes buying food you in essence cannot go to Cuba. Licenses are released however. I have a Cuban uncle who goes back ...


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To me, the key is the specificity of the invitation. The vaguest, of course, say "some time" - this is a bright light signalling that it is not a real invitation. "We should do lunch some time" means absolutely nothing at all. Similarly claims to "owe you" a beer or a coffee do not constitute an offer to deliver that item, nor an invitation to go, now or in ...


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(This is going to over-simplify things a little, but...) Technically, as a US citizen you are covered by the laws of the US regardless of where in the world you are. However with very few exceptions, when you are outside of the US you are outside of the jurisdiction of those laws. ie, if you're a 19 year old US citizen and you're drinking in Australia then ...


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I am curious, though, if a US citizen could potentially* be prosecuted upon returning home for "breaking US laws while on foreign soil". Yes. The U.S. maintains embargoes against several countries, the best known of which is Cuba. Many of these include travel restrictions. It is illegal, for example, for a U.S. person to use U.S. currency or a ...


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The fact that you're newlywed is irrelevant. What is important is that you are one family travelling together. I've been in exact this situation before. I am an American citizen and my wife is not. Whenever we fly to the USA, we'd go through the immigration together - through the lanes for "Non-US passports". We give two passports together - mine and ...


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I'm primarily concerned with whether or not there are communications between the relevant agencies in the US and the UK The controlling reference for this is a treaty between the US and UK which was drafted in 2013 and entered into force last year (2014) which says in part... CONSIDERING that the effective administration and enforcement of the ...


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You don't need a passport to fly within the US. As long as you have your driver's license, that is enough to get you through TSA check points. It's when you travel outside the US that you will need your passport. Here's a list of acceptable IDs from the official TSA website: http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/acceptable-ids


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Depending on the countries involved, both are possible and there are a few other scenarios too. You are arrested, prosecuted locally and serve your sentence where you committed your crime. As others have said, local law fully applies, it happens all the time. Your home country should be informed and can at most complain and try to exert some pressure on a ...


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Firstly keep in mind that the answer to this question will vary significantly depending on the countries involved. Some countries (eg, the US) have requirements that if you are a citizen you MUST enter using the passport of that country. So as a US/UK citizen you must always use your US passport when entering the US. The UK does NOT have such a ...


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Germany is part of the Schengen area, so the visa requirements are the same as for any of the Schengen countries (i.e. most of the EU, excluding the UK and Ireland) As a US passport holder, you can spend up to 90 days in any half year period in the Schengen area without need of a visa, provided you're not working. See the wikipedia page for a good ...


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No, travel is still not completely free. However, you are now allowed to travel to Cuba and spend money there legally under the following 12 categories: family visits official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations journalistic activity professional research and professional meetings educational ...


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Update as of January 15, 2015 In December, 17 2014 Obama announced modifications to the travel regulations and the embargo against Cuba in general. The details can be found in the following page: Fact Sheet: Treasury And Commerce Announcement Of Regulatory Amendments To The Cuba Sanctions Summarizing, although it is still technically illegal for US ...


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A quick scan of Wikivoyage's guide to Hiroshima sights indicate that memorials and museums to the attack have English-language information. If they didn't intend non-Japanese to visit the place, they wouldn't have such information. I seriously doubt that they'd regard the USA differently from other non-Japanese countries in this context, even though the USA ...


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A visa is not required for a US citizen to enter Switzerland (who plans to stay for less than 90 days).


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Short answer: No, not for ordinary mortals. In the 1990's they hosted a wonderful 4th of July party, but 9/11 took care of that in short order. It is hard enough to get in when you want to discuss something... As we have very limited counter space and no private area where we could discuss your case I would discourage you from coming in to the ...


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There are several factors that come into play here. Some cultures have a significant amount of politeness as a social lubricant. Even when it doesn't mean you should, it is still said. A classic example of this is Japan's politeness (though this is simplifying a very large concept). There is an entire school of sociology called politeness theory. ...


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There's not much to misunderstand in the text you quote, is there? Transit-witout-visa is only available if you arrive and depart by air, which you don't. The American is visa-free for to the UK in any case, and so doesn't need a visa anyway. The Thai will need to apply for a Visitor in Transit visa in advance.


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It's perfectly fine. I've been to both Hiroshima and Nagasaki in my (Japanese) high school trip including multiple sessions with hibakushas. There is really no animosity in general. The emphasis of these museums and parks are solely on how horrible nuclear attacks and war is, and how we need to achieve world peace and eliminate all wars. I think most ...


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Unfortunately, you'll need a (real, physical) passport to enter Poland, no ifs or buts You can request an expedited passport by mail for an extra fee, or there are 28 passport centers across the USA where you can get same day processing for an even bigger fee. Since you've already mailed in an application, you may want to call them on the phone ...


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Yes, Switzerland is part of the Schengen area, so you will have no trouble traveling there, provided you remain within your 90 days of 180. You will still see border checkpoints for commercial traffic, as Switzerland is not part of the EEA, but you should not be affected.


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I am a British subject with the right of abode. I had a British passport for a long time but stopped renewing it. I am also a Canadian citizen with a Canadian passport. When I enter Britain, about half the time the customs officer asks me if I am British (coming to a country to visit your sister, for example, will get you asked that) and when I say "well, I ...


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Where you're from is likely irrelevant. Overstaying is overstaying, you're not going to get treated more harshly or kindly because of who your president/king/prime minister is. There's a great piece "Overstaying Schengen visa" that is relevant to this. Consequences of overstaying This could result in a: no consequence - if you're lucky, and this will ...


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No. It does not make you stateless. The United States government still exists and is recognized by foreign governments. The US government has only closed down some non-essential operations. None of that affects its relationship with other countries or US citizens ability to travel with valid US passports (it may make it harder to get/renew a US passport ...


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There is an absolute requirement that either both parents are present when applying for the US passport or a Consent is given by one of the parent's: Minors under age 16 cannot apply for a passport by themselves. Both parents/guardians must appear in person with the minor and provide consent, authorizing passport issuance to the minor. If one ...


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Absolutely not an issue. Just to give a first-hand perspective (though the other 2 answers both excellently cover the 'why not'), I visited the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and the Peace Park a few years back, and at no point did I feel any ill-will or awkwardness. As with any similar place as long as you are respectful you are welcome - the staff were as ...


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Regarding interactions with Russian citizens, I would not expect significant increase in hostility. Most people believe that US meddles in Russian and/or Ukrainian affairs more than it should, but this sentiment is generally directed at government, not at common Americans. Should you somehow be dragged into discussion of current events, your optimal position ...



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