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comment Is there a way to check that the conditions on your plane ticket are actually what your travel agent said they are?
@AlexS: JAL used to do it that way but I believe they changed and I haven't flown with them for years now.
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comment Which Australian bank/account incurs lowest fees using an ATM card overseas?
Is there an annual fee or a minimum balance required for the account? Many years ago when Cirrus (or Plus?) first appeared I got a Citibank account because they were the first in Australia to have it, but I needed $10,000 minimum balance and had to pay a regular fee once my account went below that. Are there any relevant rules such as those that we should know about?
Aug
25
comment What gesture to make when hitchhiking in Iran?
I haven't been to Iran yet, but all the countries I've hitched in where the thumb gesture isn't used, such as some countries in Eastern Europe and some countries in Asia, you use a "pat the air in front of you" gesture. But at least the thumb isn't offensive in those places, just not recognized
Aug
18
comment Entry into U.S.A without stamped visa
OK so we're the visa experts as I expected. If that one's acceptable here so is this one. People shouldn't get trigger happy when spotting keywords.
Aug
18
comment Entry into U.S.A without stamped visa
@pnuts: I expected as much, and tried to allow for the possibility in what I've written so far.
Aug
18
comment Entry into U.S.A without stamped visa
@pnuts see. But I leave it to whoever knows more about expat-ish questions than I, a mere traveller.
Aug
18
comment How should I express the end of a period of time I'm allowed to stay in a country so as not to confuse it with visa expiration?
@Relaxed: Yeah in China there is also a two-entry visa and a multiple-entry visa. I've discussed that situation in a couple of questions here.
Aug
18
comment How should I express the end of a period of time I'm allowed to stay in a country so as not to confuse it with visa expiration?
@pnuts: Are we hammering it out of will an expert like Gayot Fow turn up and just know all the right answers? Please show how you are certain there there can never be a straight yes/no answer. That would also be a correct answer. I reworded the title to not sound like asking for polling and opinion. Let's only allow factual answers. If it varies by country or there is no set term, let's establish that that's the case and then post it as a factual answer. So I did ask a meta question.
Aug
18
comment How should I express the end of a period of time I'm allowed to stay in a country so as not to confuse it with visa expiration?
@pnuts: So we shouldn't help travellers facing this problem? And in fact the more I think about it, it's not a problem with the site. It would be if we were discussing the wording of a tag or something ...
Aug
18
comment Overland route from the Caucasus to Mongolia without entering Russia?
They've decided to extend it up to I think 30 days but they expect the actual implementation of that to take some time. If my memory of what I read on Wikipedia and Caravanistan is correct.
Aug
18
comment How should I express the end of a period of time I'm allowed to stay in a country so as not to confuse it with visa expiration?
@pnuts: We can't change the world but we can teach befuddled travellers to be aware of the subtleties of the wording and let them know what's what. We'll also have a canonical answer to point to when people use the terms wrongly.
Aug
18
comment How should I express the end of a period of time I'm allowed to stay in a country so as not to confuse it with visa expiration?
@pnuts: All travellers will benefit from this. That the site will also benefit is just a positive side effect. We shouldn't hide this topic in meta where it won't be seen by travellers facing this problem.
Aug
18
comment How should I express the end of a period of time I'm allowed to stay in a country so as not to confuse it with visa expiration?
But a visa has a duration and each stay has a duration. I think your first suggestion is still unclear. Your second is clear. But they're both about length of time, not about the end of the time. I'm not sure but maybe sometimes we also need a term to express the end of each duration.
Aug
18
comment Indonesian applying for Schengen Visa in Hong Kong
Are you a permanent resident of Macau? It makes a difference.
Aug
18
comment Entry into U.S.A without stamped visa
What is a clear way to express the end of a period of time I'm allowed to stay in a country so as not to confuse it with visa expiration?
Aug
18
comment Entry into U.S.A without stamped visa
There is lack of clear understanding and clear terminology to differentiate between a visa itself expiring and the expiration of the period of time you've been granted entry for a particular stay using a visa. People often mistakenly say "visa expiring" mistakenly for the latter situation. I might ask a new terminology question on this topic.
Aug
18
comment Entry into U.S.A without stamped visa
Looks suitable for here to me. It's about visas and entering the country with paperwork in an uncertain state. Could probably happen with any kind of visa. That doesn't mean the experts on the expats won't have more specific experience and knowledge though so it wouldn't hurt to also ask there.
Aug
17
comment Where to stop on the trans-siberian railway?
On my previous trip I found the Mongolian visa to be the easiest one to obtain that was not a visa on arrival. I got mine in Hohhot, China while I waited.
Aug
17
comment Returning after being removed from UK
@QuoraFeans: WARNING! I once went to "ask the consulate" of the US in Canada to clarify details after voluntary removal from the US. The consulate personnel took my passport and added black marks to a page at the back and told me I was trying to sneak back in to the US. They did not listen to what my actual question was but worsened my immigration record. Do not just wander into a consulate for a friendly chat about such matters - you risk nasty negative consequences that cannot be foreseen. Get SOLID advice FIRST.
Aug
17
comment Camping in Hakone (I bring my tent)
I always camp anywhere in Japan (almost) for a single night. I set up at night and pack up early. Even in the smaller cities. I'm never sure of the actual rules but never got in trouble doing this from Okinawa to Soya Misaki. When staying multiple days in the same town I tend to change camping spots each night.