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Sep
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comment Are Australian passports expensive in comparison to other western / developed countries?
The 10-year vs 5-year validity is the most salient point so far. This is offset though by those of us who fill pages in half the 10 years possible though.
Sep
2
comment Are Australian passports expensive in comparison to other western / developed countries?
There's been a lot in the press in Australia in recent years about price gouging for instance CDs and Apple devices. Even the government has investigated. Yet the government may also be gouging us.
Sep
2
comment Are Australian passports expensive in comparison to other western / developed countries?
I believe NZ, UK, Canada, and Swiss passports are all more "useful" than Australian ones.
Sep
2
comment Are Australian passports expensive in comparison to other western / developed countries?
@hunter2: Rip off compared to other western and/or developed countries such as EU countries, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Switzerland, Norway, Taiwan, Hong Kong. Capitalist democracies with similar economic status or cost of living etc. I think those are the ones that would make a "fair" comparison.
Sep
2
comment Does the Lao visa on arrival at the Thai border require a full blank passport page for Australians?
Bummer this was going to be my plan today to take the chance and find out the true answer to kill two birds with one stone. But if I'm definitely losing a page I'm better off going back to Malaysia where AirAsia lives.
Sep
1
comment Is it illegal to peel off a visa from your Australian passport?
@MarcelC.: Ah that one makes more sense. This question isn't about how to peel off the sticker though - that's would just be "peel it off". This question is about whether peeling it off is permissible or not.
Sep
1
comment Is it illegal to peel off a visa from your Australian passport?
Yeah I'll reserve the new passport route as an option if I have to. 10 days is 2/3 of the visa-on-arrival time you get for Thailand, I have maybe two days left, not to mention the expensive price of an Australian passport compared to what citizens of many other countries have to pay. I only have 3 entirely blank pages but heaps of room for stamps. I'm wandering without much plan on this trip so I don't have to enter any particular country if there are obstacles. I think I'm on passport five by the way (-:
Sep
1
comment Is it illegal to peel off a visa from your Australian passport?
Added that it's for Australians in this case.
Sep
1
comment Are there multi-day tours from Alice Springs that take infants?
I'm just musing that it's a possibility. I'm interested to see what the answer turns out to be.
Sep
1
comment Are there multi-day tours from Alice Springs that take infants?
It's definitely possible both ways and it's definitely a good question. But the way Australia works there are many levels of politics and resulting great variance in laws, and even more in rules which are not actual law. So Fraser Island doesn't have to have the same restrictions especially given that it hasn't had an incident on the same scale.
Sep
1
comment Does the Lao visa on arrival at the Thai border require a full blank passport page for Australians?
I'm going to focus my answer to Australians going via the border in case those variables are important.
Sep
1
comment Does the Lao visa on arrival at the Thai border require a full blank passport page for Australians?
Might be time to look into the Philippines! (=
Sep
1
comment Are there multi-day tours from Alice Springs that take infants?
It's possible this could be due to the incident in 1980 where a dingo stole an infant from a tent. They could even be complying with a law due to that incident. Are there tours which don't involve camping?
Sep
1
comment Losing everything - ways get money for an emergency
Western Union has a major competitor called MoneyGram. Neither exist in some countries - including Japan! Be aware that there are scams involving using your stolen ID to get victims' friends and families to send emergency money to scammers pretending to be you. So take some measures to prove that you are the real you and for friends and families to ignore any requests not coming from you.
Aug
31
comment Are there LPG gas stations for cars travelling between Sydney and Melbourne?
Should be no problemo. Cairns to Broome might be a different story though.
Aug
31
comment Is Visa's Emergency Cash Disbursement reliable?
Sometimes it's not easy to figure out how to make a collect call. I had this problem in Nicaragua where I thought my Spanish was OK but didn't know how to say or explain "collect call" or "reverse charges" and/or the person whose phone I was using maybe didn't know the concept or perhaps the phone company there might not have even offered it as a service!
Aug
31
comment Is Visa's Emergency Cash Disbursement reliable?
Well not exactly each country, as some countries have VISA offices and some don't. I always lost my VISA cards in the latter kind of country (-:
Aug
31
comment How to get same-day emergency money in Thailand?
I don't believe he had AmEx but I had believed the same about VISA, having personally had excellent emergency cash assistance from VISA before in Nicaragua.
Aug
31
comment How to get same-day emergency money in Thailand?
He did block his card (directly through VISA, not through his bank). I have a personal dislike for PayPal so don't know what effects a cancelled payment card has.
Aug
31
comment How to get same-day emergency money in Thailand?
I went looking for a MoneyGram office or agent but couldn't find the one on Google Maps. In the meantime he met some friend in town who loaned him some money. But this is still a problem many others are likely to face with Khao San Road being both a notorious all-night spot for drinking and getting into trouble as well as being a major hub for travellers.