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Oct
11
comment How to travel cheaply between Charleroi Airport and Brussels?
So, the direct bus is €3.60 more expensive for the convenience of not needing to transfer?
Oct
11
comment Declare an item is not liable for duty?
I have done the opposite, avoided import duty on a new laptop by declaring that I will take it out on exit. The customs officer noted the serial number in my passport (they checked this on exit and would have fined me if I didn't have it). Obviously, the exact procedure varies by country.
Oct
8
comment In an international airport, is there specific set of laws for the international area?
Customs duty and tax exemptions apply in many places (still under the host country's laws, of course).
May
9
comment Staying in the toilet during landing
@MeNoTalk Really? Can you cite one example where emergency (either mayday or pan pan pan) was declared due to a passenger in the lavatory (who showed no other abusive intentions)?
Apr
15
comment Are US citizens allowed to fly anywhere outside the 50 states without a passport?
@LiamWilliam Flying over without a passport... if that is disallowed, I wonder how they enforce it.
Apr
15
comment Family travel in Thailand - is it safe, can we improvise?
Driving around Thailand by yourself is possible, but might be difficult unless you're used to traffic here (think India, not Europe). Public transport is super easy, and booking hotels as a walk-in is almost never a problem.
Apr
15
comment How to behave on a US visa interview?
The nature of the interview can vary significantly based on your nationality, specific consulate and the type of visa. In Poland it might be easy (EU member, a formality), but I know people who had to endure 40-min long grilling by a consular officer with some borderline-rude personal questions being asked.
Mar
29
comment How to ask drivers not to take me to the bus station when hitchhiking in Thailand?
Hitchhiking in Thailand not risky, just culturally outlandish -- bit like asking to share food from a common dish in the USA. I wouldn't be surprised to see slight aversion either -- what is this rich foreigner (rich by the very fact they can afford coming all the way here) doing bumming a free ride?
Feb
24
comment Is Clark (Philippines) worth a visit for 4 days
Why categorically claim Clark itself not to be worth visiting? There are many foreign visitors to Angeles City, specifically, which is right next to Clark airport, with dozens of hotels and bars catering to them. If there were no tourist attractions whatsoever, those would not exist.
Feb
20
comment British National flying to Vietnam from Bangkok - Can I get the Visa on arrival?
@Karlson, Vietnam has a uniform visa policy for all countries, at least when it comes to visa-on-arrival. There is also just a dozen or so countries which do not require a visa.
Jul
23
comment How can I renew my Italian passport abroad?
Aside from the renewal, watch out for common visa/entry regulations that require a passport with no less than x (usually 6) months validity remaining.
Jul
23
comment How to find accomodation when your reserved accomodation appears to be overbooked or worse non existent?
Why not just ask "how to find accommodation on the spot without a booking"? I don't see how the story of a failed booking is relevant to potential answers. The question seems a too general.
Apr
5
comment Getting from Bosnia to Kosovo
From what I know, the problem is entering Kosovo first, and then going to Serbia from there (Serbian authorities regard that as illegal entry). There should be no problem the other way around -- entering Serbia first and then going to Kosovo (and back to Serbia if necessary, as long as you didn't go out to other countries).
Apr
5
comment What visas do I need for traveling to South East Asia if I'm a Canadian Citizen?
The 90/180 day limit was scrapped a few years back (due to being too difficult to enforce). Instead, they only give a 15 day stamp when arriving by ground crossing (without a visa).
Jan
8
comment Can you receive an Australian passport stamp if you ask?
It's worth mentioning that while visas used to be stamps, most countries switched to visa stickers over a decade ago (more difficult to counterfeit).
Jan
6
comment How can I transfer money to Thailand?
@Zombies ACH is US only. However... there is one Bangkok Bank branch in NYC, so if you have an account there, you could probably do an ACH and then their internal transfer to Thailand. Seems complicated to set up, I haven't actually tried it (and don't know how expensive/lengthy it is).
Jan
3
comment Are there hotels where children are not allowed?
@Andrew Despite the name, "love hotels" are not only used for sex, there are many other under-24h-stay uses.
Dec
27
comment What to do if drugs / a bomb are planted in your travel bag?
@Kate While getting assaulted by the bad guys waiting to receive their package is a possibility, that's a secondary concern, and should be handled by getting the next flight out... to anywhere. Police just won't help you in some countries, they care to either extort money or do an easy arrest to boost statistics... even if the police/judicial system makes is fair, convincing people of your innocence would be a long and difficult task with uncertain outcome.
Dec
26
comment When does the 24 hour layover rule apply?
All depends on the specific airline policy. Even if you stay under the 24h limit, the airline can price various flights differently, so there's no guarantee of a lower price. On the other hand, some airlines have free stopovers (e.g. Turkish allows up to a week in Istanbul). Booking stopovers online can be tricky, contacting the airline (or using an old-fashioned travel agent) is usually the best way.
Nov
14
comment Key vs. combo lock security for international travel
Breaking a small lock takes far less time than trying out 500 number combinations (average for a 3-digit lock). Slicing open the bag takes even less time. Thieves don't have to play nice, and a lock is (a) a minor obstacle/deterrent and (b) a sign that something worth stealing could be inside, so you need to balance the two.