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comment Are there any flights which permits a Sikh to carry a kirpan?
I've read a story about a British Sikh cab driver who found a compromise: by having the sheath permanently affixed to the blade (up to the hilt), he was able to carry it. If you have no intent whatsoever to unsheath it, does it matter whether that's physically possible?
Aug
12
answered Is it possible to environmentally offset long-distance air travel?
Aug
7
comment Can I bring cheese to the US from Holland?
@traindriver: Not sure which market that would be (there's no real farmer's market) Do you mean the regular saturday market in the city centre? That one obviously caters to tourists, as Delft attracts many tourists. I wouldn't expect the Eindhoven market to offer the same. Then again, OP is from Amsterdam.
Aug
6
comment Does one need a visa to visit Antarctica?
@NateKerkhofs: Richest person in the world by many accounts is Carlos Slim, from Mexico. So yes.
Aug
5
comment Can I bring cheese to the US from Holland?
@Karlson: In the Netherlands, "old" is a designation for cheeses that have ripened at least 10 months. That means in practice it's a Gouda type as other types don't age that well. The topic starter lives in Amsterdam, so he may also encounter Beemster which is a Gouda type but from the Beemster region, not the Gouda region.
Aug
5
comment Can I bring cheese to the US from Holland?
It's not truly an old cheese (per Dutch consumer law), but Old Amsterdam is a common and widely available brand which may therefore be known to US customs. Apparently they do consider packaging and see commercial mass-market packaging as less suspect.
Aug
5
answered Can I bring cheese to the US from Holland?
Aug
3
comment Why are balloons prohibited at Amsterdam Schiphol?
Schiphol is one of the 3 Dutch Thalys stations, and Thalys in the Netherlands does run on 25 kv - just not inside stations.
Jul
31
comment In which developed countries (other than the US) does the price tag not usually show the final price to be paid?
The bulk of those 36 countries are EU, where its inclusion is mandatory.
Jul
29
comment Can I drive a Dutch friend's car in the Netherlands?
Comments are getting off-topic. AVee's answer focuses on insurance companies rules, rules which are indeed limited by the EU/EEC non-discrimination clauses. Traffic violations are a whole different branch of (EU) law.
Jul
17
comment Is it safe for a commercial flight to have Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan on its flight route?
@OrangeDog: Mark's answer mentions terrorism. The plane over Ukraine was almost certainly shot down by the Russians, possibly masquerading as Ukrainian separatists. As Dan noted, this kind of heavy SAM's is owned and operated by governments.
Jul
1
comment Can I carry Homeopathic medicines and uncooked rice to Germany?
Doesn't matter what anyone believes but the German government. They set the rules. So if they decide it's not medicine, then for custom reasons it is not. The notion is called a "legal fiction".
Jun
22
answered What happens if you cannot pay for a hotel?
Jun
9
comment Where can I eat dishes that feature in western countries' Chinese restaurants?
@Bernhard: That's fairly specific to the Netherlands (who were the former colonial power in Indonesia) but not elsewhere. And even in the Dutch case one has to account for the Chinese minority which lived in Indonesia. I suspect the British may have similar influences due to their former influence in South East Asia.
May
23
comment For fear of flying is drinking alcohol a healthier option than pills?
@Relaxed: Arsenic tolerance does differ between persons, you do build up immunity. That's because it happens to be part of your natural diet in areas where Arsenic is common in the soil. Similarly, humans have evolved enzymes to deal with alcohol as it's not that rare in our historic diets.
Jan
2
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Nov
21
comment Do I have to buy my travel insurance in the UK?
@Annoyed: The rules for state agencies are stricter than for private entities. The EU formally has a single internal market, and countries are not allowed to discriminate based on place of residence.
Nov
20
comment Do I have to buy my travel insurance in the UK?
Could you provide a source for that last claim? The EU has very few rules that would allow a state agency such as a financial regulator to discriminate against EU citizens, especially since financial services are explicitly liberalized.
Nov
20
answered Do I have to buy my travel insurance in the UK?
Oct
4
comment What is the difference between customs and immigration?
Most non-airport borders work that way.