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Mar
26
comment Arrival and departure date records of people entering and departing France
Even if there is not yet a Schengen wide database for entries and exits, your answer is not generally valid for all Schengen countries. Several Schengen states record border crossings in own national database: "as of February 2013, ... Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain record third-country nationals' entries and exits in their national databases" (source: Wikipedia).
Mar
25
comment Help with a Pay-As-You-Go mobil/data plan for Europe
How much data traffic? Especially data charges while roaming are still quite high within the EU. I know that Switzerland is not part of the EU, but at least some German mobile operators offer their EU tariffs in Switzerland as well.
Mar
25
answered ATM fees in Turkey
Mar
23
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Mar
22
reviewed Approve Why is taxi fare (in the UK at least) the same price for 1 as for 4 people
Mar
22
awarded  Good Answer
Mar
21
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Mar
21
answered Why is taxi fare (in the UK at least) the same price for 1 as for 4 people
Mar
18
comment 1hr 30min layover in Ataturk Airport (Istanbul)
"Turkish Airlines will do everything in their power to deliver you to your final destination and compensate generously for any inconvenience." Where did you get that from? That is unfortunately not my experience with said airline.
Mar
17
comment Can I supervise a learner italian driver in italy with my full Australian drivers license plus international drivers permit?
My Italian is indeed not very good, but doesn't the road code say that the instructor must be younger than 65 years old (sessantacinque anni)?
Mar
13
comment Schengen Visa for Germany refused due to lack of subsistence
Have you read the guidelines for applying for a German Schengen Visa? If you had, it would have been obvious that your documentation does not suffice and what you are required to do to fulfil the requirements.
Mar
11
comment Schengen overstay penalty / effect on next Schengen visit?
Are the entry and exit stamps from your previous visits to Denmark applied properly and legible (e.g. not smeared or difficult to read) in your passport?
Mar
11
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Mar
11
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Mar
9
comment Why would I choose full service carrier instead of a low-cost one?
@Lie Ryan: It was actually quite easy to find tickets with British Airways for non-stop flights from London to Athens for as low as 219€ (there may even be cheaper offers, I just searched on a few random dates). Distance is however not a good measure for ticket prices. Much shorter flights between odd destinations or on legs with no or little competition are likely to be much more expensive.
Mar
9
comment Why would I choose full service carrier instead of a low-cost one?
Can you really name a single trip within Europe, where you have to pay a at least a four digit sum in Euro for a ticket from a traditional airline?
Mar
8
comment I am British, If I change my passport name, would other countries know my old name?
Even if a passport contains enough information to identify the holder, I honestly doubt that UK passports contain enough information to automatically verify that two different passports issued to the same person (no matter if the name is changed or not) are actually conserning the same person. Even if the passport contains the full name, date and place of birth, if you have a fairly common name, the chances are quite high that this description fits other persons as well.
Mar
8
comment I am British, If I change my passport name, would other countries know my old name?
@Relaxed: Even if we are getting completely off topic here now, I take the report to have been deliberately written in a vague language to soothe critizism against luring people to carry a radio transmitter, at least in theory able to broadcast the carriers identity. Even if the interface specification requires knowledge from the MRZ to access the data, most actual implementations of the RFID chips are so insecure that the practical reality is slightly different.
Mar
8
comment I am British, If I change my passport name, would other countries know my old name?
@Relaxed: I did not either dispute that the data is encrypted and you are correct that you normally need a few attributes from the MRZ to access the data, but that it "can be read only by special biometric passport readers". That is simply wrong, unless you classify most off-the-shelf smart phones as "special biometric passport readers". And I only tried to explain the technical details because you specifically asked about the capabilities of the RFID chips.
Mar
8
comment I am British, If I change my passport name, would other countries know my old name?
@GayotFow: I am not able to find any documentation on wether UK passports use EAC or not, but they would be the only EU country not using extended access control for some parts of the digital data in their passport. The UK government has issued policies for the use of EAC though, but does not state if the polcies are in use (and for what): gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/…