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May
18
comment In which European countries can I use disposable barbecues in summer?
I am voting to close this question as too broad. As already mentioned, in Germany the rules are different from city to city and in some cities (e.g. Berlin), it even depends on the park if disposable grills are allowed or not. Some German cities do not explicitely forbid disposable grills, but impose a minimum distance between the ground and the grill (I've seen regulations with 20, 30 and 50cm), making it illegal to use a disposable grill placed directly on the ground, but ok if you place it in some kind of rack to keep it off ground.
May
17
comment Crossing the German border as an underage travelling alone
Even if it is often claimed, it is not correct: You do not need a return or onward ticket to enter Germany or the Schengen area, wether you are free to enter without a visa or if you need a visa.
May
17
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May
17
answered Driving in France with US driving license only (French driving license being kept in some French Consulate)
May
16
answered International Phone Numbers in Cell
May
12
comment Identification card for foreigners in trains in Germany
@O.R.Mapper: I am fully aware that the quote is an attempt from the DB to explain why they don't accept passports, but the explanation relates to "documents, which can not be electronically scanned" in general and does not make sense at all. I have now numerous times tried to explain you exactly why.
May
12
comment Identification card for foreigners in trains in Germany
@O.R.Mapper: Your quote from the letter does not mention anything about passports. In any case, since all German passports and the vast majority of foreign passports and also id cards can be electronically scanned (either OCR or RFID) using exactly the same means (hardware and software) as for scanning the German id, this simply can't be the reason why they accept foreign ids from only a handful of countries and no passports at all. But I have already written this several times in the comments here and I am not going to repeat myself again, even if you seem to ignore that.
May
11
comment Identification card for foreigners in trains in Germany
@O.R.Mapper Where do you see an explanation to DB's guidlines in this comment? The policy only to accept German ids (the few foreign ones were added later) is AFAIK older than the introduction of RFID capable German ids and as I already wrote, about half the Germans still have old non-RFID ids; these are not an exception. And to repeat myself again: Since both the OCR field and the RFID in German ids are based on international standards, exactly the same equipment can be used to read foreign documents as well.
May
11
comment Identification card for foreigners in trains in Germany
@O.R.Mapper That statement is a direct contradiction ("not ... extend ... to documents that cannot be digitally scanned") to their own policy, in which they refuse to accept identification documents, which can be digitally scanned or read with exactly the same means as the German id card (passports or other foreign ids with a machine readable zone or OCR imprint).
May
11
comment Identification card for foreigners in trains in Germany
@lisa: German id cards issued before 2011 did not have a chip and are yet valid as id for the DB online ticket. Since German id cards are valid for 10 years, about half the Germans are likely to still have an old id card. The chip in the current card is implemented according to international standards for machine-readable travel documents, so the train conductor would be able to read any machine-readable id or passport with the same hard- and software as they may use to read a German id card.
May
11
comment Identification card for foreigners in trains in Germany
Not even German id cards have a magnetic strip.
May
11
comment Identification card for foreigners in trains in Germany
@lisa: What do you mean with "swipeable"? If you refer to the OCR encoded data, you will find these on passports as well.
May
10
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May
8
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May
6
comment Why do shops within airport terminals scan your boarding card?
It does have something to do with taxes and duties. I even linked to the relevant German law.
May
5
answered Why do shops within airport terminals scan your boarding card?
Apr
29
comment Are there any travel cards for European Citizens?
@user568458 The 'standard MasterCard exchange rates' deviate slightly from the real exchange rate and may very well incorporate a hidden fee, even if they don't call it a 'currency exchange fee'.
Apr
28
comment Overstaying 90 day limit in Norway with long-term residence from EU country
@lewildintegral I am not sure if it matters for visits to Norway, but what do you exactly mean with 'long-term residence'? You may have a 'long-term visa' (type D), a 'residence permit' or a 'permanent residence permit'. The difference between these titles are in some cases relevant when visiting other Schengen countries.
Apr
27
comment No-pictures buildings in Japan (shooting from street forbidden by law)
@yellowantphil: I would not bet on that. The following Google Street View image is not from Japan, but from my home town in Norway and has been online for several years. And yes, the leftmost of the two yellow, blurred signs says 'photography prohibited'. google.de/maps/@59.965458,11.052058,3a,84.7y,270.59h,91.49t/…
Apr
27
comment ESTA is valid but the Visa was denied- can I travel to the USA?
Checking with the consulate is the best suggestion. Even if a visa application has been denied, you are not necessarily ineligible for a visa (here comes the subtleties you are mentioning). I may stand corrected, but reasons for ineligibility are listed in the Immigration and Nationality Act, section 212 which covers health issues, criminal records, grounds related to terrorism and security policy, misrepresentation and previous removals. Having being denied a visa just because the visa criterions are fulfilled does not render you ineligible for a visa.