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Jun
24
comment Clean/bright clothing in third world countries
The cultural impact of travel shows is also not really on-topic here.
Jun
24
comment Clean/bright clothing in third world countries
Not that I wouldn't find an answer interesting, but I honestly don't think that this question is on-topic here. I suppose the "remote" villages in tv shows are not as remote as they seem to be.
Jun
24
comment Clean/bright clothing in third world countries
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about laundry.
Jun
24
comment Lost european passports and visas in California
Are there different requirements for foreign passports when it comes to entering the US and identifying yourself within the US? The Norwegian government especially emphasizes that Norwegian emergency passports are not valid in the US since they are handwritten and contain no OCR field or biometric data.
Jun
24
comment Being denied entry to Israel due to political activism?
Could the down-voters perhaps explain? I understand that this is a politically delicate subject, but I am just trying to point out that the immigration situation in Israel seem to be so arbitrary that foreign governments feel required to warn their citizens about expected problems.
Jun
22
answered What happens when you exceed the import limits of alcohol in Norway?
Jun
20
comment Transit visa for Germany
@MikkaRin: What is unclear in the explanation I already gave? It is irrelevant if a transit visa is required or not, because OP is not in transit, but has to enter the Schengen area in Berlin.
Jun
20
comment Transit visa for Germany
@Karlson: No, this answer is actually quite misleading. Since the flight from Berlin to Helsinki is intra-schengen, the OP will have to go through regular immigration control in Berlin to enter the Schengen area. Staying in international transit (for which a transit visa may have been required) is not possible. Since a residence permit from a Schengen country gives you (for all practical purposes) the same right to travel within the Schengen area as EU/EEC citizens, no further visa is required.
Jun
20
comment Schengen visa for two stop overs in Germany? I do have a valid F1 visa for US
This is the third time the same question has been asked within one week (visa required when flying from US to India via Düsseldorf and Frankfurt?).
Jun
19
comment Use of unused Schengen visa to travel to Switzerland
@MikkaRin: Of course border guards can deny you entry to a country, even if you have all the necessary paperwork and it does not have to be an extreme case. The suspicion that you are planning to use your stay for other purposes than specified when applying for the visa is a good enough reason for many countries to reject immgrants at the border.
Jun
19
comment Is it possible to buy tickets for an international train in a third country in Europe?
@Relaxed: Exactly. I have two problems with the answer, the first is "European train stations offer you the possibility ...". Yes, some stations do, but at least in the countries I regularly stay, this apply only to the larger stations and not in general. The second issue is "from and to where ever you want in Europe", which is also wrong. There are multiple train operators at least in most West European countries, and it depends both on the route, the train operator and in some cases even the train category, if and where a ticket can be bought in a different country.
Jun
19
comment Is there anywhere I can exchange Russian currency while outside Russia?
Have you done the obvious and asked your bank? At least here in Germany, most banks and it seems all exchange offices trade Russian rubles.
Jun
19
comment Is it possible to buy tickets for an international train in a third country in Europe?
@PeterRaeves: International tickets are for sure available for some routes and some trains, but not in general. For example, two weeks ago, I travelled on at train operated by Westbahn from Vienna to Salzburg. Tickets for these trains are only available online or from the train conductor and not even sold in Austrian railway stations. In Germany, I could have bought a SCIC ticket from Vienna to Salzburg, but SCIC tickets are usually not accepted by private train operators (at least not in Germany and Austria) and would not have been valid in the train I travelled with.
Jun
19
comment Is it possible to buy tickets for an international train in a third country in Europe?
@PeterRaeves What "they" are available in Belgium and the Netherlands?
Jun
19
comment Is it possible to buy tickets for an international train in a third country in Europe?
@PeterRaeves: 420 German ticket offices: db-vertrieb.com/db_vertrieb/view/leistungen/vertriebskanaele/… - 5454 German railway stations: de.wikipedia.org/wiki/DB_Station&Service - 5 Swedish ticket offices: sj.se/sj/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=5684&a=175680&l=sv - or you could have used Google and found these numbers within a few minutes.
Jun
19
comment Is it possible to buy tickets for an international train in a third country in Europe?
@andra: But the problem is not only that there must be a manned ticket desk, but that even the manned ticket desk is not able to sell tickets for arbitrary foreign trains (yes, I already wrote that). You can usually only buy tickets according the SCIS tariffe, but these are not available for all routes, not always valid in all trains and not accepted by all train operators.
Jun
18
comment Is it possible to buy tickets for an international train in a third country in Europe?
@andra: Did I write something else? If I managed to find the correct numbers, only 420 (less than 8%) of the 5454 railway stations in Germany have manned ticket desks. According to the SJ web page (Swedish Railways), they only operate five manned ticket sale points in Stockholm C, Arlanda (Stockholm Airport), Gothenburg C, Malmö C and Sundsvall C.
Jun
18
comment Is it possible to buy tickets for an international train in a third country in Europe?
I live in Germany, but the situation is similar in Denmark, Sweden and Norway as well.
Jun
18
comment Is it possible to buy tickets for an international train in a third country in Europe?
Sorry, but this is incorrect. Many train station in Europe don't have manned ticket desks anymore and ticket vending machines are mostly very limited when it comes to selling international tickets. Even if there is a manned ticket desk at a station, they are not able to sell arbitrary tickets for foreign trains.
Jun
18
comment How could a Washington registered car travel to Zürich?
@jwenting: The US armed forces handles this differently in each foreign country. In Germany, they used US military plates until 2005 (from 2000 to 2005, the plates had a design similar to German plates). In 2005, they switched to German civilian plates with the official rationale that it is a security risk for soldiers and their family members to publicly display their affiliation with the US army. Bavarian farmers armed with hay forks are probably a much harder enemy than Taliban warriors.