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comment Can I fly from Amsterdam to Frankfurt on Lufthansa with just a Residence Permit?
@pnuts: The discussion you are linking to is from 2008. LH may practice this differently from airport to airport, but at least within the last few years, I've never had to show an id to check-in luggage when flying within the Schengen area. Since 2003, I regularly fly out of Munich and have not once since then showed id when flying with Lufthansa.
Jul
27
comment Travel to Germany with a Finnish residence permit (Type B Student)
Is leaving within 90 days considered 'very soon'? Perhaps you should rephrase your answer.
Jul
24
comment Do I really have to register with the police when staying with a friend in Croatia?
The possible requirement to register with the authorities is defined in article 5, paragraph 5 of the same directive and even applies to shorter stays.
Jul
22
comment Do I really have to register with the police when staying with a friend in Croatia?
@phoog Where is that quoted from? AFAIK, it is not correct.
Jul
5
comment Preparing for Greece to Exit the EU (Grexit)
@pnuts An apparent drop in prices for foreigners can only be expected during heavy fluctuations in the value of the local currency, e.g. if it drops faster than prices can be regulated in shops. If Greece would reintroduce a new, local currency and do it at a realistic rate, there is no reason to assume that anything would become cheaper for tourists.
Jun
25
comment Why are there no waste bins on public transport?
@jpatokal It's actually not a problem. Perhaps Germans are generally able to behave.
Jun
24
comment Is it possible to skip between days without changing hours by traveling West at 330mph?
The 'close to the pole' approach is actually not so easy. On the South Pole, time zone boundaries are actually defined based on the time zone observed by the research stations and/or national claims, hence the time zone borders are rarely in one-hour-steps: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_in_Antarctica#/media/…
Jun
23
comment Preparing for Greece to Exit the EU (Grexit)
@GayotFow There are speculations going in all possible directions on the impact of a potential grexit. Just to mention a few of the news articles downplaying the risks for the rest of the euro zone: dw.com/en/consequences-of-grexit-for-germany/a-18175827 bbc.com/news/business-31457991 theweek.co.uk/eurozone/euro-debt-crisis/46910/… smh.com.au/business/world-business/…
Jun
23
comment Preparing for Greece to Exit the EU (Grexit)
@phoog: Traveler's cheques are not worth the paper they are printed on if they are not accepted by merchants (it would be hard to find a shop in Greece accepting these) and the banks don't have paper money to cash the cheques.
Jun
23
comment Preparing for Greece to Exit the EU (Grexit)
@GayotFow The text in your question drifts in so many directions, that I'm honestly not in any way sure what you're actually asking. If the real question is "how should travellers prepare for a nation-wide closure of banks in Greece", my comment does not answer your question. I was just trying to point out that your comparison with Iceland and Argentina (both in the question and in the answer) does not seem appropriate since this is a completely different situation.
Jun
23
comment Preparing for Greece to Exit the EU (Grexit)
The Greek economy (GDP) stands for only 1.8% of the euro zone or 1.3% of the EU. It does not make sense at all to compare the situation in Iceland or Argentina, countries with their own and before the crack volatile currencies, to a potential Greek default. Since we've never had this situation before, it is pure speculation and crystal-balling to assume anything about what will happen in case of a grexit. My guess is that it won't have much impact at all on the value of the euro, since the remaining governments will play all their cards to keep the euro stable.
Jun
22
comment Common travel scams on tourists?
There are too many tourist scams to summarize here and plenty of lists on the net already. Wikitravel has a comprehensive list of tourist scams: wikitravel.org/en/Common_scams I also found a smaller list of typical Istanbul scams: wittistanbul.com/magazine/…
Jun
22
comment Importing laptop as gift in France, how much duty will I have to pay?
@CMaster: Where do you have the 390€ limit from? As I wrote in my comment, the value limit is 430€ (btw. uniform for the enitire EU and not specific for France).
Jun
22
comment Importing laptop as gift in France, how much duty will I have to pay?
Your answer is not consistent with the page you are linking to. The French VAT for laptops is 20% (not 19.6%) and you are allowed to bring goods with a value up to 430€ (not 20€) when entering France by air without having to pay VAT or other duties.
Jun
21
comment Preparing for Greece to Exit the EU (Grexit)
Why is Greece' membership in the EU and Schengen often questioned in connection with a potential grexit? Even if Greece would leave the euro-zone, that alone would not be a reason for Greece to leave the EU or Schengen as well.
Jun
21
comment Why are Americans and Asians in such a rush when traveling in Europe?
I did 10 European countries in three weeks on a bicycle last year and didn't feel particularly stressed and tend to get bored if I spend more than a few days in a city. I am voting to close this question as primarily opinion based.
Jun
18
comment Identification card for foreigners in trains in Germany
@Relaxed: Neo also pointed out that according to their terms of service, the id cards are only visually inspected, which directly contradicts the explanation in the letter. If you see any easily imaginable explanation for these contradictions, please tell.
Jun
18
comment Identification card for foreigners in trains in Germany
@Relaxed: I have no clue what DB does internally with the id number, if they follow German law it can't be very much and I am neither sure what you mean with end-to-end verification, nor which easily imaginable reasons for the restrictions there might be. According to the letter O.R.Mapper quotes, the issue is that other ids cannot be digitally scanned. I have already commented twice that foreign id cards and passports can be scanned exactly as German id cards (is something I wrote not clear?).
Jun
17
comment Do airlines really check whether battery packs for laptop/phone/tablets are less than 100 or 160 Wh?
Since both the battery packs you're showing and also all regular laptop batteries are well below 100Wh: What kind of device do you have an issue with?
Jun
15
comment How widely accepted are Euros in Hungary and how bad is the exchange rate practiced by shops/hotels?
@Itai No, I went through Hungary on bicycle and did not buy or use any other means of transport there.