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comment Use of NHS when travelling in Britain with dual citizenship
Is the old age pension you receive a state retirement pension?
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comment Use of NHS when travelling in Britain with dual citizenship
You are not entitled to NHS privileges or an EHIC just because you are a UK citizen.
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comment Checking-in for an intercontinental flight with intra-continental connection
I am not sure if I understand your question. Are you asking if you should be at the airport three hours before departure when flying from Budapest to Amsterdam because it is recommended to do so had you been flying directly from Budapest to New York? That does not make sense.
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comment Are “violation points” applied to EU licences outside of their home country?
@Relaxed: Can you elaborate what exactly you find highly misleading? "The way you describe this" is not a very helpful or elaborate answer.
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comment What is a “Länder Ticket” in German Rail?
Yes, the Ländertickets are restricted to one of 12 regions in Germany (there are some overlaps). Similar tickets valid for entire Germany are called Quer-durchs-Land-Ticket (across-the-country-ticket, valid Mo-Fr) or Schönes-Wochenend-Ticket (nice-weekend-ticket, valid Sa or Su).
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comment What is a “Länder Ticket” in German Rail?
There are 12 different "Ländertickets", all with their own fine print, validity and restrictions. I think you have to be more specific with your question. All have in common that they offer a relatively cheap way for one person or small groups to use suburban and regional trains during off-peak hours.
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comment Are “violation points” applied to EU licences outside of their home country?
@Relaxed: Can you elaborate what exactly you find highly misleading? I am sorry, but I can't follow your thoughts here. Did I write or indicate anywhere that driving during a driving ban in the issuing country is acceptable in most EU countries?
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comment Are “violation points” applied to EU licences outside of their home country?
@Relaxed: The point is, that your driver's licence is still valid, even if you have a driving ban (in German, the legal term is "Fahrverbot", they don't suspend or invalidate your licence) in the issuing country. Here is a summary of the situation (unfortunately only in German) for most EU countries: anwalt.de/rechtstipps/…
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comment Are “violation points” applied to EU licences outside of their home country?
@neo: Not necessarily, since there is usually a legal difference between not carrying the licence while driving and not having a licence or have been banned from driving. If you have a German driver's license, have been issued a driving ban in Germany, the German authorities have seized your licence (the plastic card) and you drive and are controlled in Austria, you will by default be fined 20€ for the offence of not having the plastic bit with you when driving and not be fined for driving without a valid or with a suspended licence.
May
22
comment Are “violation points” applied to EU licences outside of their home country?
The answer is vague because I don't know the national traffic laws of all 31 EEA member states and it would have been too broad to go into details for all states even if I had. Cross-application of penalty points is difficult, since the severity of one point varies a lot between the states. In Denmark, 3 points are enough for a driving ban, while in Bulgaria you can obviously have 34. Propagation of driving bans (also as a consequence of too many points) is AFAIK quite common.
May
22
comment Identification on German trains
Not really correct. When booking a DB online ticket, you can use one credit card for identification and another one for payment. It does not have to be the same card. During ticket inspection, you must be able to present the card you used for identification purposes and do not have to show the card you used for the actual payment.
May
22
comment Identification on German trains
@DividedUniverse: Does your debit card look (and not only function) like a credit card? Does it have the logo of a 'full' credit card service like Visa or Mastercard (and not only 'Visa Electron', 'V Pay' or 'Maestro')? Is your name and the card number embossed or only printed on the card?
May
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comment Identification on German trains
@Calchas: Debit cards are in Germany colloquially called EC cards. The regulations clearly specify that these are only accepted when issued by a German bank.
May
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comment Identification on German trains
@DividedUniverse It is not recommended here to ask multiple questions in one post and here you have actually three: 1: Is my debit card accepted as id? 2: Can I buy discounted DB tickets somewhere else? 3: What proof is required for a foreigner to get the student discount for a bahncard 25? At least the last question is completely unrelated to the previous two. Please move that question to a new post, otherwise you may risk that this one is closed as 'too broad'.
May
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comment Identification on German trains
Even if this is a probably correct, thorough technical explanation of the difference between credit and debit cards, I don't see how all this answers the OP's question. Summarizing it to the point that there is not necesssarily any physical difference between the actual plastic bits of a credit or debit card and that the train conductor may not notice, would have fit in a comment.
May
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comment Are “violation points” applied to EU licences outside of their home country?
@JoErNanO: Even if most EU countries exchange data on vehicle holders, being served a fine from a foreign authority by mail (e.g. a Swiss speeding fine) does not mean that the foreign authority has any right to enforce the payment in your residence country.
May
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comment How early before departure can I reserve train tickets in Germany?
@ThorstenS. It should be no surprise that you may have to opt for a less convenient departure time to get the cheapest tickets. That does not in any sense mean that the tickets are mythical or impossible to buy. You don't have to kneel, but you already offered to prostate yourself and publish a picture. Since I am curious what 'prostate someone' means, I am waiting eagerly for a visual illumination.
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comment How early before departure can I reserve train tickets in Germany?
@ThorstenS. It took me about a minute to find 29€ tickets from Munich to Berlin or back, e.g. on June 8th. That is in about three weeks, so the tickets have been out for sale for at least two months without being sold out. Have you ever tried?
May
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comment Can a visitor who is “of age” in their country drink underage in the United States of America?
@Hilmar: Is underage drinking uncommon or particularly difficult in any country? :)
May
20
comment Croatia to Ljubljana (Slovenia) for U.S. citizens ok?
I am getting at you mentioning only a theoretical possibility of an exit check. If you are e.g. leaving Slovenia and entering Croatia (as in this case), the Slovenian border police is bound by the Schengen agreement to perform a regular exit check. For the purpose of immigration control, it does not really matter that the destination country is another EU country if it is not a Schengen country. I would hardly doubt that the Schengen agreement allows the Croatian border police to perform the exit control, making two checks (exit SLO and entry HR) essential.