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comment Can I own a French registered car as a non-resident?
It's certainly possible to own a car in France without being a resident. I'm sure you'd find someone willing to insure you. How much you'd end up paying is another matter.
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comment Where can I rent a car in French Guiana to cross to Suriname/Brazil?
Whether flying to Cayenne or Paramaribo is cheaper depends on when you fly and where from. From Paris I think Cayenne is usually significantly cheaper.
Jul
16
comment Pin-and-chip versus signature in the UK
How do you explain that locals with a European chip-and-PIN card enter the PIN rather than signing then? @Tor-EinarJarnbjo These attacks are only worse on chip-and-signature. Chip-and-PIN is not safe enough to be foolproof the way some banks claim, but it's an improvement on what was there before.
Jul
8
comment Long drive in France. Are there places to shower and securely park my car?
@Relaxed I don't remember where I took the 15km figure but it doesn't seem unreasonable in my experience. Wikipedia says every 10km but “ref needed”. Wikia Routes says every 20km.
Jul
7
comment How to get an entry permit for Myanmar in Mae Sai?
The immigration office is apparently here.
Jul
3
comment Free app for travel slideshow
@hippietrail Not in its present state. Software Recommendations wants questions with precise requirements, not open-ended “what's the best X”. Please read our question quality guidelines.
Jun
29
comment Is it possible to extend a 20 days tourist Schengen visa (12 more days)?
In the other two questions, an extension would have gone over the 90 day limit. This isn't the case here.
Jun
22
comment 220 V to 110 V voltage converter for laptops
Some electric shavers do work with both voltage ranges. It depends on the model. Laptops and phone chargers are indeed universal in my experience.
Jun
21
comment Where to buy an electronic ticket for the train from Krakow to Prague?
When Voyages-SNCF quotes prices in pounds, they're usually well above the normal price, in my experience. Does the price in pounds match the price in euros in this case? And does the price in euros quoted by Voyages-SNCF match the normal ticket price that you'd pay in Poland or the Czech Republic?
Jun
20
comment Is Cambridge UK safe?
I have to second that. The only thing I'd fear in Cambridge is a drunk driver.
Jun
19
comment SNCF strike in June 2014
@Gagravarr Indeed, that all-fares-are-refundable rule only applies during the strike. The unions have to announce the strike two days in advance, but that doesn't imply that the strike will lead to much traffic disruption, so SNCF could stop applying the rule if they decide that traffic will be almost normal. But in that case, travel would be possible, so there'd be no need for a refund.
Jun
19
comment SNCF strike in June 2014
@Vince “Tous les billets, quels que soient les tarifs, y compris "non échangeables / non remboursables" tels que Prem's seront remboursés sans frais”. Tickets are refundable if they're for travel during the strike period or if they're a return for a trip started during the strike period. This applies to all fares (except idTGV which has different rules) as long as the strike lasts, regardless of whether the train ends up running or not.
Jun
17
comment Aix-en-Provence TGV station blocked by cabbies?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is only relevant to a specific moment in time and has no historical interest or generalizable value.
Jun
15
comment French Strikes: Using idTGV ticket for standard (SNCF) TGV
@Vince It depends. Especially on trains with compulsory reservation they sometimes check tickets at the platform entrance and prevent people from boarding. It's highly variable. There's more of a risk of being fined or denied boarding during a drivers' strike when conductors are on the job, than during a conductors' strike when conductors are sparse — during a conductors' strike I'd rate the risk of ticket checks as very low.
Jun
15
comment French Strikes: Using idTGV ticket for standard (SNCF) TGV
@Relaxed Yes, that sentence is bizarre — I think that these FAQ are written by a lone employee, whereas hopefully someone proofreads what goes onto the announcement section of the website (but then it's the news section of the website, so maybe not). As to whether they check tickets on strike days, it's a gamble. Often they don't, either because they're sympathetic to stranded travelers or because they're overwhelmed. But if they do check on an overcrowded train, they're likely to be strict about rules that should be keeping people out.
Jun
15
comment French Strikes: Using idTGV ticket for standard (SNCF) TGV
@Vince Dammit, several things in that answer contradict sncf.com/fr/greve-questions-pratiques! I suspect that the rules have changed since 2012 but I don't have an authoritative source. In the end, what matters is what the conductors have been instructed to do — assuming that they have clear instructions and apply them consistently, which is far from a given.
Jun
14
comment During a SNCF strike, how can I check what trains will run without going to the station?
Note that if your train has been canceled due to a strike, you can use it without any prior formality on any train the day before, the same day or the day after. Which isn't to say that turning up early at the station is a good idea, but you don't need to exchange your ticket. You can also get a full refund if you choose not to travel. This holds for all ticket types, even ones that do not otherwise allow modifications or cancellation.
Jun
10
comment Trains in Vietnam
As it stands, your question is very broad. I suggest that you read the Seat 61 page; then, if you have remaining questions, ask something more specific.
May
21
comment Sufficient Identification for Intra Schengen flights
@Karlson IIRC, as an EU/etc citizen, you have a fundamental right to be there, and you are merely required to demonstrate that you have this right, with an official document being the only guaranteed mean but not an absolute requirement. Whereas as a non-EU/etc citizen, you must be able to produce an official travel document.
May
20
comment Sufficient Identification for Intra Schengen flights
What is your citizenship, and if non-EU/EEA, your visa status?