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Sep
15
comment Why do arrival and departure cards exist?
This is a great answer; if it contained information on departure cards as well as arrival cards, I would like to mark this as accepted.
Sep
14
comment Why do arrival and departure cards exist?
@PaŭloEbermann From memory, I recall I had to deal with this when entering/leaving Chile, Argentina, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong and the Philippines.
Sep
1
comment What happens when you book a flight to a country you don't have a visa for?
Not just a visa; most airlines will also require you to present proof of onward travel unless you are a resident of the destination country.
Jul
15
comment Is the reciprocity fee for US citizens only charged if you arrive at Santiago International Airport?
I think this is a recent change; I'd heard lately that there is no longer a reciprocity fee charged for US citizens to enter Chile (and vice versa).
Jul
7
comment What documents do I need to do a visa run at Thailand/Myanmar border?
Theoretically, you could stay indefinitely, although governments tend not to like it very much. I know a couple of people who did visa runs in Chile, and immigration started giving them trouble after a few runs. Thailand, meanwhile, has been cracking down on visa runs lately. After your third time, you will probably be denied entry. Of course, crafty travelers will simply find new workarounds, but in the meantime, visa runs are a viable – if complicated and potentially only short-term – way to "extend" your tourist visa.
Jul
7
comment What documents do I need to do a visa run at Thailand/Myanmar border?
@CGCampbell A visa run is a very short and inexpensive international trip – usually less than 24 hours – where you leave the country where you are visiting and then return right away, renewing your tourist visa in the process. It can only be done in a few places due to cost and regulations. Thailand is famous for them, and I've heard of people doing visa runs in Chile as well (although usually you can only do a few of them before immigration starts to hassle you).
Jul
7
comment What documents do I need to do a visa run at Thailand/Myanmar border?
I found a local service provider and here's what they have to say about denied VoA on their website: "Please also note that you will not be stranded in Burma if you are turned down at the border as the immigration officers on duty will simply refuse to let you leave the country in Mae Sai. You will then have to come back to Chiang Mai to find an alternative solution if you wish to extend your stay in Thailand."
May
30
comment Where can I exchange Chilean Pesos in Bangkok, Thailand?
Funnily enough; I actually visited their Silom branch earlier today and asked them about it. They do not buy Chilean Pesos.
May
13
comment Where can I exchange Chilean Pesos in Bangkok, Thailand?
@uncovery Good suggestion. I sent them an email; unfortunately, they don't change Pesos, and they did not offer me any suggestions, neither. I'm gonna ping them back one more time with more specific questions, just to be sure.
Apr
7
comment Is tipping expected in Indonesia?
This matches up with feedback I've gotten by asking other travelers and Indonesian people that I've met here in Bali. Thanks!
Mar
24
comment Renting a manual transmission motorbike in Ubud
In the meantime, I went ahead and rented an automatic scooter for a couple of days. Wow these things handle WAAAAAAY differently than motorcycles! So far, I've managed to brake REALLY hard attempting to pull in the "clutch", and I've stomped on the floor a few times trying to activate the rear brake :P
Mar
24
comment I overstayed my Thai visa! What's going to happen to me?
Everything went as normal until it came time for the officer to stamp my passport. He called over another officer and gave her my passport. She led me over to the area labeled (in very big letters) "FINE FOR OVERSTAY". But, as I was only over by one day, she just stamped my passport as normal. I didn't have to pay anything, and I didn't get the dreaded "OVERSTAY" stamp in my passport neither (:
Mar
5
comment Are Thai visa extensions effectively suspended because of the protests?
According to DSBKK, it looks like the answer is, "Nope! Business as usual!" facebook.com/groups/DSBKK/permalink/645880402132933/…
Mar
5
comment What's the process to get an Indonesian tourist visa for a US citizen?
Sweet! Thanks for the info!
Feb
20
comment Travelling as a US citizen with a stopover in Brazil
I'm at GRU airport now, and I can confirm that international connections do not have to go through immigration. No visa? No problem (:
Feb
17
comment I lost my Chilean tourist card! What do I do?
Annnnnd guess what; I found my original tourist card this evening. I knew I'd lose it if I kept it in my wallet, so I stuck it in my notebook for safekeeping. If I didn't have a blog to vent my travel frustrations, I swear I would go insane :P
Feb
13
comment What is the least useful passport in the world, visa-wise?
@Annoyed along those lines, there's lots of variations on this question I'd love to ask, but they're more appropriate for Expats.SE (:
Feb
13
comment I lost my Chilean tourist card! What do I do?
I walked up and down Morandé this morning. I assure you, there is no PDI/Extranjeria office anywhere near that address.
Feb
13
comment I lost my Chilean tourist card! What do I do?
Thanks for the info; I stopped by a PDI office this afternoon, and they gave me the same address, so that's a promising sign. Unfortunately, the key word there is "afternoon" — I'm gonna have to wait until tomorrow to request a new tarjeta. That's ok though, I still get to burn through an afternoon canceling my health insurance at Masvida :P
Feb
13
comment I lost my Chilean tourist card! What do I do?
I spent all morning looking for Morandé 672. Trust me, it doesn't exist.