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AirBNB for Ukrainian eVisa or Passport Control

Indian national working in Germany with a permanent resident permit here. I plan to visit Kyiv and I am eligible for eVisa. One of the requirements for a tourist visa is: proof that the applicant’s ...
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How long to book a quarantine place if using test to release scheme

I booked a self-isolation place for 10 days for my trip to the UK. Due to some circumstances, my plans are postponed by 5 days. I made some bookings in UK after my 10 days isolation was supposed to ...
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What’s different when airbnb'ing in a boat?

I've recently discovered Airbnb, and I'd like to repeat the experience this summer. I've seen a quite special Airbnb: in a sailboat, docked in a small harbour in Malta, in the Mediterranean Sea. ...
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How can I avoid Airbnb's sneaky 3% foreign currency fee?

I've recently discovered Airbnb silently overcharges their customers by converting each transaction into their local currency: If you’re paying in a currency different from the default currency of ...
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Airbnb hosts wants me to send pictures of all guests' IDs

This is my first booking using the Airbnb app and when I signed up I had to take pictures of me and my government ID. I invited all my friends who are staying with me and they went through the same ...
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Are there alternatives to AirBnb for London, UK?

I love using AirBnb to rent a house from a real person, but often come across properties which are listed on AirBnb by a professional rental agency. In this case you're charged whatever fee the agency ...
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What sorts of insurance can I get when using a service like AirBnb?

I recently ran into a situation when staying at an AirBnb where there was an overflow in a toilet, the homeowner blamed me, and tried to get a good deal of money from me through AirBnb. AirBnb found ...
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Is it illegal to stay at an Airbnb place in Myanmar as a non-Burmese citizen, and if so, who gets punished (lessor or lessee) and what's the penalty?

I have read some unsupported claims regarding whether it is illegal to stay at an Airbnb place in Myanmar as a non-Burmese citizen, and what happens to the lessor and lessee if the police catches them ...
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Airbnb guests meaning

I am trying to book an Airbnb, the listings have a x guests. Does that mean I am only booking a room of the property, and the property can have extra x foreign guests hosted by the host plus me? Or I ...
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Asking for tourist tax to be left cash in the accommodation

Traveled in several places in Italy, reservation made either with booking.com or Airbnb, and the hosts asked us to leave the tourist tax in the apartment before we check out. It's small, usually 5-10 ...
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Which is cheaper in Europe - traveling by converted van or airbnb hopping? [closed]

My partner and I are planning to travel Europe for a year, spending 2 - 4 weeks in every destination and exploring as much as we can. We'll be working remotely, so we want to keep everything as cheap ...
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Are all AirBnb listings public?

Are AirBnb listings public, or can a listing be private and only be accessible with the direct link? Someone sent me a direct listing on https://fr.airbnb.ca/ (with the property ID) next door to me,...
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Host has offered me an off site deal for Airbnb

I made a reservation, but today the host called me and is claiming that my reservation is preventing other guests from booking those dates. The host wants me to accept an alteration request that ...
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Remove Airbnb results that require upload of ID

Based on Can I use Airbnb without trusting them with my ID? it seems some landlords require ID and that this may be the reason Airbnb asks for ID. Is there a way I can filter the results, so I only ...
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Keyword search of Airbnb experiences?

Is there a way to search Airbnb experiences by keyword (e.g. "tech", or "surf", or "coffee"). There are a few predefined options (e.g. time of day, language, and very broad category), but there doesn'...
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Airbnb alternative that doesn't require ID verification

Since Airbnb needs its users to verify their ID by uploading a photo of their driver's license or passport, I'm in search for another service quite like Airbnb, but without this way of approving one's ...
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Can I use Airbnb without trusting them with my ID?

We have all heard rumours of people who had access to copies of ID-card, and who sold copies of these to criminals, who then used these for identity theft. It is really hard to prosecute such a case, ...
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Book one night on Airbnb, then make a deal with the host to book directly. Any downsides?

I've recently booked a stay with Airbnb for $1600 of which between $240 and $320 went to Airbnb in the form of host or guest fees. I like to avoid fees whenever possible, so I was thinking of a way to ...
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Italy AirBnb host asking for passport info plus two off-the-books payments. Very skeptical

I'm an American and I'll be going to Italy in July. Is it common for my AirBnB hosts to ask for our passport information? My host asked me for my passport info and the others who will be staying with ...
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How to deal with a loud fridge when staying in a studio apartment/hotel?

I'm currently staying in a studio so the fridge is close to the bed. Unfortunately the fridge is quite loud, which is slightly annoying during the day but can make it hard to sleep during the night. I ...
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Are short-term rentals (Airbnb, etc.) legal in Singapore?

Are short-term rentals like those offered by Airbnb, Roomorama, etc legal in Singapore? There are obviously lots of listings, and Roomorama is actually headquartered in Singapore, but there's also a ...
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Can we show Airbnb booking confirmation as proof in Visa application and Immigration for Singapore?

I am travelling to Singapore with my family for a vacation and we have booked a Airbnb home. Upon contacting host, we got to know we are supposed to say we are visting them and not renting the home as ...
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Booking accommodation for long term (few months)

Airbnb Sublets let you search for long stay accommodation. But it seems that rents are quite high, and not so many options are offered. Is there an online service that is focusing on accommodation ...
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Will the price change on Airbnb if I provide my ID later?

Recently I booked an apartment on Airbnb and I paid the full amount of money. Then Airbnb asked me to provide some legal documents like ID to finish the procedure of booking, would the booking price ...
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Paying for Airbnb bookings with another person's credit card

I wish to book Airbnb accommodation for an overseas trip. Unfortunately, the charge would put the credit card balance over the limit. I can have another person pay with their card but I'm not sure ...
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Germany Schengen visa with AirBnB booking

We (Russian citizens) are planning to go to Munich in late June. We would like to book our accommodation on AirBnB, but it is not very clear whether it will be accepted by the German embassy when we ...
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Which kind of accommodation allows guests to stay overnight?

The problem: I would like to be able to have sex / bring people over to my room while travelling. I know this is not a problem in bigger hotels, but it often is in smaller, more "personal" ...
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Who to blame or what to do in case things go wrong with a booking through Airbnb?

I have been pointed to Airbnb on several occasions. Although the idea behind that website is really nice, I never actually made a reservation through Airbnb. Some times the offers are too good to be ...
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Have anyone used Alipay to pay for their Airbnb?

I am currently a foreigner living in China and I am trying to book an AirBnB in Shanghai through Alipay (since the Host only accepts Alipay and Paypal). However, when I try to check out, I keep ...
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Airbnb: is the service fee partially refunded after changing the dates of a long stay?

Suppose that I make some long term reservation on airbnb from, say, Jan 1st to Dec 31st. Assume that there's no "special price" promotion involved. On June 1st I decide that I want to leave on October ...
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AirBNB "Breakfast provided" exact meaning

I booked an AirBNB with the mentioned feature, which I interpreted as "breakfast is included in the price". The host informed me, though that I have to pay extra if I want breakfast. Since I'm not a ...
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Early arrival in Australia, early hotel check in not available

I’m a frequent traveler from the US to Australia. Arriving in Australia, from USA, nearly every flight is early a.m., but no hotel and most Airbnb do not have that early of a check in available. Have ...
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Airbnb - host wants to reduce rooms, can we get refund?

My family are due to stay in an Airbnb home in the next few days. It's three bedrooms and advertised as having the place to ourselves. We are two adults, and two children (a five year old and a one ...
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What precautions should I take when participating in Air B'n'B as a host?

I'm thinking about participating in Air B'n'B as a host. I'm not really worried about my potential guest, otherwise I wouldn't participate. However, I want to take some precautions so that I don't get ...
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Can an Airbnb host insist on credit card information upon arrival?

I reserved a room on Airbnb, confirmed by the host through written messages on Airbnb's system. Nothing about a credit card was mentioned. Upon my arrival, they showed me the room, which was fine, ...
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Help interpret cancellation charges for hotel booking

The above image is a screenshot of the cancellation and refund rules for a hotel booked through airbnb.com. It mentions "Strict: Free cancellation for 48 hours". Does that imply that 48 hours after ...
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How to prepare to host a Chinese guest on her first trip to Europe

I will shortly be hosting a female Chinese guest in my home for two days (I’m an Airbnb-er). She is travelling with her daughter, who is studying here in the UK and speaks very good English, so I don’...
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AirBnb Schengen Visa [duplicate]

Is AirBnb categorized as "hotel" or "staying with a person" for schengen visa online application from India? I am confused about putting hotel name and other details like phone number and email. ...
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Do I have to do the "accommodation registration at local police station" within 24 hours of entry when using Airbnb in China?

Do I have to do the "accommodation registration at local police station" within 24 hours of entry if I'm a non-Chinese resident/citizen visiting in China and hosted by some Airbnb host? From the back ...
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Is there an accommodations website centered around trading stays?

When Airbnb came on the scene, it seemed many (including myself) used it to make travel less expensive. But it has become increasingly popular for hosts to use it as a significant income source (also ...
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Is the Airbnb booking valid as proof of stay? [duplicate]

I'll be traveling to Italy with my family next year for 15 days (We're Brazilians) and we will be staying on apartments rented with Airbnb. I heard immigration will ask for proof that I'm staying in a ...
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Giving details to Airbnb host

I booked a property through Airbnb in Budapest. I checked the whole listing for any specific requirements and duly asked the host for it. He said none. But when I reached there he asked me to provide ...
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Are Airbnb hosts required to obtain copies of the guests' passports in India?

My Airbnb host in India told me prior to my arrival: According to Indian law, we would require a copy of your passport. Are Airbnb hosts required to obtain copies of the guests' passports in ...
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Do all guests need an Airbnb account?

I'm renting an Airbnb appartment with my friends this summer. Do we all need an account or is one account for the person who will be paying sufficient? One of the steps in the booking process is ...
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Is renting with AirBnB in Abu- Dhabi safe?

Is renting in Abu Dhabi trough AirBnB safe for a family (i.e. renters)? I am mostly concerned if ladies can walk freely (unlike Saudia), and also is it safe for ladies travelling alone?
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Airbnb long term cancelation - no refund never ever?

I don't understand how Airbnb cancellation policies work. I tried to rent the same apartment for almost the same dates: If I rent 01.07 - 28.07 then I have "Flexible Cancellation Policies" and "Full ...
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Booking.com vs AirBnb [closed]

I was looking for a room for two people on AirBnb and Booking.com. On AirBnb seems there are cheaper rooms. Booking.com looks like is more expensive. Do you know why? What's the difference between ...
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Do I have to pay if I break something in an Airbnb room in case the host doesn't set the security deposit?

Some hosts set the security deposit on their accommodations, and if you break something while staying there, the host has the right to ask for the reparation, and if both sides fail to reach an ...
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Does Airbnb censor reviews?

An airbnb reservation fell through when I showed up and the apartment I rented was occupied. I got a refund immediately. I wrote a review describing what happened and saying the airbnb rental was in ...
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Is Airbnb legal and legit in Canada?

This answer mentions Airbnb technically being illegal in New York and that causing issues sometimes with unprompted withdrawal of rentals. Are they legal in Canada, and specifically Toronto?