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Did I opt out of compensation by accepting meal vouchers?

Today/yesterday, I had a multi-leg flight going IAD-CPH-AMS (Washington Dulles International Airport - Copenhagen Airport - amsterdam Airport Schiphol). I had a connection time of one hour in CPH, ...
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The UK has voted to leave the EU. How does Brexit affect people traveling to the UK and vice-versa?

On 23rd of June, 2016, the UK voted in a referendum to leave the EU. This leads to the following questions: Are UK citizens traveling to the EU affected? Are EU citizens traveling to the UK affected? ...
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Does the GDPR entitle me to refuse to show my boarding pass at EU airport shops?

Every time you shop at airports the shop personnel ask to see your boarding pass even if there's no discount on the merchandise due to the lack of VAT. Given that the GDPR is now in force starting ...
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I need to fly between two European countries once a month. What is the cheapest way to do it?

Currently I am staying in the Netherlands but I need to go back to my country (Spain) once a month from now on for some years. Each time I only need to stay one day, and the flight dates are flexible, ...
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What is the best method for exchanging dollars for Euros?

I'm traveling from the US to Europe in a few weeks. When and what is the best method of exchanging dollars for Euros? I imagine there's options like: at the airport when you arrive in Europe at a ...
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Long-life SIM cards in Europe

I regularly travel to Europe (Germany, Poland, France, Switzerland). Every time that I arrive in a country, I buy a cheap prepaid SIM card. The problem is that all these cheap SIMs have a short ...
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What's the law about body scanners in EU? Am I legally allowed to refuse?

There are a lot of EU laws about travelling through airports. We've all seen the signs about asking for your rights. So is there any EU law about body scanners? Is there an EU law that says I am ...
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I suspect my cellular carrier may be breaking the EU free roaming directive. What can I do about it?

My significant other and I both live in Sweden, and we have two different phone subscriptions from the same provider (Hallon). I have 25 GB monthly data, she has 100 GB. We have large plans because we ...
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Can't smugglers just walk straight through E.U. customs checks?

I am just curious why everybody coming into the U.S. must fill out a customs declaration, while in the E.U. you make your declaration by walking either through "Nothing to declare" or "Things to ...
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Using passport of country of nationality after being granted refugee status

I hold refugee status in the EU and I have a refugee travel document under the 1951 convention. I want to visit a specific country but this country doesn't accept refugee travel documents. If I used ...
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Am I entitled to compensation after flight delay due to aircraft problem blamed on a “hidden defect”?

I had a flight recently from Helsinki to Bangkok with Finnair, that was delayed for almost 4 hours. From what I understood from the crew, there was something wrong with the fuel, and they had to ...
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Why is sex/gender present in EU-issued passports?

I've read the lex regarding the contents of any passports issued in the EU, however it provides no explanation as to the necessity of the points. So why is it necessary that your sex be presented in a ...
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French A roads, Spanish E- roads, Dutch E roads and German roads

Looking at Google Maps, I noticed that France uses "A" to designate roads, with the occasional "E", Spain uses "E-" and "AP-", the Netherlands uses a mixture of "A" and "E" and Germany simply uses ...
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Bringing whale meat in to the EU

Can I bring whale meat from Iceland to EU? (I am based in Poland but I guess everywhere in the EU rules are the same.)
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Should a non-EU citizen always carry his/her passport in Germany?

The new EU-like Turkish ID cards are not valid in the EU countries yet, but I wonder if I need to carry my passport while already in an EU country (e.g. Germany). Unlike this question, I don't intend ...
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Is EU roaming supposed to work on any local network or can your home provider restrict your choice to a single operator per country?

I'm currently in Germany roaming with my Czech Vodafone card. In some areas the 3G/LTE Vodafone.de signal is really bad, so I've thought it might be worth a try to switch to a different network since ...
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Can a non-EU citizen travel freely within the Schengen area without passport? [duplicate]

My current situation is that I have residence permit of Germany (as a stamp in passport) and I wish to apply for UK visa in next few days from Germany and won't have my passport anymore during the ...
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If my non-stop flight is cancelled and I'm put on a slower indirect flight, am I entitled to compensation?

I've noticed that a flight I've just bought tickets for is sometimes cancelled. I assume that passengers are then put on a flight to the airline's main hub (leaves around the same time), where there ...
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Best way to leave EU with expired visa

I came to Frankfurt about 5 months ago with a tourist visa that is already expired. I decided to stay more time because I met a very special person (my current girlfriend) and I had hoped to find a ...
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What does it take to make my car fully compliant with all EU countries?

In Belgium every car is required to carry at least one fire extinguisher. In Germany you need to have an environment sticker to drive into a city. In France you might need alcohol testers. Coming from ...
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Traveling from Germany to other countries by train?

I'm going to be taking a trip to Germany in a few days. I will be in Munich and I was considering taking the train to somewhere in Austria (Innsbruck maybe?) so I could see the Alps. I'm wondering ...
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Can EU citizens 'border-hop' between Schengen countries to prolong their 90-day maximum stay? [closed]

The European Commission states that EU citizens have the right to reside on the territory of another country "for up to three months without any conditions other than the requirement to hold a valid ...
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How do I ensure that border agents stamp my passport neatly, without wasting space, ruining blank pages, etc? [duplicate]

I'm an American living in the UK with my European-national spouse, and we recently entered the Schengen zone to visit family for Christmas. As I've been living here in Europe for 7 years and ...
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Is medical insurance mandatory for entering the Schengen area if you are not required to have a visa?

For nationals that request the Schengen visa, the traveller must have insurance that covers, for a minimum of €30,000, any expenses incurred as a result of emergency medical treatment or repatriation ...
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Are there official plans to remove the 100ml carry-on restriction in Europe?

I remember reading a few years ago that the EU is planning to remove the 100ml restriction for liquids. E.g. a random article from 2010: The good news for air passengers? The end of a ban on ...
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Do any US airlines make use of their right to fly between EU airports?

According to the EU–US Open Skies Agreement, Airlines of the United States are also allowed to fly between points in the European Union Are there any airlines who actually make use of that ...
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Whom do I have to contact for a ticket refund in case of denied boarding (in the EU)?

I have bought tickets for a flight with Etihad Airways through Flighttix. Due to the current unexpected political unrest in Pakistan, the airports over there have been closed and therefore I was ...
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US Citizen in Poland more than 90 days in a 180 day period

From what I understand, it is legal for a US citizen to spend up to 90 days in Poland, leave for one day, and re-enter for another 90 day period. Sources I called the Polish embassy in New York and ...
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As a dual citizen, am I allowed to travel outside of the European Union without using the EU passport?

My case is the following: I have Brazilian and Italian citizenships and I'm currently living in Germany, for over an year now. I plan to travel to Brazil this holiday, and unfortunately I don't have ...
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What's the longest scheduled flight one can take within the EU?

Not counting Special member state territories what's the longest scheduled flight one can take starting and ending in an EU airport?
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Will staying in Northern Cyprus cause problems for later travel in the EU?

I am Peruvian, and will study in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus for two years. As a South American, what problems may I have if I decide to study in the TRNC, as it is recognized only by ...
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Tax Free when leaving EU through a different country

I bought the laptop in Netherlands but am planning to leave EU through Italy. How can I get tax refunds in my case? Do I need to stamp my receipts in both: Schiphol and Milano airports?
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Guaranteed time for an airline to provide luggage

When travelling by plane, especially in Europe, there are a couple of guarantees regarding time of the transport, e.g. EC261 regulating compensation for delays over 2 hours and minimum connecting time ...
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What are the Fair Usage Policy (FUP) limits for free EU roaming after June 15th 2017?

On June 15th, the EU will abolish roaming charges across all member states. However it's not entirely clear what FUP limits have been eventually negotiated: How much data can you use on your plan ...
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Are airlines in the EU obligated to provide water for passengers?

I was flying with Ryanair last month and wanted to take some vitamin pills while on board. I went down to the end of the plane and asked for a glass of water, but the stewardess refused. Since the ...
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Can I travel across EU with my student visa?

I am a non-EU citizen and am a PhD student in the Czech Republic. When I had my visa of type D, it says valid for CZ not Schengen States. That being stated, I can understand that I can only ...
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Can I skip Ryanair's separate visa check for non-EU citizens as per the EU air passenger rights regulation?

Ryanair (and several other low-cost carriers) require that non-EU/EEA citizens present their passport for a visa check at the luggage counter: Irrespective of a passenger's visa requirements, all ...
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Single vs. Multiple entry Schengen visa, for Spain and France?

I am from Egypt and I'm planning a vacation to Spain and France. While filling the visa application, should I choose a single or a multiple entry visa?! If i got a single entry Schengen visa, I still ...
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Under EU rules, can I receive compensation if my flight was delayed by more than 3 hours but I didn't board it?

Vueling is currently experiencing problems at Barcelona airport, with many flights delayed by several hours. Assuming I'm at the airport and my flight is certainly delayed by more than 3 hours, can I ...
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Taking large amounts of strong medications on holiday

Not quite narcotics, but not far off. I'm hoping to go on holiday soon with someone that suffers from major depression and anxiety. She's on a daily dose of a strong anti-psychotic (not quite ...
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Ex-con in the US, changed nationality to EU, will I be allowed entry to the UK

This may be strange question, but here goes...I was an illegal alien in the US for approx 18 years(I entered legally but overstayed). At that time I was a citizen of India. A friend of mine procured a ...
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Are there any non-obvious differentiators in travel-insurance policies?

My family in the US will be taking a vacation to western Europe later this year, and I'm looking for travel insurance. I found this comparison tool and used it to get quotes, and I got about 50 ...
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Are all trains/buses within the EU non-smoking? What about smoking on platforms?

No, I'm not a smoker, but some friends coming on a trip with me are, and they want to know what their options are (I suppose some of the 12+ hour journeys we have planned frighten them). Personally, ...
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Intra-EU flight cancelled <48 hours from departure, should you be able to ask for rebooking onto a different airline?

A friend of mine is due to be flying to Rome tomorrow, to Fiumicino (FCO) airport. Last week there was a fire there though, badly affecting Terminal 3, so there are understandably some disruptions to ...
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Can I travel visa-free in Europe as a spouse of an EU citizen?

I have been living in Cyprus for two years with my boyfriend. I am South African and he is British. We will be getting married in Cyprus this month Once married will I be able to travel freely within ...
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Are “violation points” applied to EU licences outside of their home country?

Assuming I have a Czech license and break a minor law in Germany which incurs me a certain number of "violation points" (e.g. speeding), would those points be eventually transferred to my Czech ...
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Does the EU air passenger rights regulation require rebooking into a higher class, if no seat in the same class are available?

For what flights does the EU air passenger rights regulation apply? Specifically, if my flight from the US to Europe is delayed or cancelled, can I demand to be booked on the next flight to the same ...
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EU rights when flight delayed so much that return is missed

(Hypothetical) If I am traveling for business, I may take a flight to e.g. Frankfurt just for a 2 hour meeting, and then immediately return. I would like to know what EU regulations stipulate if the ...
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Do EU passenger rights also apply on flights which are operated as a code-share with a non-EU based airline?

I am turning part of my answer on question What rights do passengers have when flights in the USA are delayed?, into a new question. The EU made very elaborate passengers rights on EU-based airlines....
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What are the future European Union roaming fees/pricing charges? [closed]

Since the legislation abolishing roaming charges was itself abolished, what milestones in pricing can we expect and when? Please no discussions, arguments for national SIM plans and packages. Update:...