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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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When my flight is cancelled in EU, can I insist that the airline arrange a hotel for me?

The Short Version My flight within the EU is cancelled and I am stranded in a city. The airline offers me an alternative flight the next day, which I accept, necessitating a night in a local hotel. ...
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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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Who is exempt from obtaining a Schengen visa?

I am British, my husband is from El salvador. We want to visit frankfurt, madrid., crete and italy for a few days only before going to UK . Do we need any visas like a tourist visa or a schengen visa?
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Right to accommodation in case of delayed flight, missing connecting flight [duplicate]

A non-EU-citizen booked on a flight from outside the EU with a connection in Istanbul continuing into Europe experiences a flight delay of several hours due to bad weather on the first flight, and ...
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Can you get a VAT refund as a tourist after purchasing goods from the Internet inside the EU?

I am a resident of India planning to visit Europe next month with my family. I am planning to buy a road bike from a UK website and want it delivered to my friend's house in France, for collection ...
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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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Any restrictions on document validity when travelling within the EU as an EU citizen?

For many extra-EU citizens, even if they are allowed to travel visa-free their passport or accepted identity documents must be valid for at least three months after their intended departure. This is ...
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How does Schengen multiple entry visa work?

My understanding of multiple entry is that they have two limits: Bigger limit (5/4/3 year) and smaller limit (3 months after each entry). And I do not know general figures, just giving example in ...
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Are there passport checks when going between EU and non-EU countries in the Schengen Area?

When travelling between two Schengen states, one in the EU and one outside, such as from France to Switzerland or Sweden to Norway, do you go through passport control? This question assumes land (or ...
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One-way ticket travelling to EU with non-EU wife and children

I am a Greek citizen, my wife is Colombian (does not require a visa to enter the union for 90 days), our children are Australian citizens (they don't require a visa to enter the union for 90 days) (...
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Are non-EU national “visiting researchers” in Sweden eligible for VAT refund? [closed]

Sweden offers a special kind of residence permit for "visiting researchers". As far as I understand this "visiting researcher" permit is different from a proper residence permit and more akin to a D-...
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How much gold can be transferred between EU countries?

I am concerned about the solvency of banks generally, so I would like to convert bank deposits to gold. I plan to purchase the gold in UK, then take it to Spain. Is there a limit to the amount of ...
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Travel to EU with silencer in checked baggage [closed]

What are the rules for travel from the USA to the EU with a silencer in checked baggage? What documents must be presented in the USA and on entering the EU?
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Shipping Wine from Italy to the UK [closed]

I'm going to be in Italy in May, and unfortunately am travelling with only hand luggage. I would, however, like to take advantage of the opportunity to buy Italian wines at a good rate while I am ...
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Length of stay as tourist in another European country, as Schengen/EU/EEA citizen

I am a Schengen (and EU/EEA) citizen, and I am taking a sabbatical. I would like to travel across Europe and I was wondering how long I can stay in each of the other Schengen/EU/EEA country as a ...
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How are occasional customs checks done at airports that do not normally have them?

At Luleå Airport there are no customs facilities and the luggage area is directly reachable from the outside world. More than 90% of passengers are domestic and almost all international flights are ...
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Is there an airport which will lose UK connection if the UK leaves the EU customs union? [closed]

Is there any airport without customs facilities which has a connection to the UK?
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What are the exact rules of temporarily importing personal items when entering the EU as a visitor?

The European Commision website mentions that: If you enter the EU from a non-EU country, goods having no commercial character in your personal luggage can be imported free of customs duties, ...
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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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Codeshare flight by non-EU airline. Am I able to claim delay compensation?

I was on a codeshare flight from Mexico City to Barcelona with a layover in Paris. The flight from Mexico City to Paris was operated by Aeroméxico and the flight from Paris to Barcelona was operated ...
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Green baggage tag to non-EU destination

I had recently flown from an EU country (Italy) to a non-EU one (Albania) and I noticed that my checked baggage had green bands on the tags. However, I thought that they were only used in intra-EU ...
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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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Mobile Roaming Charges in Europe - have they been abolished yet?

I am currently based in Friedrichshafen, Germany. I have a German sim card. I will be travelling to Switzerland, Austria and France during this Christmas season and I would like to know if the ...
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What is the tax-free amount of gas I can bring to Lithuania from Kaliningrad?

I am planning a trip from Kaliningrad to Tallinn. Since gasoline in Russia is cheaper than in Lithuania, it is useful to fill up a canister and bring it across the border to the Schengen zone. What ...
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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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Is there a POI file with lat/long of mailboxes in the EU?

Whenever I am abroad I fail to send postcards, mainly because I often fail to find a mailbox. Since sending postcards from home doesn't feel good, it would really help if there is a file with lat/lon ...
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Why do they require my passport to travel within the EU for a cruise ship?

I am a Spanish citizen, and next summer I will go on a cruise trip from Spain to France (only stopping in those countries). The organising company seems to be oriented to a USA public so they require ...
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Can Belgium suspend my German driving licence? [duplicate]

I have a German driving licence, I live in the Netherlands, and I was driving very fast in Belgium last weekend. Can Belgium suspend my driving licence or they can only ban me from driving in ...
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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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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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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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Can I leave the Schengen Area (and come back) while my non-eea spouse resident card application is being processed?

My wife and I recently moved to Germany. She's a Swedish citizen, and I'm American. It'll be December before I can actually apply for my residence card, because my appointment to register our address ...
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Customs declaration when traveling to Germany

I'm a German citizen currently living in the USA. When I now visit Germany for a vacation, what items I bought in the USA do I have to declare at the customs? These items however are not staying in ...
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Can I buy “non-EU destination” priced duty-free when connecting through a second EU airport?

At many (most?) EU airports, some items in the duty free shop show different prices for people flying to EU vs non-EU destinations, and some items simply aren't for sale to people flying within the EU....
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Schengen visa for non-EU spouse of EU citizen

Most of the already posted questions were about traveling between EU countries. In my case I would like to visit Austria with my South African wife. We got married over 20 years ago in Austria, lived ...
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Is a long stay Hungarian visa valid in all of Schengen? [duplicate]

I will be working in Hungary from January. The process for work/residence permit and visa application is on and documents are being prepared by the company I will be working with. Is the Visa same ...
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What documents are required to enter Poland with a dog from outside the EU?

We are travelling by car from Moscow, Russia to Europe. We will be crossing the Belarus-Poland borders, and a little dog (a yorkshire) is travelling with us. Which documents do we need for the dog?
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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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Spouse of EU citizen returning to EU with transfer within Schengen: need visa?

Consider a (so far hypothetical) situation like this: Jack is a non-French EU citizen living in France. Jin, his spouse, is a Chinese citizen. She has a French residence card (titre de séjour ...
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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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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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How to cancel multi-entry Schengen visa?

I have a Schengen visa (business class) from one of the EU countries. It is multi-entry type valid for 18 months (90 day stay), I used this visa to visit the EU last month and it will remain valid ...
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Is an identity card issued to a non-citizen an acceptable document to travel within the EU?

Suppose an EU citizen is resident of another member state and gets issued a national identity card identical to the ones citizens get there. (If that is not concrete enough to answer the question, ...
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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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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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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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Does the nationality of an EHIC card need to match the nationality of the passport?

When the UK leaves the EU, I am planning to get an Irish passport. I am not eligible to get an Irish EHIC because I am not a resident of Ireland. So I am wondering, can I use a UK EHIC with an Irish ...
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Pet Travel: UK to Romania by Car

I have a road trip planned in July (England - France - Belgium - Netherlands - Germany - Austria - Hungary - Romania and back) on which I will be taking our three dogs, but I am wondering if there are ...
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When is the best time to buy Euros based on the EU Referendum in the UK? [closed]

I need to get some Euros before going on holiday in early August. With the EU Referendum coming up in the UK on 23rd June 2016, my question is, When is the best time to buy Euros? By best, I mean, ...