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How to prevent damp items from getting gross in luggage

I occasionally travel for the weekend to a location 3 hours away by car. I have some toiletry items that I've often had to pack lightly damp, and despite me trying to take them out right when I arrive ...
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Can I travel with Zopiclone to the US? [duplicate]

I have been prescribed Zopiclone 3.75mg by my Scottish GP for occasional insomnia. I will be traveling to the US in about a month, and I'm planning on bringing a limited supply (7 tablets) in case I ...
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Travelling - Spain from France on 11 Feb

I will be traveling from Paris to Barcelona on Flixbus. I have an EU digital certificate and have completed two doses of vaccination. Do I need to undergo an antigen or RT PCR test?
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What will happen if a mother with a small child travels in an airplane/airport and the mother will be hospitalized/unable to take care of the child?

I’m not sure who would take care of the child (1 year old) if a responsible parent will be unable to take care of the child due to health issues? Let’s say the parent will stay for 2 days in the ...
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Carrying medicine from US to India for someone who asked for a help in Facebook [duplicate]

Someone wants to send medicine for his mother who is suffering with an autoimmune disease. He pinged me on Facebook and said he will provide a prescription and order medicine from Amazon to my home. ...
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How Do I Handle Getting Injured Or Ill While Moving Out Of State (in USA) [closed]

I am planning to move out of state. I am in USA. Looking at some places and sending in my resume. I try to take best care of my health (my Primary Care Physician says I am healthier than her!), i.e ...
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Can I travel with codeine cough syrup past airport security?

I have a chronic bad cough (not COVID-19 though) and I take an over-the-counter codeine based medication. My issue isn't with whether it's allowed as I'm planning on drinking it before I travel to the ...
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Can I go to Switzerland while the Covid Certificate App is processing?

I'm traveling to Switzerland in a few days. My hotel says they check for covid vaccinations using the Swiss covid app. I have a vaccination from the US, but it takes up to five days for it to process ...
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What happens if you are admitted to / go to a hospital in the UK as a foreigner and you don't have health insurance?

We are planning a trip for my family to visit us in the UK (England specifically). They will come on a standard visitor visa. One of my family members has a heart condition which means they have an ...
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What exactly are entry restrictions by mode of travel for citizens entering the United States?

The guidelines on some State department web pages are not clear to me regarding entry into the United States and seem to suggest that a citizen could be refused entry into the United States if they do ...
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Can you drink tap water in Spain?

I'm used to drink water from our tap, but now we are going to Sevilla and Malaga in Spain. Is it recommended to drink the tap water in the south of Spain? Or does it need to be filtered first?
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Travelling to Switzerland with covid-19 restrictions

To travel in Switzerland by train, today it is mandatory to exhibit a molecular covid-19 test not older than 24h. Given that the time I get the test outcome, is usually longer than 24h, how can I get ...
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For countries requiring vaccination (especially USA) is there any allowance for an antibodies test, demonstrating natural immunity?

Just as the question says: if someone has had covid, and has had a test demonstrating a high number of antibodies (for example, this test) and therefore immunity, is there any way to use this in lieu ...
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Can a US physician prescribe medications to non-US residents?

Suppose I travel to the US and stay there for a prolonged period of time. Can I meet with a registered physician and have him/her prescribe me meds? Notes: I'm a EU resident. I have neither a US ...
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Avoiding important carry-on luggage being taken away

Since I'm traveling with essential medicines and medical equipment it is key for me that my carry-on luggage is allowed to be carried into the aircraft cabin, so that it's available to me at all times,...
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Are children allowed in public saunas in Switzerland?

I've recently been investigating family-friendly hot spring/spa/sauna options in Switzerland. Somewhat to my surprise, while most of them permit children into the pool area, all I've found so far -- ...
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Getting antiseptic and antibiotic in Japan

My wife's toe is inflamed and it hurts, so we need to get an antiseptic and an antibiotic. But it seems that antiseptic/antibiotic sell is controlled in Japan, so it is not easy to buy from any ...
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Taking birth-control pills to South Korea

I'll be going to South Korea for at least 6 months, and I take birth control pills. In my country, I've never needed any prescription to buy them, although I can easily get a prescription if needed. ...
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Looking for large pharmacies in Istanbul [duplicate]

Name of the medicine is Plaquenil hydroxchloqyine sulphate, 200mg for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Please if anyone can advise where can I find this medicine in Istanbul, I would greatly ...
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How to learn an airplane cabin's pressure level before a flight, to avoid altitude sickness?

Commercial jets are typically pressurized to the equivalent of 6,000 to 8,000 feet of elevation. But according to a study,[1] passengers begin feeling uncomfortable at about the 7,000 feet mark, right ...
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Given the name of a US pharmaceutical drug, how can I know its equivalent in other countries?

To prepare for international travel, given the name of a US pharmaceutical drug, I sometimes need to know the name of its equivalent in other countries. How can I do so? E.g., is there any convenient ...
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Official COVID vaccination documentation from the USA

I'll be traveling to Ukraine next week. One of the requirements for traveling to Ukraine are negative result of PCR test for COVID-19 (validity 72 hours); or a document confirming the receipt of a ...
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Can I travel from Spain to England currently with only one vaccine dose, but a prior recovery from Covid-19?

Can a 26 year old Spanish citizen and resident currently travel to England from Spain by air, without quarantine, if they have previously recovered from a Covid-19 infection and have had a single dose ...
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Is boiling tap water sufficient?

In cases where tap water is not drinkable by default, does simply boiling it make it drinkable? And provided the water does look clear. (For example I'm in an apartment in Pridnestrovi where the tap ...
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EU Vaccination Certificate and entering Canada

I am a Canadian citizen planning to enter Canada from Europe and was vaccinated in Europe. If I upload my EU Vaccination Certificate to the ArriveCan app, will that serve as enough proof at the border?...
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Does an EU citizen need to get health insurance before flying to London (2021 update)

I found an identical question asked 3 years ago here: Does an EU citizen need to get health insurance before flying to London? I'm looking for an updated answer valid after Brexit. In particular my ...
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If someone becomes unconscious due to a cocktail of prescription medication, would they be held liable for holding up the flight? [closed]

I have a friend who has travelled to the U.S, Canada, UK, and Australia a few times. He is prescribed the painkiller oxycodone (Oxycontin) by his GP and an anti-anxiety medication, diazepam (Valium) ...
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Pain management emergency in Mexico

A friend of mine (American) is in Mexico (Playa del Carmen, near Cancun). She’s in extreme abdominal pain due to several chronic conditions (11/10 pain). She is near incapacitated at the moment ...
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Could I go to another country to get vaccinated for COVID-19 in time for an event?

I've got an event in the US that I'm going to, the only problem is that I would need to be vaccinated for COVID-19. This raises a problem as I live in the UK and I'm under 18, so the vaccine isn't ...
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Why do countries check if arriving persons are vaccinated and not if they have antibodies?

I have been following the COVID-related travel restrictions and there is something that I do not understand: in some countries travellers can skip quarantine if they are vaccinated. However, why ...
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Legality of travelling to continental Europe with codeine products?

So I regularly take Nurofen Plus (codeine phosphate/ibuprofen) and Codinex (codeine phopshate only) which is available OTC here in Ireland. I'm planning a holiday for the summer in either Spain, ...
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Are there still meals in airliners?

Just curious, since you currently have to wear masks the entire flight. Are there no meals because of that or are there still meals on long-distance flights and you can put your mask off then? Or if ...
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Need advice on traveling with Venlafaxine and Vyvanse to India

I am an Indian national living in Australia, I'm planning to visit India for a period of 3 months or more depending on the rules at the time of my departure. While in Australia, I was diagnosed with ...
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Is there any physician at SFO who issues fit-to-fly certificates?

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, to be authorized to board the plane, some countries require a COVID-19 RT-PCR test done than 48 or 72 hours prior to the departure of the flight, followed by a ...
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Is properly sealed bottled water ever unsafe, even in developing countries?

The highly-ranked Delhi Belly question has a number of answers that allege bottled water from minor/unknown brands may be contaminated or otherwise unsafe. Now I've heard of tap water being sold as ...
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Taking medicines from USA to India for someone else in air travel

My relatives are in India. They are asking us to bring medicines from USA to India in my flight from USA to India via Dubai. They told us NOT to put those medicines in cabin baggage (15lbs). They told ...
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Is it legal to take intoxicants at an airport or on an airplane?

I'll be travelling to Australia from Ireland and know that it will be a very long flight. My doctor will prescribe a dozen tablets of Xanax and Ambien. I was wondering whether it's legal to consume ...
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Bringing HIV Medications from Pakistan to Kyrgyzstan for a friend

A friend is asking me to buy his HIV and Hepatitis C medicines from Pakistan and travel with them to Kyrgyzstan, where he lives. His doctor here in Pakistan has provided me with his prescription with ...
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In transit with controlled medication

I am travelling from Vancouver to auckland via SFO and Sydney. I will be in transit in Sydney, arriving on a UA flight and transiting to an Air NZ flight to Auckland. I have a medical condition and ...
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Is travelling allowed in Uttarakhand without E-pass?

Looking for a small vacation since it's been a long time hiding inside home. If anyone could share the exact travelling guidelines for Uttarakhand it will be great. Is e-pass required for the travel? ...
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How can I know which lakes are okay for bathing in Norway?

Norway has a huge number of lakes, some of them are popular swimming spots and may even have small piers but the majority are just regular lakes in the forest. How can I know if one of these lakes is ...
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Where can I get custom-fitted earplugs in Bangkok?

I use custom-fitted earplugs sometimes when in transportation, e.g. airplane or sleeper train. Where can I get custom-fitted earplugs in Bangkok? Note to close voters: the question is not about "...
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As a visitor in the US, where can I get a private COVID test?

Suppose that I am a business (B1/B2) visitor who has just arrived in the US. After a long intercontinental flight, I would like to take an active COVID infection test before I meet partners. I wait 2-...
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How can I find a big pharmacy in Istanbul?

I'm currently staying in Istanbul and need to buy an over-the-counter medicine that is a little rare. I went around a few pharmacies around my hotel, but they're all relatively small and don't carry ...
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Is there any drugstore that is open 24 hours in Bangkok?

Is there any drugstore that is open 24 hours in Bangkok? I thought there would be plenty but I haven't been able yet to found any. Searching for drugstores open 24 hours in Bangkok in Google Maps, I ...
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Protect laptop (and fellow passengers) from turbulence?

Suppose I’m traveling in an airplane and I’m watching a movie on my laptop placed on the tray table. Is it prudent to take some measures against the possibility of sudden severe turbulence that might ...
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US citizen traveling to UK on May 31st staying for one month

Hi everyone I currently live in Miami and I am due to leave for the UK on May 31st and I will arrive on June 1st on AA38 from MIA to LHR. I am a US citizen and I will be seeing my British boyfriend in ...
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Canadian citizen needs insulin in US during lockdown [duplicate]

I am a 67 years old Canadian Citizen who came to US to visit my son on Feb 29th, 2020. Can't go back due to Covid19, how can I get insulin?
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Which countries have still NOT yet reported a case of COVID-19 Coronavirus? [closed]

I keep finding sites that list or map countries WITH Coronavirus. I'd like the inverse - a list of countries that have yet to report a case of Covid-19.
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As an expat, can you rely on travel insurance in case of the Coronavirus becoming a widespread major pandemic?

I was wondering, do regular travel healthcare insurance policies contain a clause which excludes coverage in extreme situations/disasters usually? I'm thinking about a global pandemic of the SARS-CoV-...
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