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How can a tourist obtain an 'authentic' duelling scar?

Introduction... The dueling scar, also called schmiss or renommierschmiss (bragging scar), was considered a mark of honor. Young fraternity men proved their valor in these duels, which were ...
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DS 160 form : Does being sent back to home country because of not having airport-transit visa count as deportation?

So, I am applying for a F1 visa to the US, and one of the questions in DS-160 asks : "Have you ever been removed or deported from any country ?" So couple of months ago, I was going to mexico city ...
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How can laypeople investigate airlines' allegation of 'extraordinary circumstances'?

Some airlines allege 'extraordinary circumstances', e.g. to deny liability and shirk compensating under Recital (14) of Regulation (EC) No 261/2004: (14) As under the Montreal Convention, ...
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Refugee travel to the UK

I have Convention 28 July 1951 issued to refugees by Belgium. I would like to travel to the UK. I would like to know: do I need a visa to enter UK? Can I enter visa free? Or can I get a visa on ...
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Bringing a medicine containing Cannabis Sativa from India to the Netherlands

A few months ago, a friend of mine (who is a Dutch citizen) wanted to bring this over-the-counter medicine back from India to the Netherlands. It's a specially prepared herbal medicine. Herbal ...
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Do money transfer companies have a LEGITIMATE need for a passport copy [migrated]

Money transfer service Azimo asks for a copy of my passport. I sent it, after having written 'copy' on it, for security reasons. My transfer then was rejected, because 'We weren’t able to verify your ...
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Are cruise ship harbors and airplane airports really this lax security-wise? [closed]

When traveling by commercial, low-cost airplane flights to a location, they frequently make a "stop in the middle" for some reason, forcing all the passengers to exit the plane, wait around at or near ...
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Which police force is responsible for ports/harbors/marinas in Spain?

It's quite well known that Spain has a few different types of Police. However, just how many different types are there and what are their roles? For example, who/what body of police is responsible ...
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If an airline erroneously refuses to check in a passenger on the grounds of incomplete paperwork (eg visa), is the passenger entitled to compensation?

If an airline erroneously refuses to check in a passenger on the grounds of missing/incomplete paperwork (e.g., visa-related such as related in this post) whereas the passenger actually had all the ...
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Is it really permitted for travellers to work while visiting Georgia on a tourist visa?

Last night at a party with lots of expats and Georgians the topic came up that foreigners don't need any special visa or work permit to work in Georgia while they are visiting the country as tourists. ...
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Travel agency told me my hotel is overbooked, what are my rights?

Since this question will probably involve some laws, I will state that I am German and I was booking via an online site which is mediating for travel agencies. I booked a hotel on May 15 for a one ...
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Same-sex marriage in Paris?

I don't live in France but would like to get married under the Eiffel tower. Is this possible? Can someone provide some information on the rules regarding same-sex marriage in France for foreigners?
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What self-defense weapons are legal in London?

I've travelled London many times, and this is the first time I got robbed in broad daylight, in afternoon! Around four youth wearing masks brandished machetes, asked for my purse and everything in ...
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Is it ok to have travel insurance from more than one company?

I currently own two credit cards in different countries (my country of residence and my country where I am a citizen of) and they both have free travel insurance included through different insurance ...
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Is working from a laptop when travelling to countries with a tourist visa formally illegal all over the world? [duplicate]

I have never came across a state that allows "working" (in the meaning of a "doing a job") in its vicinity for tourist visa holders but I have came across many countries that don't allow it. And yet, ...
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Tourist visa, Spain, teaching English?

Is it legal for someone on a tourist visa to earn cash by giving English tuition (1 on 1 or private academies) in Spain? I know there's a hefty freelancer registration system in place, but I've been ...
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Is wild camping legal in Romania?

I'm interested in setting up a tent in a forest in Romania. Would this be legal to do as of 2016?
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Which countries can punish you for doing drugs elsewhere? [closed]

I am a Russian citizen living in the Netherlands, my travel plans for this year include many EU countries, many trips to Russia as well as UK, US and Japan. At the moment, I have never done drugs, but ...
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What's the drinking age in the duty free area?

Is the drinking age in the tax free/duty free area the same as in the country you are in or is there no real drinking age? Can I buy spirits in the tax free even though the country's law doesn't ...
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What citizenship/place of birth would a child born on an airplane have?

Yesterday, a friend of mine who works as a purser (chief flight attendant) helped a lady with delivering her baby during a flight to Manila, Philippines while over the ocean :) I know that pregnant ...
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How safe is it to leave my passport in my hotel room? [closed]

How sure can I be that a passport left in my hotel room is safe? On my trip, I don't need to carry it around with me every day, so would like to leave it behind.
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How are validated underground tickets checked in Berlin?

I have been travelling around Berlin the last few days. I have bought a ticket for the underground zones A and B every day but my ticket has not been checked once and there are no barriers (I'm from ...
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Canadian citizen, on US no-fly list. What can I do in order to be allowed on flights which go through US airspace?

My father and I, both Canadian citizens, were denied to board a direct Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul to Toronto non-stop without any prior warning or information. Literally, at the gate, we ...
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How do I find out whether walking is allowed on San Francisco restricted roads?

Are there any limitations for walking on restricted roads in San Francisco?
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Can the ship's captain really perform your wedding when in international waters?

On the question about whether you can get married while travelling, Mark Mayo posted a comment that any marriage has to be on dry land or close to it. But I'm sure all of us have heard of ships' ...
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Is it legal to drink your own alcohol onboard a plane over international waters?

A debate was ensuing at work about consuming your own booze onboard a plane. The FAA can fine you several thousand dollars in the US if you did this, so naturally this led to people theorising ways ...
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What are the rules regarding baggage inspection during layovers?

I'm travelling from UK to Japan via Russia, and would like to take prescription medication with me without a prescription (imported legally). I've cleared it with the Japanese authorities, but noticed ...
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Consequences of accidentally holding onto two Indian passports simultaneously?

Before marking this as a duplicate, please note:- I have already seen Two passport of the same person in India and the discussion there does not answer my query. That question is about a error in the ...
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Using restroom on airplane while fasten seatbelt light is on?

This question about Why do flight attendants continue to stand, when the seatbelt set is on? over on aviation.stackexchange.com made me wonder what a passenger is supposed to do when they urgently ...
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Can I refuse to pay auto-gratuity in a restaurant?

I got the following receipt at some restaurant in the USA: Can I refuse to pay auto-gratuity, or pay a lower percentage of gratuity, given that it wasn't mentioned on the menu and no restaurant ...
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Is a visually impaired person considered a Person with Reduced Mobility (PRM)?

In Europe, all airlines are required to assist people with reduced mobility. I'm visually impaired, and soon flying with Iberia. So, I called them to ask for assistance at the airport. The guy who ...
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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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Are dash cams illegal in Austria?

There are several sites, which claim that dash cams are illegal in Austria and, in fact, in a number of European countries: https://www.which.co.uk/news/2018/08/using-your-dash-cam-abroad-what-you-...
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Where to buy a similar Vietnam SIM card aimed for locals/expats (not for tourists) in HCMC? [duplicate]

I live in Thailand and use a dual SIM smartphone currently containing only one SIM card which is my local prepaid Thailand SIM card. I already visited Vietnam twice; each time for a few days; In both ...
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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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I was asked to transfer a book via airplane

A friend of my friend forgot a book in my country. As I am flying to India soon, I was asked if I could take the book there with me. I am worried that something could be inside the book, and that it ...
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Are airlines allowed to move up the time of a flight?

I was on a flight recently where my flight was schedule for 5:50PM, but when I got to the gate, the time had changed to 5:45PM and eventually 5:40PM. While it didn't make much difference for me since ...
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Can a foreign national tourist “open carry” a firearm in Yellowstone National Park?

As a tourist from Ireland I would love to do some multi-day hiking in the Yellowstone/Bridger Teton backcountry, but I hike alone and am concerned about Grizzly bears. I carry bear spray and a big ...
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Cards, dices, poker chips, board games, etc. in Thailand

I've read that cards have actually been outlawed a while ago in Thailand to crack down gambling. I know that it's illegal to own poker chips as that's classified as gambling paraphernalia, but what ...
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Can I bring prescription Adderall into Vietnam while on vacation there?

I heard that it is in the same category as meth and heroin and is not sold there. I'll be there for a month and just want to know if the bottle will be taken away from me.
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Texas gun laws - can an overseas visitor buy ammunition?

I’m a British citizen planning to visit a friend in Texas. He has firearms and the space to safely use them, and since this is something of a novelty to me I’m hoping we can do a bit of shooting while ...
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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 you search for a job when using a tourist visa (B-2) in the US

If I am visiting the US with a tourist visa, can I look for a job in the US?
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Should I carry a passport around everywhere I go in the UK?

I am a new student in the UK. I attend classes both in London and Cambridge. Should I carry my passport with me wherever I go within UK? Or is a college identity enough? My parents are visiting me ...
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Are there any international flights arriving in Malaysia where there is no disinsection,spraying of pesticide to kill mosquitoes?

Malaysia is not listed on the US Department of Transportation page regarding aircraft disinsection requirements https://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer/spray However anecdotal evidence shows that ...
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How to defer jury duty in USA that may conflict with a scheduled trip? [closed]

My fiancee and I are in a long-distance relationship and have not seen each other since August 2019. She has flights booked to the UK from Dec. 26 2019 to Jan. 18 2020 flying in from USA. She ...
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Did this customs agent attempt to plant contraband on me? [closed]

The incident: I was preparing to board a flight from DFW to China for a 2 week vacation. I scanned my boarding pass and began walking towards the skybridge to board the plane and a customs agent ...
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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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Blaue Plakette Stuttgart (2019)

I'm planning to visit Stuttgart. I wasn't in Germany for a year and I'm puzzled by unclear information about the current state of Umweltplakette. The site https://www.blaue-plakette.de/ writes as they ...
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Must non-Burmese citizens staying at hotels in Myanmar register with local authorities? If so, how?

I read on https://qz.com/113211/myanmars-hotels-are-full-but-its-banning-homestays-because-of-unmannered-foreigners/ (mirror): By law, people staying at hotels must register with local authorities. ...

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