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Consequences of overstaying Schengen visa

Background: In summer 2023, I visited Germany for work from USA on Schengen short term visa. My flight back from Germany was via Poland and it so happened that the flight was cancelled in Krakow, ...
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Scammed by a host or booking.com failure (CANT_CANCEL_hotel_overbooked)?

I booked an apartment in the Philippines through booking.com for the last week of April. The payment method is "pay at the property" and I gave my debit card number as a guarantee to make ...
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In a US restaurant, do you still tip if you know that the tip does not go to the waiter?

I understand that the main point of tipping in restaurants is to supplement low wages for service staff. After personally knowing one waiter who works (perhaps illegally as he may not be permitted to ...
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If beef is banned in Tamil Nadu, India, how come there's beef on the menu?

When I search Google, most results indicate that beef, as well as slaughtering cows, is illegal in Tamil Nadu, India. However, I'm in Chennai right now and I'm seeing beef on the menu. What's going ...
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I lost my residency card. Can I travel using the refugee passport?

I lost my Greek residency card while I am in Belgium. Can I travel using the Greek Refugee Passport? comment from OP: My residency is valid, but my residency card was in my wallet and stolen from me
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Knife laws in multiple European countries on train

I am going to make an Interrail trip in September this year, which will be a mix of rural camping and city trips. Due to the camping, I am considering taking my Mora Garberg (blade length: 10.9cm, ...
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If I have a JR basic fare ticket that I've started using, are changes possible, and if so, how will they be handled?

Suppose that I have a basic fare ticket (regular, non-discounted ticket) for JR. After I start using the ticket, if, for some reason, I need to change it, is this possible? How would it be handled? ...
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Why do passport validity rules exist?

In theory, passport validity shouldn't be a big deal for travelers. Even if your passport expires during your travels, you can usually get a new passport very quickly from a consulate, and many ...
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Scam or not? Booking does rents?

So I want to rent an apartment in the Netherlands but the price for such an apartment is quite low and I am proceeding with caution. Do you think that this is a scam or does booking.com really do this?...
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Ryanair moves flight ahead by 1h 20m, giving little option to reschedule and no option for asking for refund/voucher - is it legal?

As regards the Ryanair flight FR1474 from London Stansted @ 18:55 to Naples Italy, here's the email I received, on September the 8th (yeah, 3 months ago): We’re sorry to inform you that there has ...
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Travelling with Vyvanse to India and Dubai from Australia

I require urgent help in regards to carrying ADHD medication and mood stabilisers to India and Dubai. My doctor suggested I don’t need documentation as my medication bottles list the dosage and my ...
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Is it allowed to walk across the border between Singapore and Malaysia via the Malaysia–Singapore Second Link?

There are two land border crossings between Singapore and Malaysia (I am ignoring the train-only border crossings via Woodlands Train Checkpoint, and thanks dda for the link): The Johor–Singapore ...
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I need advice regarding my speeding ticket issued in New York [closed]

Just recently, my friends (tourists) and I booked a rental car just for a day trip in New York. Unfortunately, we got caught by a cop for speeding. I showed my foreign driver's license to a cop and my ...
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In Germany, are any of these jackets legally or socially acceptable for an American tourist? [duplicate]

I am an American male in his mid-20s, visiting Germany for the first time this winter and staying for a week. I will be staying in North Rhine-Westphalia around Cologne, flying in and out of Frankfurt....
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Airline forcibly changed return flight destination city over a month in advance. Are we eligible for compensation?

Almost a month ago my wife and I booked a week long trip to Mexico in early November through a travel website. This included air fare and the hotel. We went with the lower priced, non-refundable ...
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Toilet laws for Transgender people in Japan

I'm a trans woman heading to Japan on holidays soon. Are there any particular laws surrounding the toilets in Japan for transgender people? I will be presenting female - but I will be visibly ...
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Traveling/transiting UAE with controlled medication?

Could anyone clarify if tourists need to obtain pre-approval from UAE ministry of health to travel with controlled medication (narcotics, tranquilizers, etc.)? I will be transiting through Abu Dhabi (...
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Is it legal to cross an internal Schengen border without passport for a day visit

As a UK citizen I recently found myself vacationing in Germany close to the Austrian border with a group of friends who are all EU nationals. While out on a day cycle without my passport, one of my ...
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UK Visitor visa validity after Type D Visa was issued

I am an Indian national and am traveling to the UK soon. I was issued a multi visit Type C tourist visa in 2021 with validity from 25/10/2021 - 25/10/2026. However, in 2022 I was issued a Type D - ...
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Travelling as mixed indonesian-european unmarried couple in Indonesia and Bali 2023

I would like to spend some days in Bali with my girlfriend sharing a room, an apartment or a villa. She is Indonesian, I'm European. We have a long-distance relationship and we usually meet in other ...
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Is it illegal for a passport cover to look like a real passport?

I've recently had to renew my British passport and I'm lazily shopping for a cover for it. In the course of my googling I find a few covers in different price ranges but all which very definitely look ...
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What are some non-obvious things that a foreign visitor shouldn't do in US that can get one arrested or fined?

What are some apparently harmless things I shouldn't do in US as a tourist/traveler that can get me arrested by the police? I am talking about something which most people outside US would consider ...
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What are some things I shouldn't do in China that can get me arrested?

What are some apparently harmless things I shouldn't do in China as a tourist/traveler that can get me arrested by the police? I am talking about something which most people outside China would ...
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How do I purchase a Turkish SIM card as a tourist and not run afoul of cell phone registration laws?

I am a tourist visiting Turkey for the first time. I am a regular tourist, not intending to stay in the country longer than my visa permits, and as such, I do not possess a residence permit and do not ...
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What are the rules about interacting with Spanish police?

Good evening! I am an American, due to travel to Spain sometime next month. This will be my first trip to the country, and I will be travelling with passengers. I'm curious to know, what the ...
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How can someone check if they are banned from the Schengen Area after an overstay?

Schengen countries in Europe keep little notes about foreign travelers in their Schengen Information System (SIS). Have no idea what that is, what it contains, or what it looks like. Whether by this ...
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Why doesn't my passport show if a foreign country has banned me?

I went to the passport office of my (highly developed Western) country and they said they wouldn't know if a foreign country I had previously overstayed in had banned me or not just by scanning my ...
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Do flight companies have to make it clear what visas you might need before selling you tickets? [duplicate]

Is there any legal requirement for companies selling flight tickets to tell their customers what Visas they may need for the flight? If they make it sound like, via omission, that you don't need any ...
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Buying a motorcycle for a BC to Alberta trip, when not a resident of BC

Not sure if this really belongs in the law Stack Exchange, but I'm gonna ask here anyway. My friend lives in Vancouver and has suggested we take a motorcycle trip to Alberta this summer. I would fly ...
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Can I claim compensation for flight delay under EU Reg 261? Airline claims cause is event outside of their control

A family member recently flew Air Canada from Venice to Los Angeles via Montreal. (If it matters, they're an EU citizen) Due to a 3:32h delay of the original flight (VCE-YUL), they missed the ...
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How to travel with a minor when you're not their parent (returning to residence country)?

A few years ago, I made the question. This focused on going out. However, I have doubts when returning to home country. I will be flying with a family member, who is a minor. I know I need a written ...
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Foreign driver gets a ticket in my car

A German friend came to visit in L.A. He used my car and ran a red light. After he left the US, I received a letter with a ticket and fine. If I give the traffic dept. his name and address will they ...
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Returning home to China after overstay in Slovenia

I'm asking for an acquaintance who came to Slovenia with a business visa that has since expired. Now he wants to return home to China. Will he have any problem with returning to his country when he ...
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Is registering a marriage in Taiwan required for Taiwanese citizens living abroad?

Two Canadian citizens are getting married in Canada, and one of them is also a Taiwanese citizen. The couple plan on living in Canada, but will be going to Taiwan to visit family. Are they required to ...
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Can I claim compensation for incurred expenses and compensation under EU Reg 261?

EDIT: To clarify my original question to make it clear. I flew with easyjet from London Gatwick to Edinburgh on the 10th of June. The flight was cancelled 3 hours before the flight. I arrived at the ...
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Official recommendations for how early to reach the airport

Airlines usually suggest to reach the airport very early in their instructions; of course it costs them nothing to write "you must arrive 3.5 hours early for this internal flight, even if you ...
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Is active declaration required at US Customs?

Up until roughly 5 or so years ago, every traveler entering the US was required to turn in a paper declaration form when passing through US Customs. This form asked whether you were carrying various ...
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How would I find a reliable attorney in Russia to assist me in case consular support is unavailable?

In What are the practical implications of limited consular support in Russia? @Danubian writes: So if you want to go anyway, you should at least make sure you have any local contact that would be ...
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Can I bring nicotine pouches from my home country into the US?

I am 20 and in my country I can legally buy nicotine pouches. In US however, I can not, because to purchase them you have to be over 21. My question is, does this law only apply to buying goods but ...
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Why can't I take photos inside of stores in Portugal?

In a para-pharmacy in Porto, I was stopped from taking a photo of a product in their store. (I was going to use it to look up the product online to see if I could switch out the power cord when I got ...
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Within EU we can stay in another EU country for 3 months, when does the period reset?

Would it count if I left the country, made a U-turn and came back? Or rented a hotel for a night? When can I go back and keep living in that country after leaving when my 90 days is done? Are there ...
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Flight cancelled: try an ADR or directly to claims management company? [closed]

My Ryanair flight was cancelled (officially delayed 18 hours) because a crew member was sick and according to the EU regulation 261 and sources like this and this I should be entitled to a 400€ (> ...
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Plane ticket includes train ticket (Europe), what if I do not show up at train station?

I have to travel from Tijuana (Mexico) to Brussels (Belgium) on a business trip. The flight is operated by AirFrance and goes: from Tijuana to Mexico City (Aeromexico); from Mexico City to Paris (...
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Which countries allow short term remote work without a visa or with a regular tourist visa?

There is a question on this site asking about countries they can stay for prolonged periods to work remotely, which has a nice post-COVID answer listing a bunch of countries. However, those are ...
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Can I travel with a suitcase full of condoms?

Let’s say I want to bring only thousands of condoms in my suitcase when traveling. Doesn’t matter if it’s with me on the plane or sent separately. Will I get in trouble for being suspected of ...
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Can non-residents enter libraries in Tel Aviv?

If I am a US citizen in Tel Aviv, would I be able to sit in the Shaar Zion library and do work? The library website says, "Tel Aviv-Yafo residents can utilize the city’s libraries without charge ...
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Entered EU on EU passport, marked as leaving EU when entering Gibraltar on Canadian passport. Will this cause problems?

I have dual nationality, Canada-Poland (EU). Born and raised in Canada, but parents are Polish. Normally reside in Canada. Background: back in November 2021, I flew to the UK via Toronto > London &...
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How can I quickly return to Singapore after being denied entry due to testing positive for THC at the airport?

I am a French student going to Singapore to study for 4 months on a campus. I have been sent back from Singapore to my departure country as I have been tested positive to THC in the airport with CBD ...
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Why do passports belong to a country and not to the citizen?

As we know, a passport enables its holder to travel abroad, and certifies the holder's personal identity. In terms of ownership, it's less commonly known that passports belong to the country that ...
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Is any translation of driver’s licence valid for international driving?

As far as I can tell the Geneva 1949 convention only defines the standards that translation must comply to. Therefore, by definition, there shouldn’t be an “official entity” in charge of making the ...
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