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Rules, regulations, and policies of organizations as opposed to laws of nations or governments.

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How does the Schengen 90/180 rule work?

I have searched the web a lot and could not find an answer that fits my situation. Here are two links that are quite contradictory: Schengen visa refusal Changing visas when one hasn't expired My ...
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How big is “too big” for an airline seat? At what point will you be required to buy two tickets?

As I said in another question, I'm bringing my parents to visit me here in Sweden next year. My mother is around 280-300 pounds and 5'6" (130-135kg, 1.67m). I am concerned that she might be asked at ...
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Canadian visa rules for flight connections

I know that in the US foreigners must have a US visa if they have a connection in the US, even if they fly from a different country to a different country. That is because in the US you have to go ...
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Who pays for the return air ticket when a country refuses entry (by air)?

If I am on a tourist visa, and refused entry into the intended touring country, then who pays for the return ticket? I would assume I will have to. But if I have no money of any kind, then what ...
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In which countries are the visitor's first name and last name compulsory?

My name consists of just a first name and no surname. Will there be a problem regarding my name in the country I visit with a tourist or employment visa? Are there countries in the world where this ...
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What regulations should a European driver know when driving in the US?

There are the obvious ones. The US has the keep-your-lane system, where as in Europe you are expected to keep to the right (left for UK) as long as possible. On my latest travel to the US, I was ...
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How does the new Ryanair luggage policy work?

The following might sound like a silly question, but I'm totally confused. I haven't flown with Ryanair in at least a year and apparently the luggage policy has changed since then. Previously it was ...
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Overtaking regulations when driving in Europe

I've got a question about how to drive the car in Europe on Highways. In the US, I can overtake another car on either side, and I am fine. In Europe I was told that I have to drive on the right side (...
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Travel implications when going to Muslim countries after a visit to Israel

I would like to visit Israel, but I have heard that if you visit some Muslim countries, they won't let you in, and visa versa. Does it depend on which Muslim countries? I imagine there would be ...
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What is proper etiquette on bringing one night stands to a hotel room?

somewhat related to "Can a hotel kick you out if you let an unregistered guest share a room with you?": In the, alas, completely hypothetical scenario where I'm out in a foreign town and just happen ...
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Why are airline passengers asked to lift up window shades during takeoff and landing?

I have always wondered why the windows shades have to be raised during take off and landing. I can't think of any safety issues by having a closed window.
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Why are airlines against the transferring of tickets to other persons?

Airlines usually either don't allow the transferring of tickets to another person after they've been purchased, or they do it at an extremely inflated price. What is the reason for doing this? One ...
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What are the wild camping regulations in Iceland?

I've read here that "in Iceland you are allowed to do this by law as long as you stay away from houses and use common sense like you say". Wild camping in Iceland is one of my ideas for the next ...
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What to do when you can't print your boarding pass?

I just use web checkin for my flight tomorrow. After that I should have printed my boarding pass. However, I realised that this is not possible. So what can I do now? I have already checked in, but no ...
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Can Schengen resident permit holders use the “EU” line at passport control?

When I was transferring this morning at Schipol, the staff directed non-EU citizens with Schengen area residence permits to the "EU" line at passport control. Is this always allowed for people with ...
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Why do countries require validity of 6 months for passports? [closed]

Many countries require a passport to be valid for six months. Sometimes these six months are counted from the date of departure, or from the date of entrance. Even though some of these countries only ...
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Can you travel to the UK with an EU national Identity card that is only valid for another week upon return?

For international trips I have a passport, for EU journeys I use my national identity card. Simply because its format is more convenient, since it fits in my wallet. On my next trip to the UK my ...
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Would China to Taiwan and back again count as another entry into China?

I have a double entry visa for China. I've used up the first one and will reenter China for the second one in the next few days. Now I'd really like to go to Taiwan by ferry but was worried that it ...
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How rigorous are Amtrak in enforcing luggage rules?

Looking at Amtrak trains between NY and Boston, I found that all had "no checked luggage" save for a midnight train (less than ideal for a relaxing vacation). Looking at this reference, it's not ...
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I have a tattoo. Can I visit a public swimming pool in Japan?

A friend of mine is currently traveling in Japan. She has a small tattoo on her neck. Now she wanted to visit a public swimming pool but was denied entry. It was difficult to understand the reason ...
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What do “Fragile” stickers on checked baggage do?

When traveling by air and checking bags, some airlines will let you declare an item as fragile and put stickers on the box or bag. How common is this policy? What do the fragile stickers do (i.e. how ...
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Are airlines legally obligated to feed passengers without charging?

Is there any duration and/or distance of flight beyond which airlines are legally obliged to feed passengers without charging them for it? If so, what is the limit? In case jurisdictions matter, I'm ...
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Why are balloons prohibited at Amsterdam Schiphol?

At Amsterdam Schiphol Airport there are prominent No Balloons signs on each entrance to train platforms. What is the story or rationale behind that ban?
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Can a normal backpacker obtain a multiple-entry Chinese visa while on the road?

I'm an Australian citizen backpacking around Southeast Asia, currently in Bangkok. I would like to criss-cross China several times on this trip to visit some of its neighbouring countries by crossing ...
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Baggage allowance of separate domestic flights with a connecting international flight?

In the US, is there such a rule so that, if you are taking a domestic flight and then taking an international flight, the luggage allowance of the international flight will apply? Because it is quite ...
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Is it against regulations to pack my laptop battery on its own in my checked luggage?

We have several small children, which complicates traveling and requires us to compact our hand luggage as much as possible. We've been tempted to check in our laptop in our luggage, but have been (...
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What are the “rules” for multi-city flights?

As I understand things, airlines generally give discounts for round-trips that consist of a flight from A to B followed by a flight from B to A. How does this logic work for multi-city flights? As ...
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Can you enter the departures area without a boarding pass at London Heathrow airport?

My girlfriend is leaving the UK from Heathrow tomorrow. Is it possible for me to go through security with her so that we can be together until she goes to her departure gate?
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Renting a car in Ireland when under 25?

My friend and I are planning a vacation to Ireland later this year. We'll be there for a week, flying into Dublin and then renting a car and driving around the country. Both of us are 23. Are there ...
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Israel tourist visa renewal

How long are you supposed to stay out of Israel after your 3 month tourist visa has expired in order to get another tourist visa? I'm a U.S. citizen, if it matters.
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Where can we find information about the cause of a flight's delay?

Having experienced a few flight delays on my own, I'd like to know if there is some source of precise information about the delay (including up-to-date estimations of the delay and causes). So far it ...
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Need to understand why my Schengen visa was refused

I applied for a schengen visa, to attend some interviews in Germany. I am a doctor, and a recruiting agency is arranging all the interviews. They provided me with an invitation letter, stating they ...
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If I book a return journey with Wizz Air and miss the first flight, can I still take the return flight?

I have booked a Wizz Air ticket (RT 17-31/JAN) from the Netherlands to Bulgaria, but due to school I have to change the booking. What I noticed was that the rebooking fee is ridiculously high - €30 ...
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United Airlines does not comply with baggage policy from IATA Resolution 302?

My itinerary: UA: Indianapolis -> Newark (operated by ExpressJet). Flight# UA** ANA: Newark -> Tokyo (operated by UA). Flight# NH** VNA: Tokyo -> Hanoi. Flight# VN** ANA policy allows 2 free ...
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Is an EU residency permit for EU nationals a valid travel document within the EU?

I am a citizen of an EU member state, being a resident in another EU member state. I hold a both a national identity card of my birth country and a resident permit of my home country. In an answer to ...
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Minimum available passport blank page requirements

For a British Citizen travelling on business to one country for up to 30 days what are the maximum numbers of consecutive and not-necessarily-consecutive minimum blank pages required in a passport ...
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In which places in China can travellers not stay at just any random local hotel?

I have now heard a couple of times from different sources that in some parts of China you can't just stay wherever you feel like as a tourist. I hitchhiked from the Lao border to the Mongolian border ...
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What rules govern forced removal from flights (due to overbooking)?

I was recently surprised to see a man roughly and forcibly physically removed from an overbooked flight by three police officers because his flight was overbooked. He was reportedly a doctor who ...
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Are there any man-only places in the world?

I know it is forbidden to enter to Muslim's mosques/shrines without proper Islamic cover or having your shoes during walking through temples/tombs/shrines in India and some other Hindu countries or ...
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Am I supposed to respect traffic signs that are upside down (in the USA)?

I am travelling by car in the USA (Massachusetts). Am I supposed to respect traffic signs that are upside down? E.g. on this road, there have been an upside down 25 MPH speed limit for a while, I ...
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Is bringing tea from coca leaves to Europe illegal?

When travelling in Chile, tea from coca leaves was something you could buy at regular places. It is even sold as a preventive to altitude sickness in places like San Pedro de Atacama. After feeling ...
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Are there any airlines that allow electronic cigarettes?

Unfortunately, I am a smoker.In the 20th century things were easier and many airlines allowed smoking onboard which is almost impossible now. Anyway the electronic cigarettes were introduced a few ...
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Road-trip in USA: can a foreigner buy a car?

We are planning a road-trip in USA (and maybe part of central-america). Our first idea was to rent a car on each stage of our trip, but we realized that this option is about $1000 per month and breaks ...
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What's the limit of liquids allowed in your purse while flying with United Airlines?

I'm going to visit my boyfriend and as any girl, I want to smell nice for him. I'm flying with United, and I have an 89 ml body spray, 29 ml and 60 ml hand sanitizer. Is that allowed?
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Do I still need a blood test for a Kurdistan residency permit?

For a stay exceeding 15 days[1] in Kurdistan even nationals of some visa free countries need residency permission. The short-term requirements are mentioned by the Kurdistan Regional Government and ...
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How would the airline carrier compensate if the change in flight schedule breaks my entire itinerary?

I planned a trip to Europe this December and booked the flights quite in advance. A few days ago they sent an email informing me that a flight has been cancelled and they offered a different flight or ...
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Why are so many airline check-in counters idle so often?

There was a time when queues at post offices and banks etc were counter-specific. Eventually it was widely recognised that a penning system (a Single-Line queue), or ticketing systems and such like, ...
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Must airlines warn passengers about changes of required travel documents?

Case: Booking of flight ticket from Belgium to Namibia for family with minors in Jan 2018 for flight scheduled on Aug 1st 2018. New regulation on birth certificates requirements for minor introduced ...
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Is it legal to have 2 flights in the air at the same time with the same flight #?

My son was flying from a Rochester NY to Washington Dulles on flight 4578. They were to land, pickup passengers, then continue to Raleigh. The flight from Rochester was delayed so late arriving in DC. ...
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What does a flight code identify?

The title is very basic but I have a three-fold question about flight codes. Who decides of a flight code, who uses it (or is expected to use it) and what does it mean? We have a couple questions on ...