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Which countries have 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 currently covid-19 free countries to travel to WITHOUT the virus.
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Is it really necessary to physically visit a given location in order to “truly get the place”? [closed]

I have many times heard people, usually well-traveled such, claim that I cannot possibly "get" a place until I've physically visited it and "experienced it with my own eyes". But is this really true? ...
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Are there any airlines that still allow smoking on-board flights?

Do any airlines still allow smoking on-board international flights, or is this something that has been banned across the board everywhere? If this is because of fire hazard regulations, what about e-...
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How safe are cable cars?

I was travelling from Singapore main land to Sentosa island using cable car. I never had problem flying or even skydiving. This cable car thing just didn't make me feel safe, I was literally terrified....
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Is it safe to drive at night in the Canadian Rockies?

As part of a road trip, I am thinking of crossing the Canadian Rockies by car during night time, from Banff, AB to Kamloops, BC. I am aware that some areas in Canada are not recommended to be driven ...
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Coronavirus affected co-passenger; what to do?

I am flying this week from Munich to London, and Bavaria just got the first contaminated person, who now has the Coronavirus 2019-nCoV after interacting with Chinese colleague. Two cases of the novel ...
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What do they do if confirmed positive during US airport COVID-19 testing?

Is there a known policy for what U.S. airport/government employees will do if they test somebody for COVID-19 and find them positive? Further, is this policy dependent upon airport, state, country, ...
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Visiting Iran with younger female companion

I am planning for a vacation in Iran. I am a European Union passport holder and would especially like to see the main architectural sites along the Teheran-Kashan-Esfahan-Shiraz corridor. I am ...
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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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How safe is it to fly on a 22 year old Thai Airways Boeing 777-200 plane?

I am travelling to Bangkok and just got to know that I will be flying on a 22 year old Thai Airways Boeing 777-200, how safe is it to fly on a plane this old?
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Finding a travel partner

I love to travel, and I'd like to travel with either a small group or at least with another person. The problem is, I can't find a partner for travel every time my time slot opens up. Once I met this ...
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Driving with a rental car from Larnaca to Northern Cyprus

I am travelling to Republic of Cyprus. I am planning to rent a car in Larnaca and travel to Northern Cyprus as well. I have called several big rental companies (Hertz, Sixt, Europcar) and learned that ...
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Swimming in the Dead Sea

From what I gathered by reading on google about Dead Sea swimming, the popular statement of 'You can never drown in in the Dead Sea' isn't technically true. Its dangerous trying to 'swim' normally and ...
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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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Are camels really a problem when traveling by car in the Negev?

In Negev area of Israel along most roads you see signs with warnings about camels that can enter the road. I've done way over 1000 kilometers and I have not see single camel there. Are camels really ...
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When walking on the road, is it safer to walk in the same or opposite direction as the traffic?

I don't know this question will qualify for this site or not, but, I have this question. When you are walking on the road anywhere (any country, city, etc), Which is safer? Walking in the ...
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Passing through airport security with autism

I am a young adult with autism (Asperger's to be precise). While there are many resources on how to travel with kids with autism, resources on how to do so if you have it yourself are rare to ...
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Avoid fireworks/firecrackers in Taiwan

I have ligyrophobia (the fear of loud sounds). It is possible for me to tolerate things like balloons and thunders, but fireworks/firecrackers will send me into a panic attack. I will be travelling ...
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Should I walk facing traffic when walking on a bike trail?

When walking on a road, I walk facing traffic. But when I walked facing traffic (thus on the left) on a bidirectional bike trail (with a yellow dashed dividing line) recently in Madison, Wisconsin, ...
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When the road is blocked by animals, what's the proper way to proceed?

When the road is blocked by animals, what's the proper way to proceed? Should I wait, honk, drive/walk near the animals to try to convince them to move away from the road, or is there some more ...
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Accurate and up-to-date information about security/safety threats in Israel

I am traveling to Israel in the next few weeks and I was wondering what the best sources or alert systems for accurate and up-to-date information about current security/safety threats in Israel are.
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When does a foreigner's police escort from the elite Special Police Unit (SPU) have to escort the foreigner in Somaliland?

I have read that a police escort from the elite Special Police Unit (SPU) is required in Somaliland when traveling outside of Hargeisa. E.g. https://www.onceinalifetimejourney.com/reviews/...
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What Happens when Passenger Refuses to Fly Boeing 737 Max?

As most are unfortunately aware the Boeing 737 Max 8 is receiving very bad press after two fatal plane crashes in five months. China suspends commercial operations of Boeing 737-8 planes At the time ...
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Is a police escort (SPU) in Somaliland assigned to the foreigner automatically or must the foreigner request it?

I have read that a police escort from the elite Special Police Unit (SPU) is required in Somaliland when traveling outside of Hargeisa. E.g. https://www.onceinalifetimejourney.com/reviews/everything-...
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Why do travel advisories vary so much between countries?

I'd like to visit Tamanrasset and the Hoggar Mountains (see also this question), so I was happy to see that the FCO no longer advises against travel there: Source: FCO. The Foreign and ...
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Remove Airbnb results that require upload of ID

Based on Can I use Airbnb without trusting them with my ID? it seems some landlords require ID and that this may be the reason Airbnb asks for ID. Is there a way I can filter the results, so I only ...
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Driving courses for tourists

One of my not-so guilty pleasures is to watch Australian dash-cam video compilations; the fun part is to try to figure out all the different driving rules. As a North-American driver, I would be ...
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Can I use Airbnb without trusting them with my ID?

We have all heard rumours of people who had access to copies of ID-card, and who sold copies of these to criminals, who then used these for identity theft. It is really hard to prosecute such a case, ...
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Is it safe to fly over Iran? [closed]

I am a pretty nervous flyer, and the recent events with Iran accidentally shooting down a passenger flight does not help. I am flying from Istanbul to Bangkok on Saturday with Turkish Airlines, and ...
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What should I do to avoid ear pain when flying?

I always feel a pain in my ears when flying. Specially when descending. The last time I had extreme pain, feeling it inclusive around my eye balls. It felt like someone was touching the eye and ...
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Is traveling by bus during the Halloween night a good idea?

I do not celebrate Halloween and I do not like the feasts associated with it. I will be traveling in Uruguay next week. From my experience, the South American people like parties and so on, and it is ...
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Safety for American visiting London, UK

I'm traveling from Seattle, USA to London, UK in March 2020. My cousin (half British) is getting married to his British girlfriend in Farnham. I'm a 40 year old American, single, white man. I did a ...
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Where can I find a fine-grained map of Lima indicating the crime level against non-Peruvian for each area, with the area being as precise as possible?

I am looking for a fine-grained map of Lima, Peru indicating the level of crimes against non-Peruvian citizens for each area, with the area being as precise as possible. I would prefer a more fine-...
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Which months in Japan lowers probability of natural disaster?

I want travel Japan but it gets earth quakes, tsunamis, typhoons. Which months for lowest probability of these natural disasters?
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Is Uber currently safe to use around Cabo San Lucas?

I'm a big fan of Uber and use it as much as I can, however some reports on TripAdvisor mention that Uber drivers are being harassed by the taxi mafia. How big is the danger currently in practice? Is ...
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Size 26 curvy girl. Flying across country with Delta. Will I fit into the seat?

I'm a size 26 woman. I'm planning to fly across country with Delta. Will I have trouble to fit into the seat? What can I do to make the flight most comfortable for me? The flight is fully booked and ...
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Seat aisles blocked by baggage

On a recent full flight there was no room overhead for my standard cabin bag which had even been given an approved sticker when I checked my baggage in. The FA instructed me to put it under the seat ...
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Visting the UK with my own car

I am from Austria and would like to visit the UK with my own car. The plan is to travel through Germany and France to take a ferry to England (Calais-Dover), stay 1,5 weeks in the UK and then go back ...
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Street smarts for “dangerous cities” in the US (Detroit, Gary, …)

The term "street smarts" gets tossed around often when discussing cities which are notorious for criminal acrivity, but how can I actually be "street smart" when leaving a safe area (e.g. downtown)? ...
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What is the situation like in Paris in late December 2019?

I have a trip booked to Paris from December 22 to December 30, for a family of three, including a 1 year old child. I have heard of the strikes in Paris, and I am seriously considering cancelling ...
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Israel: How safe are Tel Aviv and Jeresulem between Christmas and New Year's?

How safe are Tel Aviv and Jeresulem between Christmas and New Year's? I am aware of internal and external conflicts as well as warning across the board, at least back to 3-5 years ago. I have also ...
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Do commercial flights generally carry epipens?

My friend has a severe nut allergy and brings multiple epipens aboard flights. This is apparently the safest thing to ensure the proper treatment of a potential allergic reaction, especially in the ...
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Which country should I go to in order to see gorillas?

I understand that you can see gorillas in the wild in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. In planning a trip to Africa to see gorillas, why might I choose one country over another considering factors such as ...
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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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What do travellers to England need to know about social class?

One aspect that British society is known for its social class system, but how does this apply to foreigners? I will be in London and Manchester for a week, and knowing which neighbourhoods to avoid or ...
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How can solo, female travelers use public transportation safely in Rome?

I am a solo female traveller in Rome. I want to know how safe Rome is for females. The safety aspects I'm concerned about are those such as violence, robbery, sexual assault, verbal harassment, etc. ...
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How to prevent “Delhi Belly”?

Montezuma's revenge or Aztec two step in Central America, mummy's tummy, or Cairo two-step in Egypt, Kurtz Hurtz in Uzbekistan, Bombay belly or Delhi belly in India. A case of the sh-- or Hershey ...
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Is it safe to drive the Baja Peninsula?

I want to drive from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas but I've heard of people being pulled over by corrupt cops and being hassled by people on the peninsula. I speak fluent Spanish and I'm pretty street ...
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Traveling to Japan from Southeast Asia in a week, should I be worried about the political situation between Japan and North Korea? [closed]

With the situation heating up and North Korea threatening missile tests over Japan, I am extremely worried about several things: Air traffic safety due to North Korea (obviously) not announcing tests/...
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Is it safe to stay in Kowloon in Hong Kong this week? [closed]

I am staying a day in Hong Kong on Thursday/Friday on my way to Australia. Is it safe? What are necessary precautions? Should I stay in the airport all this time?

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