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Should I Fabricate Additional Support Document after UK V 4.2 (a) +(c) refusal

My UK tourist visa has been refused due to paragraph 4.2 (a) and (c). I'm planning to reapply and ask an agency to guide me on the additional documents that I need to provide. They advised me to ...
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What are the most common tourist scams in Germany, specifically in Munich and Berlin? [closed]

I've been to a few Asian and Europian countries which were filled with lots of tourist scams/traps; from sim card, taxi, coffee, to string people and even fake police officers. I wonder, is this also ...
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Large cash requirement (2700 USD) for Russian citizens to fly to the US? [duplicate]

My girlfriend is Russian. Last night we tried to fly her to the US on a valid tourist visa. She was stopped at DME and told she would be required to have $2700 USD to get back home immediately even ...
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“Booking” nightclubs for solo tourists in their thirties

I've heard about booking nightclubs in Korea, where you can pay a waiter to bring over someone of the opposite sex. I'd like to try it, but I've got a couple of questions. I'll be 38 when I go over ...
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Is it reliable to buy disneyland ticket from 365tickets.com?

I visited https://www.booktickets.disneylandparis.com/ and thought of booking tickets for Disneyland but then I found this site 365tickets.com. It's price is little higher but it says something cal ...
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Is busticket4.me reliable?

I want to buy a bus ticket (from Belgrade to Podgorica) online at https://busticket4.me/. However, I wonder if this site is reliable (maybe it's just a scam, maybe they will take my money and will not ...
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Is there a way to verify if a Russian resident has applied for a visa to visit the US after a letter of invitation is sent?

Is there anyway to verify if a person has had an interview at the American embassy in Moscow? Or if the application has even been processed? I have sent a letter of request and was told that the visa ...
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Does a verified US citizen need a police & medical report to return from Ghana? [duplicate]

I've been told by a girl supposedly from New York I met online, who currently is working in Ghana, that she requires police and medical reports to return to the US. Is this true? The cost was quoted ...
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Why do people in the Marrakech Medina say “That way is closed”?

I just got back from a Morocco trip and now have a massive doubt with respect to what it looks like a common behaviour in the Medina (old city). Whenever we wandered around off the souks and main ...
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Booking.com host asks to transfer money to his card. Should I comply?

I have booked a flat with the next conditions (get standard letter from booking.com): Your reservation 3 nights, 1 room Change Check-in Sunday 14 May 2017 (14:00 - 18:00) Check-out Wednesday ...
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What can I do if a hotel booked online turns me away but keeps my money?

I booked a hotel at Hotels.com for one night in Austin because I didn't want to drive the two hours back to Houston. I arrived at the hotel and the owner told me my card was declined on Hotels.com. I ...
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Can minors apply for a visa on their own to travel to South Korea for a K-Pop training program?

Does a minor need their parents' permission to apply for a visa and to travel unaccompanied to another country? I am a 15-year-old Tunisian and want to attend a K-Pop training program in South Korea.
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How to check safety of car rental offer in Spain?

I did a Barcelona car rental search on Kayak while on WiFi in Lisbon airport. Kayak passed me off to "Holiday Rentals" which says "OK rent a car" with thousands of positive reviews will charge US$7....
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Is a request for photographic evidence (ID & credit card) legitimate for the purchase of tickets to the Australian Open?

Next month I'm going to Australia for the first time and will visit the Australian Open in Melbourne. Yesterday I bought the tickets for AO by Ticketbis and today received an mail requiring me to send ...
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Does a Ghana citizen need $3000 in hand to travel to the USA? [duplicate]

I have met a girl online and wish to bring her to the USA. We have talked on the phone and via video chat. All documents are in order but they say she needs $3,000 (USD) in hand to travel. Is this ...
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How to tell scam taxis from legitimate ones in Bangkok? Does it make sense prebooking?

I know that most horror stories never happen, still I think it might be good to know how to tell apart legitimate taxi drivers in Bangkok from ones that will overcharge you... Does it make sense to ...
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How do I recognize a scam website?

Inspired by How to get my passport back to me in Michigan from a travel agent in California, when he wants me to buy his services? I feel we should have a canonical place to deal with these. While not ...
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Are there plain clothes police patrols in Warsaw, or was I a victim of a scam?

I was walking along the river in Warsaw in the afternoon and was approached by two men who claimed to be police. They showed me ID, but I have no idea what Polish policja ID is supposed to look like, ...
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Web Sites: Disneyland vs Disney World in the United States

I was looking for Disney tickets and I found these 2 sites (Disneyland and Disneyworld ) that look exactly like each other. However, one of them is way cheaper than the other. Which one can I trust?
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Can Customs make me go back to return my electronic equipment or is it a scam?

My fiance just returned home from Nigeria and he has been detained 4 days at Reagan International airport because he returned with electronic sonar hardware he used for his job. Customs has detained ...
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Am I being scammed? (UK visit visa refusal)

I am from Pakistan. I applied for a 4 week UK family visit visa with my 6 year old daughter and they refused, my refusal issue is the same. I am going to quote my refusal letter: [ These objections ...
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Farestore.com, TravelMerry.com: MUCH cheaper than “normal” websites. Is this real?

Typically I use hipmunk to quickly figure out what good connections and good prices are. Recently I saw that "unknown" websites like farestore or travelmerry are the lowest bidder by a huge margin. ...
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Are unofficial sites outranking official websites in English a common problem in China?

When googling for baiyun airport, a website calling itself "Guangzhou Airport Online" was the first hit, whereas the English-language version of the official website was ranked fifth, after two pages ...
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How can a Russian citizen prove they have enough funds to cover a trip without having money in their bank account?

When applying for a US B1/B2 visa from Russia and you can fulfill most of the required documents but can only do partially one of the requirements i.e... The passport as one, the airfare for the third ...
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Is the Berlin Wall Section on the Sakharov Grounds Accessible at Night?

I am informed that the only known section of the Berlin Wall situated in Russia is on the grounds of the Andrei Sakharov Center. The centre itself is composed of his former residence and a 'largish' ...
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Is it normal for menus to be priced in grams in Venice, Italy?

I visited Venice recently. In one restaurant menus were priced in grams and not per portion. So this resulted in several times bigger bill when I have originally expected. Is this type of pricing is ...
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What are the pros and cons of booking flight tickets from Hotwire or Travelocity?

I plan to travel to the US from India this August. I'm sure I'll go and, while searching for cheap airfares online, I found most of the sites showing almost identical fares. A friend of me, however, ...
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Amount of money needed to apply for a B1/B2 US visa in Russia? [duplicate]

I have a friend that wants to come and spend some time with me in the U.S. from Russia. She has told me that in order to get her visa approved she has to show that she financial means while here with ...
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Explain meaning of Mumbai scams

While reading about Mumbai on wikitravel, before my next business trip, I have found information about two scams, said to be popular in this city (or entire India?), which either lacks details or is ...
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A Russian girl is asking for 500 euros to get a passport in Russia. Is this a realistic amount of money for a passport fee? [duplicate]

I met a girl from Russia and she wants to see Denmark. I told her to meet first in Moscow to know each other better - anyway she asked me for 500 Euro for an international passport (she never had one ...
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Job interview in London requires me to wire money to the travel agent. Is this a scam?

I was told that I can have a visitor visa to UK, is this legitimate? I have received an invitation letter and a job offer, and I was contacted by the appointed travel agent to prepare all related ...
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What is the official website of the Vietnam embassy in Canada?

I am looking for the official website of the embassy of Vietnam in Canada. After looking it up on Google, I found a first website that looks serious: http://vietem-ca.com/ However, I also found ...
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How to make sure rental apartment is legitimate if I'm in a different city?

If I'm in one location, and I want to rent a place in another country/city for a few months, but I have to get the apartment remotely, and I do not have the ability to actually visit the place before ...
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Is The Mileage Club a legitimate business?

Is The Mileage Club a legitimate safe business to buy miles from?
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What is the name of the travel show that exposes how travelers are conned?

I once saw a travel show on Discovery or Nat Geo, I can't remember which one, in which the host of the show travels to different cities around the world and exposes how travelers are conned. Just ...
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Is it possible to insist on having your ID checked at the police station, not in the street in Austria?

I am a non-EU citizen and I understand that I could be stopped in Austria and asked for my passport (and visa). Moreover, as far as I know, there are police officers in Austria dressed in civilian ...
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Will getting a refund from an ESTA scam site cause me to be blacklisted from the US?

A colleague accidentally purchased a US ESTA from a scam site that I won't dignify with a link, charging him $31. (The official site charges just $14.) Like most scam sites, the site actually did ...
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Official ESTA application website and are the others scams?

A quick search for ESTA application returned many results. According to this page on cbp.gov, the official site to apply for an ESTA is esta.cbp.dhs.gov. Are the others scams, legitimate third party ...
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How to check the status of an application for a UK work visa for an Indian? [closed]

My husband applied for a work visa in the UK after being told to contact Mr. James Bevan via mail (british.high.commission@india.com). All the documents required were sent via mail and a payment of Rs....
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10% government tourist tax in Indonesia, what's going on with that?

While traveling in Sumatra & Java, I never seen (or noticed) a 10% government tourist tax. When arriving in Bali, many restaurant (& even homestays) display an additional 10% government ...
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Why was I refused a tourist UK visa? Should I reapply for a business visa?

I am an India National. I wanted to visit a friend currently studying at Glasgow. I applied for a General Visitor Visa in early January 2015. The documents I provided were: The letter of intent to ...
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What to do when creeped out by Charlie Chaplin on Westminster Bridge?

There are creepy characters on Westminster bridge, example, one dressed up as Charlie Chaplin. A Google search says that they try to convince tourists to pose for pictures with them, and then demand ...
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Fake work permit and deportation

My friend didn't know that an agent gave him a fake work permit. He was not stopped at the Calcutta Airport and was cleared to board the Emirates Plane to Dubai. After reaching Dubai Airport T-3, the ...
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How to deal with the fake police scam in Spain?

I have read so many internet articles about safety in Spain, and the fake police scam is one of the most mentioned problems. Most of those reported cases are that the victims are surrounded by group ...
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Is Canadian Visa Expert a legitimate company or a scam?

I came across these guys: Canadian Visa Expert, who claim to be able to process visas to Canada, for work or study, for a fee of $467 (four hundred and sixty-seven dollars), and to carry out some ...
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Is there still any franc/ariary confusion risk in Madagascar?

Wikivoyage warns against franc/ariary confusion in Madagascar: The former currency Malagasy Franc (Franc Malgache) was replaced in 2005 by the Ariary (Ar-ee-ar) which is worth 5 Francs. For example,...
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At airports in Cambodia, should I be prepared for a visa scam?

When entering Cambodia by land, many people write that the Cambodian officials will try to scam you for more money than the visa costs (US $20): We have already read about a bunch of scams the ...
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What's the deal with the “string people” in central Paris?

I've taken my fiancée to Paris twice - first for our 1st anniversary, and again for our 4th - and both times we had troubles with guys bothering us around the Sacré Coeur in Montmartre. They hang ...
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Explain this interaction between a traveller, a boy and a bag of bread in Nepal? [closed]

I aimlessly bumped into a youtube video. A traveller in Nepal seemed to call the poor little boy hiding behind a post an idiot? I don't understand what has happened between them? Is it a local scam or ...
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How can I tell if a visa agent is trustworthy?

I'm about to apply for a visa for an upcoming trip to China, so I'm looking into visa agents - those companies that will accept your passport and application documents by FedEx or UPS (etc.) shipment, ...