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What does a certain travel-related term mean or what's the proper name for something you can describe? On TSE many special terms relate to air travel or visas. For air travel there is a list in `tag info` here.

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What is a "consecutive stay plan"?

We're trying to book a hotel room in Japan. There are two options for the same room and same duration: with or without "consecutive stay plan", the latter being slightly less expensive (e.g. ...
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What's the definition of "transit" for the South Korea 30 day visa exemption program?

I am planning to travel to Seoul and Bangkok for a holiday trip. I hold a Chinese passport and I am studying in Australia (so I also have a valid Australia student visa). My plan is to go Australia -&...
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New smartphones that are unlocked

What does "Unlocked Worldwide (Only T-Mobile/Mint/Metro USA Market)" mean in this link (on Amazon Canada)? And since the mobile product in question is only unlocked for T-Mobile/Mint/Metro ...
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What kind of accommodation does "homestay" actually refer to in Malaysia?

Anywhere else in the world as far as I know, "homestay" means a kind of accommodation where you live with a local family in their home, so maybe a bit like a guesthouse but more personal and ...
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Passport "Issued in" vs. "Issuing Country" & "Issuing Authority"

Background As part of the Advance Passenger Information (API) for an upcoming flight from my country of residence (Country R) to my country of citizenship (Country C), the airline is asking me to ...
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What does MULT on UK standard visitor visa mean?

I applied for a six month single entry standard visitor visa, but the visa I got says Number of Entries: "MULT". Does this mean they gave me a multiple entry visa even though I applied for a ...
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What exactly is the definition of returning ESTA?

Several US airport immigration queues seem to differentiate between "first-time ESTA visitors" and "returning ESTA visitors" – what exactly is the definition for that distinction? ...
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What does "G" mean right after a flight number in a boarding pass?

Example of a boarding pass from Alaska Airlines from SFO (San Francisco International Airport) to GEG (Spokane International Airport). The flight is Alaska Airlines 2233. What does the G mean right ...
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Do the terms "booking" and "reservation" mean different things in the hotel industry?

On online travel agencies (OTAs) such as booking.com, the term "booking" can refer to multiple rooms. On property management systems (PMSs) such as Opera, the term "reservation" ...
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What does the "Cancelled recovery" status mean?

I noticed a flight with the status "Cancelled recovery" on the Spokane airport website. What does that mean? I saw that the flight got diverted back to its original departure airport, but I ...
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What exactly is a Schengen visa?

I am wondering if a national visa is also a schengen visa or if they are in separate categories I see conflicting answers on Google. https://de.tlscontact.com/eg/aly/page.php?pid=FAQ#national_visa ...
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Meaning of "Bus Privato" on bus timetables for Trentino Trasporti

I'm planning a trip to Trento and planning on making several trips there by bus - I've found some timetables on their website (example: https://www.trentinotrasporti.it/pdforari/extraurbani/linee/...
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What's "Q" in the airline IATA codes?

According to IATA.org, Jetstar Airline has the IATA code "JQ". Singapore airline is SQ. Neither of them have the letter "Q" in their name, so what does it stand for?
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Clarification on the Maldives' visa requirements: 'Entry facilities' and multiple hotels

I want to travel to the Maldives soon. On https://immigration.gov.mv/tourist-visa/, I found the following requirements for obtaining a tourist visa: A passport or a travel document with Machine ...
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Definition of "first embarkation point" for trip to Indonesia

I have a code shared flight linked on Singapore Air from LAX to Manado, Indonesia through Singapore. The LAX/SIN flight is Singapore Air, then Scoot Air SIN/Manado. I check my bags all the way through ...
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What's the difference between a transfer pass and a boarding pass?

Looking back at some past flight tickets, I see for a trip with 1 layover, I was given a boarding pass for the first leg, and a transfer pass for the second leg. The pass type was indicated on the ...
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How is the part of a route between two consecutive waypoints called?

What is the name of the part of a route/path/flight between two consecutive waypoints? Do "Route leg" or just "Leg" appropriate terms?
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Is there any difference between a last call and a final call?

I wonder whether there is any difference between a last call and a final call, in the context of boarding airplanes. E.g., does one of the term indicate a higher level of urgency?
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What are the definitions of stages and sequences when describing a flight, and how do they compare against leg/portion/sector/segment?

I read: Question: In what case doesn't a coupon correspond to a segment? Comment: This is getting into the weeds of terminology that most travelers don't need to deal with; there are also sectors and ...
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What does “PAX” mean on a Qatar Airways flight ticket? [closed]

Example (mirror, mirror 2): What does "PAX" mean on a Qatar Airways flight ticket? Typically, PAX=passenger, but in that case I don't understand why the ticket says "passenger" ...
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What does "C1-4 NON END" mean on a Qatar Airways flight ticket?

Example (mirror, mirror 2): What does "C1-4 NON END" mean on a Qatar Airways flight ticket?
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What do CLD and CLR stand for on a delivery certificate ("attestation de remise") when getting a new French passport?

I got a new French passport as the French Embassy in Bangkok. What do CLD and CLR stand for on a delivery certificate ("attestation de remise") when getting a new French passport?
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Is it normal for hotels to offer two single beds pushed together when a double bed is booked?

Recently, in multiple hotels, we paid for a double bed but got two smaller beds near each other instead. The two beds can move apart during the night, if you sleep on the middle. Should we complain? ...
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What is "Resort-style living", "No Mello Roos" and "direct access garage"? [closed]

I read this description of a (rather expensive) house for sale in California, USA: Resort-style living in Baker Ranch community with No Mello Roos. This turnkey The Rowe Plan 1X townhome was built in ...
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What does it mean for a traveler to be "from a country" for the purposes of travel to Spain?

As of June 21st, Spain has reopened its borders for the majority of European countries. On July 1st, it will be open to many more travelers. In articles, it usually says that travel will be open to ...
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Is the term "service city" correct for the main city served by an airport placed outside of that city?

Some airports of big cities are, in fact, technically speaking in a "very near municipality" which is not the main city itself. For example the airport BCN serving "Barcelona" is, in fact, placed in ...
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What is the name for the set of the outbound segment and inbound segment together?

I have a technical naming question. Imagine I have this set of flights for a passegner flying from Paris to Thailand: International Outbound: - From Paris (France), Airport Charles De Gaulle (CDG) -...
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Are all prepaid SIM cards referred to as Tourist SIM cards in Thailand? Or are there some prepaid SIM cards "for locals"?

Are all prepaid SIM cards referred to as Tourist SIM cards in Thailand? Or are there some prepaid SIM cards "for locals"? I'm asking as all prepaid SIM cards I was shown (because it's behind the ...
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How does E-visa differ from Approval Letter Based Visa on Arrival (ALBVoA) for Vietnam?

I fail to understand how does a E-visa differ from Approval Letter Based Visa on Arrival (ALBVoA) usually issued by a government authorized agency for issuing such approval letters. In both cases an ...
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What does the terminolgy 'open bar' mean when selecting board type upon booking hotel room?

I would like to know what the terminology 'open bar' means when on the booking breakdown page/ selecting room type. For more context it is under the column 'board basis' and next to the words 'bed and ...
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In Taiwan, what do you call those covered walkways?

From what I've seen, Taiwan doesn't really have sidewalks. Instead, people walk "under" buildings. Is there a name for that gap space, between the street and the building fronts?
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What is the term for remote tourism consultation as a "bypass" for tour guiding in certain countries?

This question might be somewhat irrelevant in January 2020 (described below) but I ask it anyway to broaden general knowledge Certain countries do not allow people which aren't their citizens to work ...
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What is a "fiche" and do I need one for Mauritania?

Many forum entries talk about a "fiche" for Mauritania and that they needed dozens of them for handing them to police checkpoints. What are they and can I travel Mauritania without them?
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Converter vs Adapter

I'm looking at travel Converters so I can use an American appliance abroad. Something like this. However, all of those I've seen are both Converters and Adapters. As far as I know, that means that if ...
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What is indirect travel?

My company uses Concur to book business travel. I am trying to book a flight for a business trip in 2 weeks. I have selected the flights, and on the screen where Concur asks for the project to ...
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What is a flight ticket coupon?

When buying a roundtrip flight ticket, a single ticket and a single PNR (Passenger Name Record) is issued. But I've heard that one can cancel a single leg of that roundtrip booking. How is that ...
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What does "WBCI SSR" stand for?

What does WBCI Special Service Request on a boarding pass stand for? I see that code on boarding passes for a lot of airlines I'm flying—JAL, LOT, LH—but couldn't find the code explained online.
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Is a Middle Name a Given Name?

My full name is four names long - First name, Middle name, Middle name, Last name. Whenever asked for my Given Name I have always supplied my First name (not either of my middle names). This week I ...
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What is the difference between a passenger being on hold and standby?

What is the difference between a passenger being on hold or being on standby?
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UK visa application query

I have applied for UK visa with 6 people. All got visa and I got Entry Clearance. Is there any difference between them?
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What does BSCT stand for?

Apparently, BSCT is an acronym for ... baby bassinet. Somehow. Various airlines use it, for instance: Latam Air China The text only mentions the acronym like baby bassinet (BSCT) without giving ...
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What exactly is "Fuxing / Shuttle"?

I'm using Google Maps to find public transportation from Keelung to Tapiei Main Station. It shows "Fuxing / Shuttle" as the recommended option. Is this a bus? When I click "details" to see its number, ...
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When I do the “accommodation registration at local police station” after entering China or changing location in China, what does "local" mean?

When I do the “accommodation registration at local police station” after entering China or changing location in China, what does "local" mean? Same district? Same municipality? Same province? Within a ...
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In the context of hotels, what's a "purser"?

In the Winter Package hotel offer, one service provided to Horizon Club members is a "Purser service", without any explanation of what a purser is. Wikipedia's article on pursers only talks about ...
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What does “voluntarily elected to depart the U.K.” mean? [closed]

Recently I have been refused entry to the U.K. as they were not satisfied I am a genuine visitor. Now, I would like to study in the U.K. But I'm confused as to what “voluntarily elected to depart the ...
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What is AirAsia's "embargo period" they mention but seldom actually define?

I was just looking at a list of deals on AirAsia's site and one of its "travel notes" says Fares are not available during embargo period So I'm assuming this is a specific date range. But they don'...
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In practice, what is the distinction between ESTA and visas?

It is often claimed that ESTA is not a visa - both by the US government and the travelers themselves. However in practice, I find it difficult to see the distinction between ESTA and e-visas: It ...
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Guarantor(s) for tourist visa for Thailand

I am about to apply for the first time for a multiple-entry tourist visa for Thailand and I am a bit struggling to understand all the requirements and the fields to fill in. Particularly, the last ...
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Schengen Visa: Is presenting at an academic conference classified as business? [duplicate]

I intend to apply for a Schengen Visa to present at a railway conference. I will be presenting on behalf of my current employer. I wish to know if this would be classified as business/work and would ...
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What do letters "R" and "E" before parking slots in Spain mean?

In Spain, more precisely in the Basque Country, I have seen letters "R" and "E" before parking slots. What do they mean / stand for? This one is in the town of Zumaia. Picture is taken on Google ...
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