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I live in a very corrupt country - Ukraine. (Not that corrupt any more. See update below.) Let me give you some advice. Try to avoid looking like a stranger. Try to look like the locals. That is often difficult, I know. This is the only advice I can give on how to avoid corrupt police. They often search for strangers just to get some money from them, ...


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First, in problematic places I would try to avoid interacting with the police as much as possible. Another strategy is patience. Usually, corrupt police are just trying to make quick money off an easy victim. Tourists are an obvious target because they tend to have more money and are more likely to be unfamiliar with the local language and customs. If you ...


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Follow the steps: Remain calm. Ask for identification before going anywhere with them or giving them anything. Don't sign anything without a lawyer present. If they start accusing you of anything, state that you require they then contact your embassy to help you with a lawyer. Generally if they're scamming, they don't want documentation or third parties ...


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To avoid getting harassed? Avoid the police in places where they have a very bad reputation, like Mexico City. In my experience at least in Mexico City the corrupt ones always look evil. The ones that look nice actually are nice. Look in their eyes and you might be able to see it even from a distance. (I'm really not kidding) When you can't avoid the ...


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The key tactic no one else mentioned - relax and do your best to not look like a foreigner. I can't explain it, but whenever I notice a strange well dressed person that person turns out to be a foreigner - he has some concentrated+excited look and behaves largely different from local people. Again, I can't explain it in full - foreigners while being ...


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A key here is "networking," that is, "playing the influence game." Policemen respect "authority." They may pick on you if you appear to have no "authority," particularly if you're "young" (in your teens or twenties). Thus, it helps to know people that they would respect. Or at least give them the impression that you do (this happens more easily if you look ...


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Oh, I found a good suggestion in the Barcelona tourist guide "I'd like to warn your users about an all too common scam which is unfortunately being used on the streets of Barcelona. This happened to me on 18 May, and I think you'll be doing your users a great favour by alerting them to this attempt to steal goods and possessions. It works like this: A ...


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My strategy is to not avoid getting shaken down by corrupt officials. I don't think the average corrupt cop enjoys being a corrupt cop; he finds it humiliated and demoralizing. On the other hand, he has to eat. So, treat it as an ordinary business transaction or government fee. Inquire about the price, pay up cheerfully, and thank him for his ...


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You can stay without registration for up to 3 months after you arrive. But you need to have a document that confirms that you are leaving (airplane or train ticket will work). If you want to stay longer, you'll need to get a temporary registration in the police. That may be painful, because this registration is bound to a place where you live and should be ...


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The standard "on-the-spot fine" for minor and/or imaginary traffic infractions while white is Rp. 50,000. Indonesians may get away with less, the average bule will need to haggle to get even that low. I'd advise you to reconsider renting a scooter though. First, you do need that license to drive legally, and any insurance you may have is likely ...


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There are no international rules that forbid that. There are numerous stories on the Internet about people whose driver's licenses were conficsated in EU countries. Here is an official guide for British drivers driving abroad. It says: If you break French driving laws you can also have your UK driving licence confiscated by French Police. Similarly, ...


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I have been in similar situations with people trying to pretend that they have a legitimate reason to pressure you to do things that might be taken advantage of. What I do is that I immediately pick up my phone and start dialling the police. When they ask me what I am doing I am honest and tell them that I am phoning the police, and say that they might be ...


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I assume here that you did not sign any contract with this agent, since you do not mention that. If you did, please update your question as this would be a very different matter. You have several options, but before pursuing any of them you need to reach out to the agent in writing and politely ask for your passport for being returned by overnight/priority ...


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I have to agree that behaviour and dress go a long way. If you can't blend in as a local because of your cultural features at least try and look like you live there. Move with confidence, don't stand around looking lost with a map in your hand, dress like locals or 'non-touristy'. For example, it is my second time in Kathmandu and I don't walk around in ...


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In Romania the police are also corrupt but fortunately the bribe is working VERY well especially with old generation of cops. The policeman in Romania will not take you to the police station for minor stuff because it involves way too much paper work. If they stop you for a ticket, they will say "please remain/go back in your car". Do not go back in your car ...


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Welcome to Ukraine! Get ready to pay! Ukraine went through a BIG anti-corruption push a couple years ago when they were modernizing their department. They even rebranded to move away from the Soviet/Russia-styled милиция (militia) to the European-styled полиция (police). Unfortunately, that training is starting to wear off and corruption (which never left, ...


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I've been told to register if you're in a place for 7 days or more. Simply put, hostels should be able to do this for you, it takes a day, and is very simple. Just ask them when you get there. Nobody checked mine, however upon exit, but when I return to Russia I'll continue to register - it's one thing you don't want to get caught short on.


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I traveled to quite a lot of places and I think so far never payed a bribe. Maybe I once did for airport processing in Jordan or maybe not - I'm not completely sure if the fee was legit. Generally many of the tips mentioned here so far don't work well form me. I'm a tourist. I look like being out of place. That start's with my physical appearance. Maybe I ...


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There is no need to hand over money to any officials to bribe them. There are now anti-corruption units all over the country that will arrest on sight for such activity. Officials now fear taking bribes and fear foreigners in particular because they know they can go a step further to expose them. Personally i do not support corruption and it I have seen how ...


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You should call National Anti-Corruption Bureau's hotline: +380-44-246-34-11 (from foreign number) or 0-800-503-200 (from Ukrainian number). They will provide you with necessary assistance and I assure you if you face a policeman or border guard, who will try to bully you into giving a bribe and report the incident to NACB or The National Police - they will ...


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At least in European countries, in which bribery, corruption and 'invented' fines are still common, you should not fear any serious consequences if you don't play along with the officials. When you go to the affected countries (most parts of Eastern Europe), prepare yourself and realize to begin with, that this is a situation you might have to deal with. ...


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Following up on Jpatokal's answer. After staying for a month or so in Bali, I got stopped two times by a police control. Each time they asked for a bribe of 200'000 IDR to let me go. The first time I only had 100'000 IDR in my wallet, they ended up accepting it. The second time I was ready with a dedicated pocket having only 50'000 IDR, and they ended up ...


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In addition to tips on right behaviour, I would recommend using some digital resources to get your way out of trouble. Dropbox is great for saving copies of your ticket/IDs/docs for emergency purposes. Bribespot, an app that was already mentioned by Mark Mayo, is an app that allows you to report corruption and browse bribe stories submitted by other people ...


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Depends which country you from, but if you have a visitor visa and if you going to stay longer than 7 days, you have to be registered within 7 working days after arrival to each new place of your stay in Russia! Official source (Russian): http://www.fms.gov.ru/document/3834 С момента прибытия в место пребывания на территории Российской Федерации ...


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Others have already provided correct answers but it might be useful to note that the very way you framed the question is at odds with the way international law works. The relevant law in a such a situation is first and foremost the local law. Beyond some limited things like the right to request that your consulate be informed of your situation when arrested, ...


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Two important things are not mentioned in the other comments: 1. Never ever bribe before witnesses, especially official ones! 2. Never ever bribe openly! The first one goes without saying: Bribing is in every single country a felony, even if they treat their police force as shit and do not give them enough money to earn a living (so they actually are ...


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Technically you are supposed to be registered within 3 days and hotels do it for you automatically. If you stay not in a hotel, have to do it by yourself, but it takes time and is very unpleasant procedure, as no one really speaks English at the registration place with the exception of some very central places in Moscow. In fact, if you are a mere tourist ...


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My only experience renting a car in Fiji worked out fine. We drove from Nadi down to Sigatoka and back. This was prior to the 2006 coup but after the 2000 coup. Things will have changed since then, but the Fijian people are very friendly to outsiders and I would not have any concerns renting a car.


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Just to add to the examples of it's happening, there's one case that aired on TV: The TV show, The Amazing Race had the teams in IIRC New Zeland and one was driving the speed limit in mph when the signs were in kph. That was far enough over the limit that the cop took his license on the spot. They were only allowed to continue with the teammate doing the ...


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