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Is there any list of countries I should not visit if I want to go to the US?

There is no list published by the US government as mentioned in other answers, but I know people who were refused US visas in different US embassies/consulates because they have visited one or more of ...
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From what point could you view the most countries?

According to the website HeyWhatsThat, you can see seven countries from the summit of Ljuboten on the Kosovo-Macedonia border. The countries are: Kosovo Macedonia Albania (several peaks) Serbia (...
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Czechia or Czech Republic (or both)?

Czechia is a preferred short English name but Czech Republic is still the official full name of the country. Short country name "Česko"/"Czechia" to be entered in UN databases The name “...
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Is there any list of countries I should not visit if I want to go to the US?

Technically, I don't believe that the US has a list of countries that would automatically disqualify you from entry if you have visited them. However, immigration officers have a large degree of ...
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From what point could you view the most countries?

Being from the Caribbean (Curaçao) and with a rough knowledge of the area's geography I figured one of our neighbors might come close to the 7 countries in Jørgen's answer. It's all small mountainous ...
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Are there countries that are known to place their stamp at the end of the passport?

Yes. Every time I flew to Russia and Ukraine, both always stamp my passport on the last page, or on a previous one. Considering they all do that, we can safely assume there is a procedure. I suspect ...
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Disembark flight at unplanned refuelling stop, if the stop is same as ultimate destination?

I was on a plane from UK to USA that had to land at an alternate airport in the US due to a medical emergency. Several people wished to disembark and were told no for several reasons. 1st was the ...
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Disembark flight at unplanned refuelling stop, if the stop is same as ultimate destination?

No. At an unplanned refuelling stop, the crew will be focused exclusively on landing, getting fuel on board, and taking off again. There will not be disembarkation services, including no jet bridge, ...
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Which large countries use 12-hour time format (AM/PM)?

A quite a good resource is imho the standard clock setting in Microsoft Windows installations: image from talkstandards.com As you can see, it's particularly North America, India, the Philippines, ...
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From what point could you view the most countries?

I think the solution to this puzzle depends on small, mountainous countries. Switzerland tourism claims that you can see 6 countries from Säntis: Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, France ...
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Which are the non Schengen countries that allow entry for Schengen visa holders?

Since each of these countries would unilaterally decide whether they recognize Schengen visas and under which conditions, I don't think it's possible to find an official list anywhere. I am marking ...
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Washington, D.C., or just Washington?

With very few exceptions, towns and cities in US are generally referred to with name followed by name of the state. Reason being that there are huge amount of cities with same names. For example ...
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Are the terms "visa denial", "visa refusal", and "visa rejection" used in the same standardized way in countries that use English?

About 95% of the questions on this site are about the UK or Schengen members, so let's take those first. The first exhibit is a Schengen refusal form... ...we can see that the term is unambiguously '...
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Which countries count for the 90-day limit in the US Visa Waiver Program?

A link on the Visa Waiver Program page (under "Trips to Canada, Mexico, or nearby Islands") points to the Closed Loop Voyages page from the CBP. According to this page, the definitions of ...
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Is there any list of countries I should not visit if I want to go to the US?

Subsequent to this question being asked, the US has changed the Visa Waiver Program rules such that people who visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria on or after 1 March 2011, or are dual nationals of ...
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Road numbers' colors/shapes in Google Maps

It's just to match the normative symbols to some degree that are usually used for each of the various types of roads in each country. You can fairly easily check this by comparing any maps or ...
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Is there an ontology of geographical entities to visit?

There are tons, and they're all different, because any list of countries beyond "full members of the United Nations" is open to interpretation. Here are a few of the better known ones, in order of ...
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Czechia or Czech Republic (or both)?

The official name is Czech Republic As a Czech citizen, I have to agree that there is some confusion in these names. However, the official name is Czech Republic, with Czechia being a short name for ...
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What are the two closest countries that do not share a border?

Since nobody has found a shorter distance, it seems that Namibia and Zimbabwe are the closest pair around 200 meters of Botswana territory lies between Namibia and Zimbabwe
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In which developed countries (other than the US) does the price tag not usually show the final price to be paid?

Canada. The federal government and provincial government each charge a tax which is added to items you buy. The provincial tax is added on top of the federal one usually, unless the province uses what ...
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Why do some countries require everyone entering to see a customs officer, and some don't?

My informal observations suggest that France unilaterally scaled down checks on its land borders a long time ago, both for immigrations and customs purposes (including on the border with Switzerland, ...
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Are citizens of anywhere other than mainland China eligible to unfettered travel in Tibet?

The best source of info on Tibet is The Land of Snows, where it states (bold emphasis mine, capitalization emphasis theirs) Which areas of Tibet require an organized tour? All areas of the Tibet ...
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Which countries allow tourists to get married without the long wait for the marriage licence?

You'd have to verify this, but Las Vegas could be an option. However, the question is whether your country of residence accepts this marriage; contacting the US consulate of your home country might ...
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Is there any list of countries I should not visit if I want to go to the US?

As a practical and comforting example, I had been to Lebanon, Qatar, Oman and Jordan and maybe some other "questionable" countries (such as Yemen that is mentioned in another answer, but not including ...
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Are there countries that are known to place their stamp at the end of the passport?

Morocco does that too, in this case I suppose it has to do with right to left way of reading. I traveled to Morocco at least twice a year for a few years, I am now living there since a few years and ...
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Are the terms "visa denial", "visa refusal", and "visa rejection" used in the same standardized way in countries that use English?

Schengen regulations consistently use “refusal” when an application has been examined and a negative decision has been reached, as shown by the form reproduced in Gayot Fow's answer and by the ...
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Washington, D.C., or just Washington?

For tourist purposes, you would do best to use "Washington, DC", not to be confused with the many other Washingtons. The town of Washington, Virginia, less than two hours' drive from DC, has an ...
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From what point could you view the most countries?

I'll take a stab at answering this. The near-quadripoint works, you can see four countries. I've been there myself: http://babakfakhamzadeh.com/article/from-zambia-to-botswana-nearly-a-quadripoint ...
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Which countries can I visit on an expired US visa but valid status in USA?

Puerto Rico is not a country. It is a US territory. Travel between the mainland US and Puerto Rico is not subject to border controls. It is a domestic flight like any other. So, yes, you can visit ...
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Are there countries that are known to place their stamp at the end of the passport?

After checking my passports I can add Albania as a country doing this. It was communist but certainly not part of the Soviet influence sphere. Furthermore, I confirm Morocco and the ex-USSR countries....
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