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You were given meal vouchers because the EU air passenger rights regulations require the airline to provide "meals and refreshments in a reasonable relation to the waiting time" (regulation 261/2004, art. 9(1)(a)). This is in addition to any cash compensation the rules may also entitle you to. So go ahead and make a claim for the delay.


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As of today, no. Nothing has currently changed (other than currency prices, which are of interest to international travelers). There will be a prolonged negotiating period over the next several years (specifically, two years after Article 50 is invoked unless a different agreement is reached), and immigration controls will inevitably be a large part of ...


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No, your carrier is not breaking the policy : https://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/consumers/internet-telecoms/mobile-roaming-costs/index_en.htm Here are the relevant parts : The limit is calculated on the basis of the retail price of your domestic mobile bundle as in the case of unlimited data. The roaming data volume must be at least twice the ...


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The EU policy is crystal clear: passengers must be given the possibility of opting out from a security scanner. In this case the passenger shall be screened by an alternative screening method including at least a hand search; The UK government, as usual in its bizarre anti freedom ways, tried to resist opt outs going so far in 2010, per this Guardian ...


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You can demand that explanation. In this explanation the shopkeeper/company will try to explain what they do with the data, how long they keep it, and why they think it is legal. If it is legally required to collect this data, you are out of luck. If it is not legally required but legal to collect the data, they should give you an option to opt out of data ...


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There is no truly practical discount card for regular flights in Europe that I am aware of. You are looking to fly often and this comes at a price. That being said, there is a number of tweaks where you can optimize. First I suggest you get a very good understanding of which connections are practical in getting you from where you are in the Netherlands to ...


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Random inspections do happen. Their frequency depends on the ratio of customs officers to passengers at that time of day and on other factors. There are also x-ray checks of some or all of the checked luggage. When the inspector finds something "potentially interesting," they make a note of where that suitcase goes. If the person carrying the suitcase goes ...


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I use five strategies to pay for things when I travel: The best rates are often the rates you get with your American credit card or debit card. Try to charge as much as you can. The fees are very low and the exchange rates are fair. However, many American banks charge several dollars for every foreign currency transaction, so if you plan to spend a lot of ...


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Yes, there is such a system. The roads marked with a green label and letter E are marked in accordance with this system: E47 on the Denmark map is the European route 47, E1 on the Portugal map is the European route 1. Quotation from WIkipedia: In most countries, roads carry the European route designation beside national road numbers. Other countries ...


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In summary. A special exception to the usual right to compensation was created by a recent ECJ judgment, where it considered hypothetically that ‘hidden manufacturing defects’ might be exceptional circumstances allowing a carrier a defence to compensation claims. The real meaning of these words has never been tested in any court of record. However lower ...


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Air Berlin flight from Düsseldorf to Düsseldorf is a 12 hour sightseeing flight covering a distance of 9780 km.


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I'd be very careful and seek legal advice before doing this, perhaps from a local organization that assists refugees. In Canada, seeking protection, even just a new passport, from the country a refugee has fled can be cause to lose refugee protection. I haven't been able to find a definitive source that indicates the same applies in Europe (and it may depend ...


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When staying in Germany, you are by law required to be in the possession of a valid and recognized identification document, but not to carry it with you. This applies both to German citizens older than 16 years of age (PAuswG § 1) and to foreigners (AufenthG § 3). Even if you are not required by law to carry an ID, it can, especially for foreigners, save ...


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The EU has banned all imports of whale products since 1982. Penalties can include imprisonment and large fines. Poland explicitly prohibits import by travellers of products of CITES species (no exceptions) References Do not bring whale meat home from Iceland The European Union and Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora CITES


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Certainly, in the UK you can refuse. This has become common practice since the public found out the stores were pocketing the 20% sales tax savings with out sharing. Here is a link to the British newspaper which claimed to have exposed the scam. https://www.independent.co.uk/money/tax/airport-vat-scam-five-things-you-need-to-know-about-the-boarding-pass-...


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TLDR: You were lucky to get your 300 Euros. Here's what probably happened. 'Olorin' discovered a problem and thought they might have to delay your flight. They sent out a notice warning all passengers about this, as per good customer relations practice. (People hate being told about problems at the last minute). You respond to this by calling the airline, ...


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Bottom line: Tourists, visitors, and transit cases are not affected by the UK's vote to leave the European Union. The relevant issues are about asylum seekers and some types of EU nationals who seek to gain (or persist) settlement in the UK. If you are an EU national exercising derived rights or exercising treaty rights, please use Expats for your questions/...


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It is an ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) standard, and as you know ICAO is the organization that standardize all international travel documents. From the document ICAO 9303 (Machine readable Travel Documents) which regulates all kinds of travel documents worldwide including passports: 11/II (Mandatory), Sex, Sex of the holder, to be ...


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Since you are a citizen of the European Union you do not need a visa to travel to any other EU country. UK is not part of the Schengen Area, so you only need a passport (or national identity card) to cross the border and that's it. From Wikipedia: Individuals from the following countries can enter the Schengen Area, Bulgaria,[3] Cyprus,[4] and Romania[5] ...


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See https://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/travel/passenger-rights/air/index_en.htm for an overview of the EU air passenger rights. Layovers, by themselves, do not matter. But if the rerouting you're offered would have you arrive at your final destination later than the original flight, or need to depart from your origin earlier, then you could be entitled ...


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According to the organizers, 'there is no VAT return for private citizens'. This is a conclusive answer. VAT refunds are intended for things which will be exported from a country. For example, if you were to make a large jewelry purchase to bring home, the jeweler would be able to give you documentation to claim a refund. Since you aren't "exporting" the ...


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In Germany, you can use Aldi talk. If you buy a credit for 30 EUR the SIM-card will be active for 24 months. Another plus point is that you can use the SIM-card in the whole EU and it will not be very expensive - incoming calls are free, the outgoing call rate is the same as in Germany.


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No, the EU roaming directive doesn't require providers to allow roaming with any network provider, so agreements between providers are still in force - the directive does include provisions for managing wholesale prices between providers but does not go as far as mandating open roaming.


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Actually I found the answer, in case someone else wonder if it's possible, the answer was found here. Do I have to leave the EU straight away from the country where I purchased goods? No. You can buy VAT-free goods even if you are going to be visiting other EU countries before you finally return home, as long as you actually leave the EU with the ...


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Etihad could possibly help you rebook your ticket on a new flight, but if you want a refund, you need to first contact the ticket seller.


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I don't know precisely what your chances are and I suspect there is no official public statistics on this so that the people who do know would have learned that in the course of their duty and would be reluctant to provide many details on the record. Also, I don't know Spanish law at all. But I can confirm a few things: Which sanction you can expect is ...


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I'm not sure I qualify as a newcomer anymore, but I'll make up for it with my enthusiasm for karma whoring :) As Gayot Fow has already stated, the answers to your questions are: No No Yes To explain why, it boils down to the fact that as far as the EU and the international community is concerned, the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" (TRNC) does not ...


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No, there are no requirements for airlines within the EU to provide free drinking water. I know that it is both common and in some countries even required by law for bars and restaurants to serve tap water for free. If tap water is good enough, I guess that not even Ryanair would have charged you for drinking tap water aboard the plane, but it might not have ...


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If you only had your Brazilian passport, it would bring up some subtle questions about obligations when crossing the border, your rights as EU citizen, what you may or may not do with an expired passport, what the consequences might be in practice, etc. but in that case you don't have to worry about all that. A national ID card is enough, plain and simple. ...


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Nothing for quite some time. No law has changed. This was merely a non-binding referendum. Presumably the executive will agree with the people and Article 50 will be triggered by the PM, but even then, this is the first time it's ever happened so 1) it'll take a couple of years to sort out and 2) people aren't exactly sure how it'll happen. As a result -...


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