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.
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 ...
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 volume ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Schengen does not remove the requirement to have appropriate documentation when crossing borders (or even within a country). It only removes systematic checks at borders.
You can still have spot checks at border points.
There could also be "emergency measures" checks restored at some borders.
There could even be spot checks inside a country, completely ...
The courts (up to and including the European Court of Justice, which has the final say) have followed a slightly zig-zagging course in interpreting the "extraordinary circumstances" concept, so it is not possible to predict with 100% certainty how they'd deal with a case such as this where there's no explicit precedent. The best one can say is that the ECJ ...
Most of the time, if you are refused entry to a country, you will be sent back to the airport from which your flight to that country departed, usually on the same airline which carried you to that country.
For instance, if your itinerary was MEX-JFK-LHR, if you were refused entry at Heathrow, you would be sent back to New York (not Mexico City).
In a few ...
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 ...
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 ...
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)
Do not bring whale meat home from Iceland
The European Union and Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora
As long as you stay within the Schengen Area, you should be able to travel freely without any systematic passport checks, so in most cases, it looks exactly like domestic travel.
The Schengen Area is composed of 22 of the 28 EU member states, as well as some other non-EU states such as Switzerland. Germany and Austria are both part of the Schengen Area.
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.
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/...
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, ...
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
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 ...
The airline won't care and won't know, as long as you pack it all in a bag that meets its luggage requirements (weight/dimensions). That's also why they won't even publish guidelines and let you make your own determination as to what you are allowed to import in and out of the countries you are flying into.
Security screeners mostly do not care, outside of ...
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 ...
The competent bodies in each EU/Schengen state can be reached at the following e-mail addresses (mostly belonging to national departments, i.e. not a specific airport/crossing):
Austria: email@example.com (operations), firstname.lastname@example.org (policy unit)
Belgium: email@example.com (operations), firstname.lastname@example.org (policy unit)
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.
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.
No, the CETA free trade agreement applies to duty/tarifs not VAT.
VAT is consumer tax and when you are the final consumer, you must pay that tax.
Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)
Taxes. CETA applies to duties, but not taxes; therefore, any applicable GST/HST for imports into Canada, and any applicable VAT for ...
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 ...