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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 ...


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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 ...


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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. ...


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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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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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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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You should always have your passport with you when out of your own country.  Within Schengen, you’ll not likely be asked for it, but it’s possible, and if you don’t have it when asked, definitely a hassle or worse. You can probably book train trips on whatever site you use within Germany, but you can also easily do it at Loco. There are probably other ...


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The UK Government has posted Advice for British passport holders if the UK leaves the EU without a deal After 29 March 2019: You should have at least 6 months left on your passport from your date of arrival. This applies to adult and child passports. If you renewed a passport before it expired, up to 9 extra months may have been added to your ...


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Yes, you can use the visa to visit the Schengen area or the other EU countries that honor Schengen visas (not the UK or Ireland). The fact that other countries unilaterally offer visa exemptions for those who hold Schengen visas does not affect the use of those visas in the Schengen area. This assumes that there's no other reason preventing you from using ...


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Exact requirements for crossing intra-schengen borders are set in national law, so it will depend on exactly where you are travelling, but in general, you will usually be required to carry a recognized travel document when crossing intra-schengen borders. For most practical purposes, this also applies to EU/EEA citizens. In your particular case, you will be ...


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Historically most non-EU airlines have claimed that EU261 did not apply in situations like you've described due to the delay not occurring within the EU, and the legislation itself wasn't clear on whether these type of delays were covered or not. This changed in May of 2018 when the European Court of Justice ruled in "Wegener v Royal Air Maroc" and stated ...


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The train between Munich and Innsbruck through Kufstein has spot checks. It doesn't stop but the border police enters the train a few stations before Kufstein and walks through the carriages. If you look suspicious, they want to check your identity so have your passport at hand. There are no customs checks.


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EU261 does NOT apply in situations like this. From the regulation itself, EU261 covers : This Regulation establishes, under the conditions specified herein, minimum rights for passengers when: (a) they are denied boarding against their will; (b) their flight is cancelled; (c) their flight is delayed. Very clearly none of those ...


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Freedom of movement does not imply freedom from immigration inspection. The border agent may ask you whatever they want, including nothing at all. Freedom of movement is about the right to travel to, live and work in another member state without the administrative issues of visas and work permits, etc. Freedom of movement is not absolute, either. If you are ...


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As a crewmember, I can explain why I think this is an "extraordinary circumstances". Crewmembers, especially flight deck crew, while on duty (this includes the time they spent at a destination) is controlled by many rules when it comes to "rest", how long they need to sleep and when can they drink alcohol, etc. Even rules regarding diving and skydiving are ...


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So, a 7:15 delay is specific enough that my presumption would be a crew time issue initially. Somehow, they manged to rectify this and staff the original flight. However, since you voluntarily rescheduled the flight, you were no longer delayed, presuming the A-D-C itinerary operated on time. Pro Tip: Un-delaying a flight is quite rare, but it happens. I ...


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The flights are on the same ticket, so the airlines should make sure you can take all flight (else they are actively blocking you to fulfill the travel contract). The EU right allow you to cancel the flight and get full refund, in case of delays (instead of compensation). This has few rules, but it should be better than flying and returning without exiting ...


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Yes, the relevant distance is the straight line (that is, the "great-circle distance") directly from your point of departure to your final destination. This was ruled by the European Court of Justice in Bossen v Brussels Airlines from 2017.


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It is extremely easy and there is no check. As a non-Schengen national I took the train between Austria and Germany twice in the last few months, and there was no suggestion that passports might be checked. I also took a bus tour that crossed the border and we were not even advised to bring passports. There are not normally checks when crossing the border ...


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In most countries, you would have to request a refund from Flighttix, the ticket seller. In some countries, customer is protected by joint and several liability. In this case, if Flighttix is uncooperative, you could legally request a refund from Etihad. You cannot, however, request a refund from both parties at the same time.


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I thought the right to travel freely in the Schengen Area beyond the visa-free 90/180 rule was granted by the Blue Card program, while a "regular" residence permit in an EU country does not grant this right. (At least that was my understanding, any part of which may be totally wrong!) You are indeed mistaken. Any residence permit or national visa (type D) ...


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That's possible, and very easy. so is it basically just like taking the train within Germany then? Do I even need to bring my passport? Sadly, it is not just like taking a train within Germany. In theory, it should be. In practice, due to developments since 2015 onwards, no. You may be, and should expect to be controlled at the border. And you had better ...


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It turns out this question is actually addressed in Sturgeon v. Condor, the case cited in the aforementioned answer: It is important to point out that the compensation payable to a passenger under Article 7(1) of Regulation No 261/2004 may be reduced by 50% if the conditions laid down in Article 7(2) of the regulation are met. Even though the latter ...


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It looks like that adaptor is only designed for 230 V, 50 Hz. Using it with US power would be unsafe. However, you may be able to find another adaptor at a local electronics store which has the same shape output (the 3 V end, shown in schematic form between the ⊕ and ⊖ on the label). I don't recognize that particular shape and it's not shown on the IEC ...


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Bringing 10000 EUR in cash or equivalent -- which gold is -- requires a declaration. It's all fine and there's no VAT on gold but you need to declare. You might be even below that: today a gram is 44.45 EUR which means 200g is a bit below 9000 EUR. So: you should be fine. If gold surges between now and when you enter the EU you will need to declare.


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I've seen plenty of things on the luggage carousel that don't look like luggage and I've checked backpacks many times. I wouldn't check exactly that, though--I would take some strong tape and tape down those handles. Things like that that can catch on things in the system are asking for damage.


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This would depend on your nationality. If remaining in the “international” transit area you do not need a visa. National identity cards issued by some European countries can be used to enter Turkey. If your ID card is good enough to visit Turkey it is also enough for airport transfer. If your nationality is not listed you should bring a passport. Your ID ...


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In this regard you are requested to present this letter to the pertinent Maltese consulate or the foreign consulate representing Malta in matters regarding the issue of a visa in order that facilitation may be given to you to be issued with a visa. The latter will enable you to travel to Malta. In ordinary English, this means: We're asking you to take ...


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The main page relevant for EU (from France) and rabbits in English can be found here: https://www.sozialministerium.at/siteEN/Health/Information_for_Travellers/Movement_of_other_pets_between_Member_states_of_the_EU_the_EEA_and_Switzerland It contains a link for an English pdf, where rabbits (not intended for food production) is explicitly listed. Short ...


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