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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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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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The regulation says: Right to reimbursement or re-routing ... (b) re-routing, under comparable transport conditions, to their final destination at the earliest opportunity; or (c) re-routing, under comparable transport conditions, to their final destination at a later date at the passenger's convenience, subject to availability of seats. ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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I'm going to give a kind of meta answer. Is there anything I should be worried about considering that the UK is scheduled to leave the EU exactly on the 29th of March If this is your question, the answer is yes. If at all possible I would avoid flying into or out of the UK in the time directly following Brexit. People will argue that it's going to be ...


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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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I have recently asked an Alternative Dispute Resolution agency to make a determination on a case that had me affected. According to the adjudicator, my plane arrived at destination with a delay of 2h49m. My claim was that the doors of the plane opened more than 11 minutes later, and since I was familiar with the interpretation presented in @dunni's answer, ...


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The rule arises from article six of the Schengen Borders Code: Article 6 Entry conditions for third-country nationals For intended stays on the territory of the Member States of a duration of no more than 90 days in any 180-day period, which entails considering the 180-day period preceding each day of stay, the entry conditions for third-...


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When you're asked a question, you give more information to a trained examiner than simply what's in your answer. Your tone of voice, degree of eye contact, your body language and facial expressions, how long you take to give an answer: all these and more communicate information. El Al famously extensively train their security personnel to pick up on and ...


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To travel within Schengen, you are technically still required to have travel documents on you. In addition to that, all the Scandinavian countries have had "emergency" border checks with the rest of Schengen for a few years now. You will almost certainly be asked to show your passport or ID card at the Denmark/German border, and turned back if you do not ...


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No, sorry about your misfortune, but use your passport. Lot of countries have an ID card, but you're British and you live in Britian, so you can't get one. There are alternative forms of ID for proving your age in the UK, like the "Proof of Age Standards Scheme", but I doubt those have any traction outside of the UK. Maybe you could use your shotgun ...


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I emailed Lufthansa on Saturday. They emailed me back from the refund team on Wednesday, mentioning that I could change the payment method, while they will keep my ticket alive for some days. I do not know if the refund team would contact me anyway, regardless of the email I sent to customer relations, I had to call their phone center and provide my card ...


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From my discussion with an export certification clerk it appears that only consumables have to be unopened. Durable goods like laptops or clothes have to be presented in the original package, undamaged, and in case of a set all items have to be present (e.g. a laptop sold with a charger and a dock station). In the case above, the laptop in question was used ...


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