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You can "simulate" renting some warm clothing in Frankfurt. There is an Oxfam shop in Sachsenhausen, about a 20 - 25 minute walk or about EUR 12 for a taxi from the central train station. Oxfam is a charity that sells used clothing (among other things) for a very cheap price. Assuming that warmth takes priority over fashion and you are flexible on size, ...


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If you're willing to pay a bit to avoid hassle, Frankfurt Airport has 5 shower facilities scattered throughout its terminals that can be rented for 6 euros. The stalls aren't exactly luxurious, but they're fully separated, private and kept very clean, so you can change in comfort and take a shower if you feel like it. Most larger airports worldwide offer ...


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As at most international airports in Europe, all of the passport control officers will speak English. I was there a month ago, speak no German, and had no problem communicating with them.


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From the Frankfurt airport website: The Federal Police will also deal with compliments and complaints concerning aviation security matters. Airport Security Check +49 (0) 69 690 - 78578 bpold.frankfurt@polizei.bund.de I believe much of the work is performed by contractors, but the police oversee the operation. If you wish, the airport ...


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JPatokal gives the answer for FRA, but in every restroom in every US airport there is a handicapped stall, where it is easy to change, and typically two clothing hooks to help you.


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Let me try to handle your implicit question, which I assume is "what can I do to prevent this next time?". If you are in a line for security, and think there is a danger of you missing a flight, then the best way to deal with it is to talk to whoever is directing the lines. There is almost always someone, and if they agree that you might miss your flight ...


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Right after security checks (at least in the terminal I used) there were two changing rooms that are probably used for extra security checks. I asked the security staff if I could use it to get changed and their response was "sure, of course" so I went ahead and did. Indeed nobody even seemed to care. The changing room featured a chair, enough space and ...


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Yes. The Frankfurt Airport website page on Muslim prayer rooms says: Friday prayers are held in the Muslim prayer room in Terminal 1 every Friday at the time stated in the prayer calendar. Prayer room for Muslims Terminal 1, Level 3, Departures B, Room 201.3014-3015 Terminal 1, Level 2, near Gate B22 Terminal 2, Level 3, near Gate D1 ...


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Yes there is near gate B26. There are rooms for multiple faiths It provides wudu area both for brothers and sisters


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For the first point, it will really depend on the immigration officer. Arrival at 20:30 means presenting your papers at 21-22:00 depending on the lineup. They might consider that you won't get to your hotel before nearly midnight, or they might say "have a seat". For the second point, I think there is a very high chance the airline will deny boarding. They ...


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While police will be present at the airport, actual checks may be done by contractors. The companies who provide security services are under pressure to keep costs low. These security contractors are usually not well paid, which does not increase their motivation or the competence of the available workers. That being said, they are entitled to rest breaks, ...


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You are correct that Norway is not in the EU -- but what matters for passport control is not EU membership, but Schengen, and Norway is in the Schengen area. So both your flights will be Schengen-internal. In Frankfurt, when you get off your plane just follow the "connecting flights" signs until you reach an area where you see monitors showing lists of ...


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From my experiences with airports and airlines, often the best way is the 'public' image. Emails can be ignored, phone calls diverted (not saying this is always the case), but social media managers seem to have their job description as getting 'angry' or 'bitter' or whatever negative opinions off twitter especially ASAP into private messages. So for example,...


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As soon as you give your passport to the officer, he/she will know whether you are a German citizen or not. If you are a non-EU/EFTA citizen and on the right queue, the officer doesn't need your passport either to start talking in English. The questions generally include the following topics: Purpose of your visit Duration of your stay Your return ticket ...


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According to sleepinginairports.net, there are some seats without armrests in the hall between Terminal C and B, and security and cleaning staff will probably not bother you. Additionally, there are two lounges that are open to everyone (for a fee)


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Personally I would suggest looking for a different routing - as you've discovered Frankfurt-Hahn airport is a very long distance away from both Frankfurt itself, as well as from Frankfurt am Main airport. If you do decide to go ahead with this connection, there is a bus service that runs between the two airports, run by BOHR. Travel time is 90 minutes, and ...


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Having been refused entry once does not change your mother's legal situation for future visa applications. There is no ban or mandatory waiting period she has to let run before she can apply for a visa again. However, you should assume that the consular officer processing her application will know that she has once been denied entry, and will therefore ...


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A few suggestions of various locations which might work depending on your situation and locale: Find a local gym or hotel or any other place that may have a changing room or private space, and ask if you may change in a private area at their facilities. Being polite and asking nicely will go a long way. For gyms you may have to pay for a day pass, but this ...


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Typically, an hour is already enough in Frankfurt. However, there can always be an uncommonly long line or some other issue, and then two hours are better. Your main concern should be that LH typically doesn't wait for connections, and those are often delayed. As a result, your next leg might leave before you ever get there. On the other hand, there are ...


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You will have to go through passport control as you are exiting the Schengen zone. This in and of itself can easily soak up the 1:40 that you have available to you. Not to mention the time it takes to cover the distance from gates A -> Terminal Lobby -> Passport Control -> C -> Gate 15 Now the good news is that everyone at the airport will know which ...


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When you buy two separate tickets, if you miss your connection the airline won't help you. As far as they're concerned, your first flight coming in late is like your car breaking down on the way to the airport - unfortunate, but nothing to do with them. When you buy connecting tickets, once you check in onto the first flight, you're theirs and they will look ...


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5 hours is borderline. The trains work very well. The S9 goes every 15 minutes and it takes about 15 minutes to get to/from the city. You don't have to get off at Hauptbahnhof (which isn't necessarily the nicest spot in Frankfurt) but you also can go to, say, Hauptwache. However the airport itself is huge and it can take quite a while to get from the gate ...


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Try lebara.de, who offers SIM cards specifically targeted towards people who want to frequently call internationally. You can find one at almost any kiosk. They advertise rates to India of only 1 cent per minute (plus a 15 cent per call connection fee). I don't know what the catch is. Another option might be LycaMobile. They advertise free or very cheap ...


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This has been a comment, but was suggested to become upgraded to an answer (I also took the freedom to rewrite it slightly)… Back when I got through Frankfurt quite a bit, the minimal connection time was 45 minutes (from LH to LH flights). But that was before Schengen, and I stayed in the "international" section. As Ireland is not part of Schengen, this has ...


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AIRail is a collaboration between Deutsche Bahn and Lufthansa to transport passengers by train instead by aircraft from one airport to the other. This trips are like flying, since you get a boarding pass including seat assignment for a certain train. Even the train stations are treated as "airports", since for example Cologne main station has its own IATA ...


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To my knowledge the shortest wide body scheduled passenger service from Frankfurt is the British Airways flight BA0903 to London Heathrow which is operated by a Boeing 767. For a short time after the introduction of the A380 at BA, this route was served by an A380 to allow more crews to familiarize themselves with the aircraft in a short time.


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If you're going to Lisbon, Frankfurt is where you're going to go through the Schengen border controls anyway. The flight from Frankfurt to Lisbon is within Schengen and doesn't involve passport checks (except what the airline does at the gate to make sure that the person who flies is the same guy they sold a ticket to). Once you have arrived at Frankfurt ...


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At Frankfurt of course. First you clear immigration, then you walk through the baggage claim area and enter the customs area, picking the green or red lane depending on whether you have anything to declare (green if you don't, red if you do)


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