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It's always a good idea to have at least two completely different and separate cards if you are travelling far from home: Some issuers will overzealously block your card "for security reasons" as soon as you hit a foreign country, and it may take a little while to get them to unblock it (just due to matters of timezone differences and limited customer ...


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Always carry at least 2 cards, if not more! I had my main card blocked many times while traveling. As @jcaron explained, it's common for card issuers to block your card as soon as you make a transaction in a new country. Then you need to get in touch with your bank to have it unblocked, which can be difficult if you're traveling to a country where you don't ...


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Deposits for hotel rooms and rental cars are much easier with a credit card, and some may not accept anything else than a credit card. Check before you go. https://travel-dealz.eu/blog/book-hotel-without-credit-card/ Prepaid usually won't work offline. It have happened to me twice in two-three years that the merchant's terminal didn't have any contact with ...


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Cochin airport does not currently have an airside transit facility; everyone who arrives from outside India must clear immigration and customs before going to their next flight. This means that you will require a visa to enter India. You can obtain a transit visa which allows you to enter India for up to 3 days. You will be able to leave the airport with ...


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In answer to your actual specific question, I am not from Italy but I have frequently travelled to India from Europe, both short and long trips I have never used, or taken, a credit card to India. Only debit cards. Some thoughts, It's incredibly unlikely you'll be renting a car there. India is super-high-tech and mobile-oriented, so I've never had any ...


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Your passport is not damaged. These are not oil marks or any other form of damage, they are an element of the passport design itself. The same pattern can be seen in the example passport data page below (taken from p.5 of this Passport Office document, published when this passport design was introduced). They are presumably a security feature, although the ...


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Should not be a problem. The security is trained to know these things and they won't offload your luggage because of this reason. I have personally carried hard disks in luggage several times.


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This seems to be integral to every culture, not just India. I wonder where the original poster is from? It is common practice to bring edibles from any vacation spot or trip home, or work conference, back to work colleagues. Standard practice, in fact. Where I work, people do this from Europe, from China, from Japan, from Australia, from middle-eastern ...


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As other answers have pointed out, a second means of payment is necessary since some places only accept one of the major cards and not the other. If you're using pre-paid cards it's not difficult to purchase a popular competitor's card too, only inconvenient to tie up the funds, but being caught without money is worse. Also noted in some answers is the you ...


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No, you'll be fine. As the mail says, you have permission to arrive in India (the ETA) until March 6th, and will be granted a visa for the full 30 days on arrival to India.


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I doubt with a driving license after you are going to Nepal via air, but you can show your Passport to get a stamp in Immigration. That's all. Simply land to Kathmandu, go to the Immigration agent, show your passport. They will stamp it for your entry. Some times Aadhar Card will also work as it depends upon Immigration person as you only need to verify ...


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If your flights are on one ticket, United thinks you can easily make it, so don't worry - after all it is their problem to get you connected, and if you miss your connection, they have to pay for your hotel, transporatation, and food in EWR. From experience, the international flight will also wait for some connections if they are late. Rebooking your ...


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In theory, the Business eVisa is for business purposes only, not tourism. However, the allowed business purposes are so broadly worded that virtually anything qualifies: if you buy a souvenir, you could argue that this is "trade" or "sales/purchases". For technical and business meetings. To set up Industrial or business venture. To deliver lectures under ...


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