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I was asked to transfer a book via airplane

If you have been asked to bring something that belongs to "a friend of my friend", please make an excuse. I currently do not have the possibility to get more information about the owner or the book ...
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Coming up with a fake travel plan to apply for a Schengen visa, will I get caught?

In order to acquire a canonical question/answer about lying on Schengen applications in our TSE archives, allow me to offer the following advice. The strict 'party line' on TSE is we do not encourage ...
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Where to refill my bottle in India?

In India, never drink tap water without boiling it. In Delhi, when you ask nicely at any restaurant, they will usually get your bottles filled with hot water. There will be proper filtered water ...
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Passengers with baby asked to move across the aisle

It's impossible to say for certain without know the plane involved, but... All commercial passenger aircraft must have at least one emergency oxygen mask for each passenger. For the most part this ...
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If I have estranged relatives in the UK, what do I submit in a tourist visa application?

Don't lie, regardless of what a travel agent says: it's an immediate family member, not some distant, tangential relation. Include what information they do have (name, city, email etc.). While your ...
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Why is Lufthansa cancelling flights to India?

Answer on Indian Express (mirror): In a fallout between authorities in India and its air-bubble partner Germany, the European country’s national carrier Lufthansa said Tuesday it will have to cancel ...
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Walking 14 km on a pilgrimage road where footwear may be considered disrespectful

I have personal experience of walking around the mountains of Thiruvannamalai on a full moon day along with other devotees. Most of the devotees walk barefoot and so did I. The asphalt road is used ...
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Can I travel with cremated remains (father's ashes) from USA to India?

Can we carry cremated remain ashes while we travel to India? what are the rules and regulations we must follow? Yes, you can carry and travel with cremated remains from USA to India. You are ...
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Will I encounter any problems as a recognizable Jew in India?

There have been Jews in India for 2500 years, and largely without experiencing anti-Semitism. Even if there was a sudden, historically unprecedented upswing in hostility or violence against Jews, it ...
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Can I travel to Vietnam for Christmas in 2020?

Nope. Not going to work. Stay home. Vietnam suspended most inbound commercial flights on December 1 and imposed other restrictions after detecting community transmission following a several month ...
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Is it safe to travel abroad with only a prepaid Mastercard?

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 ...
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Who is responsible for ensuring valid documentation on immigration?

The person traveling is always responsible for having the right paperwork, the airline is not, nor are the immigration officers. The passport officers at the destination country will check and will ...
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Refused entry to India

The answers to your questions can be found in Air India's Conditions of Carriage, which you agreed to when you purchased the air ticket. Specifically: Can I blame the airline that let me board ...
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How do you gauge the safety of Indian street food?

Indian food is irresistible and street food is even more. The spicy, tangy, and sweet flavors just explodes in your mouth. And the versatility of Indian food is unmatched. Each region in India has ...
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Is it possible to travel between India and China by rail?

No. India has train connections with Pakistan and Bangladesh, only. Bangladesh has no international train connections except with India. Pakistan also has a connection with Iran. This is the Quetta ...
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Too many countries to apply for Indian E-Visa?

I've run into the same problem a few years ago (but at least got halfway the alphabet), searched around the internet and couldn't find a definitive answer to the question. Which is probably why you ...
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Is LifeStraw a silver bullet water purification solution for travelling in India?

No. Physical filters using pores with 0.2 µm (microfiltration) cannot remove heavy metal contamination (lead, mercury). This is possible with ion exchangers, distillation and nanofilters (see below)....
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Will I encounter any problems as a recognizable Jew in India?

Probably not. It seems very unlikely. First of all, India is quite a multicultural society with hundreds of various creeds and lots of religions. There is a longstanding tradition of being tolerant ...
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What is the intended use of the water hose in Indian restrooms?

Yes, we Indians normally don't use toilet papers. We use water to clean after toilet use. The water hose is used exactly for that.
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I was asked to transfer a book via airplane

I am with commenter Aganju here. In some countries this kind of things is completely normal, even among complete strangers. And in plain view of custom officers. I think it depends a lot on the level ...
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Dec 30, 2016: India demonetized all Rs 500 & 1000 notes. What do I do with my leftover cash?

Exchange them for another currency (or denomination, if you want to and can) as soon as possible. If somehow that didn't work, your only choice would be to physically send them to a friend in India. ...
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Why is the Indian Embassy asking to see a prepaid credit card with $1000 on it?

The Embassy of India in Minsk has asked to see a credit card topped up with $50 for each day spent in India, before they will issue a visa. While applying for a visa to India, I was once asked to ...
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Why does my phone enable camera shutter sounds whenever I insert an Indian SIM?

This happens with Korean SIM cards too, so I suspect this is a similar case: in Korea there have been too many upskirt photos scandals, and the government imposed a shutter sound when photos are taken,...
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What is the purpose of Boarding Points on Indian railways tickets?

You can change boarding point any time you like after booking the ticket, so that you don't have to cancel the ticket and buy another. Railway will cancel your ticket if they can't find you in a ...
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Too many countries to apply for Indian E-Visa?

In the next step, after the page where you have the problem, there is a step for uploading a scan of your passport in PDF format. In that step, upload a 2-page PDF. The first page can have the scan of ...
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Walking 14 km on a pilgrimage road where footwear may be considered disrespectful

Walking barefoot probably won't be as bad as you expect. For one thing, that trail is walked barefoot by a lot of people, all the time. A lot of the things that make barefoot walking painful are ...
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Carrying medicine from US to India for someone who asked for a help in Facebook

Do not do it. First of all, it is likely not legal to carry medication for someone else across a border. Secondly, you do not know that what is delivered at your house is indeed medication or ...
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Walking 14 km on a pilgrimage road where footwear may be considered disrespectful

Just couple of months ago, during peak summer season, I completed this 14 odd km walk around the mountain and I did not do it barefoot. I was probably one of the few wearing my slippers among ...
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There are no open seats available for selected center - The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, New Delhi

The website of the German embassy in India currently displays this notice: No visa queries are being addressed at the moment. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the German Embassy New Delhi is open for ...
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