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The USA (as well as many other countries) are moving away from passport stamps to digital entry records. You can look up your USA entry record here: https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/ It will tell you when you entered, how long you were granted entry until, what status, and when you left. It’s good to occasionally check to ensure it’s correct. For other countries, ...


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Whether or not a hotel room is "notoriously unsafe" will vary wildly from hotel to hotel, but I'd be hard pressed to imagine one that is less safe for your valuables than a beach. If your room has a safe, use that. Otherwise, keep your passport out of sight (not just sitting on the desk) in your room. You might need your passport to make certain purchases ...


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It depends on many factors. Many people find that booking cruises with travel agent gives you a lot better deals (e.g. on board credit). But still a lot of people book directly with the cruise line: to have full control. With a good travel agent (which known you), you may get a lot less surprises: e.g. hotel not on touristic center of a city, etc. But it ...


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International and Domestic flights do arrive into the same terminal in Canberra, on the grounds that there is only a single terminal. However, the international arrivals area is completely separated from the domestic arrivals area. If you were arriving on a domestic flight then the first opportunity you would have to meet them would be after they have ...


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Employers often require it for a variety of reasons (see What reason does an employer have to mandate all travel booking be via the same travel agency? on The Workplace). Some advantages for the traveller include: If something goes wrong, it may be up for the travel agent to solve (depends on what goes wrong and why, of course). Travel agent will bill ...


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I do not think the U.S. requires foreigners to carry passports with them. Unless you travel near the U.S.-Mexican border, virtually no one will check your passport. You can put them in your room safe. If you travel close to (meaning anywhere 100 miles/161km from) the U.S.-Mexican border, it is in your interest to carry your passport with you. CBP and ICE ...


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For the booking part when you know what you want? No, book online. But I have a travel agency that I'm still using for my holidays, and have used for many, many years. The #1 advantage is that they know me, have all my previous holidays on file and even remember (or wrote down) what I liked and didn't. That means that I can literally call them and say "I ...


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Your understanding is 100% correct (can't write anything more than that) If going back the same way, however, you'll clear US immigration in Seattle, then collect and re-check your luggage at the designated counter after customs.


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As others have said, your hotel room safe is your best option that will be widely available. Almost all hotels have them. The more respectable hotels will definitely have one. Even some Airbnbs will have one. You will not need to have it on you for regular use while walking around. Unless you are suspected of breaking the law, police will not require it of ...


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The best routing might not be the fastest or the cheapest, and these things are hard to encode into search engine rules. For example, Delhi airport does not allow you to even enter the building until four hours before your flight, and the airport subway starts later than most of the flights to Europe leave in the morning, so with the flights recommended by ...


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Since it's your and your wife's return flight being separate, there are multiple options to reduce the direct physical load on your wife: You can take most of the luggage with you, when you depart. For example you can pack all laundry that has been worn and only leave your wife with as much as needed for the time left. Probably you'll have to check in extra/...


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Beyond preparing documentation of the relationship - do I need to be aware of anything else? Not really. You won't be spending enough time in Canada to have to worry about becoming a tax resident (such that they would hold you liable for non-Canadian income). I don't know how that works in Canada specifically, but in the US and other countries it starts ...


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So what else should I have done? Trusted that the officers were correct, or asked to speak to a supervisor who might have been able to explain the system in more detail and with more seriousness than you seem to have gotten from the officer. How do you think will I have any problems when I travel to US again while entering[?] As amply explained ...


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No, that trick doesn't work. Schengen has a 90-of-180 rule, which says you can only be in Schengen 90 days of the last 180 days. If you stay 90 days in Schengen, you must then leave to avoid an overstay. However, Poland has a special rule allowing 90 additional days for Americans. So you can use up your Schengen 90 days, then, go another 90 days in ...


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Nope, not a problem. You can re-enter the US anytime until the visa expires. Though irrelevant in your case, if only travelling to Canada/Mexico for max 30 days, you can even return on an expired visa. Once your visa expires, it is only next time you travel abroad (other than to Canada/Mexico for max 30 days) that you need to get a new one. In that case, ...


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Last time I booked a flight through an (offline) agent ten years ago I figured they must have a much better search engine than usually provided via websites. I was looking for some hidden city for my return flight, and while I had already spent like half an hour finding a cheap flight to my airport of origin, the agent came up with a cheaper flight to a ...


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If you are planning a trip for a large group of people, travel agents are the way to go. It would be extremely cumbersome, if not almost impossible, to work it out yourself.


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Agent can help you apply for a visa, if your destination country requires one. If you are booking a package tour of some sort, they will take your passport and handle the communication with respective embassy. They can even apply you for an individual visa for a small fee. They also still have good deals on all things packaged (such as, beach hotels/...


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There are two benefits of having a single ticket. The airline has already evaluated the connection, with their knowledge of the flights and airport, and decided to book it. If anything goes wrong, such as an unusually long delay on the first flight, the airline remains responsible for getting you from Lima to SFO, and will handle re-booking on a later ...


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I have been told in the past that while in the United States I must always carry my passport with me, and I have been stopped at least once by Border Patrol officers (while already in the US) and been asked to show my passport. I do not know what might have happened if I did not have it on me. Doing a bit of searching online, I found Do I Need to Carry ...


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IATA has the most up to date information on the same. https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm


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There are a range of approaches to visas. At one extreme, a visa is just permission to travel to a port of entry, where an official will decide whether to admit the traveler. Any operating port of entry has to have people who are authorized to make those decisions, and who can also decide whether to admit visa-free travelers or grant a visa on entry. At ...


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@hippietrail Possibly because a visa stamp in a passport is positive authority issued by their government, nothing more needed by the border guard than to check the date and match the photo to the face. With visa-free border crossings they still need to positively identify the person and to check against database records that the person is not a known ...


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Some hotels have a facility to keep your passport in their own safe custody . Please check with the front desk . For moving around you can carry a scanned copy of your passport on yoir phone and any other supplementary identification card like your Driving license with you.


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Most hotels have room safes. I can’t remember the last hotel I stayed at that didn’t have a room safe. Even though these room safes are notoriously easy to break into (often just a magnet is enough), it’s still safer than the beach. The front desk of the hotel may have a separate safe. If they do, they take responsibility for the contents. The one place ...


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Your visa was hardly refused for lack of international travel experience. I guess you were issued something like this (with not the same boxes checked): The official making the decision was obviously not satisfied that you would leave Canada in time. This would have been an overall assessment, based on all available relevant information. That your ...


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This answer was thought up before the age of the children was added to the available information, it will be easier with children a bit older than the one and three year old ones of the OP. While someone to help with the children will be appreciated, it is not needed. (And if there is a helper, I would want someone on and just after the flight, not just at ...


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We were searching for flights from Europe to Argentina and found some ourselves online, but we went and spoke to a travel agent who told us about a special offer by KLM that would let us travel business class for much less than normal (low season). Importantly, he was also able to put a 4 day hold on the tickets, so we could think about the extra cost (of ...


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Not to be overly contrarian, but the answer is "probably". That ticket meets minimum connection time (MCT), but at a particularly busy time immigration in MIA can be an absolute mess. I would expect you'll be okay, but don't dawdle and, once through, go straight to your connecting gate. Since you booked it as one ticket the airline (whoever is actually ...


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If I was going swimming I'd consider a hotel safe as others have said. For all activities that did not require me to "lose control over my clothes" I would (and always do) carry my passport with me at all times. I use a small "purse" with a neck cord that is designed to fit a passport and a few other non-bulky items (eg VISA card and a number of $100 or ...


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