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Can a person be arrested/detained if a prohibited item is found in the carry-on luggage while transiting?

Why wasn’t the knife taken out at Russian airport ? Probably because they missed it during screening. Airport security has been known to miss actual explosives in peoples bags, so a tiny knife is not ...
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Can a person be arrested/detained if a prohibited item is found in the carry-on luggage while transiting?

Either the knife was not noticed, or the blade was considered short enough to pass under Russian rules. This is irrelevant though: just because I can legally bring an apple through security in ...
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Entry requirements for arrival from space

Astronauts don't take the passport during the space travel, but diplomats of country of origin or the space agency will carry the passport, and bring them where the passport will be needed (e.g. for ...
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Entry requirements for arrival from space

The Apollo 11 astronauts had to clear customs when they arrived back from the moon. and declare their 'cargo' of moon rock and dust samples. According to NASA spokespeople it's genuine, but it was a ...
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Can a person be arrested/detained if a prohibited item is found in the carry-on luggage while transiting?

While I certainly understand your concerns about signing something you don't understand, in this particular case it's nothing to worry about. Obviously, full name of the passenger, flight number, ...
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Should I refer to the city as Astana or Nur-Sultan when speaking with locals?

You should probably use the official name Nur-Sultan, but you're not going to offend anyone with Astana. Locals use both names regularly and don't really care that much. As a Kazakh, I can say that ...
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How early can I apply for a Kazakh and Russian visa?

According to the Russian Visa Application Centre in Singapore: Applicants are advised to apply in advance but not earlier then 90 days prior to the date of travel. The Embassy recommends that you ...
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Dealing with a rogue immigration official?

From the Air Astana website: Transit visas are not required for those transiting through the same terminal, but necessary for those transferring to another terminal if no transfer zone is provided. ...
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Eating on the Moscow-Dushanbe train?

For practically any train route in Russia where important long-distance trains pass and at all stations where they stop for more than ten minutes, you can expect an army of babooshkas to be waiting, ...
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Buying a pre-paid SIM card in Kazakhstan (Almaty or Astana) with data

We've got four cellular companies and all four offer prepaid sim cards. Here are the links to their websites, they have english versions and maps of their sales offices. http://kcell.kz, http://...
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Is it easier for a westerner to obtain a Chinese tourist visa in Kazakhstan or Kyrgyzstan?

In addition to what you say, the procedures for Chinese visa are also quite volatile over time, so be sure to check the sources for updates and try your luck. The best info I found is on the ...
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What documents are required to drive a motorcycle from Kazakhstan to China?

Your question is quite broad and not completely clear, but I assume you arrive from Kazakhstan and want to cross at Khogas into China and then drive on to Beijing and/or Shanghai. I'm no expert but I ...
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How many visas are required to visit Kazakhstan (from India)?

If there're direct flights to Kazakhstan from India, i don't see any reason you should have any other country's visa. Also, Kazakhstan embassy in New Delhi has a direct phone number listed over their ...
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Can a person be arrested/detained if a prohibited item is found in the carry-on luggage while transiting?

If they wanted a bribe, they would typically say you have to pay a fine. Then you would discover that actually paying the fine requires you to do something that is incompatible with your journey (like ...
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How to get from Kazakhstan to Urumqi?

As most of the time, Seat 61 is the place to start your research. And indeed, the page on the silk road contains lots of useful information on the train from Alma-Ata to Urumqi: How to buy tickets: ...
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Kazakhstan to China by train in 2019?

You can take go from Almaty 2 or Astana to Ürümqi by using the Kazakhstan Temir Zholy. From there you can probably reach the rest of China by using the China Railways trains. I generally use rome2rio ...
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Maximum travel duration to Kazakhstan without visa for US citizens

It is 30 days, as stated by Timatic, the database used by airlines: Visa required, except for Nationals of USA for a maximum stay of 30 days. Used to be 15 days, but got more generous at the ...
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Almaty to Urumqi by connecting train (via Altynkol and Khorgas)

First of all, the Khorgos border is no longer operational: Since late 2018, the former Khorgos border crossing is no longer active and now only functions as a Special Economic Zone with discount ...
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What are the transport options from Tashkent, Uzbekistan into Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan?

I've been to all those places except for Shymkent last summer (2014). But I did not follow your suggested route and walked and hitched a lot but also used some public transport options. Even though ...
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How many visas are required to visit Kazakhstan (from India)?

From the Wiki entry of visa requirements for Indian citizens, a visa is indeed required for Kazakhstan. However, only Kazakhstan. It redirects you to an information page on timaticweb: Visa ...
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Where in Beyneu (Kazakhstan) can I get local money?

It appears you asked the same question in the Caravanistan forum. All of this answer will be based on the info there but since you seemed not satisfied with it you should come back here after your ...
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What are the options of getting from Beyneu to Aktau in Kazakhstan?

There's a train to Aktau that will set you back 20-30$ According to Caravanistan, there are shared taxis that will take you there too, for about 500 tenge, though from my searching around everyone ...
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Where in Almaty can I live cheaply for 5 days?

I spent just over a week in Almaty back in August 2016 and i really like the city. I stayed in the Hotel Tahar. We stayed in an en-suite double room. It was basic but comfortable. It was pretty ...
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Kazakhstan to China by train in 2019?

There is a train station in Khorgas which is at the border and has a border crossing. This page here has a map with border crossings in the whole region: Border crossings on the Silk Road
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Do I (US citizen) need a visa for flying OUT of Kazakhstan via Russia?

Answering my own question: I have called the airline to confirm, and the answer is that in this kind of situation one does not need a visa provided that they stay in the international transit area of ...
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Where in Almaty can I live cheaply for 5 days?

Well you can book for somethings on Airbnb Here is a search I just made for Example for the same Almaty https://www.airbnb.com/s/Almaty--Almaty-Region--Kazakhstan/homes?query=Almaty%2C%20Almaty%...
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Is a transit visa required for a 12-hour layover in Kazakhstan?

For the return trip, you will need a visa, because to get to the domestic flight you must clear immigration and enter Kazakhstan at Astana, and then exit at Almaty. For the outbound, however, no visa ...
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Is a transit visa required for a 12-hour layover in Kazakhstan?

For your return journey though it looks like you will need a visa as you will be getting on a domestic flight within Kazakstan! The following information is from Air Astana website. You will not ...
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26 hour layover in Almaty, Kazakhstan

Yes, official airline information from TIMATIC says that you need a visa. Information as of 27JUN15 / 1842 UTC National India (IN) /Residence Ukraine (UA) Embarkation Ukraine (UA) ...
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Transit Visa Almaty for Indian Citizens?

You should be able to transit without visa according to Timatic: Summary No, The travel documents held are not sufficient for the traveler's journey, or they may need additional documents as ...
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