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Large cash requirement (2700 USD) for Russian citizens to fly to the US?

I'm very sad to say that this has all the signs of a classic romance scam. How do you know this person? Have you ever met? We've seen several questions with the similar pattern. Here are some ...
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Can I carry £25 in cash to UK without a receipt?

None - that is an entirely reasonable amount of cash to have on you. You don't need to declare that you have it, declarations are only required above £10,000 https://www.gov.uk/bringing-cash-into-uk ...
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While on vacation my taxi took a longer route, possibly to scam me out of money. How can I deal with this?

Use an app. Virtually everywhere these days has either Uber/ Lyft/ Grab/ Gojek/ Ola/ Didi/ Yandex/ Careem /local clone ride-sharing service, or an app put out by local taxi companies in an attempt to ...
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Is it legal to travel with a suitcase full of physical cash (worthless banknotes) from Venezuela?

It's a really bad idea, so much that I registered just to warn you (I live in Venezuela). When there was a severe shortage of cash the government blamed it on banknotes being extracted through the ...
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Is it okay to have less than 10,000 EUR when in Europe?

There is no requirement to have €10,000 when you are in Europe. It sounds like someone is confusing two things: The requirement to have enough money to support yourself for the duration of your trip....
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How to tell if a travel location is "affordable"?

The US Department of State publishes recommended per diem ("per day") reimbursement rates for every major city. These are intended to enable fair reimbursement for travel expenses incurred by US ...
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How much cash can I safely carry into the USA and avoid civil forfeiture?

The threshold can't be determined to a particular number, because so much of it depends on your facts and circumstances, and what you show (and tell) CBP. And it's worse than that. It casts shade ...
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Transiting through Switzerland by coach with lots of cash

Rarely does one see so many misconceptions in one question! coach will definitely or almost certainly be stopped in Switzerland for checks on luggage and things, can I risk being seized all ...
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What’s this symbol in Europe that looks a bit like an upside-down V, or ⩘?

It's the number one, with a left-hand stroke, and is not uncommon in European countries, including France. This from Wikipedia on Regional Handwriting Variation, (including the illustration): The ...
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Is using Swiss Francs (CHF) cheaper than Euros (EUR) in Switzerland?

The currency of Switzerland is obviously the Swiss Franc, not the Euro. Many businesses accept euros, but: not all do to make sure they're covered against fluctuations of the exchange rate, they will ...
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What to do with one yen coins when traveling in Japan?

May I suggest before departing Japan, visit one of the Temples/Shrines. You can deposit your coins in the box just inside the grounds. The other thing you could do with them is to put them in a ...
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Is it OK if I do not take the receipt in Germany?

It is perfectly normal to accept or reject the receipt if that is asked. It is slightly impolite to reject a receipt if it has been printed and handed out, since this slows the checkout line for ...
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Are there benefits in travel insurance for travelers with deep pockets?

Insurance is most useful for rare but severe losses. Frequent but minor losses should be self-insured (i.e. paid by you), for precisely the reasons you stated. If my home burns down, I don't care ...
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Do I need to declare my money (over $10K) in the US if I'm in transit?

WARNING: You are at risk of losing your money! You actually have to declare it TWICE: You have to declare cash (or equivalent) over 10k both when entering and leaving the country. See https://help....
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Booked a room 5 months ago, now hotel lowers the price, what can I do?

There are no rules that say a hotel has to refund money to already-booked patrons if they lower their prices. And you would certainly object if the hotel asked you for more money because 'prices had ...
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Is this a legit ESTA application?

Thankfully your card hasn't been charged. Do not continue to deal with this service ONLY use the government site, NOTHING else. Not only are you likely to be charged much more; they may not even ...
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Can I carry £25 in cash to UK without a receipt?

If anything, you're going to be questioned as to why you have only 25 pounds. Unless you look extremely suspicious, nobody's going to ask about the money's origin until you get well into the thousands....
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What's the right answer to "Check, Savings or Credit" for an overseas card in Australia?

At point-of-sale terminals, cheque and savings transactions are processed through the domestic EFTPOS debit card system. As far as I know they only accept locally issued debit cards. Credit ...
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Is this banknote still acceptable in Switzerland?

This note belongs to the 8th series of banknotes. They are no longer legal tender, so banks do not have to accept them. The eighth banknote series was issued between 1995 and 1998. These banknotes ...
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Bringing coins back home from abroad; Is that unethical to do?

I don't personally think there are any ethical issues with taking change away. One good reason for doing so is to land with a little change next time you visit; I find it quite handy to have a couple ...
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What to do with one yen coins when traveling in Japan?

I don't think it would be polite to give a bunch of them to cashier Foreigners always overthink "politeness" issues in Japan... Handling payments, in whatever (legal) form, is their job, they will ...
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Why should you have travel insurance?

What you've described is the case for all insurance. If the expected value of the insurance policy for the average buyer costs more than the premium, the insurance company will eventualy go out of ...
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Can 2009 US 100-dollar notes still be used anywhere in the world?

They are valid, in the sense that they are legal tender accepted by the US Government, but any individual business anywhere in the world can decide whether or not to accept them or not. There is no ...
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Why should you have travel insurance?

"Why should you have travel insurance?" - because the insurance company makes money from it. That is their reason to offer it. What is your reason to have insurances? If you have the need to cover ...
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Can someone explain Cuba's two-currency system and the consequences for foreigners?

A little bit of history: (from the top of my head, there is very little to find about this on the web I think, even in Spanish): At some point during the Cuban Revolution and before I was born, being ...
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How to get a large amount of cash abroad if a debit card stops working?

My advice for anyone who wants to get out of a difficult situation is to not get in that situation in the first place. In this case, the easiest way would be to take a second debit card, or a credit ...
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Cashless visit to the USA?

There's a few places where you may encounter difficulties: Lots of people expect tips in hotel, especially bellhops (the people who will carry your luggage to your room or into your car). I'm not ...
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Do I have to declare less than $10,000 in cash to US customs when coming back from vacation?

It would plainly be ridiculous to require all travelers to declare the small change in their pockets, yet allow undeclared paper money up to $10,000. What the second part tries to say is that all ...
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Drawing cash as UK citizens while visiting US

While you can go through the hassle of opening a US bank account, is there a reason you aren't just using your credit cards and a normal GBP bank account in the US? You'll want to check with your bank ...
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Sending money to a friend stuck abroad without a debit card?

I second the comment by B.Liu. Make really sure this is not a scam. I once used Western Union to send money to a relative abroad. They are still in business and so are several other providers. (...
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