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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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Mecca (or Makkah as pronounced in Arabic) is a region in Saudi Arabia, one of its cities is Mecca (clearly, the same name as the region's name). Other cities include Jeddah and Taif, which anyone can visit. So, if you mean the city, then the answer is mostly No, if you mean the region, then the answer is Yes. Going back to the city, according to Islam (...


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