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You misunderstand. The lack of an international transit zone was not your problem. Even if there had been an international transit zone, you would not have been able to remain in it. Your problem was that you had a flight from Milan to Rome. That is a domestic flight, and you must enter the Schengen area to board it. You do not leave the Schengen area ...


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Unlike many other countries, US airports do not have any form of physical immigration controls when you are departing the country on an international flight. In fact, in most airports there isn't even a concept of an "International" terminal/gate, with the same gates frequently being used for international flights and domestic flights. As a result of this ...


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The DS-160 instructions say: I am required to give the name of a contact or organization and a phone number, but I am not visiting anyone in the U.S. If you do not know anyone personally you may give the name of the hotel, company or organization you intend to visit. If the question does not apply in your case, you may simply state "does ...


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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 my money by Swiss authorities or will I have to give them something? ... I've been told that Swiss authorities are quite ruthless. ... but even ...


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It's sometimes difficult to find the right information but everything is somewhere on the EU website. Wikipedia has a good summary as well. Some embassies or government websites from the various Schengen countries also provide useful summaries. Legally, the main source for all this is the Schengen visa code. Here is a step-by-step guide through the rules ...


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Why yes there is. This UK government site will tell you if you need a visa to transit through the UK. You enter your nationality, destination, and any visas you already hold, and it will tell you if you need a transit visa or not. It also includes instructions for applying for one. As a summary (but check for exceptions): You must arrive and depart by air,...


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Originally I just wanted to comment on the excellent answer by Hilma, but I can't stress the chance of delays enough. The Deutsche Bahn is nowadays notorious for their delays, especially on long-distance trains (the tricks the DB uses to make the delayed trains look better was even a topic on the latest Chaos Communication Congress, English audio track ...


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You won't get in trouble for arriving at the airport without a visa. Instead, the airline you're flying won't let you on the plane to depart in the first place. They can check the status of electronic visas at the time you check in. They do this because the airline is responsible for transporting you back out of the country if you are refused entry. If you ...


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Yes, there is such a system. The roads marked with a green label and letter E are marked in accordance with this system: E47 on the Denmark map is the European route 47, E1 on the Portugal map is the European route 1. Quotation from WIkipedia: In most countries, roads carry the European route designation beside national road numbers. Other countries ...


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Be aware that doing this can go wrong very quickly in the event of "irregular operations", such as bad weather, canceled flights, etc. When you book a ticket FLL->ORD->STL the airline is committing to fly you from FLL to STL. They are not required to get you there via ORD. If the FLL-ORD flight is canceled for some reason then it's possible they would re-...


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This ploy is known as "hidden-city ticketing", and you should find plenty written about it if you search for that term. For example, Nate Silver wrote an article about it; that caused some controversy, and there was a followup on the ethics of the practice.


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Since you're in transit, just write "in transit" for the address, and show your connecting flight's ticket if asked. For what it's worth, this is a common scenario that immigration officers will have seen before, because the US does not recognize the idea of sterile transit: every traveller has to pass through Customs & Immigration, even if they are ...


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The cause of your problem is that your route included an internal Schengen flight. This has nothing to do with there being (or not) a transit area in Linate. It is because of your Milan to Rome flight that you needed a visa, not to change planes in Milan. Airports in the Schengen area are divided in two zones. Schengen, and non-Schengen. A flight from ...


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I think that if you try this, you will be denied boarding at check-in. There are two reasons for this: First, airside transit without visa is intended for traveling from one country through the international transit area of a second country en route to a third country. Returning to the country of origin is not intended. Timatic, the system which airlines ...


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He will go through immigration in Heathrow anyway. Nobody will stop him from going through customs without his checked baggage. After coffee, he'll have to go through security to get to the gate, using his boarding pass, and will go through customs again, but not immigration, on arrival in Scotland. I've done this many times, both as the traveler and as ...


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What you're describing is called "Hidden City Ticketing", where Istanbul is the "hidden" city between the others, but is the one that you're actually planning to travel to. Hidden City Ticketing is generally not allowed under the rules of the airline, and there can be a number of traps to planning a hidden city trip (the most common two being checked ...


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Unaccompanied bags are only allowed in freight not on passenger flights. As you will have to show your boarding pass at the gate at Heathrow, this will be checked against the luggage loaded. If the passenger is missing or hasn't boarded, their luggage will be offloaded due to security concerns. This is normal practice across almost all airlines/airports I ...


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Sorry, you'll need a Schengen visa. The lines you are quoting are about transiting via a single airport ("MUC or FRA", not "and"), meaning you fly in, change planes and fly out without ever entering Germany proper. But you want to take a domestic flight, which does require going through immigration and hence a valid visa that lets you enter Germany.


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Your travel agent is very confused. Australia has not issued physical visas for several years - everything is electronic. Whilst it was previously possible to request a physical visa in your passport at an additional cost, even this option has now been removed by the Australian Government. The airlines have the ability to check your visa electronically at ...


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I decided to give my contribution here as I'm often crossing the border between Italy and Switzerland by train and sometimes by bus: Border inspections both from Swiss and Italians authorities are very common (I would say between 50 and 70 per cent of the times); the typical question is whether you are carrying cash, valuables and securities, and they ...


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Changi airport in Singapore is a good place for long stopovers. The airport is set up for it with an airside hotel, and other great facilities, and stopovers of a whole day are not unheard of. If you have a stopover of more than 8 hours the airport also offers free tours of the city http://www.changiairport.com/en/airport-experience/attractions-and-...


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Sort of. In general the Bahn is good at creating schedules and managing connections efficiently. For example when two "busy" trains intersect they often line them up on both sides of a single platform so you can directly walk out of one train straight into the other. This being said, in my personal experience on-time performance of the trains has severely ...


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Obviously this is going to differ by country and even by airport. In the UK, the airport buildings are evacuated onto the runway or taxiway. This a controlled airside area and no one is permitted to leave until the emergency is dealt with. For instance, this happened at London City recently (this airport doesn't actually handle more than a handful of ...


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Something similar once happened to me. I was transiting Beijing and didn't have a valid Chinese visa (for reference, I'm a US citizen). I had an overnight layover and discovered upon my arrival in Beijing that the transit area was closed for the night. I had planned to sleep in the terminal to avoid the expense of buying a visa. I approached an immigration ...


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Yes. Istanbul is not in the Schengen area, so your flight there from Athens is an "external" flight. To board it, you have to pass through Greek exit controls, at which point your single-entry visa will be used up.


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Do NOT under any circumstance book a flight which has transit at Heathrow Terminal 5 with the connecting flight leaving the following morning if you do not have a visa and you are a citizen of a nation whose nationals are mandated to have a visa/transit visa when entering/passing through U.K. On March 15 2017 I was detained together with a female Canadian ...


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The stamp in your passport means that you must leave the US on or before 12th February. You did that – you left later on 13th August – so you have nothing to worry about. On your return journey to Jamaica, you'll get another stamp that will also say "You must leave within six months." The reason for the date on the stamp is that, in ...


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There's a bunch of confusion here still, so I'll try to lay out all the steps in more detail. One note first. Airlines offer an "unaccompanied minors" service, where airline employees will escort your daughter from the time you drop her off to the time she is picked up by an authorized adult. This service is mandatory for children 15 and under on United (...


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I hereby present... The Exhaustingly Exhaustive Dubai Airport Shower Guide All prices and info accurate as of June 2014. Marhaba lounge The Marhaba lounge in T3 Concourse A (between gates A2/A3) has rather nice showers, easily on a par with a four-star hotel. A shower alone without lounge access costs Dhs 55 (~US$15), including towel and cosmetics kit (...


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