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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The important point is where you will pass through immigration. The 144-hour visa-free transit requires that you stay within a certain area of your arrival point, and depart the country from within that same area. For Beijing, that means that you must stay within the Beijing/Tianjin/Hebei area - which obviously does not include the vast majority of the ...


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Answer no. You should only answer yes if the sole purpose of your trip is transit. In your case, the purpose of your trip is twofold: one purpose is to get to Canada, but another purpose, however secondary it may be, is to spend a few days in New York.


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Yes, it is possible for you to leave the airport in Amsterdam. You will clear Schengen immigration controls there, whereby your passport will be stamped. After that, there will be nothing preventing you from leaving the airport. Be sure to leave plenty of time to get back to the airport, pass through airport security, and find your gate. There will be no ...


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If you buy the ticket single-trip, then sure, you may get off at the intermediate stop. No one can stop you from doing that. If your ticket is return, however, typically if you miss one section then all of your subsequent journey sections on that ticket will be cancelled. So, you still can do that, but you won't be able to get back from Istanbul.


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Baggage claim on an international flight is always after immigration. You can talk to your airline if they can transfer over the baggage to the other airline (in some cases this is possible) but if that doesn’t work out and if you must take your baggage and check it yourself then it is always going to be after immigration. And in that case you’re ...


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You always go through passport control on your last exit point out of the Schengen area, in this case Helsinki airport. Likewise you always go through passport control on your first entry point into the Schengen area. Thus you are free to have a day trip in Helsinki before getting stamped out of the Schengen area. In order to do so you need to head for the ...


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Baggage claim will be after the border control (Immigration). Please note that if your nationality doesn't have visa-free access to the Schengen area and you don't have a valid visa, the airline might not even allow you to board or check-in for the first flight. please contact your airline to clarify tour situation in that case and ask if they can check the ...


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One important information that could help a lot in making those decisions is that DB (and CFF, and probably a few others) actually plan in advance which track which train is going to use, contrary to SNCF which seems to just throw dice at the last minute. This information is readily available on the DB or CFF websites, even for trains running in several ...


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JAL is liable to the USA, but not to you. There is no chance that JAL will refund the amount you paid and they might even attempt to get back the money they paid as fine to USCBP. For the USA, there is no sterile airside transit like in many other countries. Every person transiting has to clear the passport control and customs before catching their onward ...


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Some airports report themselves how many transfer passengers they have (or at least what's the % of all passengers). E.g. Schiphol (AMS) had 71.053 million passengers in 2018, of which 36.6% were transfers, for a total of 26 million transited passengers. Heathrow claims a figure of 24 million transited passengers, 30% of its total. According to the paper ...


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Unfortunately, you need a visa. It could be a transit visa (C) or a visitor visa (B). All passengers in the US, including transit passengers, must clear immigration controls, and the US did away with its "transit without visa" facility many years ago.


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Transit is usually if you're not entering a country, to go onwards to another one. For international flights. Flying between two cities in Italy would be a domestic flight, and you'd need to be allowed into the country (ie have an appropriate visa). Like Almaty to Astana - everyone on the flight is legally allowed to be in the country, because at Astana (or ...


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You will be able to access shops in domestic area of LED, but not Duty Free ones. You will only have access to domestic departures area in St. Petersburg airport. Of course, flight from LED to OVB is domestic. Then in Novosibirsk you will transfer to International waiting area with possibility of Duty Free shopping.


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Hong Kong does not permit nationals of Bangladesh (and several other countries) to transit without a visa, not even in the international transit area of the airport. If you try to go without one, the airline may deny boarding. You have two obvious options at this point: First, you could try to obtain a visit/transit visa from Hong Kong. Their official web ...


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From the Airport you first catch the B line train to Chatelet – Les Halles, before then changing to the A line to Gare de Lyon. The whole journey takes no more than 45 minutes, and you will be able to catch the B line every 10-15 minutes. A single for the journey is about $10. There's huge signs around the airport that point you in the right direction, and ...


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Swiss authorities are not known to be especially concerned about large amounts of money. Travelling by bus adds another layer to this story, I assume customs officers are more familiar with Western European businessmen bringing cash than bus passengers carrying their savings and I have no idea how they might react to this situation. Note that unlike (most) ...


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While Doc’s answer covers the most important formalities, in case you are interested why you can only take the slower Z sleeper train, The Man in Seat 61 has the answer: The fast G train calls multiple times between Beijing and Hong Kong, making it a ‘normal’ train. TWOV rules require you to stay in a small area of the country (i.e. the Beijing area) but ...


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You can do this with ITA Matrix search. Enter your search parameters, and then click "Advanced Controls" under "Extension codes" (or Outbound and Return Extension codes if you are searching for a return flight), enter -CITIES HKG. There are lots of other interesting parameters you can use in the routing and extension codes sections which you can find by ...


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Presuming that your connecting flight to Australia is the same day as your arrival into New Zealand, you will be required to have a visa for Australia in order to board your original flight to New Zealand. Without an Australian visa you will be denied boarding. If your connecting flight is the next day (but still within 24 hours of arrival) then you may be ...


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The guy on Twitter has misread Timatic, the database which airlines use to verify passenger documents. The NOTE 60190 appears in the USA transit section, and means that she needs an onward ticket departing the USA. Visa required, except for Nationals of Japan with a biometric passport (with an electronic chip symbol on the cover) and an Electronic ...


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Not much. You'll have to take a train (RTD A line) to downtown (Union Station). It is about a 40 minute trip with trains at intervals of 15 or 30 minutes depending on the time of day. Plus, it takes some time to get from your gate to the train station (there is an underground people mover). On the return, you'll have to allow time to go through security, ...


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Some travelers are not eligible for ESTA. The US Customs and Border Protection FAQ says those travelers include: Nationals of VWP countries who have traveled to or been present in Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, or Yemen at any time on or after March 1, 2011 (with limited exceptions); and where those exceptions are to represent your program ...


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India has absolutely no restrictions on which ports of entry an Indian citizen, PIO/OCI holder, or visa holder can enter the country (except for Pakistani citizens, who can only enter via MAA, DEL or BOM). In the past, India did issue restricted visas to people of certain nationalities, which could only be used to enter India via a single port of entry. ...


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