David Richerby
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Can you bring a crossbow from the USA to the UK?
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The British Airways luggage restrictions (in the Firearms and ammunition section of Prohibited items; sorry, but it's not possible to give a direct link) say that you can bring a crossbow in your ...

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How to find out the name of a fellow Indian train passenger?
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Contact the coach company: the man you lent the book to might have handed it in as lost property at the end of his journey. It's unlikely that they'll be willing to give you his details because that ...

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Visiting USA with a transit visa
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If you have a C visa, you can't use that. Transit (C) visas are nonimmigrant visas for persons traveling in immediate and continuous transit through the United States en route to another country, ...

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Who was or what is Týn in Prague?
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As the English Wikipedia page says, "Týn" is the name of a nearby courtyard visited by merchants. Jonathan Reez points out that "Týn" itself is an archaic word for a fence. In this case, "before" ...

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How does the 180 rule work for UK tourist visas?
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I'm not an expert but I wouldn't advise doing any of this. There are lots of stories on this site of people applying for a visa for, say, a three week visit, seeing that their visa is valid for six ...

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Can I put food in my hold luggage for flying?
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You're allowed to take most foods in checked luggage, as long as they don't require special handling (e.g., being kept cold) and won't go off horribly if your baggage is delayed. However, many ...

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Is it possible to take a photo of Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) from an airplane window?
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As Henning's answer makes clear, the images in the question are composites and passenger planes don't fly that low over central London. Also, the clouds in the second image are obviously fake: they're ...

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Can a twenty-year-old bring to the USA alcohol purchased legally in Spain?
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The fact that you bought something legally somewhere else isn't actually relevant. When you want to bring an item into a country, it's that country's law that applies. Indeed, the law about what you ...

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Can I take some items from my luggage while waiting for a flight?
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Talk to your airline's customer service desk but... Most modern phones charge with a standard USB lead and many hotels and cafes (and even trains and buses!) have USB sockets these days. There's sure ...

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How can a train unexpectedly be the wrong way round?
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A train can end up the wrong way around by going round a triangle (essentially, doing a three-point turn). This can happen in a variety of ways. Some routes call for a train to stop at a station to ...

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Understanding Greek road signs
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Yes, there is an official transliteration scheme from the Greek alphabet to Roman. The Greek Government uses the Hellenic Organization for Standardization (ELOT) standard 743. Wikipedia has the full ...

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Why do we fasten seatbelts for turbulence?
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You have a hard time imagining it but it exists. Sure, the plane won't get flipped upside down but people have died as a result of injuries sustained in turbulence. For example, United flight 826 from ...

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is 1hr 15 minutes enough time to change terminals at Manila?
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Book a flight the next day. Taking the 1815 flight gives you 75 minutes to get off the plane, pass through immigration, collect your bags, check in, pass through security and get on the next flight. ...

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Tube from Heathrow to King's Cross
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There are three stations: Heathrow Terminals 2&3 Heathrow Terminal 4 Heathrow Terminal 5 (Note that 2, 3, 4 and 5 are the only terminals: Terminal 1 closed a few years ago.) The station ...

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CBP Reminds Travelers to Allow 72 Hours for ESTA. Why?
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Not an official reason but I've had an ESTA delayed because of payment difficulties. I'd used the same card to pay for a plane ticket, a seat upgrade and an ESTA in rapid succession, all to US ...

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How to alert a bus driver to stop without pushing the stop button
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If you can't easily reach a stop button and can't get somebody else to press one for you, it's perfectly reasonable to verbally ask the driver to stop. Indeed, when I was a child, thirty years ago, it ...

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Visiting the USA from the UK on a passport with 3-months expiration
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I don't think we can really say what the problem was. It could be something as simple as the CBP officer being new, not knowing exactly what the rules are for this slightly unusual case, and wanting ...

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How to find the amount paid for a ticket?
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If you have access to the airline/travel agent account on which the ticket was bought, you may be able to find it under the previous purchases there. Likewise, if you have access to the bank account ...

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Why would I choose full service carrier instead of a low-cost one?
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In addition to jpatokal's excellent answer, budget airlines sell you a pair of one-way tickets, whereas full-service carriers sell you a return ticket. This means that the budget airline has ...

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On attempting reentry with tourist pass after being rejected
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You should think less in terms of "The rules say I can enter Singapore for 90 days" and more in terms of "The rules say the immigration officer can allow me into Singapore for up to 90 days." 90 days ...

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transfer visa to new passport
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You never transfer visas, and you should never tamper with the sticker in your passport. There are two possibilities for what happens in this situation: either the visa remains valid and you must ...

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Should I mention my Canadian visa refusal in my UK visa application?
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The form explictly asks if you have ever been refused a visa by any country. You must answer all questions on your visa application truthfully and accurately. If you are found to have lied, this is ...

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Medical travel Insurance for Ecuador
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I don't know if you can get cheaper insurance in Ecuador, but there are many potential problems with this plan. It's very unlikely that travel insurance in Ecuador will pay to fly you back to the USA ...

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Do you have to show a WIZZ boarding pass on a computer screen for it to be printed for free at the airport?
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Article 9.7 of Wizz Air's General Conditions of Carriage states: [...] You must print the Boarding Pass no later than 2 hours prior to the departure time according to the Schedule and present it ...

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Is someone who writes their job as "unemployed" on an immigration card and customs application more likely to be delayed or denied entry?
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Or if I write a fake job title and the lie is detected, does this possibly lead to any tiresome result or worse, crime or put on jail, depending on the country? Keeping people in jail is very ...

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Is travelling to the US on an ESTA permit, with intentions of working legit?
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A technical point: you're planning to enter the US under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). This is the scheme that allows people from friendly countries into the US for tourism or business without a visa....

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One small luggage and one big on EasyJet?
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EasyJet's policy is that you have an allowed number of bags and an allowed weight. As long as each bag isn't too heavy, you can distribute the weight between the bags however you wish. This FAQ on ...

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Arranging temporary childcare during a conference in an unfamiliar city
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Ask the conference organizers. They've thought about childcare enough to offer reimbursements so they've probably also thought about what options are available. Furthermore, the local organizers (i.e.,...

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Are dual Irish/British citizens bound by the 90/180 day rule when travelling in the EU after Brexit?
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Even after Brexit, you will be an EU citizen because of your Irish citizenship, so you have all the rights that an EU citizen has. When you enter the EU, you should do so using your Irish passport. ...

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Return ticket...but not using departure element
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As far as I'm aware, no. When your daughter doesn't show up for the flight from the UK to Thailand, the airline will cancel her whole booking. It might be worth calling the airline's customer service ...

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