Burhan Khalid
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What happens if you swab positive for a drug sample at Canadian airports even if you don’t have anything on you?
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Just because your bag is triggered doesn't mean you will be in trouble. I bought a backpack at Heathrow duty free while in transit to the US which triggered a positive hit on the explosive wand - ...

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Would it be ok to eat rice using a spoon in front of Westerners?
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As someone who always used to eat rice with a spoon, the first time I moved to the US for studies and saw people eating rice with a fork, I couldn't stand it. I tried it myself, but damn it - trying ...

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Will my Luggage go all the way even if Im not on the plane?
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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 ...

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Can travellers see Buddhist temples in Saudi Arabia?
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There are no such temples in Saudi Arabia - source: 26+ years of living there. There are way more Christians in Saudi Arabia than Buddhists - but there are no churches in Saudi Arabia either. It is ...

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Do I need to pass customs if I enter by swimming over a body of water?
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You can only pass through customs (or immigration) through designated ports of entry. This means that unless you have a special pass (for example, ship crews have special passes), you need to go ...

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Can power banks be recharged from both 120V and 240V?
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All the devices you mentioned charge via USB, so really all you need to do is carry a USB wall adapter, that is compatible with USA / UK voltages. I carry with me a macbook pro lightbar 2016 wall ...

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What happens if you are refused entry between two countries?
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It happened to me once in Saudi Arabia - due to a delay at immigration; my visa was marked as invalid because midnight had passed. They didn't stamp anything on my passport. I was held in a jail at ...

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Job interview in London requires me to wire money to the travel agent. Is this a scam?
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One thing that stood out immediately to me (and it was mentioned by Gayot) is that emergency travel documents are given to citizens for travel to their country of citizenship and not to a foreign ...

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Can you put an ordinary Mac laptop (with the battery) in checked luggage?
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For reference: The 15" MacBook Pro carries a 99.5 watt hour battery. The 13" MacBook Pro carries a 74.9 watt hour battery. The MacBook Air 13" carries a 54 watt hour battery. The MacBook carries a 41....

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Can I, underage, get a US passport with consent from both parents, but without either present?
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At the US Department of State website for passports, it states that if parents are unable to appear: A third party may apply for the child's passport with a notarized statement from both parents/...

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How to cope with too slow Wi-Fi at hotel?
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A simple trick to use - especially if browsing the web is very slow, is to change the DNS settings on your laptop for that WiFi connection. I generally use Google's public DNS servers which are 8.8.8....

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If a country does not require a visa on arrival, how do they keep track of the traveller?
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The visa on arrival / visa free entry does not mean that you bypass immigration. It just means that you don't need advance permission (what a visa actually is) to enter the country. It has no ...

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"No nudity" signs in changing rooms in Doha?
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Wrap a towel around your waist (or use a dressing gown/shower gown and face the locker) and then change your trunks/shorts.

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UK visa refused. My passport has this barcode
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This has nothing to do with your visa, this is stamped by NADRA (the issuing agency for Pakistani passports). You'll note, its the same as the booklet number (printed on the bottom right of the photo ...

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Confused about visa question: "Voluntarily elected to depart the UK" ? Yes or No?
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No No The second part is for when: You have overstayed and left on your own accord (ie, were not deported) and/or At the immigration check point - you were inadmissible and have voluntarily decided ...

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Is it inappropriate to record the call to prayer?
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It is perfectly fine. The call to prayer is frequently televised so there is nothing wrong with recording it and posting it on youtube. It is done often. However, do not go to the mosque during ...

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Can you still print boarding passes at the airport if you checked in online?
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At the airport you can approach the American Airlines check-in counter to ask for a printed boarding pass; they will be happy to oblige.

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What can I do with a plane ticket that won't be used?
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As far as the seat is concerned - the airline will take care of that problem for you - in that the seat won't be empty for long. It will probably be assigned to some standby passenger, especially if ...

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What class of vehicle is commonly called "a Toyota" in Dudhu Chak/Eastern Pakistan?
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They mean the HiAce which is commonly used in Pakistan for inter-city transport. Image Credit: wikipedia Here is one in action:

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Suggestions for 15 year old ( child / teen ) travelling alone
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As you are not of an age of majority (ie, an adult); you can avail the special services Emirates provides for young travelers: Can my child travel alone on an Emirates flight? Yes. Emirates ...

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Is it possible to visit the Vatican while wearing a Hijab?
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Note that the sign is specifically for St. Peter's Basilica, and not Vatican City. A small point considering the size of the place, but you have asked about Vatican City. If she is wearing the Hijab ...

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Are non-Muslims allowed to build snowmen in Saudi Arabia and similar countries?
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A fatwa is not a legal opinion, it is a religious opinion and it only sometimes has to do with the law. This distinction is important if the country's legal system follows the Sharia, and typically ...

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Are pre-paid credit cards statements accepted as an evidence when applying for UK standard visa?
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Generally speaking, in addition to showing financial health bank account statements are used to establish or confirm ties to the country. The fact that is there x amount in the bank is only of ...

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Will getting a refund from an ESTA scam site cause me to be blacklisted from the US?
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He'd like to dispute the credit card charge, get his money back and try again via the official site Card disputes are for unauthorized fraudulent charges not purchases. If your friend authorized ...

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What is the intended use of the water hose in Indian restrooms?
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Its for cleaning yourself, and is not limited to India. They are also common in the Middle East, and there are also portable versions people take with them when traveling. Cleaning with toilet paper ...

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Is it allowed to take an external hard drive with you on a plane?
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There are no restrictions on portable hard drives. You can carry as many as you like in your carry-on luggage. All luggage is subject to search and inspection. Your hard drives are not physically ...

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Late boarding and passport control failures caused a missed flight in Turkey on a non-EU airline - what compensation can I claim?
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If you were to claim any damages, who would you blame? The airline doesn't control the passport systems. The delay for departure may have to do with incoming aircraft, which may have been delayed due ...

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As a Muslim transiting Abu Dhabi on Etihad can I drink alcohol?
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As far as UAE is concerned, there is only one issue at hand - since you are not going to consume alcohol inside the UAE but on-board the aircraft; where they do not check your religion. If you appear ...

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Importing silverware utensil sets to Hong Kong
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You are allowed to bring it back to Hong Kong, as import of silverware is not illegal in Hong Kong. There are only four kinds of items that require any kind of tax or duty for Hong Kong: Liquor ...

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Are there any places on earth completely barren with nothing on the horizon in any direction?
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In Botswana the Makgadikgadi Pan qualifies, which is one of the largest salt flats in the world. image source Lying southeast of the Okavango Delta and surrounded by the Kalahari Desert, ...

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