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How manageable are <15 min connection times in Frankfurt Hbf?
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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 ...

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What if you don't bring your credit card or debit for incidentals?
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When you check-in, a card is usually requested, which will be used as a guarantee for incidentals, but also in some cases for the cost of the hotel itself (unless you paid at tile of booking, of ...

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Do I always need to go through immigration if I have a self-transfer?
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TL;DR: Always? No. But... There are three different points in your question. When self-connecting: Do you need to go through immigration? Do you need a transit visa? Can the first airline refuse ...

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Do I clear Customs during a transit in the USA en route to Toronto?
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Contrary to most other countries, there is no sterile international transit in the US. All passengers arriving in the US, whether it's their final destination or they transfer to a domestic or ...

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Missing the second flight booked by ourselves due the delay in the first?
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No, if they are booked separately, it is your sole responsibility to be there in time for the check-in and boarding deadlines of the second flight. If you miss it, you'll either have to change the ...

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Is there a polite and correct way to give the wanted amount of tip in the restaurant when you have no suitable cash?
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Just hand over the smallest note you have and ask “Can you please break this note for me?” or “Could you get me some change?”. In French “Pourriez-vous me faire de la monnaie?”. Don’t know the ...

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Argentina will cancell all flights until Sept. 1st. Will Trip.com and Lufthansa refund me automatically? What is the best course of action?
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Under EC261 rules, you are entitled to a refund if the airline cancels the flight. However, currently most airlines are starved for cash, and are unable to meet their legal obligations. Most will at ...

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Why is the subway in Seoul so cheap?
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Remember that in many places (especially in Western Europe), most users will not use single fare tickets but monthly passes instead. In Paris for instance, even though the cheapest ticket is 1.49 € ($...

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TGV timetables / schedules?
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CDG-Zürich is not an easy one by train, honestly. Trains from Paris (center) to Zürich use the LGV Sud-Est, go through Dijon, then on to the LGV Rhin-Rhone, Mulhouse and Basel (red on the map). They ...

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Crossing Swiss-Austrian border by foot
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Most of the border between Switzerland and Austria north of Liechtenstein is along the Rhine, so there you'll have to cross the border over a bridge. But you can still do it on foot: Note however ...

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Is it possible to cross Switzerland without using a vignette?
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Yes, the vignette is only required for motorways and equivalents. If you avoid those completely, you don’t need a vignette. You can find a map of the roads that require it here: Note that I wouldn’t ...

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Is 2h 20min layover in Alicante airport (Spain) enough?
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The check-in deadline for both Norwegian and Finnair is 45 minutes. So that means, if your incoming flight is on time, you actually only have 1h35 to: deplane get to immigration, queue and get ...

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Will the UK home office know about 5 previous visa rejections in other countries?
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The application form asks: Immigration history For either the UK or any other country, have you ever been: Refused a visa Refused entry at the border Refused permission to stay or remain Refused ...

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What high-speed intercity trains allow passengers to sit in the front cabin?
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This one definitely does not tick all the boxes, but as asked by the OP, here comes an historic example: The SNCF X3800 "Picasso" (more details in french) was used from 1950 to 1988 in France. ...

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Who is the Centralized authority for E-Passport?
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You have a fundamental misunderstanding of the way all of this works. The chip in an e-passport contains information about you and your passport. Mostly the same stuff you can see on the bio page of ...

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Can I travel on a passport that found after reporting it to the police as lost?
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###Edited: added details about the Interpol SLTD database and what they say about using a passport declared lost, and about emergency passports. The form used to declare the loss of an identity card ...

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Can a visitor visa person enter into US from India via Mexico?
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The ban is not on “Indians”, but people who have been in India in the last 14 days. The same applies to many other countries (all Schengen Area countries, the UK, Ireland, Brazil…), and to any person ...

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What is the situation like in Paris in late December 2019?
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In terms of safety, probably nothing special of note, except: Avoid areas where demonstrations take place. There are sadly always a few over-excited individuals who play dumb with the police and the ...

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Can I call the airport to see if my boyfriend made it through customs?
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If you have the booking number (and of course his name), you may be able to use the “manage my booking” section of the website to see his status. If the flight has departed without him, some airlines ...

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Do Indians need a separate Hong Kong visa if we already have a Chinese visa?
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Beyond the visa for HK as described in the other answer, you need to be aware that going to Hong Kong is considered like leaving China for visa purposes. If you have a single-entry visa for China, ...

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Why my debit cards are treated as credit cards in several Latin American countries?
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TL;DR In many countries, "credit card" just means "use the international network" (and associated contracts and fees), while "debit card" means "use the local ...

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What can I do in Hong Kong with a six-hour layover?
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It's going to be quite short, but should be doable. Whether it's sensible is another matter. Consider the following, though: your incoming flight may of course be late time to disembark (if you're ...

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Do you need a valid visa to move out of the country?
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This is highly dependent on the country, but authorities will often want to check that you didn't overstay. If you did, the immediate consequences could range from nothing at all (they're happy you're ...

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While abroad 2 bank cards suddenly have stopped working. They worked yesterday, in the same country
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There are several possible causes for the cards not working: The card issuers refused the transactions. This can be due to a multitude of factors: Transactions abroad triggered security blocks. Note ...

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Can you use a virtual credit card to withdraw money from an ATM in the UK?
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There are a few banks that allow you to withdraw from their own ATMs without a card (usually as an "emergency withdrawal service", with a code you get via telephone banking), but other than that, as ...

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Is 4:30 enough time to transfer from Orly to CDG?
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If both flights are on the same ticket and Air France are willing to sell that connection, that means they think you can do it. If you are arriving directly from Bucharest (or another non-Schengen ...

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Do you need to actually be flying somewhere in order to buy alcohol duty free at the airport?
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Don’t remember the exact layout in Sydney, but in most airports (if not all), you can’t get to the duty-free shops without going through immigration (where applicable) and security, which you ...

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Carrying gifted alcohol in check-in baggage, will I be able to shop duty-free at Mumbai International Airport?
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The problem is not so much what they let you buy, but rather what they let you bring into the country without paying taxes. Whether you did pay taxes or not in the origin country is not relevant, the ...

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Is 55 minutes enough time for a connecting flight at Helsinki airport?
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With the two flights on a single booking, it means the airline thinks it’s possible, and will usually do all they can so that it happens (because they have a liability of it doesn’t). You won’t go ...

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Are United Airlines employees authorized to ask TSA screening questions?
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Flights to the US have been subjected to additional checks for quite a few years now. Can't quite remember if that started after the shoe-bomber attempt or after the liquid bomb scare. In many cases: ...

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