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  1. C

    Denied boarding to Jakarta due to 'damaged' passport

    Some of you may have read bits of this in the chitchat thread. I hope my experience is of some use to others. I was due due to fly on Qantas from Canberra to Jakarta on Monday the 8th of July. My flight from Canberra left at 11:15 and the flight from Sydney was leaving at 13:45, plenty of time...
  2. RooFlyer

    Russia to go e-Visa - selected countries?

    This from OMaaT: https://onemileatatime.com/russia-electronic-visas/ If true, a good move, eh, @JohnM ? But there could be a catch - it is likely to be country specific and not include Australia :(...
  3. P

    Immigration formalities at SFO

    Yesterday (19 June 2019, I arrived at SFO on NZ8. The immigration formalities took me two hours and 15 minutes. It seemed a very long time. First there was a long line (queue) for the “visitors” category (I didn’t see any “US citizens”). Then you go through the electronic passport/visa...
  4. AisleSeat

    Hackers Stole U.S. Customs And Border Protection's Traveller Photos

    Licence plate images and photos of individuals who travelled in and out of the United States were taken in a malicious hack impacting U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), according to a report in the Washington Post. The agency learned last month about the breach, which took place thanks to...
  5. Himeno

    passport damage

    I'm currently in Japan for an event with a friend. Concert event in Saitama this weekend. They had merch presales today. While we were at the venue today, there was quite heavy rain for a period. My friend didn't have an umbrella. When we got back into Tokyo and checked in at the hotel, she...
  6. JohnM

    US to require social media details from all visa applicants

    This snippet: U.S. Now Requiring Social Media Details From All Visa Applicants also popped up on the ABC news tonight. I've got nothing to hide and my social media footprint is as small as it is boring, but I'm wondering how it will impact on someone like me who already has a US Visa instead of...
  7. Archipelago

    Myanmar to start new Visa on Arrival for Aus passport holders this year

    (mods please move if this is in the wrong location, cheers) The Myanmar Tourist & Business visa online process has been in place for a few years now, and has worked well - but it still meant that the Visa needed to be pre-approved, and documentation presented for check in staff before the last...
  8. X

    Problems swiping Velocity card at BP, it does an unwanted Visa transaction.

    I have had it happen twice now. I go to swipe my Velocity at BP and when I swipe it the Pay Pass sensor picks up the Visa chip in my Global Wallet and it ended up taking the money to pay out of my Global Wallet Visa account and not giving me any Velocity points. The first time it happened it...
  9. D

    Virgin High Flyer Visa Eligible Transactions?

    Hi Can someone help with clarifying the very vague description of what are eligible transactions to earn points on the virgin high flyer credit card. The T&C's state: So utilities such as water and electricity companies which are not government related or semi government, they are private...
  10. D

    Police check for USA Visa interview?

    Hi, First time poster here. I wanted to ask some questions about my upcoming visa interview. My girlfriend surprised me a few weeks ago with a cheap trip to Hawaii in late October so I was looking into the ESTA or visa. Almost exactly 20 years ago now I was arrested and fined for theft. Now...
  11. Mattg

    Brazil removing visa requirement for Australians

    Great news for anyone travelling to Brazil from 17 June this year. You'll no longer need to apply for a visa in advance. It's not that long ago that Brazil introduced e-visas for Australians, and now even applying for that is no longer necessary. Perfect timing for me as my next trip to Brazil...
  12. RB

    Sri Lanka Visa Requirements

    Couldn't find anything on the forum re this and there doesn't seem to be any coverage in the general press when I do a google search. This is an article from the Colombo Gazette Multiple countries get visa free entry to Sri Lanka for six months | Colombo Gazette
  13. Limewood

    Shanghai Visa

    Our flight arrives Shanghai 22st Aug. 7pm, depart by ship 26th for Korea so 96 hours total in port, is this a transit Visa completed on arrival.
  14. R

    Vietnam evisa pages required

    Hey guys and gals, anyone know whether the new evisa system for Vietnam requires full blank pages? I've got almost 3 pages worth of empty space but no fully blank pages. I'm on my 8th year and I'm hoping I don't have to renew before my 9th year. There's nothing mentioned on the offical...
  15. James @ ThePointsPro

    Answered Immigration fast track at Denpasar airport?

    Hi there - a few years ago Indonesia stopped the paid fast track immigration service on arrival to Denpasar airport in Bali. The villa that we're staying at has offered this - is it legal again? Has anyone paid for immigration fast track at Denpasar recently?
  16. Y

    Answered AUS PR Pending, US Visa Once Rejected

    Hi all, My family and I have been living in Australia for almost 3 years now. We were originally on a 457 but have now submitted a PR application. The PR application has finally moved into an assessment stage. I am starting to worry a bit though because almost 10 years ago I paid a small fine...
  17. A

    Smartgate not working after Passport renewal

    I renewed my passport (Malaysian Passport with a Resident Return Visa) early December and had issues with my Visa not being attached to my new Passport number and couldn't use the smart gate. I then filled in the correct form and fixed it with Dept. Home Affairs. About 2 days after I got the...
  18. SeatBackForward

    USA outbound Immigration checks soon?

    Things may be changing regarding USA immigration. When queing up to board my flight out of San Diego last month, a CPB agent approached me and asked if I didn't mind a few minutes with them...you don't argue with the CPB agents right..so I said yes. He had a hand held device that he used to...
  19. Isochronous

    Burma: e-visa experiences

    For those who have been through the process: 1) how long does it take for the e-visa to be approved? 2) does Burma have any peculiar requirements for your passport to contain a whole blank page (I have run out of completely blank pages). Many thanks!
  20. H

    Decorative [Inoperative] passport machines at LAX TBIT

    The last few times I’ve been through LAX TBIT, all the electronic passport machines are switched off and replaced with a 9 layer deep snake of queuing passengers serviced by a handful of immigration officers. I’m sure those machines were working at some point. Why do they make it so difficult?
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