schengen – Travelling outside of Germany on a German Working Holiday visa (Australian)

A friend and I (Australians) are planning on visiting Europe in August next year.
We wish to tour West and Central Europe for 4-5 weeks (on a normal Schengen visa) before entering Germany and applying for a 12 month Working Holiday visa (http://www.australien.diplo.de/Vertretung/australien/en/Visa/Working-Holiday.html)

My question is, am I allowed to travel outside Germany again (to Schengen countries) while holding the GWH visa? If I travel 4 weeks before getting the GWH visa, meaning I will have 8 weeks remaining on the Schengen visa, can I visit surrounding countries on weekends?

Sorry if this has been asked before, I was just having trouble finding an answer.
Thanks in advance!

uk – Travelling from London Heathrow airport to Leeds Tempest Road

I am planning to land on 17th April at 7pm at London Heathrow Airport, mostly Terminal 2. I will have two checked bags, one laptop bag, and a carry-on bag.

I’m planning to prebook the National Express service from Heathrow to Leeds Tempest Road but have some questions:

  • what destination should I book? I don’t see Leeds Tempest Road in the National Express site.
  • Will we have enough space to keep the luggage in National Express?
  • Is any national express coach available after 9 pm towards Leeds?
  • Is it wise that I’m planning to prebook to avoid any delay when I arrive?
  • Heathrow has multiple starting points. Which one is the best?

Please advise. Also any other options?

esta – US citizen travelling with non-US citizen child who was denied boarding by KLM for our travel to USA

I am a US citizen residing in Berlin with my wife and child, who are both German citizens. We have traveled to the US before and have had zero issue with boarding and entry to the US.

This time my daughter and I would be travelling alone for an urgent family matter as my wife was unable to secure the necessary time off from work. We had the signed permission from my wife for us to travel to the US without her, my child’s birth certificate, her approved ESTA, valid German passport, negative PCR test results, and my wife even accompanied us to check-in at the KLM counter.

When we tried to check in for our boarding passes and luggage drop-off, the KLM agent scanned our passports and said that my daughter was not allowed to board a flight to the US without a valid ESTA.

We were a bit confused, as we had no indication that the ESTA was not approved, and even pulled up the website and demonstrated the approved status of her visa waiver. She called some unknown entity, rudely told us that only what it said on her screen mattered, and that there was nothing else to be done and please leave!

Of course this being a 6:30am flight meant that our check-in was at 4:30am which left us with no options for assistance from anybody we could call at that hour. Dejected and frustrated, I immediately emailed the US Embassy Berlin and awaited their response. Once agencies in the US became available, I contacted DHS and CBP as well.

The embassy responded with a series of automated responses, so I called their emergency line as well. They said there was no reason that she couldn’t enter the US as far as they knew but that we needed to speak with Homeland Security.

As there was no direct number to DHS, we eventually managed to speak to a Customs and Border Patrol agent who actually ran all of her docs and info and told us that her being denied boarding was strange since his screen showed that she was cleared for entry into the US. He said Regional Carrier Liaison Group is always available for airlines to speak to directly, and that they should have given a valid reason for why and where this decision to not let her board came from.

Since this incident, the Embassy gave us an emergency appointment to file her CRBA and issued her an emergency US passport to avoid any future mishaps with travel to the US.

All sources seem to indicate that this mistake with boarding happened on KLM’s side, who seem to have been ok with just giving us vouchers for the value of our flight even though re-booking with such short notice incurs loads of extra costs (flight, pcr tests, planned lodging, medical appointment cancellation/rescheduling, and just general mental anguish for our family both here and stateside) which we feel KLM should cover. At the very least we shouldn’t have to pay extra flight costs and PCR tests.

Do we have any right to compensation from the airline for these added costs, considering our situation?

trains – travelling to Denmark during covid

Can we travel to Denmark as a tourist ?

Unknown. This would be a difficult trip to do and will require a few hours of research just to find out the details for your specific situation.

Here are a few points that I have found but since rules are hard to interpret and changing very quickly these may not be up to date or accurately represented

  1. Denmark only allows entry from foreign citizens for “worthy causes” which doesn’t include tourism
  2. Denmark requires negative Covid before arrival, mandatory testing on arrival and 10 days mandatory quarantine
  3. Return into Germany depends on where exactly you stay in Denmark. Some areas in Denmark are classified as risk areas (Risikogebiete) others are not. Classification gets update about once a week.
  4. Quarantine rules for return is up to the individual German states, so you need to check with the state where you reside.
  5. Implementation of the quarantine rules is up to the local health offices (Gesundheitsamt) and I had two neighboring offices interpreting the same rules quite differently. Expect significant local variations.

Should we travel to Denmark as a tourist

Absolutely not. Pretty much every country including Germany and Denmark strongly advise against any type of travel unless there are extremely important reasons, which tourism really isn’t. Just hang un there for a few month until the the vaccinations have reached critical level. Travel will be a lot more fun then too.

trains – travelling to Denkmark during covid

Can we travel to Denmark as a tourist ?

Unknown. This would be a difficult trip to do and will require a few hours of research just to find out the details for your specific situation.

Here are a few points that I have found but since rules are hard to interpret and changing very quickly these may not be up to date or accurately represented

  1. Denmark only allows entry from foreign citizens for “worthy causes” which doesn’t include tourism
  2. Denmark requires negative Covid before arrival, mandatory testing on arrival and 10 days mandatory quarantine
  3. Return into Germany depends on where exactly you stay in Denmark. Some areas in Denmark are classified as risk areas (Risikogebiete) others are not. Classification gets update about once a week.
  4. Quarantine rules for return is up to the individual German states, so you need to check with the state where you reside.

Should we travel to Denmark as a tourist

Absolutely not. Pretty much every country including Germany and Denmark strongly advise against any type of travel unless there are extremely important reasons, which tourism really isn’t. Just hang un there for a few month until the the vaccinations have reached critical level. Travel will be a lot more fun then too.

Travelling from Berlin to Mumbai to Goa, how long would I need for processing in Mumbai before my flight to Goa?

I am travelling from Berlin to Goa via Mumbai. According to the latest guidelines I need to take a PCR test on arrival and get my receipt before I can take the connecting flight.

  1. Can someone who has recently travelled, please shed some light on how long it might take on average to exit the flight, complete immigration, take the test and proceed to the transit gates?
  2. Are there any other requirements that I must be aware of? (I will be taking a PCR test in Berlin before my flight)

uk – Do I need a transit visa for a layover at London while travelling from India to Canada?

I am an Indian citizen and am travelling from India to Canada on British Airways with Canada Student Visa. There is a layover at London Heathrow Airport. Both arrival and departure are from same terminal and on the same day. Do I need a transit visa for transferring at Heathrow?

When I checked UK gov website, it mentions that I don’t need a transit visa if I have a valid Canada Visa, but when I contacted a travel agent, he mentioned that I need a transit visa and this rule has been recently introduced due to covid.

Where can I confirm if I need transit visa or not?