air travel – I’m American. re: COVID restrictions, can I fly through Portugal on my way to the Czech Republic in September?

I am a second year masters student who will be traveling to the Czech Republic in mid-September in order to continue my studies. All flights have layovers somewhere, and the cheapest/fastest flight I can find has a layover in Portugal. I will have a valid study visa for the Czech Republic, and will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test prior to entering the Czech Republic, and to show this before entering the country.

I have visited the websites of the Portugese Embassy in the U.S., the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Embassy in Portugal to see if there is specific guidance for traveling into Portugal in order to continue on to a third destination, but cannot find information on whether it is possible to simply travel through the country. The websites say that only “essential” travel is permitted, which includes traveling for the purpose of studies (though I won’t be studying in Portugal), and that I must have a negative COVID test in order to enter the country.

I will have a COVID test and will travel with my results (as long as they’re negative of course! Otherwise will not travel), so I am hoping that it will be fine to travel through, as I will not leave the airport. But in these uncertain times, I want to be absolutely certain that I will be allowed to a) board the flight, and b) enter the airport to take my connecting flight, before I book. Any insider knowledge on how such cases are handled in Portugal, or recommendations on who to contact to have this question answered?

customs and immigration – American citizen crossing from UK to France

Eurostar is running and definitely open without restrictions to British residents. The UK is outside the Schengen area and the French border police checks passports in London before boarding the train so you cannot hope to fly under the radar and you could very easily be denied entry.

The most important question is whether having spent a mandatory quarantine in the UK is enough to ensure that you are considered as “coming from“ the UK rather than the US. Current rules do not make distinctions by citizenship or residence and only restrict entry for people “coming from“ certain countries but do not further define what that means.

I note that there is also a separate measure mandating tests for people coming from the US and a test and some other restrictions for people who have stayed in a high-prevalence area in the past month. This would seem to suggest that it is indeed possible to enter France, even if you come from the US (possibly with a travel certificate justifying the purpose of your trip) but that a quarantine might not necessarily exempt you from all restrictions.

covid 19 – American citizen crossing to france from UK

Eurostar is running and definitely open without restrictions to British residents. The UK is outside the Schengen area and there are passport checks in London before boarding the train so you cannot hope to fly under the radar and you could very easily be denied entry.

The most important question is whether having spent a mandatory quarantine in the UK is enough to ensure that you are considered as “coming from“ the UK rather than the US. Current rules do not make distinctions by citizenship or residence and only restrict entry for people “coming from“ certain countries but do not further define what that means.

I note that there is also a separate measure mandating tests for people coming from the US and a test and some other restrictions for people who have stayed in a high-prevalence area in the past month. This would seem to suggest that it is indeed possible to enter France, even if you come from the US (possibly with a travel certificate justifying the purpose of your trip) but that a quarantine might not necessarily exempt you from all restrictions.

What information is encoded in an American passport’s numeric code along the bottom of the front information page?

At the bottom of the photo page of an American passport is a bunch of alphanumeric information interspersed with right facing angle brackets (>). What information does this code contain?

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Would an American who lives in Japan be allowed into the Schengen Zone for non-essential travel?

TL;DR: probably yes for Germany, but worth trying to confirm with German authorities. Below is for Germany but you can check other EU countries the same way.


reopen.europa.eu info for Germany:

As a third-country national coming from outside the EU and Norway,
Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, may I enter this country
without exceptional restrictions?

YES, WITH LIMITATION. Travellers from
Australia, Georgia, Canada, Montenegro, New Zealand, Thailand, Tunisia
and Uruguay will be able to enter without restrictions from 2 July.
That will also apply to Japan, South Korea and China — but only if
those countries also allow people from Germany to enter. For the
determination of the entry possibility, the previous location of the
travelers is decisive, not their nationality
. Regardless of the entry
options in Germany, a quarantine obligation based on the Infection
Protection Act applies in all federal states for incoming and
returning travelers from the risk areas specified by the RKI. With the
exception of passengers in transit traffic, this also applies in
principle to travelers with an important travel reason. An exception
to the quarantine applies to the current negative test. The most
important goal of all considerations remains to secure the further
containment of the pandemic.

Last update: 01-07-2020

See https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm whether Japan refuse travelers from Germany (depends to whom you’re married to, e.g. looks like Japan accepts travelers from Germany if spouse of nationals of Japan ).

https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm for Japan:

Published 01.07.2020
1. Passengers who have transited through or have been in Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Rep., Chile, China (People's Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Colombia, Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Eswatini, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay, USA, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vatican City (Holy See) or Viet Nam in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter until 31 July 2020.
- This does not apply to nationals of Japan.
- This does not apply to spouses or children of nationals of Japan if they can prove it.
- This does not apply to residents of Japan with “Permanent Resident", "Spouse or Child of Japanese National", "Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident" or "Long Term Resident", who have departed Japan with Re-entry Permission by 2 April 2020.
- This does not apply to residents of Japan with “Permanent Resident", "Spouse or Child of Japanese National", "Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident" or "Long Term Resident", who have departed Japan with Re-entry Permission between 3 April and 28 April 2020 and have only been in Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Cape Verde, Colombia, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Honduras, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Maldives, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Qatar, Russian Fed., Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, St. Kitts and Nevis, Tajikistan, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine or Uruguay.
- This does not apply to residents of Japan with “Permanent Resident", "Spouse or Child of Japanese National", "Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident" or "Long Term Resident", who have departed Japan with Re-entry Permission between 29 April and 15 May 2020 and have only been in Afghanistan, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Cape Verde, Colombia, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Honduras, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Maldives, Pakistan, South Africa, Sao Tome and Principe, Tajikistan or Uruguay.
- This does not apply to residents of Japan with “Permanent Resident", "Spouse or Child of Japanese National", "Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident" or "Long Term Resident", who have departed Japan with Re-entry Permission between 16 May and 26 May 2020 and have only been in Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, El Salvador, Ghana, Guinea, India, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, South Africa or Tajikistan.
- This does not apply to residents of Japan with “Permanent Resident", "Spouse or Child of Japanese National", "Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident" or "Long Term Resident", who have departed Japan with Re-entry Permission between 27 May and 30 June 2020 and have only been in Algeria, Cameroon, Central African Rep., Costa Rica, Cuba, Eswatini, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Iraq, Jamaica, Lebanon, Mauritania, Nicaragua, Senegal or St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
- This does not apply to passengers with a Special Permanent Residence Permit. However, they must have a Re-entry Permit from a regional immigration officer.
- This does not apply to US military personnel.
2. A completed "Quarantine Questionnaire" must be presented upon arrival.
3. Passengers and airline crew are subject to medical screening.
4. Visa exemption for passengers with passengers with a British passport, Hong Kong (SAR China) passport, Macao (SAR China) passport is suspended.
5. Visa exemption for nationals of Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czechia, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominican Rep., El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Vatican City (Holy See) is suspended.
6. Visa exemption for nationals of Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Colombia, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Lao People's Dem. Rep., Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Samoa, Solomon Isl., Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Viet Nam with a diplomatic, official or service passport is suspended.
7. Visa exemption granted to passengers with an APEC Business Travel Card issued by Brunei Darussalam, China (People's Rep.), Hong Kong (SAR China), Indonesia, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russian Fed., Singapore, Thailand or Viet Nam, is suspended.
8. Nationals of China (People's Rep.) with a passport issued in Hubei Province or Zhejiang Province (China People's Rep.) are not allowed to enter Japan.
- This does not apply when passengers can prove that they have not been in Hubei Province and Zhejiang Province the last 14 days.
9. Passengers who were in the cruise ship 'Westerdam' are not allowed to enter Japan. - This does not apply to nationals of Japan.
10. Visas issued on or before 8 March 2020 by the Embassies, Consulates-General and Consulate of Japan in China (People's Rep.), Hong Kong (SAR China), Korea (Rep.) or Macao (SAR China) are invalidated.
11. Visas issued on or before 20 March 2020 by the Embassies, Consulates-General and Consulate of Japan in Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom or Vatican City (Holy See) are invalidated.
12. Visas issued on or before 27 March 2020 by the Embassies, Consulates-General and Consulate of Japan in Bahrain, Brunei Darussalam, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Thailand or Viet Nam are invalidated.
13. Visas issued on or before 2 April 2020 by the Embassies, Consulates-General and Consulate of Japan in Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Rep., Chad, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cook Isl., Costa Rica, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominican Rep., El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini (Swaziland), Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Lao People's Dem. Rep., Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Isl., Mauritania, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States), Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestinian Territory, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Russian Fed., Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles , Sierra Leone, Solomon Isl., Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Yemen, Zambia or Zimbabwe are invalidated.
14. Passengers transiting through Tokyo (NRT) must transit on the same calendar day.

[ Politics ] Open Question : American members: If a group of strange protesters started coming towards your house, what would you do?

[ Politics ] Open Question : American members: If a group of strange protesters started coming towards your house, what would you do?

USA is ranked 9th in covid deaths per capita in the world and growing.If you vote Trump you are complacent in the death of American citizens?

With all the mass protest and riots it will only get worse.

Recent increases have been seen largely in younger Americans in their late teens through their twenties.

These same groups have been out partying regardless of the virus and out protesting.

Plus we have a surge in border states that can partially be attributed to an increase in illegal immigrants coming across the border with covid 19.

The Border Patrol has been testing those that are caught and they are witnessing a marked increase.

You can blame the President all you want but he can not control the protesters or the illegal immigrants.

Just how dangerous is the left wing ideology. When Obama was POTUS. He tied the hands of American combat members with BAD ROE’s.?

Now Law Enforcement and National guard

forces are being stripped of tools on their

belts when facing Looters/Rioters and

Anarchists’. What is the end result of why

they do that. The bad guys can inflict

injury while those sworn to stop the effort

can not protect themselves,

Why do American universities and companies hate white people and choose to hire less qualified people just because of their skin color?

“Why do American universities and companies hate white people and choose to hire less qualified people just because of their skin color?”

Because simple equal Rights, Opportunities and Freedoms at the INDIVIDUAL level are no longer good enough for their measure of “equality” now.  Now they expect that all women as a GROUP, get equality against all men as a group.  That all minority races as a GROUP get an equal outcome against all Whites as a group.  

Of course, reverting to group over individual dynamics this way means that White men’s right to an equal opportunity is often disregarded in order to privilege other groups to an equal outcome.  This is how Liberal universities and a lot of the corporate culture operates today.

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