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  • Hi Rene- Just realise that if you're planning to drive from Saudi to Kuwait and you're driving a vehicle that's been financed by the bank (and you're still paying off the loan), you'll need special permission from your sponsor to leave the country. …
  • That's true, Singapore is arguably the culinary hub of South East Asia, and no visit would be complete without a trip to one of the city-state's famed Hawker Centres. These open-air malls (of sort) host hundreds of vendors in some cases, each offeri…
  • Anyone concerned about whether their salary in Nigeria will be enough to cover basic expenses, should have a look at the Expat Arrivals Cost of Living in Nigeria section. It tells you what to expect when it comes to financing accommodation, transpor…
  • Hi Cherieg...You could spend days walking the French Quarter - it's 90 square blocks and is absolutely the heart and soul of the city. So, if you do one thing, which to be honest, 14 hours is really too little to do much more, then this is where you…
  • January is pretty much the peak of winter in Tunisia, but that said, the weather in Tunisia is still relatively mild compared to the likes of the Siberian Steppe or frigid Greenland. Temperatures during this month will range between 7 degrees Celsiu…
  • Dev, you'll need a Schengen visa to visit Spain as a South African passport holder. - even if you live in the UK. These are pretty routine to obtain. Just apply at the SA Consulate.You'll need to complete an application form, pay a fee and provide s…
  • Morocco is NOT a Schengen state, and it is obviously not part of the UK.Thus, it doesn't make any difference whether you have the two visas you mentioned. You'll need to check the Moroccan government's web site to see if you need to acquire a visa b…
  • It's always best practice to have a valid passport as a foreign citizen living abroad. I would recommend renewing your passport at the Pakistani consulate, but making sure you can keep the old passport, which I assume has your valid visa inside of i…
  • You do not need to be concerned about your level of safety in Saudi Arabia, even as a single, American traveller. The nation takes its mandate from Islamic law, and thus the consequences attached to committing a crime are intimidating enough to prev…
  • I think Peaceful Sleep works wonders, but in others I know swear by Tabard. To be honest, it's one half dozen or another. They all smell like the inside of hospital...
  • Mathieu, if you decide not to take malaria tablets for Mozambique, it's still best to take preventative measures, like those that Jason recommends. Bring long sleeve tops and lightweight pants for the periods during and after sunset, make sure you h…
  • It is definitely safe to visit Russia; though, you should be wary of the kind of petty theft prevalent in tourist destinations, as well as common extortion scams. In Central Moscow on numerous occassions I have seen the 'Turkey Drop', a scam in whic…
  • No, most certainly not. Unless you're from one of the CIS countries, you'll absolutely need to secure a visa before you leave for Russia. This process can often take up to 25 days, so do start the process well in advance. You'll need a sponsor to of…
  • Hi All- Just to clarify, in order to work legally in Bahrain you'll need a work permit - which can only be applied for by a Bahraini national. Either you'll get this through a job offer organised by a formal Bahraini employer, or if you're self-empl…
  • Hi Rich- I'm sure you'll be surprised to learn that an estimated 85% of Qatar's population is actually made up of expats. As a result the local Qatari population has had to learn to adjust to many Western ways and frequently seeing solo females is …
  • Hi All- Just to clarify. Saudi Arabia does NOT issue tourist visas - regardless of whether you're man, woman, leopard or oompa loompa. In recent years leniency has been extended to pre-organised tour groups. These require considerable planning and …
  • What's more, now fines and bans will be issues to all those that overstay their visa as follows: Overstay 1-15 days - no ban Overstay from 16-90 days - banned for up to three months Overstay for more than 90 days i.e. from the 91st day, banned fo…
  • Hi Nicky- California is one of my favorite US states for its temperate climate and gorgeous scenery. I just returned from a trip to San Francisco and the bay area. If you have a chance I would highly recommend spending some time getting to know t…