no passport required

Visa requirements for German citizens are administrative entry restrictions by the authorities of other states placed on citizens of Germany. In Feb 2016, German citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 177 countries and territories, ranking the German passport 1st in the world according to the Visa Restrictions Index. Additionally, the World Tourism Organization published a report in Jan 2016 ranking the German passport 1st in the world (tied with Denmark, Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, Singapore, and the UK) in terms of travel freedom. 

Recently visa requirements for German citizens were lifted by Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Timor-Leste, Samoa, Indonesia, Vietnam, Sao Tome and Principe, Tonga, and Palau. Myanmar aka Birma and India made German citizens eligible for eVisas. Look up visa requirements by country here. 

So I’ve been re-watching Les Mis ‘82…

Valjean: My name is Jean Valjean. I have a yellow passport.

^ When the script requires a yellow prop but the director insists that there are NO bright colours allowed in the movie’s colour scheme (except the occasional splash of red).


And yes, I was reminded of the other adaptation with passport colour problems too.

I didn’t realize how much this forshadowed everything… How she has to “take a plane” to the sky and requires a “passport” or death name card. And he doesn’t have that “passport”. He just has to wait on the ground for her to come back down. And when she emerged he saw an angel…

Originally posted by mufalo

Originally posted by my-luhaen

FAQ Series: Royal Surnames

➞Short answer: Royals generally don’t have surnames (last names).
However, during times when they are required (for passports, identification badges, certain documents, etc.), there are informal “surnames” most royal families adopt for occasional use. These are commonly derived from House names, but not always.

Belgian Royal Family: van België, de Belgique or von Belgien (depending on the language) from the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

British Royal Family: Windsor* from the House of Windsor (formerly Saxe-Coburg and Gotha)
Mountbatten-Windsor alternatively used since 1960 to incorporate the adopted surname of Prince Philip
Titular surnames are also used very informally (Harry Wales, Catherine Cambridge, Sophie Wessex, etc.)

Danish Royal Family: Glücksburg from the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg 

Dutch Royal Family: van Oranje-Nassau van Amsberg from the House of Orange-Nassau

Greek Royal Family: de Grecia*
Technically from the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
Constantine II used the de Grecia “surname” to obtain a diplomatic passport in 2004; Queen Anne-Marie has also been known to use de Grecia when traveling

Jordanian Royal Family: bin/bint Hussein or bin/bint Abdullah from the Hashemite Royal House
“bin/bint” father’s name* (“bin” is used for males and “bint” for females) 
“Al-husband’s name” is for married women (Rania Al-Abdullah)

Luxembourg Grand Ducal Family: de Nassau from the House of Bourbon-Parma

Monegasque Princely Family: Grimaldi from the House of Grimaldi

Norwegian Royal Family: Glücksburg from the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg

Spanish Royal Family: Borbón from the House of Bourbon

Swedish Royal Family: Bernadotte from the House of Bernadotte

*Disclaimer: some issues mentioned here are far more complex than I was willing to delve into in this brief post. Efforts were made to condense and simplify a complicated topic. 


First of all, i would like to apologize for spamming your tags. This blog has no followers to spread the information and I just desperately need help so i hope people who track the tags will reblog this
My name is Alexei (although everyone calls me another name which misgenders me), i am a 16 yo trans boy and i live in Russia. You probably can already see where this is going.
I used to have a blog on tumblr where i openly wrote about my struggles as an LGBT person in Russia, some of you may know its name but please don’t mention it anywhere in the comments
For all my life i thought my parents were really nice and understanding people, we were like best friends, and i thought they would accept me. So one day i came out as a hetero trans boy. To them, it apparently sounded like “schizophrenic lesbian” (my dad’s words, i am not being ableist).
And they started doing their best to turn my life into hell. They made me quit my job (i worked part time as a waiter), took away all my money and forbidden to talk to my friends because they thought they had bad influence on me. So after a few months i told them i was mistaken and i am a heterosexual girl. They eventually calmed down and everything was good for a while.
Then they found my blog. I always logged out and cleared my internet history, i don’t know how they found it. First of all, they’ve beaten me up. Then they announced we are going to Moscow because they found a psychiatrist that will heal me from transsexuality.
And now i am very afraid because there isn’t such thing as healing from transsexuality. What i think they are going to do is to send me to a psychiatric clinic. There have been several accidents similar to this (except those people weren’t trans which makes my situation even worse), people were “going to a doctor with their patents” and only one person was rescued. He said he was forced to take some pills that made him delusional, really weak, almost unable to move, caused dizziness, and feeling of unreality. I DON’T WANT THIS TO HAPPEN TO ME. I’m actually panicking right now because i have no money to escape and can’t work so I’m asking for your help.
I have an aunt in Kemerovo who knows about me being trans and she agreed to let me live with her. But she is extremely poor so she can’t afford paying for my transportation and stuff i’ll need when i get there (food, clothes, because i obviously can’t take a lot with me). So when we come to Moscow, i will run away and go there.
I will need:
- money to live somewhere while waiting for my train. I don’t know exact dates but i think it would be ~1 week, 7000 roubles. I will rent an apartment room. A hotel would be cheaper but i can’t go there because they will ask for my passport and my parents will find me. Actually, buying a train ticket requires passport as well but i found a way to fool it.
- train ticket itself 9000 roubles (the cheapest i found)
- living at my aunt’s until i find a job - i don’t really know but i think I’ll find something like waiter or cashier pretty quick, so ~2 weeks, 2000 roubles,
- clothes - 1500 roubles at first, then i’ll be able to buy it myself
- small stuff like personal hygiene products, painkillers, etc - 1000 roubles
That’s only 359 dollars. That’s an incredibly small amount for a website like tumblr. You can donate something you won’t even notice, and save me from literal hell. Please, PLEASE, I’m begging you, donate even a smallest amount. I’m really desperate and we’ll be going in August or September so i don’t really have much time left.
How to donate: go to Paypal, select “send money to a friend”, paste the email and how much money you want to donate.
I don’t think i’ll actually manage to collect more than i need but if i do, I’ll spent it on charity. I won’t keep a dollar, i promise.
If you have any questions, send them OFF anon and don’t publish the answers anywhere please.
This is my first time doing this so if i did something wrong please tell me immediately
Thank you so much and sorry again.

Blazing Trails

It is easy enough to go where others have been before, very easy in fact it is nearly unavoidable.  However, there is water in locations on this lovely planet we inhabit that remain very unexplored by fly anglers.  Small groups of them are out there regularly seeking those waters across the planet.  But it need not require a passport, multi stop, international dateline crossing in order to feel like you are experiencing something for the first time.  Pick up a map, find a blue line somewhere with few roads and go put yourself on it.  Very likely is it a place few others have seen and the sense of such will be overwhelming and rewarding.  Do it and take someone who needs this in their life with you, or not.

anonymous asked:

Can you explain why so many Americans don't have passports or bank accounts? I'm Canadian and I've had both since I was about six years old, as have most of my friends.

I don’t know about the bank thing, because I think that’s ridiculous, but most Americans (myself included) don’t have passports because we’ve never left the country. I’m not sure people outside of the US realize just how large our country is. In Europe and many other places, you have easy travel to other countries, which would require a passport, because they’re not so far. The US borders two countries: Canada and Mexico and depending on where you live, that could be a huge distance. Whereas we have other states we can travel to instead, without requiring a passport. We all have our personal ID and that’s generally all we need.