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(Are the two statements true or false? Choose from the box.)


  • You never have to apply for a visa if you want to travel abroad.
  • The visa is usually a stamp in your passport.



  • Valid passports have to be renewed or extended if you travel abroad.
  • You usually fill in an application form when you want to get a new passport.



  • There isn't much difference between an entry visa and a transit visa.
  • No foreigners have to fill in a form when crossing the British border.



  • You needn't necessarily have a letter of invitation for a longer trip.
  • Photographs may have to be attached to passport and visa applications.



  • Visas are usually issued at travel agencies.
  • An individual passport usually entitles you to one longer journey abroad.



  • Both entry and transit visas are issued at the foreign embassy.
  • When travelling abroad you're usually sure to encounter passport controls.



  • You needn't produce your passport when you cross the border by hovercraft.
  • You may have to register with the police if you stay abroad for a longer time.



  • Expired passports must be renewed or ex-tended before a trip abroad.
  • You mustn't enter certain countries with no foreign currency in your pocket.



  • You won't have to encounter customs examinations if you're older than 60.
  • Customs officials are most interested in what you've got to declare.



  • The number of cigarettes that can be taken into a country isn't limited.
  • Nor is the amount of spirits, drugs, personal belongings and presents.



  • If you have something subject to duty, customs officers will charge on it.
  • There isn't any difference between a visa and a residence permit.



  • You must leave the country if your residence permit isn't granted.
  • You can't get your residence permit extended without reason in Britain.



  • When you go abroad on business, you never need an exit visa.
  • You're not allowed to take drugs and gunpowder into a foreign country.



  • You usually extend your driving licence before going abroad by car.
  • Cars with a two-stroke engine are not allowed to enter Great Britain.



  • You can't go on a day trip without buying a return ticket.
  • Going by coach is always more expensive in Britain than going by train.



  • A return ticket for the same destination is more expensive than a single one.
  • Return and single tickets can also be booked at tourist offices.



  • Crossing the Channel by hovercraft is faster than going by boat.
  • There is usually a tax free shop on the ferryboat.



  • International trains needn't stop at frontier stations.
  • You needn't encounter customs controls if you buy a sleeping car ticket.



  • There are no second-class non-smokers on British trains.
  • An ordinary return ticket is usually valid for one day in England.



  • You can't get a cheap day return for a through train in Britain.
  • There are only first-class sleepers on British boat-trains.



  • You're not usually allowed to go on the platform without a ticket in Britain.
  • You can leave your luggage at the lost property office for 48 hours.



  • Your luggage can be stored at the left-luggage office for a certain time.
  • Honest people take the things they find to the lost property office.



  • A compartment is a smaller waiting-room at a railway station.
  • A carriage is used by porters to take your luggage to the train.



  • A compartment can be a separate part of a railway carriage.
  • Porters use trolleys for conveying the passengers' luggage.



  • Information about trains is given at the inquiry office at the railway station.
  • A slow train is a train that stops at every stop.



  • A luggage rack is a special place for luggage over the seats on a train.
  • A reduced fare is less than full fare. Return tickets mean reduced fares.



  • The emergency brake can be set off by pulling the communication cord.
  • You will never be fined in England if you pull it without any reason.



  • You can take certain express and fast trains only with a reservation ticket.
  • 'Season ticket' means quite the same as 'period return'.



  • You can travel much more with a season ticket than with a period return.
  • A first-class sleeping car is usually a non-smoker with double beds.



  • It's not always cheaper to go to distant countries by train than flying.
  • Going by air is said to be less dangerous than any other way of travelling.



  • You're expected to arrive at the airport before check-in time.
  • Your ticket is checked and your luggage is weighed at the check-in counter.



  • The weight of hand-luggage isn't included in the baggage allowance.
  • The baggage ticket might be useful when you get your luggage back on arrival.



  • The baggage alowance is usually 20 kilograms if you fly tourist class.
  • If your luggage weighs more, you've got to pay extra.



  • You're not usually allowed to take pets into the cabin of an aeroplane.
  • You won't encounter customs controls if you pass through the green door.



  • Your passport is stamped by the customs officer at the airport.
  • When your ticket is checked, you'll get a boarding card.



  • You must always show your boarding card when you enter the departure lounge.
  • You're not allowed to board a plane without a valid passport in Britain.



  • You must show your boarding card at the time of boarding your flight.
  • The person who checks your boarding card is just as likely to take it away.



  • There are loudspeakers in the departure lounge to announce the flights.
  • Delays are also announced, and there are TV screens showing the flight list.



  • When a flight is cancelled or delayed, you'll get a free return ticket.
  • You mustn't enter the duty free shop after the flight call.



  • You'd better have your baggage ticket ready when leaving the transit lounge.
  • Your destination is not always written on your air ticket.



  • You are expected to disembark from the plane after the customs clearance.
  • Hijackers always pay an extra charge for excess weight.



  • Direct planes are rather faster as they never do a stop-over.
  • An air-hostess works for the flight in- formation board at an airport.



  • The word 'air-hostess' means the same as 'stewardess'.
  • Charter flights are organised when a group of people hire an aircraft.



  • Booking a ticket in advance at a tourist office is called a standby flight.
  • Taking a standby flight is cheaper than booking a ticket in advance.



  • 'Standby flight' means taking the first free place on a regular flight.
  • You can't book a standby flight in advance.



  • A delayed flight or train is not necessarily cancelled.
  • 'Emergency landing' means quite the same as 'forced landing'.



  • Lots of people travel only for travel-sickness.
  • Spas and health resorts can be visited by foreign travellers only in summer.



  • A hospital on the beach is called a 'seaside resort'.
  • Lots of people travel to health spas so as to cure their illnesses.



  • A seaside resort is a place by the sea often visited by holidaymakers.
  • Bournemouth, Brighton and Eastbourne are popular seaside resorts.



  • Travel agents are also called 'holiday-makers'.
  • Anybody who travels for fun can be called 'holidaymaker'.


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