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For many visa questions, the answer is a simple Timatic search. I'm not suggesting closing and let the OP search himself, but it would be useful to have guidelines for writing a good Timatic based answer. I wrote one such answer, and think I did it OK, but I'm not entirely sure.

Things I would consider:

  • Which site to use? Are all equaly reliable? What's the chance that the link will work tomorrow, or next year (most Timatic links I found in past questions don't work, including the accepted answer on "How to use Timatic?").
  • Can/should you make a query without specifying the traveller's nationality? Most sites don't allow it, but it can make the answer much more valuable for other travellers.
  • To state the obvious - paste the result into the answer, don't add just the link and/or a yes/no answer.

Any other information which would help answer such questions is welcome.

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    +1, it's a great idea. We should be more than just a link farm for Timatic. – Gayot Fow Jul 12 '17 at 1:12
  • Currently I use TimaticWeb. – JonathanReez Jul 14 '17 at 7:35
  • @JonathanReez, timaticweb.com requires user+password. Do you have an account? – ugoren Jul 14 '17 at 10:28
  • Check out my link. You can edit the URL to get the results. – JonathanReez Jul 14 '17 at 11:29
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    I frequently use Emirates simply because it's easy and accessible to anyone. In an answer, I do reference that it is the carrier's site, even if that is not the one the passenger is flying. – Giorgio Jul 14 '17 at 14:58
  • That's my Default way of answering questions on entry requirements. It's what airlines go by, so is usually the most up-to-date source – Crazydre Jul 16 '17 at 4:18
  • @ugoren Flightworx used to be open, but due to being used as the Timatic source on Wikipedia, IATA must've objected whereby Flightworx had to Password protect Timatic – Crazydre Jul 17 '17 at 14:36
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    @JonathanReez, Are you sure it's not an abuse of somebody's account? If not, could you make it an answer and explain how to build the URL for useful queries? – ugoren Jul 17 '17 at 14:42
  • @Dorothy, could you make it an answer? – ugoren Jul 17 '17 at 14:43
  • @Crazydre, Luckily, Travel meta is not Wikipedia. We can hope that a good answer here will not lead to intensive usage and blocking. – ugoren Jul 17 '17 at 14:44
  • @ugoren will do, shortly – Giorgio Jul 17 '17 at 15:17
  • @ugoren What I meant was that Jonathan said he uses Flightworx, which you used to be able to do without issues because it used to be open. – Crazydre Jul 17 '17 at 15:30
  • I have no idea if it's somebody's account, to be honest. For now it works. – JonathanReez Jul 17 '17 at 16:01
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The best interfaces are those both displaying requirements for a given nationality and Destination (henceforth individual requirements), on one hand, and the generalised rules for a given Country (henceforth general requirements) on the other.

One such Interface is Olympic air. This is where to get individual requirement info, and this is where to get general requirement info

  • The Olympic site generates direct links to timaticweb.com (unlike Emirates), which, I think, reduces their chances to keep working in the future. On the other hand, the general search is indeed useful. – ugoren Jul 17 '17 at 20:26
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    @ugoren Because KLM was used on Wikipedia for a Long time, IATA went so far as to cancel their contract with KLM, meaning KLM no longer has Timatic. If the same happens with Olympic due to Travelstack, there's Surinam Airways and the Pearl Law Group – Crazydre Jul 18 '17 at 3:13
  • If publishing Timatic links with Olympic's credentials could get their account cancelled, I think we should avoid them (though it's mainly their fault for providing their credentials on their public site). Also, even if we can switch account, links in published answers would stop working. This makes me prefer the Emirates site. – ugoren Jul 18 '17 at 10:29
  • @ugoren I can ask my Timatic contact whether it's an issue to link TimaticWeb on Travelstack as opposed to Wikipedia. I'll let you know what he says – Crazydre Jul 18 '17 at 10:55
  • @ugoren Another Thing: Emirates doesn't offer the Seaman and official passport settings – Crazydre Jul 18 '17 at 10:57
  • @Crazydre: Does that mean that Timatic is not currently a good source for finding out whether someone in an unusual visa situation can expect trouble boarding a KLM flight? – Henning Makholm Jul 20 '17 at 9:05
  • @HenningMakholm As far as I understand, check-in staff in Amsterdam still use Timatic regardless of Airline. Rather, KLM cannot have Timatic on their Website anymore – Crazydre Jul 20 '17 at 9:35
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The Emirates web site has an accessible and easy tool, linked to IATA Timatic, available not just to those flying the carrier but to all:

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