Reading through all of the government websites I can find I have read that to enter the USA by Air you need to have a return flight or onward ticket. I would like to Know can I drive myself out of USA to Canada? Is this classified as an onward ticket? It doesnt sound like a 'ticket' as such but I would love to hear of anyones knowledge on this topic.
also if anyone knows the rules about driving in and out of USA as it is an option for me to Fly to Canada and drive over the boarder rather than flying directly to LA. Reading through the US boarder protection and customs website it looks as though If you drive into USA there is no requirement to have a prebooked exit ticket.
Any help would be great. As i have emailed every embassy/governement email address I can find and no luck with replies.
As usual with most Visa and international border crossing questions it's impossible to give accurate advice because you fail to give the single most important piece of information... your nationality.
It also depends upon at which border point you will be exiting. Detroit's are usually more rigid than some NY's, and the more northern areas of MI have pretty lax border points. I am unsure about WA, WI, and other states that border Canada. Can Anyone ring in?
It also depends upon at which border point you will be exiting.
Absolutely false. There is NO way to predict which border crossing is "easier." In any case it's immaterial - simply follow the rules and there will be no issues.
For stays less than 90 days you don't require a Visa to visit the US as a tourist. Apply for the Visa Waiver Program, VWP. In order to travel without a Visa on the VWP, you must have authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to boarding your US bound flight.
If you are admitted to the United States under the VWP, you may take a short trip to Canada, Mexico, or a nearby island and generally be readmitted to the United States under the VWP for the remainder of the original 90 days granted upon your initial arrival in the United States. Therefore, the length of time of your total stay, including the short trip, must be 90 days or less.
And yes, for the VWP you need an ongoing flight that shows you're leaving the US within the 90 day limit.
Thank you for all the feedback.
Looks like flying in and driving out is out of the question. This wont be a problem as i can just arrange a prebooked flight leaving LA to Vancouver within the 90 day time period.
It's not out of the question at all. Countless tourists do exactly what you're describing. You simply have to show proof of onward travel the very same as you do with most Visas. Leave the US and neighbouring countries within 90 days and you're fine.
I did not mean to imply that it is necessarily "easier" at some entry points. I meant that some ports might not allow you to leave via car. I live in detroit, I can only speak for this area. I know for my friend, she's originally from mexico, and she was up here on a temporary work visa at this particular time, she couldn't exit to Canada via car, but she could fly. And based on what she told me, she indicated that it was detroit rules, because she had driven through other points many times, without issue. I do know from first hand experience that the borders here are hard to get through, going either direction.
There is zero issue leaving by car (or bus, train, boat, bicycle, walking etc.) so long as you're following the very simple, straightforward rules of your Visa. In a vehicle you're not even stopped at US CBP when you leave the US! That means your pal didn't even deal with US CBP, they were turned away by the Canadian officials when she tried to enter Canada. That's perfectly logical because her temporary work permit for the US was useless as a document to enter Canada.
There is no such thing as "Detroit rules," the border crossing regulations are absolutely identical no matter where you cross at any of the 100+ manned border crossings between the two countries.