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USA transit visa for a transfer of flights

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1. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru, 3377 posts) 2 Jul '08 05:40

wouterrr has indicated that this thread is about USA

Does a traveller (with a South-American nationality) need a (transit) visa when changing flights at any US airport? For example coming from South-America, change flight in the USA (while staying on the airport, for example a couple of hours) and then take the connecting flight to Europe. Any information on this is appreciated, thanks.

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru, 2634 posts) 2 Jul '08 06:07

Yes, a visa is required.

There were two programs called the TWOV (Transit Without Visa) and ITI (International-to-International transit) that were suspended in 2003, requiring all passengers transiting through the USA to get a visa if not covered by the Visa Waiver Program (WVP) or a citizen of Canada, Mexico or Bermuda.

As the person in question is South American and there are no South American countries in the WVP, a visa is required.

I would suggest looking at transiting through Mexico or Canada, where visas are not required.

Greg

3. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru, 3377 posts) 2 Jul '08 06:10

Thanks a lot, Greg, for this insight;)

4. Posted by jeantyc (Budding Member, 68 posts) 2 Jul '08 08:55

you can also check there website to see current VISA regulations

http://travel.state.gov/visa/visa_1750.html

The consulate for your country would also have up to date information as well

5. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru, 3377 posts) 2 Jul '08 09:22

Quoting jeantyc

The consulate for your country would also have up to date information as well

Yes its true but the US embassy doesnt give free information. They want u to make an appointment and pay 15 euro to ask questions:(.

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 2, 2008, at 9:24 AM by wouterrr ]

6. Posted by Hien (Moderator, 3906 posts) 2 Jul '08 10:06

Quoting wouterrr

Quoting jeantyc

The consulate for your country would also have up to date information as well

Yes its true but the US embassy doesnt give free information. They want u to make an appointment and pay 15 euro to ask questions:(.

You don't need to pay. Just check their website for free. :)

US Consulate in Amsterdam - Transit Visa