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US and Canada same visa territory?

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1. Posted by AndersBay (Budding Member, 7 posts) 12 Mar '13 04:14

Hi all,

We are travelling around the World, starting April this year (next month). We are living in Denmark, and are Danish / German citizens.

In November it is our plan to enter the US in Honolulu, Hawaii and stay there for two weeks. Then we fly to Canada, where we will stay for a month. (Whole month of December)

After that, our plan is to re-enter USA and stay there for up to 90 days in total. (Until end of March 2014)

Is that possible?

We have heard that being EU citizens we are not required a special Visa to enter the US. However, our travel agent has told us, that Canada and US are considered one and the same territory, meaning that our stay would grossly exceed the total of 90 days that we are allowed.

Can anyone advice? I have not been able to find any solution to my issue on any website... It is all written a bit cryptic, and we do not want to accidentally break any rules...

Thanks in advance!

Anders Jensen + family
Lemvig, Denmark

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator, 5537 posts) 12 Mar '13 05:30

Hi Anders,

Check this link with question/answer and of course check the ESTA website for official additional information.

It seems that the 90-day period includes visits to Canada/Mexico (unless you are a resident there of course) and adjacent islands, which is a strange geographical restriction. What is adjacent? An island is per definition not adjacent because there is water in between lol. Is Bermuda still adjacent for example.

Anyway, in your case it seems that flying into Belize or Guatemala seems they only (expensive) options, from what I understand after a quick search. I did not know it either before, so learned something new today...;)

Cheers
Michael.

3. Posted by AndersBay (Budding Member, 7 posts) 12 Mar '13 08:27

Thank you Michael for the link and clarification.

Unfortunately it means that we will have to change our dream itinerary somewhat to suit the rules of entering and re-entering US territories. Fortunately we realised this in due time... :-)

All the best,

Anders