Urgent!!! :transiting to a Schengen country to get in the US

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1. Posted by GAIACT (Budding Member 2 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Hello, I'm trying to get in the US staying 14 days in a non Schengen country (Croatia) . I have the ESTA.
Has anyone had problems to get in the US transiting to an European country? My flight is one ticket flight but I have 1 stop in Vienna. I won't leave the airport.
Please advise if you know something about it. 😭

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 3037 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

You haven't given your citizenship, which is a pity. I will assume you are a UK, Irish, EU or Schengen citizen.

1. You will need documentation to prove to US border officers that you have been in Croatia for a full 14 days.

2. The wording on the relevant US website concerning travellers prohibited from entry to the US is:

>physically present within the following countries during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States....

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/from-other-countries.html

I cannot find any specific mention of passengers transiting Schengen Area airport but your second flight will originate in a Schengen country.

It's not clear what you mean by 'staying at the airport'. If you go landside in Vienna you will be 'physically present' in the country but even if you remain airside in Vienna US border officials may still consider that you have been 'physically present' in Austria. And how could you prove to US border officers that you remained airside? I suspect you may run into difficulties......

I suggest you contact with the airline providing your Austria>US flight and ask their advice. Airlines won't carry people who are likely to be refused entry to thedestination country. They can be fined for doing so. You don't want to land at Vienna and be refused boarding...or even be refused boarding for your first flight.

You might need to change your flight to one which doesn't include a layover in a 'banned' country.

Good luck!

3. Posted by GAIACT (Budding Member 2 posts) 3w 1 Star this if you like it!

Thank you! Your advise was really helpful. I'm thinking about changing my flight. I'm from Italy and I have the ESTA. I'll go to SERBIA, then I'll catch a direct flight to JFK

4. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 3037 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I do think you have a much better chance of getting into the US if you take a direct flight from a non-banned country.

Make sure you have plenty of proof to ahow how long you were in Croatia & Serbia.

Good luck!