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1. Posted by Bman8 (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi all, i'am off on my tour across the U.S in June and i was just wondering if i would encounter any problems
at customs concerning me only having a single ticket out there i.e no return home.
I plan to tour around until i feel like going home or my money runs out, say 4-6 weeks then buy a return tricket home from the nearest airport. I'am a student from the UK and shall explain this if questioned.
Any advide or heads up on what to expect, what to do and not to do, would be much appreciated :).

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5232 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Yes, you will have trouble. American immigration is about the most strict in the world, and won't allow you into the country without a return ticket or some other way to prove that you'll leave the country again. You won't be believed when you tell them your traveling around plan (even coming from a western country), and will be put onto the next flight back (if you're lucky this will happen right away; if you're unlucky, you'll be locked up for a day or two first).

It sucks, but that's the USA for you... :/

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 28, 2008, at 12:46 PM by Sander ]

3. Posted by chemgal (Full Member 149 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

You will actually probably be denied boarding on your flight to the US from the UK. Airlines get fined upwards of US$10000 if they transport someone to a country where they are denied entry so they are very careful about this.
Maybe you should look into a flexible ticket which allows you to change the date and/or the departure city. It might be a bit more expensive but it will be worth it in the long run. If you are denied entry to the US, you will never be able to use the Visa Waiver programme again and will have to get a visa for the US which involves having a personal interview at the US Embassy or Consulate.

4. Posted by Bman8 (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Anyone flown to the U.S with just a single ticket from the UK?

5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Yup! My boyfriend only had a one-way ticket through the U.S. (he's from Northern Ireland), and we had to buy him a return ticket at the airport in order to leave Dublin to return to Montreal. We were told if he took a chance and flew anyway, he could be stopped at customs, interrogated, fined, and returned home--on our dollar. Doesn't matter how much you try to explain, they're trained to suspect EVERYBODY, and they do. Save yourself the hassle and buy a return ticket, even if you have to pay to change your departure date later.

6. Posted by Bman8 (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Thanks alot guys and girls. You've saved me time and money no doubt, as i've decided to book a return ticket to and from NY.
Thanks again everyone who replied :)