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risk of being refused entry to the USA with no reason?

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1. Posted by Rainer Dynszis (Budding Member 15 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

My wife and I were toying with the idea of driving from coast to coast (SF to NYC) with a rented car this June.

I just applied for a travel authorization via the ESTA web site, simply left the yet unknown details (flight number and such) blank, and both applications were instantaneously approved.

Now I find it a bit irritating that the approval notice reads: This does not guarantee admission to the United States; a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer will have the final determination.

The final determination?? Taken at face value, this would mean that our actual admission is determined not necessarily by law and order, rules and regulations, but if I'm unlucky, it depends on the inscrutable whims of one self-important government official, who has the authority to send us back without reason

Needless to say, this would entail a very significant financial risk, since so many things would have been booked in advance

[ Edit: Edited on 28-Jan-2012, at 12:52 by Rainer Dynszis ]

2. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 873 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Yup, every country still holds the right to deny you entry if they feel like it, regardless of what papers you hold.

If you have nothing to hide then generally you have nothing to worry about. There are glitches in the system every now and again, but look at how many people enter the US legally each year and how many are refused. If you are hiding something, or are worried about something, then maybe it's best to consult the US consulate in your country.

3. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2003 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

This is basically a way to avoid being sued. They don't plan to deny you, but if you show up with counterfeit currency on you, or if it turns out you are carrying papers that show somebody how to construct explosives--then they obviously will question what your motives are.

Look, don't fret about it. As long as you don't do something stupid like get drunk on the plane and start threatening people (think about the movie Bridemaids), then you have nothing to worry about.