Tips On Travel To USA And Canada
The simple answer to this is to get a passport! It is highly unlikely that a British national will have difficulty obtaining an exit visa from the USA. Getting a passport is free and you don’t have to worry about queues of people. However, if you’re travelling to the USA it’s worth considering the cons and pros before getting one. This article will clarify what you need to know before travelling to the USA.
You can’t get a normal entry permit from the US government to travel to USA or its territories electronically. British nationals can’t enter the USA or its territories electronically if they’ve been to the UK, Ireland, Scotland or Canada within the last 14 days. As long as you have the right e-passport number (you can get this from your Passport Agency) and you fulfil the other entry requirements you should be fine. For example you need to be over the age of 18, a British citizen and you have an eligible traveling period in the USA. To apply for an electronic visa card see the VISA & Immigration page on the VISA website.
It’s free to get a US passport but remember that it has some limitations. For example you can’t use it to enter Canada oraska, Venezuela, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Saint Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba, Saint Maarten, Tobago, British Virgin Islands, Saone, Jamaica, Saint Lucia and the Cayman Islands. You need to apply in person at the port of entry if you’re coming from any of these countries and you can’t apply online. There are alternative entry permits from many of these countries including some Caribbean island nations.
Once you arrive in the USA you need to apply for a tourist visa and then register with the local port of entry. You will need to show a valid photo identification, proof of age and a valid reason for non-residence. Generally tourists do not need to register for a stay in a USA hotel, but if you do you may need to fill out a Self-ISolate visa application. This application can only be filled out by the hotel staff and they will fill it out on your behalf, you don’t have to do it. It is quicker to fill out this application when at the port of entry and you may qualify to use a US Passport to stay in the USA for up to three months.
Many international airlines now fly to the USA. Some smaller carriers operate between Canada and the USA. For passengers arriving by airplane it is easiest to check which airlines fly from your departure destination to the USA. If you are flying within 72 hours, there is many US Airways, which flies to Canada and vice versa. In the USA the most direct flights are to Chicago and Houston and from there to Boston. Depending on the time of year, you may find yourself travelling through the Great Lakes region, which includes all the Canadian provinces.
When travelling between the USA and Canada it is important that you adhere to the same customs and screening processes as you would when travelling back home. You should ensure that all personal items are packed carefully and securely, and any medications or medical devices that you might need should be brought as close to you as possible. If you are travelling from the United Kingdom there are many crossing points between the two countries and a few from New York to Toronto. These crossings are controlled by the US Department of Transportation. When travelling between the USA and Canada by air, the only point of entry is through the New York or Boston air terminals and from there you are required to clear customs upon arrival.
For passengers travelling from other European countries including Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Norway and Spain there are several airports in Los Angeles, San Diego and Phoenix. The main international airport in Los Angeles is LAX and from here you can take a commuter flight to Las Vegas or Orange County. From there a car hire service or a taxi will provide you with access to the cities main public transport system. Once arriving in Los Angeles you can use the local transport network, the Metrolink bus service or the train to the downtown area.
In case your flight lands in New York then a transfer will be arranged for you at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport. Once arriving in Los Angeles, the next port of call will be the San Diego International Airport which is only 40 miles away. In case you are travelling from another country, other than the USA, the customs procedures are very similar to those of the USA. You will have to go through a security check and once cleared, you will have your baggage scanned and your passport stamped. Traveling between the USA and Canada by air requires additional security measures such as a quarantine period of 14 days.