Replies: 6 - Last Post: Jun 19, 2012 4:57 AM Last Post By: bzookaj
Jun 16, 2012 6:33 AM
Visa HelpHello All,
So here's yet another question re visas (I'm sorry!). I am a British National who is making a trip to Toronto. I will have a stopover in Boston so know that I need to apply for an ESTA. I don't think I need a visa to enter Canada but clarification on this would be good.
We will then be taking the overnight coach from Toronto to NYC. I know the ESTA covers travel by sea and air but I'm not sure about land. Do I need to get something else for entry into the US this way?
It would be great if someone could advise?
Thanks in advance
Jun 16, 2012 8:43 AM
Jun 16, 2012 10:15 AM
Jun 16, 2012 10:47 AM
3You do not need the ESTA for overland entry into the US.
However, the ESTA is valid for two years, unless it is revoked or your passport information changes, so the official you receive can look it up if the need arises.
(Be aware that the ESTA is not an authorization to enter the US, but a preliminary authorization to arrive.)
However, as #2 notes, you are required to have an onward ticket that departs 'xNorth America' (US, xCanada, xMexico, and "adjacent islands," which is essentially all the xCaribbean and west Atlantic) within 90 days of your US arrival. That stop in xBoston is when your time starts (the US does not have transit zones like in xEurope, so all passengers must legally enter the country, regardless of final destination). Airlines are tasked with enforcement, so if you do not have an onward ticket, they may not let you board.
Jun 16, 2012 12:40 PM
4I am assuming OP is doing a round-trip flight from UK to Toronto via Boston. As long as your return ticket is less than 90 days from your US arrival, the border crossing into US from Toronto would be covered under the conditions of the US Visa Waiver Program.
I don't know about entrance to Canada, but I would assume as a UK citizen, you will have a simple, visa-free entry into Canada from your flight from Boston.
Jun 19, 2012 2:21 AM
Thanks for your responses. I have a ticket departing from JFK back to London 10 days after I arrive in Toronto so I think I should be okay. My trip is quite short. I'm still unclear about what I have to produce at the Canada/US Border though. It looks like I have to fill in another form which is similar to the ESTA but covers entry to the US by land. Am making this trip from Canada to the US by coach however so am a bit concerned this all might take absolutely ages. Anyway am going to call the Embassy to get some extra clarification. Thanks for your help so far.
Jun 19, 2012 4:57 AM
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