It is mentioned in many places that there is no US border post when entering Hyder, Alaska, a community not connected by road to any other in the USA, and that persons are permitted to cross into Hyder from Canada without inspection. For example, see here.
What is the actual rule on crossing into Hyder, AK from Canada?
- Is there a specific US law or ruling that legally exempts people from checking in with US immigration when crossing the border at Hyder?
- Is crossing into Hyder actually illegal, but tolerated due to practical purposes?
If crossing into Hyder, AK without inspection is actually 100% truly legal, are there any special rules? For example, are non-US citizens theoretically required to determine in advance if they would be admissible to the USA and only enter Hyder if they fulfill the requirements (even though, in practice, they won't be checked)? If someone, lawfully in Canada, would normally require a visa to enter the USA, do they need that visa if they only want to go to Hyder, or is Hyder exempted from ordinary visa requirements since there is no inspection?
For example, it looks like Romanian citizens are currently ineligible for the US Visa Waiver Program but may now enter Canada visa-free. If a Romanian citizen is lawfully in Canada (either as a visa-free tourist or on a Canadian student, work, immigrant, etc. visa):
- Can they legally just mosey on over to Hyder for the day?
- Can they legally visit Hyder if they first obtain a US visa, even though it won't be checked (but being in possession of their visa makes their unchecked visit legal)?
- Would any attempt to cross from Canada be illegal, only tolerated, because US officials have a gentleman's agreement not to investigate or prosecute?