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I am an Indonesian, currently living in Germany and holding a German residence permit. I have already received a US visa. My questions are

  1. Can I fly from another EU country to the US?
  2. I heard some issues from my colleague that, even if I am allowed to fly from another EU country, it will be a problem when I arrive at the US. Because the immigration officer will strictly interview me, why I do not fly from Germany. Is that true?

Thanks.

  • Well, why aren’t you flying from Germany? I doubt very much that the US cares where you’re flying from - they will care that you’re going to leave. If the Immigration Officer asks, just explain. – Traveller Jul 11 at 20:49
  • @Traveller: because I want to visit another EU country first and 1 day after that, I will fly to the US from there. Btw, so the answer for point 1 is yes? – bestrong Jul 11 at 20:51
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    @bestrong That sounds like a perfectly fine answer to give to the US immigration officer should that person ask! Having said that, flying from a different country is very common in the EU as this sometimes/often makes your flight cheaper, so they are highly unlikely to care. – DCTLib Jul 11 at 20:52
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Can I fly from another EU country to the US?

Of course. You can fly from any country to the US. Do not forget to list those countries in your customs declaration.

I heard some issues from my colleague that, even if I am allowed to fly from another EU country, it will be a problem when I arrive at the US. Because the immigration officer will strictly interview me, why I do not fly from Germany. Is that true?

If the officer interviews you like that, the officer may be hoping to uncover some evidence of wrongdoing. Arriving in the US from a country other than the one in which you reside is not wrong, but people who break the law might have implausible stories to explain their movements, and implausible stories are interrogators' bread and butter. Your story, however, will be plausible, so just tell the truth.

Another possible reason for asking about your itinerary is to determine whether you should be sent to secondary customs inspection. There is a certain degree of randomness about this, but I suspect that mention of certain places may cause you to be more likely to be given closer scrutiny. As long as you have filled out your customs declaration completely and truthfully, there is also nothing to worry about here.

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