Questions tagged [usa]

Large English-speaking country in North America between Canada and Mexico, and Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Used for questions on traveling from, to, or through the USA. For general questions about North America, use the [north-america] tag but be more specific (eg State) where relevant.

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Requirements to authorize children to travel across borders

On the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol web site, there is the following notification: Traveling with Children When U.S. citizen children under the age of 16 arrive by land or sea from Canada or Mexico ...
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How shall I proceed if my car may contain illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia before entering Canada by car from the US?

Some individual broke into my car in the United States to steal my dashcam and a few quarters, and in the process, while searching my car for other valuable items, left some drug paraphernalia in the ...
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Coming back to the US on an ESTA after having stayed 89 days earlier this year. What documents can I prepare to make border control easier?

I stayed for 89 days in the US on an ESTA until May (met my PhD advisor, then took time off to visit friends around the country). I would like to come back for a scientific conference in July to ...
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Can I get a hotel room in the US when I am 18 years old?

A friend and I would love to visit Seattle next year. By then, we'll both be 18 years old. Is it possible for us to get a hotel room for about a week, even though we aren't 21 years old? If not, is ...
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Can I bring a personal amount of over the counter drugs into the United States which are prescription only in the USA?

I am crossing the land border from Canada to USA. I have oral Voltaren (Diclofenac) which are over the counter drugs in Europe where my mother brings them to me from (for migraines which no OTC drug ...
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DS160 application

Hi I’m total confused I am hoping that I get a answer that I will understand. I have submitted my ds160 about 2 months ago with incorrect information. If I submit a new one this will look like I’ve ...
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How can I assess the water pollution in the rivers in the US?

I'll explore a few locations in the US over the summer and consider swimming in some rivers. How can I assess the water pollution in rivers in the US, preferably before going to the location of ...
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Clarification on entering the US on B2, leaving to Mexico and re-entering the US on F1

To provide more context: I am a Malaysian citizen & holding a Malaysian passport so I don't qualify for the VWP. However, I hold both a valid B2 visa & an F1 visa. My i-20 states that the ...
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Does a UK citizen with US residency need any paperwork to travel to UK and back?

My son holds a UK passport. He is married to an american girl and has a daughter and has lived in America for around 15 years. He is a legal resident. What paperwork does he need to travel to the UK ...
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Where to spend 3-4hrs after landing in Chicago O'Hare?

I will be landing in Chicago-O'Hare around 7AM. I have a shuttle/bus booked from Terminal 5, departing at 12:40pm, which leaves me with a lot of time (3-4hrs). I am looking for ways to spend this time ...
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Daughter needs an F1 study visa for a summer drama program US but only has 1 week until flights from the UK

She is 16 and we have just found out that she needs an F1 visa for the summer program and have now urgently applied via the US Emabssy website in the UK. We have the I-20 and DS-160 completed and she ...
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Has there been a policy change for b1/b2 visa holders at the land borders?

My family and I have B1/B2 visitor visas for the US. We also have SENTRI cards through the Trusted Traveler Program, for when we cross via the land border into the US. Before the southern border ...
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I have two passports from the same country with a different name spelling. Issues when traveling?

I'm a citizen of Ukraine and I have a B1/B2 visa. Since obtaining the visa in my passport #1 I have acquired an international passport #2 (it's legal in Ukraine to have two) in which my name is ...
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What is the state of chip+PIN cards in the US?

As I understand it, mainly from reading TSE, chip+signature/stripe+signature is still widely used in the US. The issue, is that both of my EU Debit Cards issuers explicitly block C+S/S+S capabilities ...
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Taking my young nephew to his homeland for a visit

I am a dual citizen of the US and a non-Eu country X. I'd like to travel to X (and back) with my young nephew, so he can see his grandparents. He is 9, is a citizen and has a passport of X. Nephew is ...
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I know I can travel with an I 551 down but When does it actually expire

I will be traveling by car on July 6 through the 13th to Mexico. My visa with a I 551 stamp was issued on July 2. I was admitted into the country on 29 July. I’m confused on which is my actual ...
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Do any airlines issue boarding passes online on US-bound international flights?

One annoying thing about flying to the US from abroad is the need to stand in a long line at the check-in kiosks so that your immigration status could be verified. In some cases I’ve even seen airline ...
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Do all international airports have special security screening for US-bound flights?

So far every time I flew to the US, I remember having to go through extra security checks before boarding the flight - or had to go through pre-clearance in the case of flights from Canada. Do these ...
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monthly salary in local currency in DS-160 application form

I am from Egypt and currently working in the US. I am filing a DS-160 form to extend my visa. It asks for monthly salary in local currency. I wonder what does "local currency" mean. Does it ...
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How can I see what the fastest driving route is that goes through n places?

I'll soon visit some places in the US by car. I'd like to visit n places. How can I see what the fastest driving route is that goes through all these n places? Google Maps allows users to indicate ...
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When you go to US Passport Control, what does the agent see about you?

This is When you go to Passport Control, what does the agent see about you? for the United States. Border control swipes your passport and then what do they see on their computer? Is it just time and ...
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US tourist visa for green card holder

My mom is applying for a tourist visa. She has been a permanent resident but went to live in her country of origin for a couple of years. The application asks for National Identification Number and US ...
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Crossing from US to Canada at the Peace Arch on foot

I would like to drive my friend (US citizen) in Washington State US to the Peace Arch coastal border crossing between Blaine US and Surrey CA, to visit Vancouver BC for a few days. Can I drop the ...
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(When) do you need to get a new ID from your new state if you don't drive? [closed]

Let's say you have a driver's license from your state, and it's a REAL ID. Now you're moving to another state, but you won't be driving there, and you don't have any vehicles registered in your name. ...
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Applying for Canada visitor visa while extension of stay in US pending

A traveler entered the US to visit family on a B-1/B-2 visa, and filed Form I-539 (Application to Extend Nonimmigrant Status) to extend his stay before the initial stay-until date on the admission ...
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Will my travel history in Africa and Uzbekistan affect my ability to get a US visa?

I have traveled to several nations namely : Rwanda Togo Benin Rep Cameroon Uzbekistan I have a job at a US firm: my salary is $3000 / month and I work remotely. Is this a good standing to get a ...
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What is the US Visa Waiver Program and what is an ESTA?

I wish to travel to the US and think I am eligible to do so under the Visa Waiver Program. I found a lot of information out there but am still having some trouble understanding how this works. What ...
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Which setting to use with MN E-Z Pass in other states?

Minnesota does not have toll roads per se, but there are high occupancy toll sections where single occupants can pay a fee to use a lane usually only allowed for vehicles with more then one occupant. ...
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What are the current travel restrictions on individuals entering the United States from regions affected by Covid-19?

This community wiki explains the current restrictions by the United States of America on the entry of individuals who may pose a risk of transmission of the SARS-Cov2, the virus which causes the Covid-...
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Do I need a COVID test to enter the US if my flight departs this Sunday June 12th?

We are flying from Nice, France to New York on Sunday June 12th, leaving at 12 noon (France time) and landing at 3pm (New York time), a direct flight with Delta airlines. All members of our group are ...
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Will I be barred from traveling to the US in the future, after a tense immigration interrogation?

I am a solo British traveler (born in the UK with British citizenship), was pulled into a secondary assessment room after arriving. I was admitted, but will that hurt my chance of re-entry next time? ...
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What is a copy of a valid state ID for a bus system application

I'm about to get a bus pass for reduced fare in the state of Michigan, I qualify with both Scoliosis and Autism. But, reading the application, it states a copy of a valid ID must be enclosed. This ...
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Coming back to the US after 90 day VWP stay [duplicate]

I recently was in the US completing some fieldwork for my PhD (interviews and observing meetings etc). I was there for the full 90 days that my VWP ESTA allowed, and left in May. However, There has ...
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Can a person enter the USA from Canada at the land border carrying fresh produce grown in the USA?

I am reviewing the permissible items allowed for Canadians to carry into the USA across the border. The following list emphasises that to carry produce into the USA from Canada you have to be able to ...
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Is there any point in trying to figure out why (or rectify) my I-94 Class of Admission is WB?

After seeing it mentioned here a few times, out of curiosity, I decided to look at my records on https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/ After I saw this: Class of Admission :WB I looked around and saw that this ...
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Why do US officers sometimes stamp non-US passports? [duplicate]

I wonder why US officers sometimes stamp non-US passports, since nowadays all entries/exits are electronically recorded. E.g., I have a green card + French passport, and I don't the point of receiving ...
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Where can I get COVID test (for travel to US) in Budapest, Hungary?

The US requires a negative COVID test taken no more than 1 calendar day before the trip for entry. I'm going to travel to Budapest, Hungary (Dallas -> Frankfurt -> Budapest) and will return to ...
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Are masks still enforced on Turkish Airlines flights from countries without a mask mandate?

The mask mandate on airplanes has been abolished in the US back in April, however I can't find any updates from Turkish Airlines on how they deal with flights originating from US airports. Are masks ...
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Only one passport (instead of 2) arrived in the mail

My parents qualified for the visa interview waiver. They mailed both their documents with my mother as a dependent on my father. When they received it back from the US embassy, only ONE passport with ...
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USA stamping passport inconsistently [duplicate]

I am a US citizen. 2013 to 2018, I left USA and returned many times. Looking through my passport now, I see that only about half the entries were stamped. I don't recall any significant differences ...
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Trouble with delays with American Airlines, international travel

I was supposed to be on a flight from Columbia MO to Dallas to JFK to Delhi, India. It turns out the flight from Dallas to JFK, AA998, was so delayed that I would have missed the flight from JFK to ...
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Travelling from USA to Canada by Ship

Are there commercial boats, ferries which can allow passengers to travel from USA to Canada and vice versa? What will be the distance time for example Washington D.C to Ottawa by ferry, boat taking ...
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How can I get an elevation profile of a driving route

Looking for website that will create an elevation profile at, say 100m horizontal intervals, of a US driving route on google maps that's on the order of 1000 miles.
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Visiting Girlfriend in the USA for 10 days on a ESTA from the UK London (I am 30 years old)

What was your experience like with US immigration when you told the CPB officer you are there to visit your boyfriend/girlfriend for a short period? This will be my 2nd time but previously I have ...
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How to get apostille at the U.S. State Department for FBI background check?

I am in the process of applying for Spanish student visa, and I need it "legalized with the Apostille of the Hague Convention by the Department of State in Washington DC." I have already ...
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Switching airline carriers at layovers

I will be switching airlines to reach the US. Will I have to pick up my checked-in luggage again and submit it at the new airline's counter (United) again? I'm confused about the whole process of what ...
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Returning to the US from India as a US Citizen

I have several questions about returning to the US from India as it's my first time flying internationally alone. I booked tickets on United Airlines' website. I would travel with both Air India and ...
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ESTA or study Visa?

My daughter, an adult UK citizen/passport holder, has been accepted for a 1 month ballet "summer intensive" at a US Ballet Academy, and it runs from 3rd July in Orlando, Florida. Some ...
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Which airlines are the US flag carrier?

I am PhD student and would like participate a conference in the United States. I have been granted a partial travel grant. But it has a condition that I should travel with a US flag carrier. The ...
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Taking two cars to Tijuana from San Diego

Can I take two cars from San Diego to Tijuana at the same time? Driving one and pulling the 2nd. Both are under my name, I have US and Mexican Nationality. Family reunion in TJ need 2 cars.

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