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No, you do not need a US visa. You only need a US visa if you intend to stop or change planes in the US. (This visa-free overflight is the same for any other country. For example, I've flown over Russia on my way from Tokyo to Paris but I did not need to obtain a Russian visa.) In the event that the plane needs to make an emergency landing in the US, there ...


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NO. Most likely not and it's not worth the risk. Customs and Import Restrictions - What You Cannot Bring Back With You states (emphasis added): Watch out for the following prohibited items (this is an illustrative list): All products made from sea turtles All ivory, both Asian and African elephant Rhinoceros horn and horn products Furs ...


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You definitively need your passport or an adequate emergency travel document. Not only will Mexico not accept your ID card or driver's license but more importantly, since about a decade already, you are required to present a passport to return when arriving by air. So, unless you want to stay in Mexico for, uh... a longer time, not taking your passport is ...


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There are a bunch of legit reasons Save Credit Card Service fees (2%-3%) No risk of having to chase or eat a bad payment. Less paperwork However, I suspect the main reason is the same as in most other places in the world: To put it delicately: Cash allows for "more creative" accounting practices which may or may not be legal and may or may not result in ...


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Passports are issued by the US Department of State, not the US Postal Service. When you file a passport application at a US Post Office, the USPS will issue a receipt for your money payment...but they don't give you a "temporary passport." What you'll get is a receipt, which is not the same as a passport, and no immigration officer from any ...


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Yes. Everyone has to go through customs and immigration controls in some form or other. Diplomats enjoy some exemptions, but unless they have a very high profile, they still have to present themselves at the immigration counter and show their diplomatic credentials to prove that they are entitled to those exemptions. Even if they are sufficiently ...


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In addition to the information from the other answers, to overfly the US, the airline will have to pass your information to the US CBP according to Secure Flight. Since November 2010, Secure Flight has conducted watchlist matching of passenger information against the TSDB for all covered U.S. and foreign flights into, out of, and within the United ...


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Having lived in Texas, I would use that to keep out scorpions, which can crawl up drains and even survive the water coming down them. Though I'd also change the strainer to a different design that a scorpion could not so easily squeeze through...


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According to the US Bureau of Consular Affairs (click "More" under the parental consent section), your sister will need to provide legal evidence that she has sole custody of the child, or submit form DS-5525, along with evidence for the special circumstances she describes. If she does not have this yet, then she will need to acquire this (shouldn't be ...


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If you do not have sole custody, get a letter from the mother stating that she has no objection. The child's passport. Possibly a transit visa for all concerned. Follow-Up: As far as Germany is concerned, the letter need not be notarized but it should contain the current contact details of the other legal guardian.


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The device is a universal drain stopper. It is designed to keep water in a bathtub or sink. Because it works by sitting on top of the drain, it is not necessary for the consumer to worry about the diameter of the drain opening, as is the case with traditional drain plugs that sit inside the opening. These work by creating a seal against the smooth surface ...


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According to Timatic (I used the Sky Team interface), the following applies: Driving License issued by United States of America to a national of United States of America is not listed as an accepted document by Mexico. Please check the document details have been entered correctly. And: Document of Identity issued by United States of America to a ...


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It's coming back to the USA you need to be worried about. You would need Advanced Parole to come back, even then you might not be admitted back to the USA. If you're not looking to go back to the USA after you fly to Mexico from Canada then you shouldn't have a problem. Mexicans can go to Canada visa free, you will need an eTA if you travel by air. But you ...


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This is quite normal, and is not a tax. Tourists entering Mexico are required to get an FMM tourist/visitor permit. The fee for this is $500 MX, and is payable if your stay is between 7 and 180 days. Less than 7 days there is no fee. If you plan to leave and re-enter Mexico several times (in 180 days) you can ask for the FMM to be valid up to 180 days, ...


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To get visa-free access to Mexico as a resident of the UK, a citizen of a country whose nationals normally require visas must show a UK residence permit. As a British citizen, you do not have a UK residence permit. Therefore, this visa exemption will not be useful to you.


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Medicaid does not cover medical care outside the United States. In addition, you should check your state's eligibility rules to ensure you don't need to re-enroll when you get back, as your coverage may lapse if you leave for a longer period of time (sometimes 30 days). You can prepare for this situation by purchasing travel insurance, either on a per-trip ...


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Going to Mexico (or Canada or many Caribbean countries) won’t reset your VWP timer and there’s a possibility you won’t be allowed back in the USA to catch your flight if the immigration control officer thinks you’re trying to game the system. Which, to be fair, you are. Showing the ICO your ticket for your same-day flight out of the USA and expressing ...


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That parking is the US CBP parking. It is not open to the public. Next to that is parking for visitors to CBP (by appointment only). There are some large privately owned parking lots available to the public for a fee ($10-$15 per day, including overnights, from memory). These can be VERY cramped and somewhat difficult to park in, but a lot of people use ...


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Short answer: You're still OK, but you have to leave the US before January 8th. You can go anywhere you wish, but before you try to re-enter the US, you must enter a country other than Mexico, Canada or the Caribbean states. For example, it will be fine to travel to Mexico, then Costa Rica, and then return to the US. Longer answer: It's important to ...


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Yes, in general you can use your Mexican license as long as you do not become a resident of California: If you are a visitor in California over 18 and have a valid driver license (DL) from your home state or country, you may drive in this state without getting a California DL as long as your home state DL remains valid. If you become a California resident, ...


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For $30, you can walk directly from the Tijuana baggage claim to the United States border via CBX (Cross Border Xpress). That seems like the safest option, even if the others are not very dangerous. It does require a passport, however, so if your need to use the land border is motivated by a lack of a passport, it looks like this won't help you. Their ...


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Léon is a small, and somewhat ugly city, and therefore not much of a tourist attraction, so most of the tourist-fraud schemes won't be common there. I have spent many months there, and will be visiting again the end of next week. I don't know your nationality, or how you'll be arriving (by air, bus, driving), so I can only offer a few general suggestions. ...


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Just about any major European airport with connections to both Russia and Mexico should allow sterile transit. To be able to use this facility, you have to make sure that you have a single layover in the Schengen area (no Mexico-Frankfurt-Vienna-Russia but only Mexico-Frankfurt-Russia or Mexico-Vienna-Russia) and that you buy the whole trip as a single ...


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Keep the following in mind: never, anywhere in the world, do you need a visa simply for flying over airspace. I repeat, nowhere in the world. You do need to provide extra information to the airline.


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You need to learn the status of the medication in your destination. This is harder than you might think. A decongestant that is available over the counter in Canada is banned in New Zealand and since it's not by prescription, I had to get a special letter from my doctor (NZ customs helped with the wording) explaining why I had it with me. If the medication ...


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Here is the Mexican government's list of countries that don't require a visa for Mexico, when entering as a tourist or other visitor without work permission. It includes Poland ("Polonia").


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Your admission to the US, and your readmission for the remainder of your initial 90-day period of admission, are governed by the terms of the visa waiver program (VWP). ESTA is nothing more than authorization to travel to the US to apply for admission under the VWP. The provision for readmission is established in the Code of Federal Regulations at 8 CFR ...


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The simple fact is: you're not getting in without a visa, least of all by air. You need to visit a US embassy or consulate in Mexico and obtain a new visa in your current passport, bringing your I-20 and visa copy and explaining the situation.


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The borders are currently restricted until at least 21st May, 2021 Shortly after asking this question I found the answer in a tweet by Chad Wolf, the acting secretary of Homeland Security: We continue to work with our Canadian and Mexican partners to slow the spread of #COVID19. Accordingly, we have agreed to extend the limitation of non-essential travel ...


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(My answer is specific to the San Diego/Tijuana land ports of entry, but may apply to others) The US/Mexico border has not been closed due to Covid-19. The US and Mexico currently have an agreement that the border is restricted for non-essential travel, in BOTH directions. That said, if you are DRIVING into Mexico you are unlikely to be stopped and can ...


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