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Transiting In The USA Without A Visa  
User currently offlineCush From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 254 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1158 times:

I am in the process of researching a trip with my girlfriend and need some help in regards to the legal technicalities.

Our vacation plans are going to take us to either:
- Cancun (CUN)
- Punta Cana (PUJ)

I am a US Citizen and have no problem landing a cheap flight to either city.

My question comes from my girlfriend who is a Russian citizen in St. Petersburg (LED) with only a Russian Passport (no US visa).

It never crossed my mind until today that she would need a US Visa to transit in the US, as 95% of the flights available online stop in either Canada or the US.

There are nonstop flights from LED, but the price is 3-4 times more than connecting in the US.

I guess I am accustomed to the "transit areas" in big European cities like Frankfurt.

My question: Are there any cities in the USA/Canada that she could transit without the need for a visa?

How hard is it to obtain a transit visa, or should she just go through the process to obtain a normal US Visa?

Thanks!


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User currently onlineMIflyer12 From United States of America, joined Feb 2013, 1230 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1122 times:

The U.S. terminated its transit without visa program shortly after 9/11.

User currently offlinemigair54 From Spain, joined Jun 2007, 1903 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (5 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1013 times:

She needs visa.

The other option is via Europe then MEX and CUN, or directly via Europe then SDQ, not that far from PUJ.


User currently onlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6590 posts, RR: 35
Reply 3, posted (5 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 943 times:
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She needs a VISA. And given the current geopolitical situation it´s not gonna be easy to get. Even if you land an appointment at the Consulate, you will have to pay the VISA fee and there is no guarantee she´ll get it. Given all the costs involved and the paperwork she will need, maybe the flights that don´t go through the US are not that expensive, from that perspective.

User currently offlineAirDFW From United States of America, joined Aug 2012, 201 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 928 times:

I also think Russian citizens need some kind of e-visa for Mexico.

User currently offlineA333MSPtoAMS From United States of America, joined Sep 2013, 178 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (5 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 896 times:

Quoting AirDFW (Reply 4):

I also think Russian citizens need some kind of e-visa for Mexico.

yes, this is correct. though if she had the VISA for USA, she would not need a VISA for Mexico.

http://www.inm.gob.mx/index.php/page/Paises_Visa/en.html



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User currently offlineCush From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 254 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 847 times:

Are you saying that citizens of the Russian Federation need a Visa for travel to Mexico? I was told that no visa was required....


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User currently offlinedumbell2424 From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 955 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (5 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 768 times:

Quoting Cush (Reply 6):
Are you saying that citizens of the Russian Federation need a Visa for travel to Mexico?

Look at the link provided in reply 5 and scroll down to R. So, yes.

A Russian without a US Visa does e-Visa: http://www.inm.gob.mx/index.php/page...o_Autorizacion_Electronica/en.html

A Russian with a US Visa does not need anything in addition to the US Visa.

[Edited 2014-07-06 06:37:19]

User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3360 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (5 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 756 times:

Your girlfriend will 100% need some sort of via if she wants to transit the USA. A more expensive direct flight, or one via Europe or Canada, she probably won't (I assume Canada has a visa free transit system?). If you find a cheap(ish) flight on BA via London, she will need some sort of transit visa, as the LED flight goes into LHR, and the CUN flight leaves from LGW.

If she is going to be visiting you a lot in the US, it might be worth the hassle of getting a US visa.



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User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2301 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (5 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 754 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 8):
I assume Canada has a visa free transit system?

I think they do NOT have that for citizens of unworthy (in Canada's opinion) nations.


User currently offlineCush From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 254 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 746 times:

Thank you for all of the feedback so far. Does anyone have experience with the Mexican "E-Visa" for her and how it works?


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User currently offlinedumbell2424 From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 955 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (5 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 699 times:

Quoting Cush (Reply 10):
Does anyone have experience with the Mexican "E-Visa" for her and how it works?

It's all done online for Russian, Turkish, and Ukrainian nationals. Fill out an online form not more than 30 days prior to departure (only has a 30-day validity). If granted, you get a sheet to printout and that serves as your visa authorization for the immigration officer.


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25985 posts, RR: 22
Reply 12, posted (5 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 656 times:

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 9):
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 8):
I assume Canada has a visa free transit system?

I think they do NOT have that for citizens of unworthy (in Canada's opinion) nations.

Russian citizens require a visa to transit Canada.


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