Cush
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Transiting In The USA Without A Visa

Sat Jul 05, 2014 5:10 pm

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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MIflyer12
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RE: Transiting In The USA Without A Visa

Sat Jul 05, 2014 5:14 pm

The U.S. terminated its transit without visa program shortly after 9/11.
 
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RE: Transiting In The USA Without A Visa

Sat Jul 05, 2014 5:35 pm

She needs visa.

The other option is via Europe then MEX and CUN, or directly via Europe then SDQ, not that far from PUJ.
 
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RE: Transiting In The USA Without A Visa

Sat Jul 05, 2014 8:17 pm

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.
 
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RE: Transiting In The USA Without A Visa

Sat Jul 05, 2014 9:40 pm

I also think Russian citizens need some kind of e-visa for Mexico.
 
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RE: Transiting In The USA Without A Visa

Sun Jul 06, 2014 12:28 am

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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Cush
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RE: Transiting In The USA Without A Visa

Sun Jul 06, 2014 4:30 am

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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RE: Transiting In The USA Without A Visa

Sun Jul 06, 2014 1:36 pm

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]
 
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RE: Transiting In The USA Without A Visa

Sun Jul 06, 2014 1:58 pm

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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RE: Transiting In The USA Without A Visa

Sun Jul 06, 2014 2:06 pm

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.
 
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RE: Transiting In The USA Without A Visa

Sun Jul 06, 2014 2:49 pm

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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RE: Transiting In The USA Without A Visa

Sun Jul 06, 2014 7:41 pm

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.
 
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RE: Transiting In The USA Without A Visa

Sun Jul 06, 2014 11:43 pm

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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