How does a Brit take a side trip to Canada while in the US?
October 10, 2006 2:35 PM Subscribe
How do I travel from the UK, enter the US, stay for a while, take a long weekend in Canada while I deal with a personal situation, then re-enter the US for the rest of my trip without causing too much immigration hassle? Is it even worth it?
posted by saturnine to Travel & Transportation around Canada (13 answers total)
Here's the story - I'll be in San Diego, CA for the entirety of March next year, and while I'm there I need to take a side trip to Victoria, BC to pick up some things my best friend is stashing for me (I've been to Canada twice before, and these are leftovers from a long distance relationship breakdown). He's had them for over a year, and I'm now imposing on his good will by leaving them there for so long. Plus, I'd like to catch up with him as we've obviously not seen each other for a while.
If I take this side trip, will I have to fill in one immigration form on my way into the US, hand the little green stub in on the way out, then fill in a second when I return? I find the idea of so. many. forms. and questions at the airport stressful (and causes many paranoid irrational thoughts, such as "what if I got denied re-entry?" et al).
Would it just be easier to get the friend to meet me in Seattle and hang out with him there? I'm from the UK, only hold a British passport, and blame the internet for all this international trouble.