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Any problems travelling on one-way ticket from Canada to the US?

Old May 19th 2010, 4:05 am
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My husband and I are about to move to Vancouver from the UK. My parents live in California, and we decided to visit them before settling down in Vancouver. So, we've chosen to fly to Vancouver for a few days, then fly to California. We've only purchased one-way tickets, as we intend to drive back to Vancouver with my parents.

I have US citizenship, but my husband is a UK citizen. When booking our tickets, I'd assumed that as long as we have 2-year visas for Canada in our passports (which we will), US immigration will understand that we're planning to return to Canada - just not on a plane. However, being paranoid about US bureaucracy, I'm having second thoughts.

Has anyone on this forum had any problems travelling on a one-way ticket into the States from Canada? Thanks in advance for any help.
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Old May 19th 2010, 4:12 am
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Originally Posted by deliana
My husband and I are about to move to Vancouver from the UK. My parents live in California, and we decided to visit them before settling down in Vancouver. So, we've chosen to fly to Vancouver for a few days, then fly to California. We've only purchased one-way tickets, as we intend to drive back to Vancouver with my parents.

I have US citizenship, but my husband is a UK citizen. When booking our tickets, I'd assumed that as long as we have 2-year visas for Canada in our passports (which we will), US immigration will understand that we're planning to return to Canada - just not on a plane. However, being paranoid about US bureaucracy, I'm having second thoughts.

Has anyone on this forum had any problems travelling on a one-way ticket into the States from Canada? Thanks in advance for any help.
Hello and welcome to BE.

Firstly which Vancouver are you flying into...the US or Canada? If it's the US your first problem will be the airline...normally they refuse to board non USC passengers with a one way ticket without a US visa.

I'm not sure about US Immigration...perhaps if you have strong proof of your intentions to move to Canada ie Canadian Imm. papers, rental agreement, letter from employer etc if would suffice. I think the best forum to ask about entering the US from the UK with a one way ticket would be the US Immigration forum. Click here and it will take you directly to the US Imm. forum.

On the other hand if you are flying to Vancouver Canada from the UK I assume you will have activated your Canadian Visa at Canadian Immigration...if that is the case then you shouldn't have a problem entering the US. Please note I said assume...I'm sure someone will be along soon to give you more reliable advice. Good luck.

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Old May 19th 2010, 11:57 am
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Aren't you supposed to have a return ticket if you're flying into America on the visa waiver program?
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Old May 19th 2010, 1:56 pm
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Default Re: Any problems travelling on one-way ticket from Canada to the US?

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Aren't you supposed to have a return ticket if you're flying into America on the visa waiver program?
That is correct. Canadian citizens, US visa holders (including those with tourist visas) and green card holders can fly into the US on a one-way ticket. The visa waiver program does not allow for this.

http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/wi...hout_1990.html
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Default Re: Any problems travelling on one-way ticket from Canada to the US?

Thanks for your replies. Glad I checked.

However, it says this on the Visa Waiver Quick Reference Guide: http://travel.state.gov/pdf/VWP-Quic...enceGuide.pdf:
"If arriving by air or sea, are you traveling on an approved carrier and do you have a re-turn ticket abroad? Travelers with onward tickets terminating in Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, or the Caribbean Islands must be legal permanent residents of those areas."

As I'm going as a student, we're only going to be temporary residents for two years. Does that mean that every time my husband wants to visit my parents with me he needs a ticket back to the UK? This seems completely crazy ... !
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Default Re: Any problems travelling on one-way ticket from Canada to the US?

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As I'm going as a student, we're only going to be temporary residents for two years. Does that mean that every time my husband wants to visit my parents with me he needs a ticket back to the UK? This seems completely crazy ... !
Best bet is to call the US embassy: he might want to get a US visa to avoid any hassles in future.
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Old May 20th 2010, 7:31 am
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Default Re: Any problems travelling on one-way ticket from Canada to the US?

Here's an idea. Once you fly into Vancouver and get your visas activated, drive or get a bus across the US border into Bellingham and fly to California from there. I have done this multiple times on the VWP and US immigration have never asked to see a return bus ticket or anything like that. It will also be much cheaper to fly from Bellingham.
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Default Re: Any problems travelling on one-way ticket from Canada to the US?

I fly to the US several times a month always on a one way ticket never even been mentioned by US boarder control.
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Default Re: Any problems travelling on one-way ticket from Canada to the US?

If you are not an American and not a Canadian (or Canadian PR) and don't hold valid US visa then your experience may somehow count. Otherwise please refer to the post #4 above.
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Old Jun 23rd 2010, 10:48 pm
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Default Re: Any problems travelling on one-way ticket from Canada to the US?

Everyone I know who lives in Vancouver (Canada) area drives (or busses) to the US and flies from there if they're going somewhere within the US. It's just SOOOO much cheaper that it's not worth their while to fly from Canada. Just an fyi.
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