Originally Posted by tolly
Does anyone know what the rules are in US for a sailing crew arriving by plane, planning to leave by boat?
I have done it a number of times.
For NON USA people (like me) it is reallllllly important to understand the USA has particular security
problems. They try hard to help out with the Visa Waiver program but thats ONLY for the nicely packaged tourist.
Boat crews and people going to the USA to backpack around, or buy a boat or crew on a boat etc its like the square peg.
There is one brilliant and easy way if you are from a quality country like Europe
, NZ, Canada
etc and thats to get a 5 year multiple entry visa.
Then you can flit in and out of the USA when ever, whereever you like!!
I still carry proof of funds and docs of where I am going, crew letters etc.
Then when rolling up to any door into the USA its like: "Hello! Welcome!"
Every globe trotting, lets wander the world, type dude... (us!) should get a long Multiple entry visa every time they get a new passport.
Funnily enough the USA visa also works in many other countries! Why? Because anytime an Immigration official in any other country sees the Multiple Entry USA visa they think you are not a security
and that opens doors