Originally Posted by s/v Sunsets
So my British friend flew into New York for meetings last week. No Visa was required because he FLEW into town on a major airline under the Visa Waiver Program. He has offered to fly down to Tortola to help me sail my boat back to the Chesapeake. To do this, will he have to fly back to Britain and obtain a B1/B2 Visa? Sounds like it.
Any form of entry into the USA other than by a commercial
carrier like an airline, ferry
boat, or cruise ship
(the big ones, not private ones) requires a B1/B2 visa which is normally obtained in your home country through the US Embassy there.
- - However, there is one exception for private recreational vessels and private mega-yachts and that is you can apply at any US Embassy that is nearest to the physical location of you and your vessel and get your B1/B2 there. So if you (non-US citizen) are transiting the Atlantic from Europe
to the Caribbean
you can stop in Barbados
and get your B1/B2. Barbados
is probably the best place as they are used to getting a significant number of cruising boats arriving from Europe
- - The next embassy is in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
. Do not under any circumstances try to get a B1/B2 from the US Embassy in Trinidad.
- - The "trick" MarkJ is referring to in the US Virgin Islands
involves using a commercial ferry service
from the BVI to USVI to get a visa via the VWP and then continuing to use the VWP visa to cruise
the USVI on a private recreational vessel. That is a unique and one time/location "loop-hole."