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Newbie to international travel: a couple of questions

Newbie to international travel: a couple of questions

Aug 27th, 2004, 01:16 PM
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rkkwan,
You're right. Now that I think about it, I do have both entry and exit stamps for Ecuador as well. I think there are more countries than I realize because some of the procedures are so informal in nature like handing in your entry card that I don't even think of it as an immigration procedure. And I believe the UK is one of the exceptions as I don't recall going through passport control flying out of Heathrow last year. Now this may be a stupid question, but for anyone coming into the US on a visa or on the VWP, how do they know if you ever left or if you did or did not overstay?
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Aug 27th, 2004, 01:27 PM
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Patty - Visitors to the US have to fill out a I-94 form. The INS agent will take part of it, and staple the remaining tab to their passports. It's the airline who's flying you out of the country that has the responsibility to take that I-94 card from them and forward to INS. If leaving the US by road, the visitor should stop at the US border control before leaving the country and hand it in. [If one's just going to Canada by road for a few days and coming back by road again, then that may not be necessary. They may still see that original I-94 as valid. Some grey areas there.]

Sorry for taking this off-topic.
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Aug 28th, 2004, 02:02 AM
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You guys are very kind in helping me w/my misunderstandings.

I finally do have it straight in my head. In general, and for purposes of my trip, I only pass through immigrations/customs when ARRIVING in the new country - so, like you said above, outbound we'd go through the process probably at West End/Soper's Hole, inbound at either C.A. or Red Hook, and again at STT (you can see I've done my research.....)

It's good to know I can book my best- connection flights when it comes time to do so.

Next step: get those passport applications done! Thanks again.....
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Aug 29th, 2004, 06:55 PM
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Immigration concerns aside, you need to contact the airline directly to ensure that you have a legal connection in both directions. Let them ticket your trip - problems caused by not understanding this fundamental of flying when using one of the web-based travel services are impossible to fix once you've left home. PLEASE believe me - I have lived and worked and travelled overseas since I was a child and I have had an AARP card for several years!!!
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