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Post Posted: Fri Apr 20, 2007 3:16 am 
 

wow thanks once again guys!! some really cool stuff there to take in. i am making loads of notes here. when i get time, out comes the map, to see what i can plausibly take in.

one thing is for sure, i will be visiting folk along the way if its possible. seems silly to go all that way and not drop by to say hello :)

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Post Posted: Fri Apr 20, 2007 11:34 am 
 

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Post Posted: Fri Apr 20, 2007 11:50 am 
 

I don't think there would be much trouble on the Canadian border but maybe going back into the states.  I think you might need a visa for the US but probably not for Canada.  Also, if you are driving, do you have an international drivers license?  I'm not sure how it works for the British in the US but for Americans in the UK, they need to take a drivers test.  Canadians in the UK, can just exchange their drivers license for a UK one.


IIRC, if you are on vacation you don't need a visa. As long as you have a valid passport you can come and go as you please between the borders. I certainly can, and I don't see why someone from England would be any different. NAFTA or something like that (which would treat Can and US citizens different from int'l) doesn't have anything to do with tourists.

  


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Post Posted: Fri Apr 20, 2007 11:51 am 
 

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4. any MUST go to see places on the way?

Al


I've driven from Seattle to Dallas, and Dallas to Miami. Driving up and down along the coasts is fun (good mix of cities, scenery).. but across the continent? Not the most thrilling ride unless you like looking at the country or chilling at rest stops.

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Post Posted: Fri Apr 20, 2007 1:08 pm 
 

Sea-to-sky-games wrote:
IIRC, if you are on vacation you don't need a visa. As long as you have a valid passport you can come and go as you please between the borders. I certainly can, and I don't see why someone from England would be any different. NAFTA or something like that (which would treat Can and US citizens different from int'l) doesn't have anything to do with tourists.


Citizens of the UK do not need a Visa to visit Canada.

The US and Canada maintain different (but similar) lists of which nationalities are required to obtain a visa just to visit.  Just because someone can visit the US without a visa doesn't mean they can necessarily visit Canada as well.  Also, the US and Canada have different rules on admitting people with Felony convictions. To further complicate the matter, if you plan to visit the US for more than 90 days you'll probably need to obtain a visitors visa.  Canada has a similar time period as well but I don't know what it is off hand.


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Post Posted: Fri Apr 20, 2007 1:13 pm 
 

The US and Canada maintain different (but similar) lists of which nationalities are required to obtain a visa just to visit.  Just because someone can visit the US without a visa doesn't mean they can necessarily visit Canada as well.


Yeah, if you are from China or from Iran or some place like that you might need a special visa. But I highly doubt a European would need one to either country.

  

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Post Posted: Fri Apr 20, 2007 1:40 pm 
 

Sea-to-sky-games wrote:Yeah, if you are from China or from Iran or some place like that you might need a special visa. But I highly doubt a European would need one to either country.


I had visitors from Finland last summer and they required a visa to enter the US.  On one of the side trips, we decided to take a short cut through the US - a 3 hour drive through and the the US border made them get temporary visa's to enter.  My 73 year old mom got out of the car to stretch her legs while our visitors went in to fill out the paperwork and was not so politely told "please get back into the car, maam" by the officer with the gun keeping an eye on us.

Even between Commonwealth countries a visa might be necessary.  As a Canadian going to visit Australia on holiday I would need a visa.  With the US  now requiring Canadians to have a passport just to enter the country, who knows what they require from other countries.  Also, note that it depends on what type of passport you have from the UK that you may or  may not require a visa.

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Post Posted: Fri Apr 20, 2007 1:41 pm 
 

Here is a link to the definitive information page for entry into Canada from the Canada Border Services Agency.

http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/E/pub/cp/rc4 ... 161-e.html


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Post Posted: Fri Apr 20, 2007 4:38 pm 
 

Hey Al - you should be able to get in to the US under the Visa Waiver programme if you have a fairly recent passport (i.e machine readable).  Failing that you will need a tourist visa.  But I think almost all UK passports issued in the last seven or eight years are OK.

See:

http://www.usembassy.org.uk/cons_new/visa/niv/vwp.html
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BUT it is always at the discretion of the immigration officer.  The frontline immigration and border staff have authority if they are suspicious to turn people away and decide to demand visas or other documents or further proof of travel intentions etc... (as they do in most countries).  For example, if I was going to travel to the US, I would use my Irish passport and not my UK passport, as the UK one has entry stamps and visas from all over Eastern Europe and parts of the Middle East, whereas the Irish one is pretty clean.  Smiles and good manners are as (more) useful as visas when crossing borders I have found.  :D


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Post Posted: Sat Apr 21, 2007 6:31 am 
 

It also helps if you do not have a moustache or joined eyebrows! :lol:

  


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Post Posted: Sat Apr 21, 2007 9:48 am 
 

ATOM wrote:It also helps if you do not have a moustache or joined eyebrows! :lol:


Or a pubic hair beard. :wink:


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Post Posted: Sat Apr 21, 2007 10:16 am 
 

What! You mean they have not started to "harvest the pubis" in the U.S and A yet? :lol:

  

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Post Posted: Sat Apr 21, 2007 8:25 pm 
 

Just thought I'd use this space instead of starting a thread..anyway Al (killjoy) you have not been reading your PMs I take it? or is your inbox to full?

Any way back to the regular scheduled off topic post :)

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Post Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 2:45 am 
 

I bypass all these problems with my dual nationality  :D

(Funny - there's a lad at work who has never been to America who wants to move there permanently because he thinks he "belongs there", I fixed him with a look & said until he goes there, sees some of the US, he hasn't got a clue what he's waffling on about).

- On a similar note though, does anyone know about bank accounts over there? I've just inherited $5000 (RIP grandmother, last laugh died on April Fools day...). I know I can set up a bank account (I have a passport, American contact address & SS number) - but apparently I can't set one up that will receive any interest.  :-/


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Post Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 5:31 pm 
 

Winterwords wrote:- On a similar note though, does anyone know about bank accounts over there?  :-/


Sorry about your grandmother.  I don't know if it will work for you, but I recently opened an account at http://www.us.hsbc.com/1/2/3/personal
via the web.  I transfer Paypal money into it, and the savings earns about 5%, which is pretty sweet.  They sent me an ATM card, too.  Hope this helps.


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Post Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 6:00 pm 
 

Plaag wrote:Just thought I'd use this space instead of starting a thread..anyway Al (killjoy) you have not been reading your PMs I take it? or is your inbox to full?

Any way back to the regular scheduled off topic post :)

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hey dude

i have read them, just havent had the time to sit still and formulate proper replies yet :)

i will get to them i promise :)

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Post Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 7:29 am 
 

Has anyone purchased and/or read Children of Hurin yet?  The standard edition is in the bookstores now, but I'm "patiently" waiting for the deluxe edition which is evidently to be released next month in the US (already out in UK/CA).  Thoughts, reviews?

  

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Post Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 8:47 am 
 

Radovarl wrote:Has anyone purchased and/or read Children of Hurin yet?  The standard edition is in the bookstores now, but I'm "patiently" waiting for the deluxe edition which is evidently to be released next month in the US (already out in UK/CA).  Thoughts, reviews?


I purchased it the day it came out.  There are some books that I just don't wait for and end up paying full price when I could wait a few months and pick them up at Half-Price Books or Amazon for half of the original price.  I am kind of stupid when it comes to things like that.  :wink:

I haven't started reading it yet though.  I am currently reading the new Raymond E. Feist book.  But I did look through the first few chapters just to get an idea of what the format was like.  It is an actual novel....not a reference book with short stories and poems thrown in like The Silmarillion or the other History of Middle-Earth books.

  
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