Travelling to the United States of America has been a long-time dream for many, and if you're one of them and finally decided to visit, you'll need to know a few important facts. Not only will flying to America require loads of paperwork, but travelling there can become more of a hassle than enjoyment if you're not prepared for what's waiting across the border. In order to have as pleasant trip as possible, follow the suggestions we've prepared for you.
Apply for visa early on
It’s not enough for you to have a valid passport and a few thousand dollars in your pocket to go to America. You’ll also need a visa which can take from a few days to even several weeks to become approved, depending on the part of the world you’re visiting from. Worst case scenario, you’ll be denied the entry if you’re from Muslim-majority countries such as Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Canadian citizens are likely to have the least bit of fuss when applying for a visa, but with the United States authorities, you never really know for sure. Make sure you check thoroughly about all the documentation you need to apply for an American visa so that you don't end up being denied entry because you failed to deliver one paper.
Prepare for a thorough search
Due to concern about terrorist attacks and a (supposedly) increased number of immigrants, the US government has made the rules for entering the country stricter than ever. That’s why you may be asked to show your phone and allow the people on the customs to go through your personal documents, calendars, e-mails, ask about your political leanings and for access to phones and social media. Make sure you don’t lie about the reasons for visiting America, and if you’re travelling for work note that. Lying to the US border official can result in a life-long ban from visiting the country.
Think about travelling by bus
If you’re a Canadian citizen, travelling by bus can be a much better option than flying. This is especially true if you’re from Montreal and you’d like to visit New York. You can find a bus from Montreal to New York at a very affordable price and instead of spending a few hours on the plane, you'll be able to enjoy a scenic drive on the bus and enjoy all the picturesque areas on your way from Canada to New York. You’ll be able to take a break from the drive and breathe in some fresh air, and you won’t have to spend hours on customs and think about luggage check-ins and pick-ups like you’d do at the airport.
In Queens, you’ll taste the best food
If you decide to visit New York, be sure to go to Queens for the best food you will ever taste. Considering New York is basically the city of all nations, having so many immigrants live there, you’ll be able to find the best immigrant eats in Queens. Whether you’re craving authentic Chinese or spicy Indian and even Egyptian fare, you’ll be able to feast on everything you want precisely in Queens. Eat your way around the world in this lovely New York borough. When you wish for something more delectable, go to Lower Manhattan, at the second-oldest restaurant in New York dating back from 1762.
Don’t talk about politics
Politics can be a touchy subject anywhere in the world. But when you’re visiting a foreign country, you’ll want to stay away from talking about the country’s politics and especially its current commander-in-chief. Feel free to observe and listen, but no matter the thought in your mind, do not speak openly about politics because you never know if the words you say will be misinterpreted. Don’t risk being sanctioned just because you wanted to participate in an argument.
Travelling to America isn’t as easy as it may seem. Even if you’ve got the money for the ticket, you’ll still need to behave and allow them to do a thorough search of your identity and the reasons behind your visit. Therefore, be sure you’re open to their requests and don’t be surprised if you get asked personal questions that you’re usually never asked by border officials. All in all, expect the unexpected.