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Parents visiting from France, quarantine in Mexico, what tickets to get?

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Hello,

 

I live in the US with on a 10 year green card and my parents would like to come visit me. We were thinking of meeting in Mexico for 2 weeks and then would take a plane from Mexico to Texas (where I live). I've been reading online that people recommend getting a return ticket. In my parent's case, do you all think they should get a ticket France-Mexico with a return ticket to France, even if they'll have another ticket Mexico-US? Or is it fine to buy just a one way ticket to Mexico, one ticket Mexico-US and US-France?

Thank you for your help!

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A return ticket or onward ticket from the US is required for those entering/visiting the US via VWP.     

 

"Or is it fine to buy just a one way ticket to Mexico, one ticket Mexico-US and US-France?"   YES

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3 minutes ago, victoire.price@gm said:

I am more worried about them being rejected in Mexico. I heard a case where a French woman flew into Mexico with a one way ticket and had tickets to go to the States on a J1 and got sent back to France by Mexican authorities.

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I would think her onward ticket was not the issue.  Why would the Mexican authorities care where a departing person's destination is?

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46 minutes ago, victoire.price@gm said:

I am more worried about them being rejected in Mexico. I heard a case where a French woman flew into Mexico with a one way ticket and had tickets to go to the States on a J1 and got sent back to France by Mexican authorities.

Thanks!

Out of an abundance of caution, you could ensure that your parents have all of their ticket information on them for each trip in their journey to see you. If they get scrutinized by any boarder guards, they'll have proof that they do not intend to stay readily available to show.


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Either way would likely work. Just be very careful with your dates.  Departing from the US to Mexico does not stop the 90-day VWP clock, so they must be sure and leave Mexico before the 90- day mark of their VWP entry ends.

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2 hours ago, jan22 said:

Either way would likely work. Just be very careful with your dates.  Departing from the US to Mexico does not stop the 90-day VWP clock, so they must be sure and leave Mexico before the 90- day mark of their VWP entry ends.

Isn’t that only relevant if they want to re-enter the US? VWP does not govern their stay in Mexico.

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2 hours ago, SusieQQQ said:

Isn’t that only relevant if they want to re-enter the US? VWP does not govern their stay in Mexico.

Not necessarily.  For example, if they stayed in Mexico until the 91st day, an officer could determine at the next attempted entry into the US that they had overstayed their VWP entry on this visit and deny entry.  Not common, but it has happened.

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1 minute ago, jan22 said:

Not necessarily.  For example, if they stayed in Mexico until the 91st day, an officer could determine at the next attempted entry into the US that they had overstayed their VWP entry on this visit and deny entry.  Not common, but it has happened.

No one has said they are traveling from the US to Mexico........they are traveling France>>Mexico>>>US>>>France.


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12 minutes ago, Lucky Cat said:

No one has said they are traveling from the US to Mexico........they are traveling France>>Mexico>>>US>>>France.

One of the options -- unless I mis-read or misunderstood, which is possible -- was France to Mexico then [Mexico to US to Mexico on a separate ticket] then Mexico to France, i.e., France to Mexico to US to Mexico to France if it was all done on the same ticket.

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7 hours ago, jan22 said:

Not necessarily.  For example, if they stayed in Mexico until the 91st day, an officer could determine at the next attempted entry into the US that they had overstayed their VWP entry on this visit and deny entry.  Not common, but it has happened.

Well that just doesn’t sound right. VWP is return or onward, the time restrictions are for neighboring countries when you return to the US. Would like to see the details of the case you mentioned?
 

DoS website specifically says 90 days and less limit applies when you want readmission to the US https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/tourism-visit/visa-waiver-program.html 

 

The US embassy in UK also specifically states this in faq form: https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/non-immigrant-visa-faqs/visa-waiver-program-and-esta/

If I enter the United States visa free under the Visa Waiver Program, can I then travel to Canada/Mexico/ Bermuda or the islands in the Caribbean?

Yes, provided you have a return or onward ticket. If your return journey will take you back through the United States, even if only in transit, the total trip, including both periods of time spent in the United States/Canada/Mexico Bermuda, or the islands in the Caribbean cannot exceed 90 days. If it does, you will require a visa.

There is another FAQ further down about flying into the US and flying out from Canada or Mexico, the 90 day period is not mentioned at all here, the only requirement is that all tickets have been bought before the first entry.

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Hello,

I am getting confused now.. the French airline is telling my parents they need another visa besides ESTA to get to the US. Is ESTA the same as VWP? They only plan on staying 2 weeks in Mexico (due to COVID) and 2 weeks with me in the US.

What additional visa do you think they need? Thank you

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1 hour ago, victoire.price@gm said:

Hello,

I am getting confused now.. the French airline is telling my parents they need another visa besides ESTA to get to the US. Is ESTA the same as VWP? They only plan on staying 2 weeks in Mexico (due to COVID) and 2 weeks with me in the US.

What additional visa do you think they need? Thank you

 VWP and ESTA are linked but not the same thing, you need an ESTA to travel by air (or sea) under the VWP.

 

Have no idea what they mean, if the airline is telling them they need a visa then it should tell them what/why. Your parents are on french passports, right? There is no difference on the Covid ban whether VWP or visa. Can your parents check if their ESTA is still active? Have heard some people say some have been automatically cancelled.

 

 

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I thought they were flying to Mexico?

 

Pretty sure Air France does not fly from Mexico to the US.


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