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Old 04-07-2008, 11:06 PM
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Default Valid Visa required for Alaskan Cruise?

Guys,
I am on a H1b Visa and am planning on a vacation for alaskan cruise.

My H1b visa is expired but have a valid i94( expires 12/2010). I like to know if i need a valid visa to take this cruise from Alaska..I think cruise does not require a stamping at port of entry like air travel.

Anyone with similar experience please comment. Visa paperwork is the last thing i want to worry about during my vacation...this sucks big time!
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Old 04-07-2008, 11:20 PM
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Default Yes, you need a valid visa

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Guys,
I am on a H1b Visa and am planning on a vacation for alaskan cruise.

My H1b visa is expired but have a valid i94( expires 12/2010). I like to know if i need a valid visa to take this cruise from Alaska..I think cruise does not require a stamping at port of entry like air travel.

Anyone with similar experience please comment. Visa paperwork is the last thing i want to worry about during my vacation...this sucks big time!
I had to face the same situation a couple of years ago and our travel agent
told us that a valid visa is indeed required. The reason being most cruises are registered outside of the US (for tax reasons) and once you arrive back to the US on it, you will go through immigration.

I mentioned about the automatic revalidation rule (ie. returning from border country on valid I-94 only), but she advised to avoid the risk. Please consult with your attorney/travel agent before you purchase your tickets.
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Old 04-08-2008, 12:43 AM
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Thanks Prasad for your reply.
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Old 04-08-2008, 01:07 AM
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It depends on which port your Alaskan cruise is starting from. If it is starting from Vancouver as most do you may need visa or use auto revalidation but you will also need Canadian visitor visa.

If starting from Seattle then you may not need a visa but go ahead and check with the cruiseline anyways.

On a similar note I dont think visa is needed to travel from US mainland to Hawaii and back.
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Old 04-08-2008, 03:27 AM
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Default Yes you need a visa

I have been on 4 cruises and one of them has been to Alaska. Not only do you need valid visa for entering US, you also need visa for entering port located in other countries (in your case it will probably be Canada). I learned it the hard way... My first cruise was to Bermuda where Indians do not require a visa. I had a valid H1 visa while coming back... that was an excellent trip... However, my 2nd cruise was Mexico/Carribean and I did not have visas for any of the countries I was supposed to visit! I know that was dumb and I should have checked! I was not allowed to board... Cruise line refunded me 50% of the money so that was cool... From then on I make sure that I have all the visas including H1 taken care of so that my vacation is hassle free! Some countries allow cruise visitors without visa if the cruise stopover is not overnight for eg Cayman islands, Jamaica etc... In case of Alaskan Cruise there is usually a stop at Victoria or some other Canadian island! You need a Canadian Visa to enter Canada! And while entering US they check your visas just as they would check at any other port of entry if you were flying! The cruise lines do not take any responsibility of visa issues... Infact, on your ticket it will be clearly mentioned that you are supposed to take care of your visas.. which means calling the respective countries consulates... I think cruises are the best way to travel 5 star style at budget price... However, there are lot of hidden costs that show up later. The only thing I would suggest to be generous is while tipping... 50 to 70% of the staff is Indian and the living conditions are not the best... so apart from the mandatory tip I would suggest to go beyond esp if you think the service is excellent (which it normally is!) Have fun!!
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Default Advance parole accepted?

During the alaskan trip, while entering back to US, i hope the AP is good enuf to enter instead of the h1b visa? right?

for stopover in canadian ports, we have to get canada visitor visa.
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Default CANADA visa for alska cruise started from seattle

Hi I am planning to have Alaskan cruise starting from Seattle.
I know that canadian Visa is needed to board on cruise .
My question is , IS TRV enough ( which cost $0, and can get online) or do i have to get Canada Tourist visa (which cost $200)
If anyone has any experience , please guide.
thanks
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