Will US Direct program allow access to Canada (DUI)
My parents were nice enough to bring me and my boyfriend along with them on an Alaskan cruise (on their dime!). My boyfriend had a DUI a number of years ago. I'm aware that Canada denies access for those with a DUI conviction, but here is my question:
We fly into Alaska for a week of land excursions. Our cruise then leaves the second week out of Whittier, Alaska. All of the stops along the cruise are in Alaska with one exception - the final stop is in Vancouver, where we need to fly out of.
I'm extremely nervous that my boyfriend will be detained when going through customs in Vancouver in our efforts to fly back to the U.S. (also afraid that they won't even allow him to disembark to GO to the airport). We've tried to go through the very complicated process of getting "rehabilitation" as per Canada's procedures, but no luck. The various agencies couldn't supply us with the paperwork we requested.
Can we use the US Direct program to disembark the cruise ship and successfully go to the airport and fly back to US? I've read that they put a seal on the bus and everything, so you officially don't touch canadian soil. I've tried calling canadian consulate (all I get is a recording), and various other cruise "experts" , customs "experts, etc. No one seems to be able to definitively answer my questions.
All we want to do is leave canada as soon as we dock. I'm desparate to find a solution here, otherwise my boyfriend won't be able to go, and we'll owe my parents thousands of dollars for the cruise.
I checked into this as 16 of us leave for Alaska this week and one has a DUI for 5 years ago. IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING, that you can use US Direct to get back into the US as you described. Bus is taped etc. BUT, yoour ailine has to be signed up with US Direct and it has to be a straight non-stop flight to get home. We are flying Frontier and they are not signed up with USD. Also we fly from Vancouver to Denver then to Ohio. Hence we are not eligible for USD. This is what our TA told us. The person who this applys to in our group doesn't think he will have a problem. I hope he is right.
Hmmm...I looked at the requirements, and it didn't say anything about it having to be a straight non-stop flight. It just says you need a direct flight to the USA (meaning you don't have a layover somewhere else in Canada). I guess the meaning of the word "Direct flight to USA" should be clarified. Now that I think about it, maybe you are right. I will check into it, and then post here about it. Otherwise, they can detain you when you go to try and fly out, and they can keep you until they have the details about your infractions (could be up to 2 days).
Just returned from cruise...here's what happened....
Nothing happened. We had no problems what-so-ever! We had a wonderful cruise through Alaska, and when it docked in Vancouver, we had already signed up for the direct transfer with Princess and the "US Direct" program. We took care of customs right there on the boat before disembarking, they put us on the bus, sealed it, unsealed it at the airport, escorted everyone to the correct terminal, and then we just had to go through US customs before we waited in the section of the airport that departed for U.S. I was sitting in the second row of the bus, and I heard the driver say "..they seal the bus, that way they can tell no one got out in canada, then they inspect the seal at the airport. This way, the bus and airport terminal are considered US soil." Exactly what i had said before! We were so relieved. Anyways...i just wanted to let those know that if you meet the requirements (specific airlines, times, destinations) of the US Direct program for Vancouver destination on princess cruise...you won't have any issues !