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> In Transit Rules in Las Vegas, Can we leave the airport?
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post Dec 28 2008, 04:17 PM
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Flying into Vegas from the UK, and have a 20+ hour lay over. My g/f and I would like to leave the Las Vegas airport to get a hotel and do some shopping for the night. My question is, since we are "in transit" are we allowed to leave the airport and head into Vegas before our flight home to Canada?

I've tried to call and email our Orbitz travel agent but no luck. I hope to get some good input from the travelers on here.

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post Dec 28 2008, 05:16 PM
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Shouldn't be a problem--obviously you will have to go through passport control and customs again on the way back out, but I don't think they would refuse you or give you a hard time.


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post Dec 28 2008, 05:38 PM
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I have never had a problem leaving any airport and returning for a flight while in transit. And if you go through all the proper security there shouldn't be nay reason why you can't leave.


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post Dec 29 2008, 11:12 AM
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Keep in mind that a British citizen (and most Europeans also) do not need a visa to visit the USA. You will however, need the green visa waiver card Form I-94W. If you travel after the 12th January, you will need to preregister if you plan to enter the USA. Access this website:
http://www.usimmigrationsupport.org/visa_waiver.html

If you are Canadian, you won't need a visa waiver:
http://www.consular.canada.usembassy.gov/p...requirement.asp

Nevertheless I suggest you contact your airline to make sure there are not any quirks in the system for Canadians arriving from Europe.

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post Dec 29 2008, 01:47 PM
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I don't know a lot about the immigration policies of the US since I am a citizen but I would imagine that since you have a 20 hour layover you'll almost be expected to go out into the city. I don't know how they could physically restrict you once you pass through passport control (but I can imagine there are some forms you need to fill out, not sure if any are additional or not in terms of the fact that you are already there.

I can tell you that a shuttle from the airport and back (at a specific hotel) is much, much cheaper than a taxi ride (I think its $6 each way p.p vs $25 for a cab each way) and you can just tell them to pick you up at a certain time.

Also make sure you see the Bellagio fountains at night! (every 15 minutes after 8pm until midnight). They play every 30 minutes during the day but its much better at night!


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post Dec 30 2008, 12:03 AM
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QUOTE(jeremystravels @ Dec 29 2008, 01:47 PM) *

I don't know how they could physically restrict you once you pass through passport control (but I can imagine there are some forms you need to fill out, not sure if any are additional or not in terms of the fact that you are already there.


Well Jeremy, an immigration inspector can certainly detain you on passing through immigration at any international airport in the United States. If you don't have the right papers, you just won't get through passport control at all. If your connection is in twenty hours, then you will wait in the transit lounge for twenty hours. Food and bev is on your dime.

Be sure to check with your airline before you attempt this.


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post Dec 30 2008, 12:44 PM
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Well Jeremy, an immigration inspector can certainly detain you on passing through immigration at any international airport in the United States. If you don't have the right papers, you just won't get through passport control at all. If your connection is in twenty hours, then you will wait in the transit lounge for twenty hours. Food and bev is on your dime.

Be sure to check with your airline before you attempt this.



I know that they can detain you, but I am saying once you make it through (assuming you do in fact make it through) I don't think there is much they could do to stop you. I can't imagine it being very hard for someone from Britain or Canada being allowed to go see the city on a long layover. Might be more difficult for other nationalities but this is just me speculating.


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post Dec 30 2008, 07:35 PM
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QUOTE(mmbcross @ Dec 30 2008, 12:03 AM) *

QUOTE(jeremystravels @ Dec 29 2008, 01:47 PM) *

I don't know how they could physically restrict you once you pass through passport control (but I can imagine there are some forms you need to fill out, not sure if any are additional or not in terms of the fact that you are already there.


Well Jeremy, an immigration inspector can certainly detain you on passing through immigration at any international airport in the United States. If you don't have the right papers, you just won't get through passport control at all. If your connection is in twenty hours, then you will wait in the transit lounge for twenty hours. Food and bev is on your dime.

Be sure to check with your airline before you attempt this.



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QUOTE(mmbcross @ Dec 30 2008, 12:03 AM) *


Well Jeremy, an immigration inspector can certainly detain you on passing through immigration at any international airport in the United States. If you don't have the right papers, you just won't get through passport control at all. If your connection is in twenty hours, then you will wait in the transit lounge for twenty hours. Food and bev is on your dime.

Be sure to check with your airline before you attempt this.



I know that they can detain you, but I am saying once you make it through (assuming you do in fact make it through) I don't think there is much they could do to stop you. I can't imagine it being very hard for someone from Britain or Canada being allowed to go see the city on a long layover. Might be more difficult for other nationalities but this is just me speculating.


If you have the correct paperwork to get into a country, doesn't that mean you 'get in'? Someone explain this to me. Maybe I'm just having a dense moment? As far as I have understood, in any country I have had layovers in, which is many, I have always been able to get out and back through security to catch another flight, whether I have been in trasnit or just going and coming. This doesn't mean that's for everywhere I guess but I have never been aware of any other rules. Oh...if you need, say, an immunization...but then you wouldn't be allowed to land, would you?

I also realize that any immigration official can stop you anywhere, but that goes anywhere.


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post Dec 31 2008, 07:40 AM
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Just treat it as a very short holiday to Vegas - you get off one flight, go to Vegas, and then get on your other flight.

I'm pretty sure that as long as you have the right to enter the USA, and have an onward flight, then its fine, regardless of time scale.


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post Jan 6 2009, 11:53 AM
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QUOTE(around_d_world @ Dec 28 2008, 04:17 PM) *

Flying into Vegas from the UK, and have a 20+ hour lay over. My g/f and I would like to leave the Las Vegas airport to get a hotel and do some shopping for the night. My question is, since we are "in transit" are we allowed to leave the airport and head into Vegas before our flight home to Canada?


Oh my goodness, PEOPLE! Snap out of it! It's so simple!

These are Canadians "flying home to Canada", and they are coming home from the UK. So obviously, they will have their passports with them...There will NOT be a problem, unless they are carrying illegal substances...and I'm almost positive they won't be.

Just show the border guards your passports, stow your luggage somewhere and shop the night away!


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post Jun 30 2009, 03:11 AM
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What about Mexican citizens? Is it the same or do we need a special visa, additional to de tourist one?
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post Jun 30 2009, 03:14 AM
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QUOTE(around_d_world @ Dec 28 2008, 04:17 PM) *

Flying into Vegas from the UK, and have a 20+ hour lay over. My g/f and I would like to leave the Las Vegas airport to get a hotel and do some shopping for the night. My question is, since we are "in transit" are we allowed to leave the airport and head into Vegas before our flight home to Canada?

I've tried to call and email our Orbitz travel agent but no luck. I hope to get some good input from the travelers on here.

Cheers! dance3.gif


around_d_world, were you successful getting out of the Las Vegas airport?
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post Jun 30 2009, 04:27 AM
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You need to pass through immigration on your first touchdown in USA anyway even if you are just transiting for 2 hours to another plane so it's no problem.


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post Jun 30 2009, 08:56 AM
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QUOTE(balpo @ Jun 30 2009, 04:11 AM) *
What about Mexican citizens? Is it the same or do we need a special visa, additional to de tourist one?


Are you talking about going to Las Vegas? Yes, Mexicans need a visa: http://mexico.usembassy.gov/eng/evisas.html


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post Jun 30 2009, 10:40 AM
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QUOTE(starlagurl @ Jun 30 2009, 08:56 AM) *

QUOTE(balpo @ Jun 30 2009, 04:11 AM) *
What about Mexican citizens? Is it the same or do we need a special visa, additional to de tourist one?


Are you talking about going to Las Vegas? Yes, Mexicans need a visa: http://mexico.usembassy.gov/eng/evisas.html


Thanx for your reply, starlagurl.

I'm talking about leaving the airport and then comming back.
I do have a visa.
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post Jun 30 2009, 10:48 AM
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If you have a visa to enter the US, of course you are fine to leave the airport and come back anywhere in the USA.


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