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Travel from Australia to Dallas, USA via Vancouver

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Travel from Australia to Dallas, USA via Vancouver

Hey guys,

So this is my first time travel to the US transiting through Canada, obviously I didn't expect that I need a transit visa for it, I know I should have just booked my ticket with Qantas for a seamless travel.

Right after I booked my ticket with Air Canada I realized this problem and right away apply for a transit visa from the beginning of October. My flight will be connected through Vancouver international airport.

I am on student visa living in Melbourne, holding vietnamese passport and of course I have a valid US visa. It has been mostly 2 months since I applied for the transit visa so I'm on fire. My flight is on the 24th of DEC.

So if anyone has any idea about if I do need a transit visa for my trip or experience of applying for this type of visa please share your thoughts. Much appreciation.


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1. Re: Travel from Australia to Dallas, USA via Vancouver

I have only one question:

Why the HECK would you go to Dallas through Vancouver? You can get a direct flight to DFW from MEL?

You may need a transit visa. You need to be asking the Canadian authorities, not us.

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2. Re: Travel from Australia to Dallas, USA via Vancouver

I didn't expect I would need a transit visa, Ive done transiting a few times, not in Canada but other countries and never get required one.

Now I know I should have not, at the time when I was looking for the ticket, I got pretty good price for the ticket with air canada while I needed to spend like 1k extra with qantas. The previous trip I flew directly with qantas from sydney to dallas no problem, I should have done the same.

Also, I know I may need a transit visa, and checked my eligibility so I applied for one, but still my application is in process. different websites say differently about wether or not I do need a transit visa so Im a bit confused now, hence I posted it for help from anyone who has experienced the same.

Thanks for your response anyway.

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3. Re: Travel from Australia to Dallas, USA via Vancouver

Different websites say different things so you rather ask a bunch of strangers?

Check the Canadian Consulate Site for the official answer or immigration Canada.

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4. Re: Travel from Australia to Dallas, USA via Vancouver

If you are holding Vietnamese passport, you will be required to obtain a Canadian transit visa before boarding the flight to Vancouver. Please contact High Commission of Canada in Australia to discuss the visa issues.

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5. Re: Travel from Australia to Dallas, USA via Vancouver

Ive asked since i thought some people have gone through the same situation and they may share me their experiences. Pardon me but did you read my post, i did apply for one myself already, clearly i did my research, its just i cant sit still waiting im worried.

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6. Re: Travel from Australia to Dallas, USA via Vancouver

I did, i already applied for one, thanks for the info tho. Since the processing time is so long and has passed the normal waiting time, even when i emailed them they told me to wait so im a bit furious, im asking hoping somebody has gone through same situation sharing some exp w me.

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7. Re: Travel from Australia to Dallas, USA via Vancouver

Well, with that much worry it is probably time to do more than "email" Here's a list of all the Canadian Embassies in Australia, address & phone numbers. https:/…canada_in_australia

Unfortunately it appears Melbourne has been closed, but this was the address & phone number which may still be live.

Canadian Consulate

Address: Floor 1 123 Camberwell Road, Hawthorn East 3123

Phone: +61 3 9811 9999

I'd have your details to hand and start giving someone a phone call, or a formal letter, or it may even take a visit.

good luck

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8. Re: Travel from Australia to Dallas, USA via Vancouver

I would look into what help Air Canada can be...a conversation. Maybe you can get a voucher or cash back minus fees.


Find out if there is some other trip you can use the voucher for, like a Star Alliance flight ticketed by Air Canada. There is a section about unused tickets.

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