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Travel Information – Stopover USA








Dear ESAeurope Community

Due to the fact that almost all American airlines accept the PSD according to US DoT standards and many other airlines, especially to South America and Central America, still lag a bit behind, the consideration is reasonable to book with your PSD dog in transit via USA.

Due to Corona and the associated travel restrictions, however, there are special conditions for transit flights, which we outline in the following. A good suggestion in this context is to fly with Air Canada, as transit through Canada is easier and also accepted by Air Canada PSD’s according to the US DoT standards.

STOPOVER USA

Who is not looking forward to a long-awaited holiday? The trip has been booked, e.B. to Cancun, Mexico or Vancouver, Canada. There is a small stopover of a few hours in the USA, because the flight takes you e.B. via Los Angeles or New York. Meanwhile, the holiday planning for your trip is in full swing: Which hotel should we choose? Which beachwear makes it into the suitcase? Stop! Before you continue to indulge in holiday anticipation, you should pay attention to transit through the United States. Because the supposed stopover has it all. What transit means to you and what you need to consider can be read here.

What is considered transit or transit?

Even if your main destination is not the United States of America, a short transit stay of a few minutes, a few hours or more means de facto entry into the United States. Therefore, you must ensure that you comply with the US entry requirements and that you are not denied onward travel due to a lack of careful preparation and, in the worst case, you have to return home at the American transit desk.

Visa or Visa Waiver Program with ESTA?

Basically, all people who do not have an American passport need either a visa or a valid ESTA entry permit to enter the United States, even for transit of a few minutes or hours. In principle, the following residence permits can be considered:

ESTA

ESTA (as part of the Visa Waiver Program, VWP) is available to most Europeans and many other nationalities. For this purpose, the traveler only needs to be in possession of a current ESTA permit. This ESTA approval can be obtained online in a matter of minutes.

Attention: ESTA no longer valid after travel to the following countries: Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Syria. Persons who actually qualify for the ESTA procedure (e.B German, Austrian or Swiss citizens), but who have travelled to the above-mentioned countries since 1 March 2011, are excluded from the ESTA procedure. Inevitably, these individuals will need to apply for a U.S. visa, even if they are in transit for less than an hour.

C-VISA

If you come from a country or have a passport from a country that is not approved for the ESTA procedure (e.B. Turkey or Ukraine) or you do not get an ESTA entry permit for any other reason, you will definitely need a US visa. The right visa for transit is the so-called C visa. To do this, you must apply for a visa and attend an interview appointment at the U.S. Consulate in your home country. Ship passengers who travel with a ship to a destination not in the USA and whose ship arrives at a US port without docking there also often need a transit visa issued as a combination C-1/D visa (for crew members). We advise you to submit the application in good time, i.e. at least four to six weeks before the planned trip.

The following requirements must be met:

  • It is an immediate or continuing transit through the United States.
  • You must be in possession of a regular ticket or proof of destination.
  • They have sufficient financial resources for the transit journey.
  • You have permission to enter another country after leaving the United States.

B-1 / B-2 VISA

Persons who are excluded from the ESTA procedure and travel to the USA for transit purposes, but who intend to travel to the USA in the future, have the option of a

to apply. If approved, you would have the authority to travel to the United States for transit, business, and tourism purposes for the duration of the visa. In this respect, we would recommend the B-1 / B-2 variant to our customers, because this is more extensive than the C visa. By the way, the fee is identical, i.e. whether C-1, B-1, B-2 or B-1 / B-2, the consular fee is always the same. The current visa fees can be found on our cost page.

The B visa is also usually applied for as part of a personal interview in one of the responsible US consulates. Plan for around four to six weeks of lead time.

HOLDERS OF A WORK VISA (Z.B. E, L OR H)

For example, people who have an E, L, or H visa are allowed to enter the United States for work purposes. However, if you are planning a US transit for purely private reasons, e.B. to go on holiday in Mexico, you will need either a valid ESTA entry permit, a C visa or a B visa.

In practice, travelers have often not been turned away with a work visa for pure transits or transit. However, there are also border officials who are very strict and, in the worst case, do not recognize transit by work visa.

Transit from Travel Ban countries

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, entry into the U.S. has been severely restricted. As a result of the US entry ban, entry into the United States from certain regions (including the Schengen area) is currently prohibited until further notice. This affects visa holders, persons with valid ESTA authorisations and persons with other valid travel documents – including vaccinated or recovered persons.

Currently, entry into the USA is only possible in a few exceptional cases. Exceptions apply, among other things, to close family members of US citizens and Green Card holders as well as to persons whose entry is in the national interest of the USA (= National Interest Exception,NIE).

Important: Since a transit stay in the USA is considered an entry by the US authorities, transit travellers are also affected by the so-called Corona Travel Ban. This means that transit travelers who fall under the Corona Travel Ban will be denied entry to the United States. The decisive factor here is the country in which you have stayed within 14 days before your planned transit through the USA.

Typically, transit travel through the United States does not entitle you to obtain an NIE exemption. This means that transit travelers who have stayed in one of the Travel Ban countries within 14 days of the planned transit through the United States are normally not allowed to enter the United States without further ado.

Transit travelers who believe that their transit through the U.S. is of urgent need should contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country.

Our conclusion

Even with transit trips, the US entry requirements must be complied with in any case, so that the dream holiday or a business trip does not become a nightmare.

Source: The American Dream

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News from ESAeurope

We have recently developed some news for ESAeurope, which we will briefly introduce to you in the following:

  1. Some of our customers have asked us to install a simpler selection method on our site. We have responded to this request through the ” Quick Access Bar “, whichallowseasy access to important areas.
  2. We have added a number of new forms to the website, which now easily improve communication with us and reduce it to the essentials. So you can now send your data and pictures to us without much effort (form “data transfer”). If necessary, you can book an online therapy with us (form “Booking Online Therapy”), you have direct access to our shop, you will find current information on flying with your dog (page Airlines) and we will provide you with a number of other useful information.
  3. As an integral part of the necessary PSD training of your dog, we have also designed an e-learning platform “PSD Online Trainings Course”, which includes 16 chapters with over 90 individual sections on the subject of PSD training. You get direct access to this online course when you book one of the available PSD Service Packages in our shop. After booking a PSD package, you will receive your individual access data for this course and can cope with it in your time and in your own way.
  4. In order to clarify the fundamental question of whether you are even eligible as a owner of a PSD dog (unfortunately there are certain requirements here), we have recently put a test form on the homepage (quick access button “PSD Test – can your dog be a PSD). Please use this test to ensure that you can act as a PSD human/animal partner team.
  5. Now, after a few months of the new PSD regulation, we can also clearly say that more customers tend to certify their dog as a PSD, even if this is much more complex and takes more time and money. We can also say that more and more global acting airlines are following the rules of US DoT standards in accepting PSD’s. In order to certify your dog as a PSD, in contrast to the normal ESA (Emotional Support Animal), training is simply necessary, which in addition to the therapeutic confirmation of the dog owner also requests a training certification by a trained and qualified dog trainer. Therefore, there are three different PSD packages to book in our shop, which you can choose depending on your level of training.

We are currently working on further innovations, which we will gradually put on the homepage. The next step will be an introduction video of ESAeurope as an organisation that we are currently working on.

So much for the latest information

Your team from ESAeurope

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PSD Travel – Thailand – Cyprus – May 2021

Dear ESAeurope friends

Today we can once again note with great pleasure that one of our ESAeurope customers has successfully flown with your dog. This time from Thailand to Cyprus.

Our customer M. decided a few weeks ago to start a PSD training with her dog Maui to take him from Thailand to Cyprus. After many years in Thailand, M. has decided to find her new happiness in Cyprus.

After all airlines refused the transport to Cyprus as a normal pet or as ESA (Singapore Airlines would have accepted Maui as ESA, but does not fly to Cyprus), M. contacted us to book and complete an apprenticeship as a PSD (psychiatric service dog). ESAeurope has put together a package with M. to train Maui accordingly and then certify it as a PSD. This worked out wonderfully and M. was able to take Maui with Qatar Air to Cyprus.

Her statement is:

quota:
Good morning:))
Everything worked out great, nowhere a problem. Only we were exhausted and stressed
We flew with Qatar Air, Maui is always so quiet because they couldn’t say anything
As ESA it is also with Singapore Air, but for us there was no connection, therefore as PSD with Qatar
Mfg
M.
Unquote:
We are very proud of the two, who were not only able to successfully complete the training in a short time, but were also able to deliver the required short videos in suitable quality.
We have received permission from M. to put this report on our homepage.
Many greetings and good luck in Cyprus
The ESAeurope team
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PSD instructional videos – video examples

PSD training video – Command “Sit”

This video shows how to send the “Sit” command to ESAeurope to get the exam approval.

Please note that in the video 2x we need the command “Sit”.

  1. The normal command “sit”
  2. The “sit” command after dropping the dog on a table (so it may also be required at the airport for security screening. This exercise is practical even if you are with your dog at the vet and need to put it on the treatment table.

PSD training pattern video “touch”

This video is intended to show that your dog can be touched by you without resistance. It would also be good to make sure that you can reach into your dog’s mouth and let the dog like to show its teeth without a negative reaction.

Unacceptable behaviour would be:

Growl, teeth fist, clear defensive movement when attacking, great restlessness

PSD training pattern video “going on a loose leash”

This video is intended to show that your dog walks on a leash without resistance and does not pull on a leash

Unacceptable behaviour would be:

hold the leash tense, jump on, pull away, suddenly run off

PSD training pattern video “let attack and show teeth”

This video is intended to show that your dog can be touched easily and is also ready to show the teeth without a negative reaction.

Unacceptable behaviour would be:

scare, growl, bite, take a threatening stance

PSD training pattern images “quiet behavior in confined space”

Your video should show that your dog is easily settling in a confined space and staying there without further request.

Unacceptable behaviour would be:

aggressive behavior, constant restlessness, getting up without command.

PSD training pattern video “good calm behaviour behind the shopping cart or at the luggage”

Your video should show that your dog is calm and with no visible fear with you behind your luggage, a trolley or a shopping cart.

Unacceptable behaviour would be:

permanent pulling, constant barking, tense leash

PSD Training Pattern Video “Keeping Space for Humans”

Your video should show that you put your dog in a place that protects you from being too close to other people.

Unacceptable behaviour would be:

jump from the assigned space and leave the place.

PSD Training Pattern Video “Personal Help (Task)”

Your video should show that your dog is compassionate with you and will provide you with individual help. This is the essence of the PSD.

Other examples include a visible reaction to “crying” or “refusal” to show or bark when a person refuses to respond to an ambient noise.

Take a look at the relevant examples and let us know your special situation.

PSD Training Pattern Video “Muzzle Basket”

Your video should show that your dog is ready to wear a muzzle and not resist this medium.

PSD training pattern video “Meeting with other dog”

Two dogs meet and your dog reacts calmly and unexcitedly.

Are not acceptable:

Attacking the other dog; aggressive behaviour