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Canada to USA

Do you get the gattica treatment when crossing Canada to USA/Alaska by bike....the eye scan, fingerprinting routine now in place at US airports?
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Hi Simmo,
A friend and I did a quick loop up to Dawson City,Tok, Haines,Scagway last summer and crossed the Can/US border a couple of times.
The retina scan consisted of the border guards asking us to take our sunglasses off...
No hassles and did not even get off the bikes... Cheers

p.s. great route by the way...
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Don't know about Alaska, but I just crossed into the US, Washinginton State the other day and they didn't even ask me to remove my helmut. Have a CDN passport, so don't know what it would be like on an Aus passport.
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Thanks guys. Used to be no problem for Australians to go to the states as a tourist without a visa, but now we have to be fingerprinted, with retina scanning in the pipeline, when arriving by air. I was tempted to visit the Exxx Exxxxx as a side trip to one I am possibly making to Canada later in the year, but think I will pass. cheers
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HAS the snow Melted in vancouver yet?

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Just FYI Solo,

Here in Vancouver we get only a little snow. The daffodils have been out so long they're now finished, the gardens are in full bloom generally, the cherry blossoms are finishing, and it was 70 degreesF 21C and beautiful for most of the last month. Working on my tan now...

and no, I'm not kidding!

A hundred miles north of here it's not quite as nice, but not bad.

See you in North Carolina June 18-20!

As for fingerprinting, Canadians only need a passport for entry into the US, but Aussies definitely get fingerprinted when applying for a visa, as well as many, if not most, others.


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