Tips for Travels from outside the US

The nearest international airport to Cape Coral is Fort Myers (RSW).

Currently Air Berlin is the only European airline that flies directly to Fort Myers (from Düsseldorf). But during holiday seasons far too expensive.

Alternatively you should search for inter-connecting flights from Amsterdam (AMS), Brussels (BRU), Frankfurt (FRA) or London (LHR). You can find reasonable flights at a rate of €600-650.

You should also look at alternative airports to fly to Florida. Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Tampa (TPA), Miami (MIA), West Palm Beach (PBI) – all are within a maximum distance of 2.5 hours from Cape Coral.

Searching pays off!

Here some useful links:

http://www.swoodoo.com/
http://www.skyscanner.com/

Entry into the USA:

US Visa Waiver Program

Under the US Visa Waiver Program, many European Citizens do not require a US visa providing:

  • Duration of stay is not more than 90 days and traveler holds a valid ticket for onward or return travel
  • Passport is valid for at least 90 days from date of entry into the United States
  • Travel is for business, tourism or transit only
  • Traveler is in possession of an individual machine readable passport
  • USA entry procedures have changed EU travelers to the USA under the Visa Waiver Scheme must now complete the I-94W form online using the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) system



What is ESTA and why do you need to complete it?


Many of you may have heard or read about ESTA.  You may have heard people talking about ESTA.....yet still do not know what ESTA is all about and how important it is!

ESTA stands for Electronic System for Travel Authorization!  For those of you who have been lucky enough to travel to America before may recall completing green forms on the aircraft.

ESTA is compulsory now, so everyone going to the States needs to fill out the ESTA online form; there are no excuses.  If you haven't, even if you're only in transit, you can be sent home.  ESTA can be completed up to 72 hours before travelling however we recommend that you apply as soon as possible as ESTA is valid for TWO years. The cost for one person is around US$ 14.

For application and more details, please visit the ESTA page:

https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/