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Old 05-01-2012, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Hello, I'm gonna be 25 years old this August, I live in Montreal, Canada and I'm currently working and saving up money to visit San Diego from November 30 2012 to April 30 2013.

I've got dual citizenship, Canadian and Italian, I really don't plan to study or work in San Diego, I only wish to visit and stay for 5 months, do I need something special to do so? (VISA or Insurance), are there any restrictions?

My main goal is to skip Winter and enjoy San Diego in every way. I intend to rent an apartment and to travel via Air.

Is there something I must do before traveling or I must know?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-01-2012, 04:12 PM
 
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I think you will need a tourist visa for a 5 month stay...check with your local passport/via office online.
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Old 05-01-2012, 04:15 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Apparently you don't need a tourist visa, coming from Canada. Look here for visa requirements: Citizens of Canada and Bermuda
And this site looks like it may be easier to understand (though it's not 'official'): CSC Visa Information Service

You might have trouble finding an apartment for a short-term lease over the winter. Students will have filled many of them. So you might find yourself in an extended-stay hotel, instead.

For a trip that long, I strongly recommend trip insurance of some kind, in case something goes wrong. And most importantly - health insurance, since the US doesn't have any 'free' health care.

What are you planning to do about driving while you're here? Public transportation in San Diego is somewhat limited, but you may be able to get away with renting a car on selected days when you want to go farther afield. Here's the site for SD public transportation: Transit.511sd.com
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Thanks for quick replying!
I've been searching already for apartments and I've found quite a lot still available via Air BnB website.
I've strongly been thinking about Insurance (Health Insurance mostly) but I really have no idea where and how to get it and I have no clue how it works... (I'm currently in perfect health) just to let you know, but I know that it's extremely important and that I need to get insurance.

To reply to your question, I'm gonna be riding a second hand bicycle (not to confound with motorcycle) and a lot of walking as well, but in case I have my full canadian driver's license, if I get the feeling of renting a car for a couple of days. I can drive with Canadian license right?

I'm really planning on relaxing a lot, walking, visiting, downtown and daily beach.

Thanks!
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