Several TrustedHousesitters members have been refused entry to the US within recent months. One of them was a 67-year-old retired nurse.

Members have also had problems in Canada and across the UK. Read more of these TrustedHousesitters horror stories over on Reddit.

Hi. My name’s Madolline.

And I’m seeing the world One cat at a time.

Visas & immigration

Most of us think it’s fine to house sit in a foreign country because we’re not being paid, right? Wrong. Unpaid house and pet sitting is considered work in the US and UK, and requires the visitor to have a work visa. Please consult an immigration lawyer before using TrustedHousesitters internationally or you could end up being refused entry to/deported from the country you’ve secured a house sit in. Your tourist visa—or ESTA if you’re a citizen of a participating country visiting the USA for less than three months—will be cancelled and you may be banned from re-entering that country.

Remember: Don’t take TrustedHousesitters’ word for it when they say “we don’t regard house sitting as work”. TrustedHousesitters’ opinion of what does and doesn’t constitute ‘work’ is irrelevant at international borders.