summary is provided by Visit USA as a service to UK-USA travellers
and is for guidance only. It gives only outline information and,
by definition, it is not totally comprehensive. Entry regulations
are subject to change and we are therefore unable to accept responsibility
for this information nor provide any further advice by phone or
related questions should be referred to the US Embassy
call the US Embassys Live Operator Information Service 09042
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Visa Waiver Program
Under the US Visa Waiver Program, many British Citizens holding
a UK passport do not require a US visa providing:
1. Duration of stay is not more than 90 days and traveller holds
a valid ticket for onward or return travel.
2. Passport is valid for at least 90 days from date of entry into
the United States.
3. Travel is for business, tourism or transit only.
4. Traveller is not a journalist on assignment nor an individual
seeking gainful employment.
5. Traveller has never been arrested (even if the arrest did not
lead to a conviction) and has not been convicted of a crime.
6. Traveller has not been refused entry into or deported from
the United States and has not previously violated the terms of
admission under the visa waiver program.
7. Traveller is in possession of an individual machine readable
8. Travellers must apply for authorisation to travel, under the
Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) at least 72
hours prior to travelling to the USA.
International travellers who are seeking to travel to the
United States under the Visa Waiver Program must apply via the
"Electronic System for Travel Authorisation" for permission
to travel to the USA. There is now a charge of $14 for this authorisation
which is valid for 2 years or until your passport expires if sooner.
For more information and to apply for your ESTA visit the Electronic
System for Travel Authorization page. (https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/)
FLIGHT PASSENGER DATA
Secure Flight is a behind the scenes program that enhances the
security of domestic and international commercial air travel through
the use of improved watch list matching. By collecting additional
passenger data, it will improve the travel experience for all
airline passengers, including those who have been misidentified
in the past. When booking passengers flying to, or within the
USA, we are required to provide the following Secure Flight Passenger
Data (SFPD) to their airline prior to ticketing: First name, middle
name(s) and surname - exactly as they appear on your passport;
Date of Birth; Gender; Redress Number (This is a unique 13-digit
identifier issued by the Department of Homeland Security to individuals
who have previously been misidentified as being on the terrorist
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The airline will transmit this information to the TSA, who will
use it to perform watch list matching. This serves to prevent
individuals on the No Fly List from boarding an aircraft and to
identify individuals on the Selectee List for enhanced screening.
After matching passenger information against government watch
lists, the TSA transmits the matching results back to airlines.
For further information on the TSA's Secure Flight Passenger Data
Travellers must supply Advance Passenger Information to their
airline when they check-in or they will be unable to fly. The
following is a list of required information: Full name (last name,
first name, & middle name if applicable); Gender; Date of
Birth; Nationality; Country of residence; Travel document type
(normally passport); Travel document number (expiry date and country
of issue for passport); Address of the first night spent in the
of this information will be already be in the airlines' system,
taken from the Secure Flight Passenger Data you provide.