Entry regulations to the U.S.
Check ahead of time whether you have the necessary documents without which you will be unable to travel to the USA.
Find out whether you meet the requirements for visa-free immigration, as otherwise you will require a visa.
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Visa free-entry to the USA
ESTA Travel Authorization
Citizens of countries included in the Visa Waiver Program may travel to the USA for a period of up to 90 days without requesting a visa. However, they will need to apply for a valid Electronic System Travel Authorization (ESTA) and meet the requirements of the program. Without ESTA authorization, these travelers will not be able to board flights to the United States. It is the responsibility of the airline to verify ESTA travel information.
You must apply online at least 72 hours before departure. This application will be valid for multiple entries during a two-year period provided that your passport does not expire in the meantime. There is a fee of US$14 for ESTA registration. We recommend printing out the entry permit and carrying it with you when traveling.
Automated Passport Control (APC)
APC is only available to citizens of the USA, Canada and the member states of the Visa Waiver Program. This program facilitates visa-free entry to tourists and business travelers who are staying in the USA no longer than 90 days (passengers with a visa or Green Card are ineligible for APC).
To use the APC procedure, eligible citizens are required to have a biometric passport, a valid ESTA registration (electronic entry authorization) and a customs declaration completed in digital form and must have traveled to the USA at least once since 2008. For citizens of Visa Waiver countries, a fingerprint comparison is also required. U.S. and Canadian passport holders and international visitors from Visa Waiver Program countries can proceed directly to APC counters.
Passport & Visa requirements
To enter the USA you must be in possession of a valid biometric passport. The validity of your passport or other relevant travel document should cover your entire trip. For more information on passport requirements please visit the Homeland Security website
Important for Serbian nationals: Only the red, machine-readable, passport applies to Serbia nationals. When planning your holiday, please note that children will also need a red, machine-readable passport to enter the country.
We recommend that you contact the embassy or consulate of your destination country for information about current visa and entry regulations. You will find a list of contact addresses on the website of the US Department of State
At the port of entry, all passengers will have their fingerprints digitally scanned and a digital photograph taken. The Transport Security Administration (TSA) advises airline passengers not to lock their checked baggage so that subsequent manual checks can be carried out. The importation of foodstuffs is subject to strict controls and extensive restrictions.
Data collection and data transfer
Advance Passenger Information (API) Data Collection
All airlines are required to record personal details for their passengers on flights to, from and via the USA and to transmit these to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The data will be collected before departure, at the latest when you check-in. To reduce queues at the check-in desks, please send us the required details prior to the departure of your flight.
Advance Passenger Information should be provided before departure by:
Entering your data at the time of booking
Contacting your travel agent
Providing your data to our check-in agent at the airport of departure
If you are connecting to another flight in the United States with final destination out of the United States, when filling in your address you should enter Transit to Non-US territory and provide the flight number of your connecting flight. If you are going on a cruise, please enter Transit to Cruise Line and provide the name of the ship and city on/in which your cruise will start.
US authorities use this information for preventing and combating terrorism and other transnational serious crimes. These and other data may also be used for checking against lists of passengers raising aviation security concerns. The information will be retained for fifteen years and may be shared with other authorities. Information related to a specific case or investigation can be kept longer until the case or investigation is archived.
Secure Flight Policy
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires you to provide your full name, date of birth and gender for the purpose of watch list screening, under the authority of 49 U.S.C. section 114, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 and 49 C.F.R parts 1540 and 1560. You may also provide your Redress Number, if available. Failure to provide your full name, date of birth, and gender may result in denial of transport or denial of authority to enter the boarding area. TSA may share information you provide with law enforcement or intelligence agencies or others under its published system of records notice. For more on TSA privacy policies or to review the system of records notice and the privacy impact assessment, please see the TSA Web site at www.tsa.gov
We are required to transmit information about our passengers to the USA TSA at least 72 hours before scheduled departure time. If you book your journey via travel agent, be sure to provide all necessary information to your travel agent on time.
Traveling to some other country?
Every country has its own rules for visitors of various nationalities, but some general entry regulations apply worldwide. For more details, please follow the link below.
Entry regulations worldwide →