International travel document requirements
There have been some changes recently to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) applications and approvals are no longer processed instantly. If you don’t have a U.S. passport and require an ESTA, we recommend applying when you book your travel and no less than 72 hours prior to your travel.
Each customer traveling across any international boundary is solely responsible for obtaining all necessary travel documents, including any required visas, and for complying with the laws of each country flown from (the departure country), through (any transit country) and into (the destination country) as stated in Rule 19 of the Contract of Carriage. Please also note that security regulations may require us to provide government agencies access to certain personal data disclosed to us, and we may do so as outlined in Rule 30 of the Contract of Carriage.
Certain countries, including the United States, have travel document requirements for departure. Please note these requirements may be different from travel document requirements for entry into the destination country and for transit through a country.
U.S. law requires all customers, regardless of citizenship, age or destination, to hold a secure document to depart the United States by air (one-way or roundtrip itinerary). A secure document is a passport, U.S. permanent resident card, or Stateless travel document, Re-Entry Permit, NEXUS card, U.S Merchant Mariner Card, military ID or emergency travel document issued by an embassy or consulate. U.S. passport cards are not valid for air travel outside the United States. For more details, review the Document Requirements for Air Travel information published by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Customs and Border Protection.
Customers are reminded that the passport, visa and health requirements page does not include any travel document requirements for departure, which may be different.
All non-U.S. citizens planning to travel to the U.S. should visit travel.state.gov for additional information.
All destination countries, including the United States, have travel document requirements for entry. In addition to any travel document requirements for departure, customers must satisfy travel document requirements for entry into the destination country and, depending on the itinerary, for transit through a country. Note that some countries require passports to be valid for at least six months.
Passport, visa and health requirements for entry into destination countries and for transit through a country are provided by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) on united.com as a courtesy and must be verified before travel.
For entry into the United States, additional information may be found on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website .
Customers seeking entry into the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) can review additional information on the U.S. Department of State website .
In addition, all VWP travelers are required to obtain an authorization via ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) before traveling to the U.S. Travelers who do not obtain ESTA authorization prior to travel may be denied aircraft boarding. Travelers applying for ESTA will be subject to an ESTA application fee. Apply and learn more on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website .
The Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM) collects, stores and analyzes biometric data for the DHS. OBIM procedures currently apply to all international visitors entering the United States, including VWP participants. Find additional information on the DHS website . (Note: Prior to March 2013, the CBP collected biometric data through the United States Visitor and Immigration Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) program.)
The I-94 form, applies to all non-U.S. citizens arriving in the U.S., except for the following travelers:
- U.S. citizens
- Returning resident aliens
- Canadian citizens
- Non-U.S. citizens entering the United States under the VWP
CBP has automated the Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record to streamline the U.S. arrival process for international visitors.
The CBP will scan a traveler’s passport, which generates an electronic arrival record with data previously required on the paper I-94 form. Travelers will not need to do anything differently upon exiting the U.S. The departure will be recorded electronically with information provided by the carrier or CBP.
Learn more at www.cbp.gov/I94 .
Important note on flights via the U.S.
U.S. regulations always require travelers to comply with customs and immigration procedures at their first point of entry into the U.S. Travelers will need to have all required documents with them upon arrival — even if the U.S. is not their final destination. If travelers have more than one U.S. stopover, they will not need to clear customs again.
Advance Passenger Information System (APIS)
U.S. law requires airlines operating international flights to or from the United States to provide travel document data for all customers via APIS. The United States also requires reporting the visiting address of all customers who are non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. residents traveling to the United States.
Condition of passports
Passports must be in good condition. United may not accept passengers for international travel and may deny boarding if a passport is damaged beyond normal wear and tear and/or there is evidence of intentional or material alterations or mutilations. Examples of conditions of passports that may result in denied boarding include passports with significant tears, holes or stains, as well as any changes, obliterations or alterations, or any other damage that affects the integrity of the passport and/or the identification of the holder, such as the name, date of birth, citizenship and document number. For example, a passport with faded data, missing or severely torn, cut or chewed pages or cover, missing picture, picture which can be removed from under the laminate or one which requires tape or staples to hold it together, or which has been substantially damaged by liquids, chemicals or fire, may result in denied boarding. To ensure your travel plans are not interrupted, please make sure your passport is in good condition before you leave. For more information about U.S. passports, please visit the U.S. Department of State website .
If you are traveling to Australia, you must hold a valid passport and may also be required to hold a visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). For more information, visit the Australian Government website .
Upon arrival into Australia, many travelers will be eligible to use an automated passport control kiosk, SmartGate, which provides the option of self-service processing through passport control checks. For more information on the program and to check your eligibility, visit the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service website .
If you are planning to carry funds into or out of Australia, you must adhere to the following regulations:
- If asked by a Customs officer or police officer, you must report cheques, traveler’s cheques, money orders and any other negotiable instruments of any amount.
- You must always report cash amounts of 10,000 AUD or more (or foreign currency equivalent) using a form available at Customs. There is no limit to the amount of funds that you can carry into or out of Australia. Visit www.austrac.gov.au for more information.
Electronic travel authorization
Most travelers need a visa or electronic travel authorization (eTA) to fly to or through Canada. If you’re a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you don’t need an eTA or a visa. Learn more or apply
Canada Passenger Protect Program
Since June 18, 2007, airlines have been required by regulation to implement Transport Canada's Passenger Protect Program. All passengers older than 12 must provide identification for comparison to a Specified Passenger List. Please go to www.passengerprotect.gc.ca for additional information.
Due to this Transport Canada regulation, all passengers traveling to or from Canada will be required to provide ID at the gate prior to boarding.
The Honduran Immigration Authority has implemented a biometric passenger registration process that includes an online customs and immigration form that should be completed before arriving in Honduras. Travelers no longer need to complete the paper immigration form and can complete the pre-registration form at http://prechequeo.inm.gob.hn/Login .
If you’re traveling to New Zealand and you’re a citizen of the U.S., Canada or other visa-waived countries, you’ll need a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) to enter the country. Approval for the NZeTA can take up to 72 hours, so we recommend applying when you book your trip or as soon as possible. Learn more about New Zealand travel requirements .
Beginning September 1, 2021, certain travelers, including U.S. citizens, who don’t need a visa to enter South Korea are required to have an electronic travel authorization (K-ETA) to fly to the country. Travelers should apply for the K-ETA at least 24 hours before boarding their flight to South Korea. Learn more or apply
United kingdom registered traveler service.
United Kingdom Border Force offers the Registered Traveler program to expedite the processing of preapproved low-risk international travelers entering the UK. Members of the program will benefit from speedier transit through the airport, including being able to use ePassport gates if they have a biometric passport or joining the queue designated for EU/EEA nationals, thereby significantly reducing wait time when entering the UK. Additional information can be found on the UK Border Agency site: https://www.gov.uk/registered-traveller .
For travel within the united states.
Travelers 18 years of age and older are required to show a valid, current U.S. federal or state-issued photo ID that contains the following: name, date of birth, gender, expiration date and a tamper-resistant feature. These IDs include:
- U.S. passport
- U.S. passport card
- DHS "Trusted Traveler" cards (Global Entry ® , NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
- U.S. Military ID
- Permanent Resident Card
- Border Crossing Card
- DHS-designated enhanced driver's license
- Driver's licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by a Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent) that meet REAL ID requirements
- Native American Tribal Photo ID
- Airline or airport-issued ID (if issued under a TSA-approved security plan)
- Foreign government-issued passport
- Canadian provincial driver's license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) card
- Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
If you don't present an acceptable ID you may be subject to additional screening. Starting May 7, 2025, you won’t be allowed through the security checkpoint if you don’t have a REAL-ID compliant license or one of the other acceptable forms of identification listed above.
Beginning May 2017, TSA is conducting a pilot using Credential Authentication Technology (CAT) at the security checkpoint in some U.S. airports. CAT verifies the authenticity of a passenger’s photo ID and validates information from the ID against TSA’s Secure Flight vetting system. TSA will permanently delete the data from the CAT systems within 24 hours of the flight departure time. You can refer to the DHS Privacy Impact Assessment , or for additional information about this pilot, please contact TSA .
Nationals of China traveling to the U.S
Nationals of China holding a 10-year B1/B2, B1 or B2 (visitor) visa are required to complete an EVUS enrollment in order to enter the U.S. For more information and to enroll, visit the EVUS site
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If you're looking to make a smooth start to your journey, you need to make sure you have the right documents, such as a valid passport and the relevant visas.
To help, we've summarised some of the key considerations and requirements here - but it's not a full list of all possible requirements around the world. It's your responsibility to ensure you have the right documents to be allowed to travel.
Passports and ID cards
To travel on an international flight your passport must:
- Have been issued less than 10 years before the date you enter a country . Check the Date of Issue on your passport.
- Be valid for the required time after your planned return date . This is often at least three or six months after the day you plan to leave your destination. Check the Expiry Date on your passport.
- Meet the specific passport validity requirements for your destination . Check the IATA Travel Centre for more information.
- Be signed by its owner . Please ensure each passport is signed with the owner's signature. You may be denied entry or fined in some countries for travelling with an unsigned passport. More information is available for UK passport holders at HM Passport Office .
Children need their own passports to travel internationally, including infants under two. Infant and children's passports are only valid for five years, so please check the expiry date before departure.
EU, EEA or Swiss national ID cards
These are are no longer accepted as valid documentation for entering the UK, unless you’re exempt. Please check the latest UK Government advice for more details.
Please note, it’s your responsibility to ensure you have valid documentation when you travel. If you fail to comply with these requirements, you may not be allowed to travel, or you may be refused entry at your destination and have to pay associated costs.
You do not require a passport to travel within the UK, but you will need to carry one type of photographic ID when travelling with us. Examples include:
- Valid passport
- Valid driving licence, either provisional or full
- Valid EU national identity card
- Valid armed forces identity card
- Valid police warrant card or badge
If you are a citizen of the UK, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands or Isle of Man and were born in these areas, you do not need a passport to travel between these destinations, but you do require some form of photographic identification, such as a driving licence.
All other travellers require a valid passport to travel between these destinations.
Processing times for passports vary but it may take six weeks or longer to receive a passport after applying, so we advise that you wait until your passport has arrived before making a booking. Many countries offer fast-track applications where required.
If you need a passport or need to renew an existing one you can apply directly to your nation’s passport office. In the UK, that’s the UK passport service .
If you’d like help with your application, British Airways has partnered with VisaCentral, a company that will do all of the hard work for you. VisaCentral can help with passport renewals and replacements, name changes, second passports and new passports for children. Plus, as a British Airways customer you’ll get a 30% discount on the service fees.
Get a passport through VisaCentral
If there is a place on your passport for you to sign, please sign your passport with your signature. Your passport is not valid until it is signed . For British passports, you can learn more from HM Passport Office .
Visas and other travel documentation
How to check if you need a visa
Depending on your nationality and the purpose of your journey, you may need a visa, or an equivalent form of authorisation, for every country you enter as part of your journey — even if you are only in transit or connecting from one flight to another in the airport of that country without going through border control — known as a transit visa.
This is in addition to a valid passport.
There are several ways you can check if you need a visa:
Check if you need a visa via the IATA Travel Centre - it's free to check and also includes passport and health requirements, as well as customs, currency and airport information.
If you need a visa, our partner VisaCentral can help - it's free to check and they’ll tell you exactly what documents you need to get one. Plus, as a British Airways customer, you’ll get a 30% discount on VisaCentral service fees should you need help with an application.
Check if you need a transit visa to connect through the UK - even if you’re only connecting from one flight to another, you may need a transit visa, such as a Direct Airside Transit (DATV) visa or a Visitor in Transit visa, to connect through the UK.
Check if you need a visa via the Sherpa online search tool below . Sherpa can also help obtain many e-visas, and advise of other possible information you may need for your travels.
Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA)
An ETA will soon be required for people travelling to the UK who do not need a visa, including children and babies. It will be electronically linked to your passport and will give you permission:
- To visit the UK for up to 6 months for tourism, visiting family and friends, business or to study.
- To visit the UK for up to 3 months on the Creative Worker visa concession .
- To transit through the UK – including if you’re not going through the UK border control.
An ETA will be required from 15 November 2023 when travelling from certain countries, with more being added to the scheme over time. Please check if you require an ETA .
Read further information and apply for an ETA or watch more about ETA .
The information provided on this page is for information purposes only and could be subject to change at very short notice. It is your responsibility to check and observe all the health and entry requirements applicable to your journey and you should always check the latest travel guidance from your government before you travel and the guidance provided by the relevant public authorities of your destination. Failure to meet applicable requirements means that British Airways will not be able to carry you, and compensation and care and assistance provisions will not apply. Please note that Sherpa is a third party service provider that may apply fees for such services.
Entry requirements and other travel documents
If you're a citizen of a country covered by the Visa Waiver Programme (such as the UK) you are able to travel to the USA with an Electronic System Travel Authorisation (ESTA) instead of a visa.
Make sure you apply for your ESTA at least 72 hours before your departure .You may not be allowed to travel if you arrive at the airport without an ESTA.
You will need a valid e-Passport to use ESTA. These have a microchip symbol on their front cover. ESTAs are valid for multiple journeys for up to two years or until your passport expires, whichever is sooner.
Apply for an ESTA
More about the Visa Waiver Program and ESTAs
When you need a visa
You will need to apply for a visa to travel to the United States and should contact your local US Embassy in the following circumstances:
- If you are a citizen of a country not covered by the Visa Waiver Programme.
- If you have dual nationality with one passport being issued by a country eligible under the Visa Waiver Programme and the other issued by Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria.
- If you have an ESTA and have visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria since 1 March 2011.
Help with your ESTA application
Our partner VisaCentral can take the hard work out of applying, and offers a safe, secure and easy way to obtain your ESTA. Benefits of using its service include:
- Specialist support – access to a visa specialist via phone or email if you have questions regarding your application.
- Automated monitoring - applications not instantly approved automatically get resubmitted or assigned to a visa specialist for review; there’s no need to re-apply.
- Discounted rate – get a 30% discount on VisaCentral's handling fees as a British Airways customer.
Get an ESTA through VisaCentral
Many visitors need a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization to travel to Canada. You can check Canada’s entry requirements before flying.
Alternatively, our partner VisaCentral can quickly, securely and easily obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization for you.
Get an eTA through VisaCentral
If you're travelling to China, you'll need to check what type of visa you require. Transit visas are available if you are staying for less than 144 hours.
If you have a British passport, the GOV.UK website shows what types of are available when travelling to or through China.
Find out more about visa requirements for China (British passport holders only)
If you have a passport from any other country, please ensure you check with your nearest Chinese Embassy .
Alternatively, our partner VisaCentral can quickly, securely and easily obtain a Visa for you.
Get a visa through VisaCentral
If you are travelling to India, you may be able to obtain an eTourist Visa online, just four days before you travel. The visa will be valid for 60 days and you will need to present a printed copy when you check in to be able to travel.
Find out more and apply for India e-Tourist Visa
Alternatively, our partner VisaCentral can quickly, securely and easily obtain an eTourist Visa for you.
While we make every effort to keep this information up to date, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) visa restrictions can change at short notice. Please check the IATA Travel Centre before you book.
If you are a pilgrim
If you are a Hajj or Umrah pilgrim, you must enter KSA through Jeddah with a valid Hajj or Umrah visa. Travel must be between the official pilgrimage travel dates.
- travel for Hajj using an Umrah visa
- travel for Umrah using a Hajj visa
- enter, transfer or transit through Riyadh
- travel outside of the official pilgrimage dates determined by the Saudi authorities each year
If you are travelling from the UK, we recommend to book through our specialist partner Masterfare who can arrange your flight and Hajj/Umrah visa through a KSA Ministry of Hajj approved agent.
If you are travelling from another country, or you book on ba.com, it is your responsibility to ensure you get the correct pilgrimage visa from a KSA Ministry of Hajj-approved Hajj or Umrah agent.
If you do not have the correct documentation, or have booked to travel outside the official pilgrimage dates, you will not be allowed to travel or be able to get a refund.
If you are not Muslim, you can enter Jeddah or Riyadh at any time using a business or visit visa.
If you are Muslim, are using a business or visit visa during Hajj, or are travelling in the 6-week period up to and including Hajj, you must enter KSA through Riyadh.
If you are Muslim with a business or visit visa, you will need a Hajj visa to travel during the official pilgramage travel dates.
These restrictions do not apply to residents or citizens of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
KSA visa restrictions change at short notice. Please check the IATA Travel Centre before you book.
Some countries' immigration departments require additional documentation for all children under 18 years travelling into, out of or transiting their country. This varies depending on the country so please check before you travel on the IATA Travel Centre. Just make sure you use the date of birth of your child to receive the correct information.
South Africa requirements
If you need a visa for your journey, you can apply directly with the embassy or high commission of the country you want to travel to — visit their website or local consulate to learn more about the process.
Alternatively, our partner VisaCentral can do all of the hard work for you:
- it's a safe, secure and easy way to obtain your visa
- it can help save time — VisaCentral will stand in line at the embassy or consulate on your behalf
- you'll get a 30% discount on handling fees as a British Airways customer
Advance Passenger Information (API)
Many countries require us to collect some passport and travel information about who's flying into their country. The information you provide is sent securely to the necessary government authorities.
You will need to supply some or all of the following details:
- your full name (as it appears on your passport)
- your date of birth
- your gender
- your nationality
- your passport number
- your passport expiry date
- the country that issued your passport
- your country of residence.
Additionally, when travelling to the US, you will need to provide:
- the destination address of your first night’s stay
- Alien Registration Number (Green Card) for those who have US residency
- Traveler Redress Number if you have one (this enables travellers who have experienced problems entering the US to avoid future difficulties).
If you're a US citizen and have a 'Global Entry' number, you don't need to provide this as part of your API. When you arrive in the US your Global Entry status will be recognised when you use the dedicated Immigration kiosk.
Some governments require us to provide them with information from flight bookings, which will contain additional passenger details to those listed above.
You can add Advance Passenger Information to your booking on ba.com using Manage My Booking . If there is any information you need to provide, you'll see a red exclamation mark against the passenger information section at the top of the page.
Add Advance Passenger Information
Legal statement for US flights
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of the US Department of Homeland Security requires us to collect information from you for purposes of watch list screening, under the authority of 49 U.S.C. section 114, and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. Providing this information is voluntary; however, if you don't provide it, you may be subject to additional screening or denied transport or authorisation to enter the post-security 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 view the system of records notice and the privacy impact assessment, visit tsa.gov .
If you are a national of one of the below countries you can join the 'Registered Traveller' scheme and enjoy faster entry to the UK, as long as you have a biometric passport.
When you apply, the UK Border Force carries out checks to see if you are eligible to join. If accepted, you won't need to fill out a landing card for the UK. You'll be able to enter the UK at the ePassport gates or the UK/EU lanes at several UK airports, including all London airports, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester.
Find out more or apply for the Registered Traveller scheme
UK citizens can get through US passport control faster by joining Global Entry, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) programme. The scheme allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travellers arriving in the United States. Benefits include:
- no processing queues
- no requirement to complete a paper customs declaration form
- reduced waiting times
- TSA Pre✓® Eligibility (faster, more efficient security screening at participating US airports).
Membership lasts for five years and the application process includes background checks (at a non-refundable cost of £42 payable to the UK government), online enrolment with the US Customs and Border Protection Agency (at a non-refundable cost of USD100) and attendance at a face to face interview at an official enrolment centre.
More about Global Entry and FAQs
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When you're travelling with us to New York JFK from London City airport, you can clear US Immigration and Customs during a short stop (up to 45 minutes) in Shannon, Ireland. This means you can arrive in the US as a domestic passenger and bypass New York passport control.
- When you land at Shannon, take all your personal belongings with you. Please have your completed customs declaration form, passport, boarding pass and any checked baggage receipts ready.
- Once you're inside the terminal, follow the signs for 'US Immigration and Border Protection'.
- After airport security has screened your checked baggage (or if you’re traveling with hand baggage only), go directly to the US Pre-Clearance desks.
More about our London City to New York service
We are delighted to participate in the TSA Pre✓ ® programme for customers departing from US airports. TSA Pre✓ ® is a faster, easier security screening process at US airports. Once enrolled, you will be able to speed through security without removing shoes, laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets.
Who is eligible?
- Members of the Global Entry scheme.
- US citizens and US lawful permanent residents enrolled in TSA Pre✓ ® , NEXUS or SENTRI.
- Canadian citizens who are members of NEXUS.
Enter your Global Entry, TSA Pre✓®, NEXUS or SENTRI membership number (Known Traveller Number) to your booking each time you travel to demonstrate your eligibility. You can add your Known Traveller Number during online check-in via Manage My Booking on ba.com, at an airport desk or by contacting us .
Even if you are eligible for TSA Pre✓ ® as a member of a trusted traveller programme, TSA Pre✓ ® does not guarantee expedited screening.
Find out more and enrol
Find out where TSA Pre✓ ® is available
Where a TSA Pre✓ ® lane is not available, you can show your TSA Pre✓ ® boarding pass and may receive a form of expedited screening in a standard lane.
You can now submit an electronic arrival card via the Web Service and Mobile App before you arrive in Singapore. You will then be able to head directly to immigration clearance, allowing you to avoid unnecessary delays and save time at the airport.
Keeping our customers and colleagues safe at all times is always our number one priority. During the pandemic we introduced new measures including the need to wear face coverings.
Customers are no longer required to wear a mask at airports in England, however, as an international airline flying all around the world, we are obliged to ensure our customers continue to comply with local restrictions and meet the requirements of the destination they arrive at.
Therefore, we ask you to check the requirements of the destination you’re flying to before departing for the airport, because:
- If you are travelling on our flights, you will be required to wear a mask on board if the destination you are flying to or from requires you to.
- If you are travelling on our flights, you will be required to wear a mask to disembark the aircraft, and at your arrival airport, if the destination you are flying to requires it.
Countries requiring masks
You will need to wear a mask if you are travelling to or from the below destinations. Please also be aware that some countries require a specific type of mask, as indicated.
If your destination is not listed below, then you are not required to wear a mask. However, if you still wish to wear a mask you’re able to make a personal choice and we kindly request everyone to respect each other’s preferences.
Please note, if your flight is due to be operated by another airline on behalf of British Airways, you may still be required to wear a mask for your flights regardless of your destination. We advise that you bring your own mask with you if flying with a partner airline to ensure you meet any requirements.
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Document Requirements for Air Travel
All U.S. citizens and nonimmigrant aliens from Canada, Bermuda, and Mexico departing from or entering the United States from within the Western Hemisphere at air ports of entry are required to present a valid passport, NEXUS card (if utilizing a NEXUS kiosk when departing from a designated Canadian airport), Merchant Mariner Document (for U.S. citizens traveling on official business), or Military Identification Card (for members of the U.S. armed forces traveling on official orders). Note that children are also required to present their own passport when traveling by air.
Requirements for lawful permanent residents of the United States are not changed by the implementation of WHTI. Lawful permanent residents must continue to present a valid Permanent Resident Card. A passport is not required.
Travel documents – passports, i.ds, and visas, international flights.
When you are travelling on international flights, you must carry a passport or an equivalent travel document that is valid throughout your entire trip. Some countries require that the passport is valid for a minimum period beyond your trip, usually three or six months. Visit the IATA Travel Centre to check the passport validity requirements of your destination.
Children are also required to carry their own passports, even infants under 2 years old.
Furthermore, in many instances where a child is travelling with only one parent or guardian, the permission of the parent/guardian who is not travelling would be required. Authorities may refuse entry or forbid exit without such a document. In some cases, the airline will also receive a monetary fine, which we reserve the right to pass on to the originator.
Domestic or Schengen travel
If you are flying solely within Greece or the Schengen area, you normally do not need a passport but must carry your national identification card or equivalent, as authorized photographic i.d will be requested at certain points in your journey.
Visas and other entry requirements
Depending on your nationality and/or the purpose of your journey, in addition to your passport, you may be required to hold a valid visa or an equivalent form of authorisation for every country you enter as part of your journey — even if you are only connecting from one flight to another. It is important that you find out about visa rules and entry requirements that apply at your destination.
We recommend checking the IATA Travel Centre for free, accurate and up-to-date advice on visa requirements, entrance fees, passport and health requirements, customs, currency and airport information for your destination.
In most cases, if a visa is required, an application can be submitted through the embassy, consulate, or high commission of the destination country. We recommend visiting their website for more information. Your travel agent may also be able to assist in providing further information. It is your responsibility to ensure you have all valid travel documents and visas in place for your trip.
Visa guidelines for Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (please check with your local Embassy / Consulate / authorized Hajj and Umrah agent)
If you are a pilgrim
You must enter the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) through Jeddah with a valid Hajj visa during the assigned Hajj pilgrimage travel period, or on an Umrah pilgrimage visa outside this period.
It is forbidden to:
- travel for Hajj using an Umrah visa
- travel for Umrah using a Hajj visa
- enter, transfer or transit through Riyadh
- travel outside of the official pilgrimage dates determined by the Saudi authorities each year
It is your responsibility to ensure you get the correct pilgrimage visa from a KSA Ministry of Hajj, approved Hajj or Umrah agent.
If you do not have the correct documentation, or have booked to travel outside the official pilgrimage dates, you will not be allowed to travel or be able to get a refund.
If you are not a pilgrim
- If you are not Muslim, you can enter Jeddah or Riyadh at any time using a business or visit visa.
- If you are Muslim, are using a business or visit visa during Hajj, or are travelling in the 6-week period up to and including Hajj, you must enter KSA through Riyadh.
- If you are Muslim with a business or visit visa, you will need a Hajj visa to travel during the Hajj pilgrimage travel dates.
- The above restrictions do not apply to residents or citizens of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
- KSA visa restrictions change at short notice. Please check the IATA Travel Centre before you book.
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The United States is now open for travel to those who are fully vaccinated. COVID-19 testing is no longer required for all travelers entering or connecting through the U.S . Be sure to review the updated entry requirements for everyone entering the U.S.
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U.S. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL
Updated June 15, 2022
Here’s an overview of the main entry requirements for customers travelling to the U.S.:
BEFORE TRAVELLING TO THE UNITED STATES:
1. TRAVEL DOCUMENTS
- All non-U.S. citizen, non-U.S. immigrants must have a passport that is valid at least six months beyond their period of stay in the U.S.
- All non-U.S. citizen, non-U.S. immigrants must have a valid VISA or ESTA to enter the U.S. Some visitors may be eligible for a visa on arrival and should verify before departure.
2. PROOF OF VACCINATION
- All non-U.S. citizen, non-U.S. immigrants traveling to the United States by air are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
- Only limited exceptions apply, including children under 18 years of age.
- Unvaccinated customers are not allowed to board a flight to the U.S. unless they meet the criteria for an exception .
3. COVID-19 TESTING
- COVID-19 testing is no longer required for all travelers entering or connecting through the U.S.
4. ATTESTATION FORM
- An attestation form must be completed for all passengers aged 2 years and above before boarding.
5. CONTACT INFORMATION
- All passengers are required to provide contact information before boarding their flight.
- This strengthens the existing travel process to rapidly identify and contact people in the U.S. who may have been exposed to a communicable disease, such as COVID-19.
- Masks are optional for Delta customers and employees for all U.S. domestic flights.
- Masks are now optional for Delta customers and employees for international travel, except where masks are required by applicable governments for international travel.
- Advise customers to continue to bring a mask with them for international travel, because it may be required for some destinations based on their laws and requirements.
Applies to NON-FULLY VACCINATED PASSENGERS allowed to travel to the United States by air through an exception, including non-U.S. citizen, non-U.S. immigrant children under the age of 18:
7. POST ARRIVAL TESTING
- All non-U.S. citizen, non-U.S. immigrant passengers must take a viral test 3-5 days after arrival unless they have documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days.
8. QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS
- All non-U.S. citizen, non-U.S. immigrant passengers 18 years of age and older must stay at home or in their hotel room and self-quarantine for a full 7 days, even if they test negative, unless they have documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days.
9. VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS
- All non-U.S. citizen, non-U.S. immigrant passengers intending to stay in the United States for 60 days or longer, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 within 60 days of arriving in the United States or as soon as medically appropriate, unless they are medically exempt or are too young to be vaccinated (i.e., under 18 years of age).
For additional information including Vaccine & Testing Requirements, Approved Vaccines, Proof of Vaccination, What Qualifies as Fully Vaccinated and Vaccine Exemptions please visit “ U.S. Entry Requirements for Foreign Nationals ”.
For specific information and international travel requirements for U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents, and Immigrants please visit CDC .
Please visit the Latest Travel Requirements & Restrictions Map on delta.com for most current information.
SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Travel Information
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Proof of Vaccination
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Proof of Testing and FAQ’s
- White House Proclamation
RESOURCES FOR INTERNATIONAL AND REGIONAL TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
Some countries have imposed temporary entry requirements, such as limiting entry to citizens, permanent residents, and select visa holders, or restricting to essential travel. Delta recommends that customers check directly with the embassy or immigrations office for their destination to confirm whether they are currently eligible to travel.
Timatic and IATA Travel Centre Sites
Travel Agencies should use Timatic and the IATA Travel Centre as a reference to answer travel-related questions such as travel restrictions and documentation, entry requirements or health and quarantine requirements, etc.
IATA Timatic is used by airlines and travel agents to verify passenger travel document requirements for their destination and any transit points. Timatic delivers personalized information based on the passenger's destination, transit points, nationality, travel document, residence country etc.
Latest Coronavirus (Covid-19) Travel Regulations
The IATA Timatic team is in constant communication with governments and airlines around the world to ensure all travel documentation as well as health restriction checks requirements and rules are kept up to date in real-time. Learn more See the latest travel restrictions per country via the IATA TravelCentre.
Please note: Delta is not responsible for the accuracy of the information on either site and suggests that if customers have additional questions, they should check with the respective embassy or consulate and visa office of the country involved with their travel itinerary, for further details.
Contact IATA if you would like to integrate Timatic into your operations.
Contact Delta Sales Support or Delta Reservations for any additional assistance.
June 15, 2022
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