You are responsible for ensuring that your passport and other documents are as required by the country you are visiting. You must ensure that you are in possession of a full 10-year passport valid for the duration of your holiday. If you do not have a British passport please check with your own consulate or embassy regarding entry requirements for the country you are travelling to. Please note: Family passports have been abolished. Any child not already on a passport must now have their own. Children included on a passport before 5.10.98 may continue until:
For further information, please call or visit:
Tel: 020 7073 1200 www.ambafrance.org.uk
Tel: 020 7344 3250 www.austria.org.uk
Tel: 020 7616 6000 www.eda.admin.ch/london
Foreign & Commonwealth Office London
Tel: 020 7008 1500 www.fco.gov.uk/en.travel-and-living-abroad/
At the time of going to print, British citizens do not generally need a visa for the USA provided that they are travelling on a full, valid, machine-readable passport for a stay of up to 90 days if entering the country on an airline that is a participant in the visa waiver programme (at the time of going to print all our carriers are participants). Passports issued between October 2005 and October 2006 must also have a digital photograph. The visitor needs to be in possession of a valid onward or return ticket to a destination outside the USA and must complete a Visa Waiver form which they are provided with on all our scheduled flight services. British subjects (as opposed to British citizens), those without machine-readable passports and most other travellers require a visa. Visitors should make their own enquiries as individual cases differ. The US government no longer issues indefinite visas and have changed the regulations invalidating these after 10 years. Please visit the website or contact the US Embassy for the most up to date information.
eTA Form – Canada
As of March 2016 travellers to Canada will need an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorisation) before they board a flight to Canada.
The eTA is a new entry requirement for foreign nationals travelling to Canada by air in the visa waiver programme. The requirement will allow Canadian authorities to screen travellers before they arrive. The authorisation is electronically linked to your passport and is valid for 5 years or until your passport expires.
Applying is a simple and quick online process and costs $7CAD. In order to apply you will need a valid passport, a credit card and an email address. The application form will be available on the government of Canada website from 1st August 2015 (www.cic.gc.ca).
Please note that possession of a visa or meeting the requirements of the visa waiver programme including registration with ESTA OR eTA does not guarantee admission to the United States or Canada. As with most countries the final decision is made by immigration officials at the point of entry.
Please visit the website or contact the Canadian High Commission for the most up to date information.
If you need to apply for a passport or renew one, please do so well in advance. If you need to contact the passport agency please visit www.direct.gov.uk.