Travel Advice

PASSPORTS AND VISAS

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:

  • The child reaches 16 or
  • The passport on which the child is included expires or
  • The passport on which the child is included is amended or a new one issued.

Travelling to Europe

For further information, please call or visit:

French Embassy
Tel: 020 7073 1200 www.ambafrance.org.uk

Austrian Embassy
Tel: 020 7344 3250 www.austria.org.uk

Swiss Embassy
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/

 

Travelling to North America

At the time of going to print, British citizens do not generally need a visa for Canada or 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 or the Canadian High Commission.

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.

VISA WAIVER PROGRAMME

Effective 12th January 2009, all passengers travelling to the United States without a US visa under the terms of the visa waiver programme must obtain pre-authorisation vie the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA). Applications can be submitted at any time but no later than 72 hours prior to travel. Failure to do so could result in you being refused boarding and travel. Authorisation is valid for 2 years.

For more information and to complete the form go to http://www.cbp.gov/ESTA

If you hold a passport for any other country, then please contact the US Embassy and confirm if a visa is required.

Please also note that to enter the United States you must have a machine readable passport. Please check that your passport has a barcode on the holders’ details page (with the photograph). The old-style black British passport does not have this barcode and you will need to replace this.

Please note that if you have a criminal record, please check with the US Embassy.

For the most up-to-date information, please call:

US Embassy 
main switchboard 020 74999000 – www.usembassy.org.uk

Canadian Embassy 
0207 258 6476 - www.canada.org.uk

Foreign & Commonwealth Office (London)
020 7008 1500 - www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

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You can also check the FCO website: fco.gov.uk
 
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Travel Advice Unit may have issued information about your holiday destination. You are advised to check this information on the internet: fco.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice or on 020 7238 4503/4504. Alternatively you can call ABTA on 020 7008 0232 (calls are charged at 50p/minute).