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:
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.
We are working with the foreign and Commonwealth Office to do all that we can to help British travellers stay safe overseas. Before you travel, check the FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo.