Frequently Asked Questions

Please find below the answers to some of the more frequently asked questions, if you cannot find the information you require please do not hestitate to contact us.

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  1. 1. What are the passport and visa requirements for Florida?


    It is your responsibility to ensure that your travel documents are correct when travelling to the USA. Each member of your party (including children) must have their own machine readable valid passport (the newer red passport). A Machine Readable Passport has the holder's personal details, e.g. name, date of birth, nationality and their passport number contained in two lines of text at the base of the photo page. A machine can read this text. It must be valid for the full duration of your holiday if you intend using the US Visa Waiver Scheme. If your passport does not show that you are a British Citizen you will need a visa for entry into the USA. Anyone with a criminal record, even if the conviction is “spent”, must apply for a visa to travel to the USA. If you require a new passport we recommend you allow at least six weeks for the UK Passport Agency to process your application. 

     

     

     

    All Visa Waiver travellers will be required to obtain an electronic travel authorisation prior to boarding a carrier to travel by air or sea to the USA or US Caribbean Islands. The electronic system for travel authorisation will be accessible via the internet for citizens and eligible nationals to apply for advance authorisation to travel under the Visa Waiver Programme.
    To obtain an electronic authorisation simply log onto the ESTA Web site at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and complete an on-line application form. Applications must be submitted prior to travel and the US Department of Homeland Security recommends that applications be submitted no less than 72 hours prior to travel. Please note that any travellers who are not authorised to travel to the USA using this system must obtain a non immigrant visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate before travelling to the USA and this should be done as soon as possible as applying for a US Visa can be a very lengthy process. The United States Customs and Border Protection require all airlines to collect and send certain passenger information prior to departure. The information includes your country of residence, the full address (including zip/postcode) for your first nights accommodation in the US.

     

     

     

    If you need any further assistance or information relating to passport and visa requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01565 654411. 

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  2. 2. Do I need to supply Advanced Passenger Information (API) to my airline?

    Yes, the United States Customs and Border Protection require all airlines to collect and send certain passenger information prior to departure. The information includes your country of residence, the full address (including zip/postcode) for your first nights accommodation in the US.

    You can provide this information in the following ways:

    a) Online – This is available for most flights by using the airlines own website
    b) At Check-In (although it is strongly recommended that to avoid delay you supply the information online in advance).

    Some airlines will not allow you to check in online. The API requirements are as follows:

    a) Full name (last name, first name, middle name if applicable)*
    b) Date of birth **
    c) Gender **
    d) Country of residence **
    e) Travel document type (normally passport and alien/permanent resident card if applicable) **
    f) Document number **
    g) Document country of issue **
    h) Document expiry date **
    i) Citizenship
    j) Address where you’ll be staying in the US (or local management company if allocated on arrival)
    k) If you are in transit, your final destination.

    ** The details marked with an asterisk can be taken from your machine-readable passport.

     

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