U.S. Entry Requirements

U.S. Entry Requirements

Passport Requirements

If you do not have a U.S. visa, your U.K. passport must be Machine Readable.

Machine Readable Passports contain data that can be scanned automatically by a machine. These are easily recognizable from the two lines of
letters, numbers and arrows ("<<<<<")passport page printed across the long edge of the page where the photo appears.

Children and infants must have their own U.K. Machine Readable Passport.

If you are in any doubt as to whether or not your passport is Machine Readable, please check with your local passport office.

In addition, depending on when your U.K. Machine Readable Passport was issued, the following requirements must be met:

  • If your U.K. Machine Readable Passport was issued or renewed/extended on or after 26 October 2006 - your passport must be an "ePassport", with an integrated chip, easily recognizable from the logo of a camera on its coverpassport.
  • If your U.K. Machine Readable Passport was issued or renewed/extended between 26 October 2005 and 25 October 2006 - your passport must have a digital photograph printed on the data page, as opposed to a cut out photograph, such as one from a photo booth.
  • If your U.K. Machine Readable Passport was issued or renewed/extended before 26 October 2005 - no further requirements.
If you are holding a passport from another country, visit the U.S. Embassy Website.

Visa Requirements

As part of the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP), passengers holding a valid U.K. passport do not need to apply for a visa to travel to the USA for a stay of 90 days or less. This also applies to passengers connecting in the U.S. to another country. For those passengers connecting in the U.S. to another country, we advise that you check the visa requirements to your final destination by contacting the relevant consulate.

If you are not holding a U.K. passport, visit the U.S. Embassy Website for a list of all countries in the Visa Waiver Programme. If you need further information on U.S. immigration requirements please contact your local U.S. consulate.


Online Authorisation of Entry to the U.S. (ESTA)

Passengers not travelling on a U.S. visa must apply for an electronic authorisation (ESTA) online prior to travelling to the U.S.

  • Travellers must apply online through the ESTA website, at least 72 hours before travel.
  • You will be asked to enter your passport details. Please ensure that you enter your correct passport number, by paying particular attention to the digit 0 and the letter O.
  • Families or groups will be able to submit up to 50 ESTA applications and complete the transaction with a single credit card payment by entering an email address and creating a Group ID.
  • The website will advise applicants immediately whether travel to the U.S. has been granted, denied or if the authorisation is pending.
  • An individual authorisation must also be obtained for children and infants.
  • The authorisation will be valid for two years unless it is revoked or if your passport expires beforehand.
For other specific details visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website.

Required Passenger Information

TSA Secure Flight Information

As a result of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Secure Flight Programme, all domestic and international passengers travelling into, out of, within or over the United States will need to supply Secure Flight Passenger Data (SFPD) to American Airlines at least 72 hours prior to departure. If a reservation is made within 72 hours of flight departure, full Secure Flight Passenger Data must be provided when the reservation is ticketed. Secure Flight will also apply to point-to-point international flights operated by U.S.-based aircraft operators.

In compliance with this mandate you will be required to provide Secure Flight Passenger Data:

  • To purchase any ticket on or after September 15, 2010
  • To check in online on or after October 23, 2010
  • To travel November 1, 2010, or later regardless of purchase date

This rule applies to all bookings, including those made at AA.com or through a travel agency or an online booking agent. The TSA allows for no exceptions; data compliance is mandatory. 

You will be unable to travel without providing the following information:

  • Full name (as it appears on your passport)
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Redress Number (if applicable)* 

How do I make sure Secure Flight Passenger Data has been added to my booking at least 72 hours prior to departure?  

+ You can confirm Secure Flight Passenger Data has been added to your existing booking or add this required information online using “Manage My Trip”. Please note that this will be required for every booking made.

+ Alternatively AAdantage members can also add SFPD to their AAdvantage account profile using "My Account”. Once your profile has been updated with Secure Flight Passenger Data this required information will auto-populate† in future bookings on our AA.com web site in the U.K., saving you time and effort.

For more information about the Secure Flight Programme, visit TSA's Secure Flight Web site+.

APIS Information

Please note that, as part of the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS), all passengers need to provide a full address (street name and number, city, state and zip code) for their first night’s accommodation in the U.S. at check-in.

For more information about APIS, visit the Advance Passenger Information System Web site+.

* Passengers who feel they may have been mistakenly matched to a name on the watch list are invited to apply for a Redress number. Learn more about the Redress process here.
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For reservations booked through American Airlines ticket counters or 3rd party sources such as travel agents or other booking channels SFPD will need to be added manually for each reservation. Check with your booking source for details.