Entry regulations

Visa Waiver Programme
Under the US Visa Waiver Programme, most British Citizens holding a UK passport do not require a US visa providing:

  • Duration of stay is not more than 90 days and traveller holds a valid ticket for onward or return travel.
  • Passport is valid for at least 90 days from date of entry into the United States.
  • Travel is for business, tourism or transit only.
  • Traveller is not a journalist on assignment nor an individual seeking gainful employment.
  • Traveller has never been arrested (even if the arrest did not lead to a conviction) and has not been convicted of a crime.
  • Traveller has not been refused entry into or deported from the United States and has not previously violated the terms of admission under the visa waiver programme.
  • If travelling on or after 26th October 2004, traveller is in possession of an individual machine readable passport (NB: Nearly all UK passports are now machine readable).
  • Traveller completes and presents an I-94W form to the US Customs & Border Protection at the first point of entry into the USA (these forms are available at check-in or on the aircraft) and otherwise be eligible for a visa.

For more information visit www.usembassy.org.uk.

Under the US Visit scheme and after September 30th 2004 all arrivals in the US under the Visa Waiver Programme will have to - electronically - give fingerprints and have their picture taken. The process takes 15 seconds. For up to date information about the new finger print and biometric entry procedures into the USA go to www.dhs.gov/us-visit.

More information: U.S. Customs Service (www.customs.ustreas.gov).

Security Travel Tips (downloadable PDF, 100 KB)