Travel Update

Travel to the U.S. from Visa Waiver Program countries

Effective March 15, 2010, citizens from countries participating in the US Visa Waiver Program who wish to travel by air to the United States must obtain prior approval through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). ESTA is used by the U.S. government to screen eligible residents of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries before they board a plane to the U.S to determine whether or not they pose a law enforcement or security risk.

VWP passengers are encouraged to apply for an ESTA when beginning to plan travel to the United States, using the convenient ESTA online form. Passengers who have not obtained prior approval via ESTA before departure will be denied boarding.

For a list of eligible VWP countries or to learn more about ESTA, visit the U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs website. Please note that Canadian citizens are exempt from the ESTA program.

We also invite you to learn more about all documents required for travel to your destination.

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