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Travelling to and from the United States

Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA)

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows eligible citizens or nationals of certain countries to travel to the United States for stays of 90 days or less without applying for a visa.

All VWP travellers are required to obtain an electronic travel authorisation before travelling by air or sea to the US under the VWP.

Applications can be submitted at any time before travel; however it's recommended that applications are submitted no less than 72 hours prior to travel. In most cases you'll receive a response within seconds.

In cases where authorisation is denied, it's strongly recommended that a non-immigrant visa is obtained at a US Embassy or Consulate before arriving at the airport.

Find out more about VWP countries and apply for travel authorisation online(Opens an external website in a new tab)

Fast track screening

To provide customers with a seamless travel experience, we’ve joined with the Transport Security Administration (TSA) to offer fast track screening when flying from the United States – so you can speed through security without removing your shoes, laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets.

The Department of Homeland security charges USD 85 for the service which covers a period of five years. In order to apply, customers must meet TSA security regulations. Once you have applied, the process will take two - three weeks.

Currently the TSA pre-flight screening is available to our customers when departing from the following USA airports: 

  • New York (JFK) 
  • Houston (IAH) 
  • Washington (IAD) 
  • San Francisco (SFO) 
  • Seattle (SEA) 
  • Chicago (ORD) 
  • Orlando (MCO) 
  • Dallas (DFW) 
  • Boston (BOS)

To apply or learn more about the service, please visit the TSA website.(Opens an external website in a new tab)

Note: It is your sole responsibility to obtain a visa where required and we accept no liability for your failure to do so. Please see our Terms & Conditions. Please also note that obtaining travel authorisation doesn't guarantee entry into the US and is subject to immigration approval.