Visiting the United States

(Looking for tourist information for the U.S.?   See our other blog post!)

Do I need a tourist visa?

Currently, many British citizens traveling on a valid, individual machine readable passport, with a return or onward ticket, and who are staying for less than 90 days, qualify for the Visa Waiver Program and can travel visa-free with only an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).

There are conditions, so please review the information concerning visa free travel on the American Embassy London’s Nonimmigrant Visas Services page.

Official travel information:

See the Transportation Security Administration’s TSA For Travelers 

General information for visitors traveling to the U.S.A. is as follows:

Travellers wishing to inform themselves about TSA programs and methods will find this on our TSA page.

Some generic information is below:

I still have the Green card (I-94) or White card (I-94W) in my possession – what should I do?

If you have left the United States and are still in possession of the I-94 or I-94W it is in your best interest to forward it to the appropriate authorities so that your record is corrected and that you do not experience any problems on future travel to the United States as a result.

Secure Flight

Under the Secure Flight program, TSA pre-screens required passenger data, full name, date of birth, gender, and Redress Number (if available), against government watch lists for international and domestic flights into, out of, within, and over the United States.  In addition to facilitating secure travel for all passengers, the program helps prevent the misidentification of passengers who have names similar to individuals on government watch lists by providing an integrated redress procedure.

Customs and Border Protection

The Custom and Border Protection website offers information for travelers to the United States who are visiting for the purpose of working, studying, business travel or immigration.

Visas @state.gov

Travel.state.gov is the Department of State source of information about U.S. visa policy and procedures.

Biometric Identity Management Identification Services

The Department of Homeland Security’s Biometric Identity Management Identification Services is part of a continuum of security measures that begins overseas and continues through a visitor’s arrival in and departure from the United States.