Visa waiver programThe Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires all eligible travelers to use the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), for travel to the U.S. as part of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). All citizens of VWP eligible countries will be required to fill out an application from ESTA and beginning September 8, 2010, a $14 charge per application will be charged by the Department of Homeland Security. You can submit your application any time before you travel, but we suggest that you apply for authorization when you begin planning your trip to the U.S. In most cases, ESTA will provide an immediate determination of eligibility for the VWP.
An approved ESTA travel authorization is:
- valid for up to two years or your passport expires, whichever comes first
- valid for multiple entries into the U.S.
- not a guarantee of admissibility to the U.S., ESTA approval only authorizes you to board a carrier for travel to the U.S. under the VWP
Participating Visa Waiver Program countries:
PassportsA passport is the preferred method of identification for international travel. For many countries, it is the only acceptable document. For any destination, a passport may help to expedite border clearance.
You are responsible for bringing the correct documents for international travel (including Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America and Europe). If you do not have the required documentation and identification, you will not be allowed to board the plane.
Requirements for international travelNon-U.S. Citizens: You should check entry requirements with the consular officials of the countries you plan to visit before you travel.
U.S. citizens traveling internationally are required to show a valid passport.
MinorsAll children, regardless of age, must possess all necessary travel documents as required by the countries visited on an international itinerary. Customers under the age of 18 are not required to present ID for domestic U.S. travel. Identification from the responsible adult will be accepted on behalf of the minor(s).
In an effort to prevent international child abduction, many governments have initiated procedures at entry and exit points, which may include requiring documentary evidence of relationship and permission for the child's travel from the parent(s) or legal guardian not present.
Emergency contact informationThe Department of Transportation requires that U.S. airlines obtain emergency contact information from U.S. citizens traveling internationally. Emergency contacts do not have to be relatives and all information is kept confidential. All US Airways customers flying between the U.S. and Canada, the Caribbean and Europe must provide this information.
I-94 formThe Department of Transportation requires that U.S. airlines obtain emergency contact information from U.S. citizens traveling internationally. Emergency contacts do not have to be relatives and all information is kept confidential. All US Airways customers flying between the U.S. and Canada, the Caribbean and Europe must provide this information.
This form will be distributed at check-in or in-flight returning to the U.S., and must be completed by all persons except:
- U.S. citizens
- Returning resident aliens
- Aliens with immigrant visas
- Canadian citizens visiting or in transit