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U.S. Entry Requirements


U.S. Entry Requirements
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Required Passenger Information

TSA Secure Flight Information

The TSA Secure Flight program requires all passengers travelling or connecting in the United States have full Secure Flight Passenger Data (SFPD) in their reservation at least 72 hours prior to departure for ticketed reservations made more than 72 hours in advance. If a reservation is made within 72 hours of flight departure, full Secure Flight Passenger Data must be provided when the reservation is ticketed.

This rule applies to all bookings, including those made at AA.com or through a travel agency or an online booking agent. The TSA allows for no exceptions; data compliance is mandatory. 

In compliance with this mandate, you will not be able to purchase a ticket or travel November 1, 2010, or later, regardless of purchase date, without providing the following information:

  • Full name (as it appears on your passport)
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Redress Number (if applicable)* 

For more information about the Secure Flight Programme, visit TSA's Secure Flight Web site+.

APIS Information

Please note that, as part of the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS), all passengers need to provide a full address (street name and number, city, state and zip code) for their first nights accommodation in the U.S. at check-in.

For more information about APIS, visit the Advance Passenger Information System Web site+.

* Passengers who feel they may have been mistakenly matched to a name on the watch list are invited to apply for a Redress number. Learn more about the Redress process here.

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Online Authorization of Entry to the U.S. (ESTA)

Passengers not travelling on a U.S. visa must apply for an electronic authorization (ESTA) online prior to travelling to the U.S.

  • Travelers must apply online through the ESTA website, at least 72 hours before travel.
  • You will be asked to enter your passport details. Please ensure that you enter your correct passport number, by paying particular attention to the digit 0 and
    the letter O.
  • The website will advise applicants immediately whether travel to the U.S. has been granted, denied or if the authorization is pending.
  • An individual authorization must also be obtained for children and infants.
  • The authorization will be valid for two years unless it is revoked or if your passport expires beforehand.
For other specific details visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website.