Are there any additional passport requirements if I am travelling to the USA?

British passport holders do not require a visa under the US Visa Waiver Programme. Your passport must be machine readable (i.e. a red passport with two lines of letters, numbers and ‘>>>>’ at the foot of your personal details page), and should be valid for at least six months after your departure date from the US. All British passport holders qualifying for the Visa Waiver Programme must now apply online for authorisation to enter the USA. This is done by going to and registering at least 72 hours before travelling. Without authorisation prior to travel, admission to the USA may be denied at the Port of Entry. Non-British passport holders should contact the American Embassy for more information. Further details can be found at

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