VISA AND PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS
It is your responsibility to ensure you have a valid passport and any necessary visas for your tour. As a general rule you will need a passport that is valid for the duration of your stay.
The visa requirements for your trip may vary depending on where you are going, and where you are from. It is important that you check which visas you will need, and apply for each of the necessary visas whilst in your home country.
- Holders of UK, Australian, New Zealand and most EU country passports are eligible to travel to the USA under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The Visa Waiver program is open to people for travel in the USA for up to a 90 day stay.
- Any person who is planning on travelling to the USA under the Visa Waiver Program must complete the online pre-registration and receive approval via the US Embassy website's Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) before travelling to the USA.
- If you are planning to transit in the USA or intend to stopover on the way to your destination, you will still need to apply for an ESTA. You must apply for your ESTA at least 72 hours before travelling to the USA. Your ESTA will be valid for a period of two years, or until your passport expires. We recommend you carry your ESTA approval with you when you travel.
- From 1 April 2016, all travellers wishing to enter the US under the Visa Waiver Program will need to hold a passport with an integrated chip (an ePassport). From 21st January 2016 new rules also exclude from the VWP most people who have travelled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria since 1 March 2011, and those who have dual nationality of these countries. This means that existing ESTAs could be revoked, and you will instead need to apply for a visa from the nearest US Embassy or Consulate.
- Registration is a simple process that will only take a few minutes to complete.
- Please only complete the form provided through the red button link below. (This is the official link for applications. There are a number of companies you may find online who will charge you an unnecessary fee for the service of guiding you through the completion of the forms).
- You will require your passport details and your address in the US (you can use the starting point hotel address). At the time of writing there is a USD$14 fee for the electronic approval (ESTA.). Please note, US citizens need a valid passport to cross US borders.
For further information of the Visa Waiver Program please use the links below.
See countries eligible to travel to the USA under the Visa Waiver Program
Find out more about the requirements needed to travel
Find out more about the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation
- Residents from countries who cannot travel under the Visa Waiver Programme must consult their relevant embassy for more information.
From 15 March 2016 the Government of Canada will have a new entry requirement, known as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for some international travellers ﬂying into Canada. Citizens from countries other than the US who do not require a visa to enter Canada will be required to obtain an eTA before entering the country. Eligible travellers will need to go online to apply for their eTA.
Please note: This ONLY applies to travellers arriving by air. So if you are entering Canada by land or sea you do not need an eTA visa.
To apply for your eTA you will need your passport, credit or debit card and an email address. At the time of publication there is a CAD$7 fee to process your eTA. Your eTA will be valid for a period of ﬁ ve years, or until your passport expires. We recommend you carry a print out of your eTA approval when you travel. Please visit www.canada.ca/eTA to apply.
If you have not applied for and received authorisation via an eTA prior to travel you may be denied boarding, experience a delayed processing or be denied admission at the Canadian point of entry. However, neither possession of a visa nor meeting the basic requirements for travelling visa-free on the eTA, guarantees admission to Canada. As with most countries, the ﬁnal determination of admissibility is made by immigration ofﬁcials at the port of entry.
Barring any other convictions, if an eTA applicant has been recently (within the last 5 years) convicted of driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, they will probably be found criminally inadmissible to Canada and be refused an eTA. Applicants with a drink driving conviction are eligible to apply for rehabilitation if 5 years have elapsed since their sentence was completed. Find out more at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/guides/5312ETOC.asp
Register for eTA here
Transiting or stopovers in the USA
If you planning to transit, or intend to stopover in the USA on your way to or from Canada you will also need to follow the rules of entry to the USA.
Visas are not currently required by holders of UK, EU, Australian, New Zealand or US passports for the following countries:
- Canada (see above)
- Costa Rica
Other nationalities should consult the relevant embassy.
We keep the above visa information as up to date as possible, but it is important that you check this for yourself
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