Foreign travel advice

USA

Summary

The US government has announced that additional security measures for flights departing to the US from Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates will be implemented from 25 March 2017. Further details can be found on the US Department for Homeland Security website. If you need more information about how this may affect your flight, contact your airline or travel company.

You’ll need prior authorisation to enter the United States using a British passport, either through a visa, a Permanent Resident Card, or the Visa Waiver Programme. Restrictions apply depending on the type of passport you hold, your nationality, criminal history, and countries you may have recently visited. Visa and other entry conditions can change at short notice; it’s your responsibility to know and understand the entry rules before you travel. See Entry Requirements

The introduction of temporary immigration measures on 16 March 2017 for nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen has been suspended following a Federal Court ruling. British passport holders weren’t affected by the measures but those who are either dual nationals with one of these countries or who have travelled to these countries since 2011 should note the unchanged rules for entry as outlined in Entry Requirements.

Around 3.8 million British nationals visit the United States every year. Most visits are trouble free. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

There is a general threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. You should monitor media reports and remain vigilant at all times. See Terrorism

Snow storms during winter can cause delays and cancellations throughout the major airline hubs in the USA. See Natural disasters

UK health authorities have classified the United States as having a risk of Zika virus transmission in Florida, Texas (Cameron County only), Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. For more information and advice, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website: for travel to Florida and Texas (Cameron County) - for travel to Puerto Rico - for travel to US Virgin Islands.

You should be alert to the dangers of car and street crime. See Safety and Security

The hurricane season normally runs from June to November and can affect US coastal regions. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms and follow the instructions issued by the local authorities, including any evacuation orders. See Natural disasters

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.