Summary

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

If you’re travelling and have been affected by the announcement that Thomas Cook has ceased trading, you should visit thomascook.caa.co.uk for the latest updates. Those overseas can call the CAA helpline on +44(0)1753 330 330 and for those in the UK the Freephone number is 0300 303 2800.

The Atlantic hurricane season normally runs from 1 June to 30 November. The Pacific hurricane season runs from 15 May to 30 November. See Natural disasters

You will need to get a visa or an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) visa waiver to enter or transit the USA as a visitor. Restrictions apply depending on the type of passport you hold, your nationality, criminal history, and countries you may have recently visited. See Visas

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in the USA. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. You should monitor media reports and remain vigilant at all times. See Terrorism

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

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