Foreign travel advice



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

Along much of Florida’s east coast, and coastal areas of Georgia, South Carolina, and parts of North Carolina fallen trees, flooding and damage to property has occurred due to Hurricane Matthew. Some areas are without power, and some roads are closed. You should exercise caution when travelling in these areas and follow the advice of local authorities.

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. It’s your responsibility to know and understand the entry rules before you travel. See 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

If you’re travelling in California and other areas in the Pacific north-west in the summer months, be aware of the possibility of wildfires and monitor the advice of local authorities. See Natural disasters

Cases of locally transmitted Zika virus have been confirmed in Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website for travel to Florida, 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