Foreign travel advice

USA

Summary

A severe storm is currently affecting California, leading to road closures, fallen trees and sink holes. Flights to/from Los Angeles International Airport are being affected. Please follow the advice of the local authorities.

If you’re travelling in northern California please be aware of evacuations in Oroville and surrounding counties due to spillage around the Oroville dam. Follow the advice on the California Governor’s website for the most up to date guidance.

On 3 February 2017, a legal ruling suspended implementation of an Executive Order suspending immigrant and non-immigrant entry to the USA for people from Libya, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. President Trump has vowed to overturn the ruling. Exact visa and other entry conditions could therefore change at short notice. British passport holders (regardless of country of birth or whether they hold another passport/nationality) aren’t affected by the Executive Order. See Entry Requirements

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.

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.

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

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

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.