Foreign travel advice

USA

Summary

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

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

There is a general threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

The US Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) allows most British Citizen passport holders to visit the US for up to 90 days without a visa, but you may need to get authorisation from the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) before you travel. If you don’t qualify for the VWP, you’ll need to apply for a visa from the nearest US Embassy or Consulate. To enter the US under the VWP you’ll need to have a passport with an integrated chip (an ePassport). See Entry requirements

People who have travelled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011, or are dual nationals of these countries, no longer qualify for entry under the VWP and existing ESTAs could have been cancelled. Contact the nearest US Embassy or Consulate for advice on whether you need to apply for a visa to enter the USA. See Entry requirements

Cases of locally transmitted Zika virus have been confirmed in the last 3 months in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. You should follow the advice of the National Travel Health Network and Centre and discuss your travel plans with your healthcare provider, particularly if you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant. See Health

All travellers arriving from Ebola affected areas in West Africa (Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone) must arrive at one of 5 major airports in order to undergo health screening. See Air Travel

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

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.