Entry requirements for the USA & Canada
All visitors to the United States (U.S.) (including children) who are eligible for the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) must apply for authorisation to travel to the U.S. in advance in accordance with the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA).
You must complete an online application for authorisation to travel on the ESTA website at least 72 hours before your flight or sailing to the U.S. departs but you are recommended to apply earlier. Providing the application is accepted, you will be provided with approval via the website. Approval is usually provided very quickly but can take up to 72 hours if data needs to be checked. You should make a note of the ESTA approval number when you receive it.
It is your responsibility to obtain ESTA approval or a U.S. visa if required. If you fail to obtain authorisation to travel through the ESTA website or a U.S. visa in advance of travel, you will not be allowed on your outbound flight or sailing to the U.S. Full cancellation charges will then apply.
For transatlantic crossings, we strongly advise guests to print out their ESTA before travelling, as this is a requirement at check-in before you can board the ship. It is vital that you ensure you have the correct documentation before arriving in the United States to avoid being refused entry.
Not all visitors to the U.S. will qualify for the ESTA. You cannot apply for the ESTA and will require a visa if you do not have a machine readable passport. All burgundy coloured UK passports are machine readable. You will also need to apply for a visa if you have ever been arrested (even if you were not convicted of an offence) or have a criminal record of any description. Other exemptions also apply. If you are in any doubt as to whether you may require a visa, please contact the U.S. Embassy, Consular Information Unit, 24 Grosvenor Square, London W1A 1AE or visit the website before making your booking with us. Visa requirements may change.
Similarly to the US Visa Waiver Program, from March 15, 2016, Canada requires visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or via Canada to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) prior to travel. For further information please visit www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit.
As of April 1, 2016, all travelers must have an e-passport to use the VWP. An e-Passport, denoted by the symbol , is an enhanced secure passport with an embedded electronic chip. E-Passports are issued by the proper passport issuing authority and must meet international standards for securing and storing information corresponding to the passport and bearer. More information can be found on CBP.gov.