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Passports / Visa:
For some destinations, a tourist visa is mandatory to enter a country.  It is important to ensure that your passport is valid and has the appropriate visa within, otherwise boarding ex UK may be denied or you may be refused entry upon arrival at your destination.  Some countries will issue a tourist visa upon arrival, others require issuing in the country of origin at the appropriate embassy. Most countries require a minimum of 6 - 9 months validity to be remaining on your passport at the time of departure.

No country at this time requires a certificate of vaccination against smallpox or cholera.

Yellow fever:
This is the only disease for which an actual certificate of vaccination is required for international travel, if applicable to the destination / transit point chosen.

This is cited as a health risk in many areas and the prophylactics to protect against it are varied, please contact your doctor/ health centre or chemist to check which ones are required.

Many vaccinations are also recommended as a matter of course whatever your destination, even if you are just travelling in the UK, these include tetanus, typhoid and polio.
Where 'recommended ' is indicated on the health section, the specific country and/or World Health Organisation have suggested the immunisations there within.
You may also check the following sites for further information:

                                                       British Airways Travel Clinic -o-o- World Health Organisation

Touchdown will not accept any responsibility for any inaccuracies or damages resulting from information contained within this site, which is subject to change at any time. Please consult the appropriate consulate/embassy and health centre/chemist for clarification.

                                             *********IMPORTANT SFPD INFORMATION - PLEASE READ **********

Please note that the APIS data required for travel to the United States has now increased to include SFPD (Secure Flight Passenger Data), and for those flights ticketed prior to 29 October 2010 MUST be completed on your chosen airlines website at least 72 hours prior to departure, or US homeland authorities may deny travel.  It would be prudent to add this data at the earliest opportunity, as on line check-in will not be possible if this APIS/SFPD data is not complete! It is essential therefore that you access BA manage my booking and Virgin Atlantic's booking portal on their websites (see links below) at the earliest opportunity.

Touchdown will require the following data for SFPD purposes prior to ticketing: 

FULL passenger names and dates of birth as they appear on all passports. Having done this, please note that APIS and ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation) data will still need to be updated on the airline website by passengers themselves.

                                                ********** IMPORTANT ESTA INFORMATION - PLEASE READ **********

It is compulsory for customers travelling to the United States under the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) to apply for an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) no later than 72 hours prior to departure.

This online form will ostensibly, replace the green visa waiver form (I94W) which is currently completed whilst en-route to the US. Those travelling to USA must register at the ESTA website for a 2 year authorisation.
ESTA's are in addition to the requirement for all customers to submit APIS and Secure Flight Passenger Data (SFPD).
US authorities have introduced a charge of approx $14 per person for the issuance of an ESTA via the official website.


US Government legislation requires all passengers entering the US to provide the following data AT LEAST 72 HOURS prior to check-in for their flights (this is envisaged to be mandatory for departures after 01Nov 2010).

Passport number
Country which issued passport
Passport expiry date
Given names (as they appear on passport)
Last name
Date of birth

Those booked and ticketed on BA should submit their APIS, SFPD and ESTA details on British Airways manage my booking at least 72 hours prior to departure.

Those booked and ticketed on Virgin should submit their APIS, SFPD and ESTA details on Virgin Atlantic my booking webpage at least 72 hours prior to departure.

All non-US citizens will also be required to provide a full destination address including zip code, or cruise ship and port of embarkation. Transit pax must give onwards flight details. Failure to this may result in check-in being denied.

For most passengers, the destination address is where they will be staying on arrival in the US for the duration of their stay, or on their first night. This information must be collected from every passenger travelling to the USA before their flight departs. The airlines involved are working to permit this facility as part of their website online check-in procedures which can normally be performed 24 hours prior to departure.

Passengers are not permitted to enter USA with a non machine-readable passport unless their old style passport has a valid visa stamp.The newer 'red' British passports are machine readable, therefore do not require a prearranged visa.