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Visa Faqs

Passports

I have a one-year passport issued by the U.K. government; is it valid for travel to the United States?

Yes, the passport is valid for travel to the United States. The fact that it may not be valid for at least six months beyond your date of departure from the United States will not affect your eligibility to travel. The United States has an agreement with the United Kingdom automatically extending the validity of a passport for six months past the passport's expiration date. Therefore, your passport need remain valid only for the duration of your stay in the United States. If you are traveling visa free, and your passport is valid for less than 90 days, you will be admitted only until the date the passport expires.

Does my British passport have to be valid for six months beyond my date of departure from the United States?

No, if your passport is not valid for at least six months beyond your date of departure from the United States, it will not affect your eligibility to travel. The United States has an agreement with the United Kingdom automatically extending the validity of a passport for six months past the passport's expiration date. Therefore, your passport need remain valid only for the duration of your stay in the United States.

If you are traveling visa free under the Visa Waiver Program and your passport is not valid for 90 days, you will be admitted into the United States until the date on which the passport expires.

My son/daughter has a five-year passport issued by the U.K. government; is that OK?

Yes, five-year passports issued by the U.K. Passport Agency are valid for travel to the United States.

My son/daughter is included on my passport, is that OK?

If you are traveling visa free under the Visa Waiver Program, you and your child will require individual passports.  However, if you wish to apply for a visas and the passport is considered valid for travel by the issuing authority, you may submit the passport in support of your application.  Please note that you will be required to complete a visa application and pay MRV application fees for both you and your child. 

Can we travel on a collective passport?

Collective passports are no longer valid for travel to the United States.

I understand that my passport needs to be valid for at least six months; is this correct? 

The requirement that a passport is valid for travel for six months beyond the holder's stay in the United States is waived for certain nationalities.  Please follow this link for further information. 

I am travelling with an ESTA.  How many blank pages do I need in my passport for the entry stamp?

The U.S. Customers and Border Protection (CBP) agency recommends having at least one (1) blank page in your passport for the entry stamp.

NOTE: if you have question concerning registering under ESTA, you should visit the official U.S. government website at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov
A list of frequently asked questions can be found here.