It is the responsibility of the passenger to gather information about and obtain the required travel documents and visas that he/she needs for the destination country.
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables citizens of certain countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. Not all countries participate in the VWP. Some restrictions and conditions apply to this program as explained below.
Passengers travelling to the U.S. under the VWP must have a valid ticket for a confirmed return or onward flight from the U.S. within 90 days or arrival in the U.S. , prior to entering the U.S. An onward flights to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and/or the Caribbean is insufficient to satisfy this requirement, unless the passenger is a lawful resident of one of those countries.
ALL passengers travelling to the United Stated under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) must carry with them an unexpired passport that is valid for at least six months beyond intended stay in the U.S. Certain countries have bilateral agreements with the U.S. which require their citizens to have a passport valid only for the intended period of stay, up to and with the date of departure from the U.S. For more information, see the following websites: Travel.State.Gov, U.S. Department of State Foreign Affairs Manual Volume 9 - Visas and CBP Six-Month Club updates. Alls passports must be Machine Readable (MRP).
If the passport was issued on or after October 26, 2005 , the passport must contain a digital photograph. A digital photo is one that is printed on the passport page, not a photograph that is glued or laminated into the passport.
If the passport was issued on or after October 26, 2006, the passport must contain an electronic chip (e-passport). Regardless of the date of issue, children MUST have their own passport that satisfy the above requirements in order to enter the U.S. on the VWP). An e-passport is identified by the following symbol on its cover:
Currently, 36 countries participate in the Visa Waiver Program, as shown below:
|Visa Waiver Program - Participating Countries|
|Germany||New Zealand||United Kingdom|
|Slovak Republic||South Korea||Greece|
As of January 20, 2010, citizens of the following countries are eligible to enter the U.S. on the VWP: Andorra, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brunei, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom ( United Kingdom Passports: Only those British Passport holders who are "British Citizens" or "British Subjects - With Right of Abode" are eligible to travel on the VWP. Holders of all other British Passports are ineligible).
In addition to the 27 countries listed above, the following eight countries are now also eligible for the VWP: Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Republic of Korea and the Slovak Republic. Citizens of these eight countries must carry passports with the integrated chip (e-Passports) in order to enter the U.S. under the VWP - regardless of the date the passport was issued.
Passengers are directed to contact the authority responsible for issuing passports in the home country to obtain more information about their passports.
All passengers travelling to the U.S. under the VWP must obtain an Electronic System Travel Authorization (ESTA), in advance of departure. Applications for ESTA can be made at the following website: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/
For further information on ESTA.
Any passenger who does not satisfy the above requirements will require a non-immigrant visa to enter the U.S. or risk denial of passage or summary refusal of entry upon arrival and liability for a substantial monetary penalty.
U.S. law requires that Icelandair collect certain information from all passengers (including U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, visa holders and VWP passengers), travelling to and from the United States.
Icelandair strongly recommends that passengers complete the APIS information form during the booking process, or well in advance of heading to the airport.
Passengers must complete a customs declaration form prior to arrival in the U.S. (one form per individual or one per family travelling together). Information on the form may be found on the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website.
Passengers with a visa must complete the I-94 immigration form prior to arrival in the U.S. Information on the form may be found on the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website.
Customs and immigration forms for the U.S. are distributed prior to departure. More details on the form can be found in the in-flight magazine Icelandair Info.
In accordance with the U.S.-Visit program, the U.S. authorities gather certain information from visitors upon arrival in the U.S. See link: http://www.dhs.gov/files/programs/usv.shtm
U.S. law requires that passengers disembark at their first port of call, to clear immigrations and customs. If the travel itinerary includes a stop at a U.S. airport before the final destination, the traveller must disembark, go through immigration, collect the luggage, clear customs and continue towards check-in for the second flight.
It is the responsibility of the passenger to gather information about and obtain the required travel documents and visas that he/she needs for the destination country. Further information may be located on the websites of the embassies, the U.S. Department of State or the Customs and Border Protection Agency; see links: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/ and http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/temp_1305.html