If you are planning to travel to the United States of America, you must ensure prior to your departure that you comply with the enforced regulations of the country of destination.
Aegean Airlines will not be authorized to board passengers who have not carried out the mandatory formalities.
Immigration Regulations for the USA
VISA WAIVER PROGRAM
This program permits citizens of specific countries to enter the USA without a visa for a maximum of 90 days. Click on this link to see which countries are eligible: www.dhs.gov
Your passport must meet the following requirements, depending on its date of issue:
• If issued before 26/10/2005:
Your passport must have a machine-readable zone (lines of text with biographical data in OCR-B characters)
• If issued between 26/10/2005 and 25/10/2006:
Your passport must have a machine-readable zone and a digital passport photograph
• If issued after 26/10/2006:
passport must be an “e-passport“. This contains a chip with your biographical, biometric data and a digital passport photograph
You will need a visa if your passport does not meet these requirements or you are not a citizen of a country participating in the Visa Waiver Program.
ELECTRONIC SYSTEM FOR TRAVEL AUTHORISATION (ESTA)
Anyone wishing to enter the USA on the Visa Waiver Programme must apply for Electronic Travel Authorisation. Please apply as early as possible. We suggest at least 72 hours prior to your departure. Aegean is required to refuse transportation for passengers without ESTA travel permission at time of check-in.
At present, the green entry form (I-94W) must still be completed on board.
APPLY FOR YOUR ESTA TRAVEL AUTHORISATION HERE
ESTA online form
Important Notice: As of 8 September 2010, a 14 USD fee will be charged (by payment card) for each ESTA authorization request.
Your ESTA authorisation is valid for up to two years provided it is not withdrawn and your passport does not expire. The ESTA travel authorisation is valid for multiple entries into the United States. You can easily update the destination address, travel route or your future travel plans on the ESTA website.
Important Notice: ESTA request is processed directly on line. You must ensure that the passport number along with the country of issuance details have been correctly entered. Data entered are not automatically checked at the time of the request. In the event of mistake, for instance 10 digits entered instead of 9 for a European passport, you will have no other option than put in another request.
ADVANCED PASSENGER INFORMATION SYSTEM (APIS)
APIS is a requirement under US immigration law. Airlines are obliged to transmit their passenger data to the US Department of Homeland Security prior to departing for the USA. To avoid inconvenience when you arrive in the USA, it is important to make sure that you complete the APIS form correctly.
APIS collects data including surnames, first names, passport numbers, temporary address* where the passenger will be staying, etc.
*The temporary address must include the house number, street, city/town, abbreviation used for the state, and the zip code.
Currently, you can provide APIS data at our check in points at the airport.
Since November the 4th, 2010, passengers travelling to USA are able to complete the APIS required data through Aegean’s e-ticket service during the booking process.