Passports and visas
Nexus card holders
CX888 and CX889 are not US CBP (Customs and Border Protection) pre-cleared flights, as they operate outside the US pre-clearance facility hours.
Passengers on any of these flights cannot use their Nexus card; they must carry with them their passports instead.
The Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA), is mandatory for visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to or transiting through Canada by air. Travellers must apply the eTA and receive approval prior to boarding their flight to Canada. Exceptions include US citizens and travellers with a valid visa. For more information, visit Canada.ca/eTA, Link opens in a new window operated by external parties and may not conform to the same accessibility policies as Cathay Pacific.
The United States
Depending on the purpose of your visit, you may need a visa. Visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State for full details.
Visa and visa waiver
When travelling to the United States, you are required to present the complete address of stay in the United States at airport custom check-in, as required by the US Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Customs, and Border Protection.
Visa Waiver Programme
The US Homeland Security has announced that as of 26 October 2006, any passport issued on or after this date by a Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) country must be an e-Passport for VWP travellers to be eligible to enter the United States without a visa.
An e-Passport should have:
- an integrated computer chip with personal information
- an international symbol on the cover
Read the section on Digital Photographsfor exceptions to holding an e-Passport where you can still travel without a visa.
For full list of countries participating in the VWP, please visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State.
The US government has suspended the "Transit Without Visa" (TWOV) and the "International-to-International" (ITI) programmes. For more details, please visit the website of the Federal Aviation Administration.
All citizens of countries under Visa Waiver Programme (VWP), who plan to travel to the US for temporary business or pleasure, will be required to receive an electronic travel authorisation via ESTA prior to boarding a US-bound flight, provided that passengers are holders of machine readable passports, which were issued before 26 October 2005, between 26 October 2005 and 25 October 2006 with a digital photo printed on the data page, or e-Passports issued on or after 26 October 2006. Accompanied and unaccompanied children, regardless of age, are required to obtain an independent ESTA approval.
No. An approved ESTA is not a visa. It does not meet the legal or regulatory requirements to serve as a U.S. visa. Individuals travelling on valid visas are not required to apply for an ESTA.
Not necessarily. An ESTA approval only authorises a traveller under the VWP to board a US-bound flight.
Passengers should submit ESTA applications no less than 72 hours prior to flight departure time. Response to an application on the ESTA website is almost immediately. There are three types of responses to an application:
- Authorisation Approved, which means applicants are authorised to travel to the US
- Authorisation Pending, which means applicants should check the website for updates within 72 hours for a final response
- Travel Not Authorised, which means applicants will be referred to www.travel.state.gov on how to apply for a visa to travel to the US
Each approved ESTA application will be valid for two years; passengers may travel to the US repeatedly within a two-year period without having to apply for another ESTA approval. If passengers have acquired a new passport or have had a change in name or other identifying biographical information, a new application must be submitted.
The implementation of ESTA allows the US Department of Homeland Security to eliminate the requirement that VWP travellers complete an I-94W prior to being admitted to the United States. CBP has transitioned to paperless processing for VWP travelers arriving by air or sea who have obtained an ESTA authorisation. Most travellers entering the United States with an approved ESTA will no longer need to fill out the I-94W form, nor will a green I-94W departure card be placed in their passport.
If an ESTA application is denied and passenger wishes to continue with the trip, he/she will be required to apply for a nonimmigrant visa at a US Embassy or Consulate.
There is no guarantee of a next-day appointment with a US Embassy or Consulate. As a result, passengers should apply for an ESTA authorisation far in advance.
Passengers who have been refused admission to the US will not be eligible for ESTA approval and must apply for a visa to travel to the US.
Information submitted by applicants through the ESTA website, managed by the US government, will be subject to the same strict privacy provisions and controls that have been established for similar traveller screening programmes.