Important Notice – Flights arriving in the US – Aviation Security Announcement
We wish to bring to your attention the important information below. The US government has announced that additional security measures for flights departing to the US from Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates will be implemented from 25 March 2017. This will also apply if you are transiting through one of the above named countries. At present, the affected overseas airports are: Queen Alia International Airport (AMM), Cairo International Airport (CAI), Ataturk International Airport (IST), King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (JED), King Khalid International Airport (RUH), Kuwait International Airport (KWI), Mohammed V Airport (CMN), Hamad International Airport (DOH), Dubai International Airport (DXB), and Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH). The enhancement in security will require that all personal electronic devices (PEDs) larger than a cell phone or smart phone be placed in checked baggage. These items will no longer be allowed to be carried onto aircraft at 10 select airports where flights are departing for the United States. Approved medical devices may be brought into the cabin after additional screening. If you are travelling with phones, laptops and tablets you are required to:
- Comply with the new security arrangements
- Contact your travel insurance company ahead of travel as these devices are typically not covered by travel insurance policies either for loss, damage or theft when in the hold
- Consider leaving your larger electronic devices at home but we appreciated that may be difficult when on business or with children
Further details can be found on the US Department for Homeland Security website.
We do hope that this will not inconvenience you too much and understand that passengers’ security is of paramount importance.
FOREIGN OFFICE CLARIFICATION OF THE USA TEMPORARY IMMIGRATION RESTRICTIONS Modified 31 January 2017 at 17:30
If you are travelling to the USA for your forthcoming vacation, we wish to provide you with the latest information in respect of the temporary immigration measures as introduced by President Trump. The order focuses on all inbound travel/migration to the US affecting British Nationals and dual nationality with one of the seven identified countries - Libya, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The latest statement from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, as posted on Monday 30th January, states the following: ''The FCO have confirmed with the US government that British Nationals with dual nationality with one of the seven countries (Libya, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen) should expect additional security checks on arrival in the USA. No other restrictions are in place for British passport holders under these temporary measures. Any persons who are residents in the UK and are from one of the seven countries listed above, and are travelling to the USA, you should contact the nearest US Embassy or Consulate » for advice.
The FCO have updated the travel advice for USA with an update to the Summary and Entry requirements section - additional clarification of temporary immigration measures. The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
On 3 February 2017, a legal ruling temporarily suspended implementation of the Executive Order. However, President Trump has vowed to overturn the ruling. Exact visa and other entry conditions could therefore change at short notice.