Travel documents to the United States, Canada and Australia

The United States of America

Travel document requirements

Citizens of the USA must have a valid US passport or other valid travel document that allows entry to the USA.

Visitors travelling to or via the USA must have a valid passport as well as one of the following:

  • a valid visa or
  • authorization to travel under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) via the U.S. Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) or
  • a Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) or
  • other valid permit that allows entry to the USA

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP)

You may travel to the USA without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program, if you are a citizen of a VWP eligible country and you fulfil the below requirements:

  • The duration of your stay is 90 days, or less
  • You have a confirmed return ticket or a ticket for a connecting international flight
  • You have sufficient funds to cover your entire stay
  • You will arrive in the USA on an airline participating in the VWP, such as Finnair
  • You have a valid biometric passport, which contains a microchip


Citizens of the following countries are eligible to travel under the Visa Waiver Program:

Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan (China) and the United Kingdom.

Read more about Visa Waiver Program


ESTA Travel Authorization

ESTA is an automated system used to determine the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States. ESTA travel authorization is mandatory for visitors travelling to the USA under the Visa Waiver program. Children, regardless of age, are required to obtain an independent ESTA authorization.

  • The Customs and Border Protection unit of the United States charges a fee of 14 USD for each approved travel authorization – you can pay this online with a credit or debit card.
  • You must fill the ESTA authorization form at least 72 hours before the departure. If you submit your application less than 72 hours in advance, it might not be processed in time for your flight.
  • Your approved travel authorization is valid for two years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.
  • If your application is denied and you wish to continue with your trip, you will have to apply for a non-immigrant visa at a US embassy or consulate.


Apply for an ESTA

Secure flight passenger information and advance passenger information (API)

You must provide the following Secure Flight information when making your reservation: 

  • full name (written exactly as on your passport)
  • gender
  • date of birth
  • Redress Number, if you have been given a Redress Number by US authorities 


In addition, The Customs and Border Protection unit of the United States requires that airlines submit advance passenger information (passport details and the full address of your first night’s accommodation in the USA) for all passengers travelling to, from or via the USA.

The address requirement does not apply to U.S. citizens, permanent residents or persons who have an international connecting flight or an international cruise leaving within 8 hours. 

You can add all this information to your reservation through Manage booking page.

Manage booking

Privacy notice: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires that you provide your full name, date of birth and gender for the purpose of watch list screening, under the authority of 49 U.S.C. section 114, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 and 49 C.F.R parts 1540 and 1560.

You may also provide your Redress Number, if available. Failure to provide your full name, date of birth and gender may result in denial of transport or denial of authority to enter the boarding area. The TSA may share information you provide with law enforcement or intelligence agencies under its published system of records notice.

For more on TSA privacy policies, or to review the system of records notice and the privacy impact assessment, please see the TSA website.


Statutory right to advance information

In addition to receiving Advance Passenger Information (API), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)  has a statutory right to receive certain information regarding reservations made on Finnair flights to, from and via the USA. Passengers are informed of this at the time they make their reservations. 


The US-VISIT Program

The US-VISIT Program aims at improving the safety and security of visitors to the United States, as well as U.S. citizens. Certain data will be collected from each visitor to the US on arrival and again on departure.

On arrival in the USA, the immigration officer will also collect unique data from each visitor in the form of fingerprints and a digital photograph.

All data obtained from visitors is stored securely and is made available only to authorised officials and selected law enforcement agencies on a need to know basis in their efforts to protect the USA.

Further information about the US-VISIT program

Canada

Travel document requirements

An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is required for all visa-free nationals travelling to/via Canada unless they hold a visa or a residence permit (U.S. citizens are exempt from the eTA). 

  • The eTA may be applied online for a cost of 7 CAD (approximately 5 EUR) 
  • It is recommended to submit the eTA application at least 72 hours prior to travel 


Officers of the Canada Border Services Agency recommend that parents who share custody of their children carry copies of their legal custody documents, such as custody rights. 

If you share custody and the other parent is not travelling with you, or if you are travelling with minors for whom you are not the parent or legal guardian, we recommend you to carry a consent letter to provide authorization for you to take them on a trip and enter Canada. 

Consent letter

Statutory right to advance information

The Canada Border Services Agency has a statutory right to receive certain information on passengers who have reservations on Finnair flights to, from and via Canada. Passengers are informed of this at the time they make their reservations.

Australia

Travel document requirements

  • With the exception of nationals of Australia and New Zealand, nationals of all other countries must have an electronic visa, a residence permit or an Electronic Travel Authorisation to visit Australia.
  • Nationals of some countries are allowed to transit via Australia to a third country without an e-visa/electronic authorisation, provided the departure of the connecting international flight is within 8 hours of arrival and the person remains within the international transit area of the airport.
  • The e-visa or eTA needs to be obtained in good time prior to the travel. Airlines check the status of a passenger’s e-visa/eTA via their departure control systems, before accepting a passenger to travel on a route to Australia. 
  • The Australian Visa Finder is a website where visitors can find out which type of electronic permit or visa they need when travelling to Australia. Through the same site it is also possible to apply for an applicable permit/visa.
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