Official Travel Advice for USA
Summary - updated information about severe winter weather affecting several states from the US Midwest to the east coast; removal of information about impact of US Federal Government shutdown on US National Parks
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Advice current as at 4:00 am 21 Feb 2019.
A severe winter storm is affecting several states across the US Midwest region to the East Coast, including New York, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin. Hazardous weather conditions have led to power outages and travel disruption in some areas, including delays and cancellations to flights. Schools, businesses and government agencies have also announced closures in multiple states. Road conditions may become hazardous, and you should consult the relevant authority for the State(s) you are travelling through before departing. If you’re in an affected area or due to travel, you should monitor local media, follow the advice of the local authorities and check with your airline or transport provider before travelling. You can check forecasts and weather warnings on the website of the US National Weather Service.
You’ll need prior authorisation to enter the United States using a British passport, either through a visa, a Permanent Resident Card, or the Visa Waiver Programme. Restrictions apply depending on the type of passport you hold, your nationality, criminal history, and countries you may have recently visited. Visa and other entry conditions can change at short notice. It’s your responsibility to know and understand the rules of entry before you travel. See Entry Requirements
Around 3.8 million British nationals visit the United States every year. Most visits are trouble free. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.
Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in the USA. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. You should monitor media reports and remain vigilant at all times. See Terrorism
UK health authorities have classified the United States as having a risk of Zika virus transmission in Florida, Texas (Cameron County and Hidalgo County only), Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. See Health
You should be alert to the dangers of car and street crime. See Safety and Security
Snow storms during winter can cause delays and cancellations throughout airports in the USA. See Natural disasters
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
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