Top Travel Hacks That'll Save You Time, Space, And Money

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Our Top Travel Hacks that'll Save You Time, Space, and Money
We have travelled in over 200 planes, 30 countries and 6 continents and we cold not count how many travel disasters we have had, but learning from our mistakes, we can give our top Travel hacks that’ll save you not only time and space but also money.

1. Carry a handy bag to increase hand luggage.

One of the simplest yet most effective hacks that we use almost every week on our travels is carrying a string bag or airport duty free bag with you when travelling as airplane fares are going down but airlines such as Easyjet are now limiting only one bag for hand luggage causing excessive charges for a passenger travelling with say a handbag and a hand luggage suitcase, but if you carry an airport duty free bag and put your handbag or other stuff in that they can’t refuse it on the plane.


2. Carry a multi-travel adapter.

When travelling to a country that uses a different plug type, bring one adapter and an extension lead or carry a handy 4 USB one international plug adapter to keep your devices charged. *check out our review of this handy affordable option*

3. Use any old card you have in your hotel room.
Many hotels now use a card system to keep the lights and plugs on to make sure you are in the room, but you don’t have to use the room key. You can use any card in it to keep your devices charging when your dipping down to the pool or have more than one guest staying. Our business cards work a treat ;)

4. Use your Hotels amenities to keep your clothes clean.
If you have been exploring a bit off the beaten track or have been at a music festival and your shoes have got dirty, use the hotel's shower cap to keep your shoes from dirtying up your clothes.

5. Use Netflix’s Download & Go feature.
 We spend a lot of time on planes and in airports and it can sometimes get a bit boring. If you have a tablet or phone and use Netflix, you can now use their download & go feature to download your favourite movies and shows to keep you or your kid occupied on that 4-hour flight.


6. Use those shades to hold your phone up.
Okay, it's no Imax cinema experience, but you can use your sunglasses you’ve already packed to hold your device up when you're watching a film in the airport or on a plane.

7. Use currency cards or non-international fee cards.
Cards like The free Revolut Card or credit cards like the Halifax Clarity card offers you no fees when using your card abroad for transactions or with cash withdrawals and you also get the MasterCard exchange rate which is normally a lot cheaper than a travel currency exchange service.

Explore our section on Best Travel Money options

8. Book the window and the aisle seat.
One of the ways to maximise your space on that cramped Boeing 747 is by booking the Window and the aisle seat if your travelling in a pair. Normally then you will get the middle seat to yourselves, But worst comes to worst and somebody sits there you just ask politely if they could swap seats with your or your travel buddy to sit beside each other.

9. Go Ninja style when booking flights and Hotels
Unfortunately, in this day and age flight and hotel companies save all of our details so the more you look at that flight the price will go up. Use A browser such as Google Chrome or Safari to go in Incognito mode to look like your a new customer.

10. Don’t be that person holding up the Security line.
When we travel we buy sealable transparent food bags that not only are a lot cheaper than some airports bag fee, but it means we can pack our liquids before we even get to the airport saving time and stress when going through security.

11. Bring your own healthy food and empty bottle on the plane.
When travelling you're limited to how much liquids you can bring but not snacks. Save money by bringing your own snacks on the plane. Not only will they be cheaper but also healthy than the plane food reducing tiredness and jet-lag.
*Also when travelling most airports have water dispensers in the airport so bring and empty plastic bottle and fill your bottle up on the other side of security.

12. Make your hotel or apartment your own.
There's nothing worse than travelling to a foreign country and not having one channel in your own language. Most hotels now will have a HDMI cable slot that you can plug your laptop or device into to watch your favourite shows. Also, most TVs now have a USB slot that you can charge your device off as well.

 

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How To Pack Like A Pro

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With your flights and hotel booked, the luggage is the last thing stopping you from that great holiday. We know it feels like a chore, but if you pack like a pro you’ll never have to worry.

1. Make a list
Ok, so it sounds a little boring, but idiot-proof lists are the gateway to a stress-free holiday. Separate your essentials from your desirables, and be realistic with your luggage limitations. Check our packing list here.


2. Don’t forget the first aid kit
We’re not asking you to prepare for ER, just a small bag with the most necessary pills, plasters and medicine you might need. After all, nobody wants to suffer a punishing headache, high-climate fever, upset stomach or all three during a holiday.

3. Limit your liquids
We all know about it by now, and yet there’s still a mass confusion and hold-up when some chancer tries to sneak a bottle of water past airport security. Much to everybody’s knowledge, baggage restrictions state that all liquids carried in hand luggage must be no more than 100 ml per item, and must fit into one small and resealable transparent bag. If you’re carrying anything larger, stow it with your checked-in suitcase.

4. Name tags are there to help
Unless you’re an international man of mystery, you shouldn’t have to worry about travelling incognito. Most suitcases come with name tags fitted as standard, so be sure to fill them in just in case you, or the airline lose your luggage.

5. Observe restrictions on baggage

Overstuffing your suitcase is never a good idea. If your airline says: “23kg”, then they mean 23kg! Weigh your bags before you get to the airport and make sure you are within the restrictions, otherwise you’ll be forced to cough up extra cash at the airport or, even worse, have to say goodbye to that lovely hand-knitted cardigan your grandmother spent so long slaving over. Which brings us on to our next Point…

6. Save bag space for all your holiday purchases
Whether it’s duty free goods or holiday mementos, it’s inevitable that you’ll be bringing more back home with you than when you left, so make sure you have room for it.

7. Skip the shoes
The biggest and most frustrating item of luggage. How many pairs of shoes you should take is very much dependent on how long your vacation might be, but we’d suggest that three pairs is a reasonable average for a 1-2 week getaway. More important than volume is versatility, so make sure you’re not stuck hiking in stilettos by bringing a pair of shoes for every realistic occasion of your trip. Wear your most cumbersome pair on the plane – plus, stuff your socks in the rest – and you’ll save even more space.

8. Cosmetics – at a minimum
Unless you plan on travelling to a desert island, it’s likely that you’ll be able to pick up popular shampoo or sun lotion brands in almost any corner of the world. Fewer cosmetics also mean that you’ll be less likely to find an explosion of nondescript gooey liquids spoiling everything in your suitcase when you arrive at your destination. If you really can’t live without that special face cream, try to take only as much as you’ll need for your trip and nothing more.

9. Keep on rollin

This tip is certainly up for debate, but we think that rolling your clothes really is the only way to go. Not only will it reduce those pesky wrinkles and creases in your gear, it’ll save you some much needed suitcase space.

10. All valuables go in hand luggage
It’s rare that airlines lose luggage these days, but why take the risk? Stay safe and stow all your expensive luxuries from your camera to your diamond engagement ring in hand luggage.

11. Don’t forget the adapters
If you do need them, save on the crazy airport prices by buying them ahead of your trip. Pound stores is one of the best places to get adaptors, or if you travel regularly get a multi-purpose one like this.

12. Categorise your clothes
Pack clothes in groups: that means shirts with shirts, pants with with pants, it’s easier to find what you need and unpack on the other side.

13. Pack a mini wardrobe in your hand luggage
Not literally, of course, but it’s always a nice idea to add a clean set of underwear and a garment in your carry-on bag, in case of your luggage being lost in an aeroplane mix-up.

14. Don’t predict the weather
Check it here.
Depending on where you’re going, weather forecasts are either your holiday’s best friend or your worst nightmare. Come rain or shine, meteorologists will always give you the best idea of what weather to expect on your holiday. Check the day before you fly and pack accordingly, and save room for that trusty pac-a-mac or umbrella you hope you’ll never have to use.

15. Don’t leave home without the essentials
This last tip is a big one as without these necessities, you won’t be heading anywhere but home: check and check again that you have your monies, a valid passport and – for the sake of your holiday companions – a toothbrush. Keep these all on hand and then you’ll be able to remember the most important thing.

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Top Up-and-Coming Destinations Of 2017

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Top up-and-coming destinations for 2017

1. Reykjavik, Iceland
Recently An increasing numbers of tourists are heading to Reykjavík for the city’s arts scene, cool nightlife and the abundance of natural wonders that lie right on its doorstep. With the increase in cheap flights from such companies as WOW Air and Easyjet, this beautiful city is more accessible than ever leaving it the up-and-coming destination of 2017.

2. Mexico City, Mexico
When most think of Mexico City the first thing that comes to mind is “Isn’t it dangerous?” But so long as you take the same precautions you would in any large city, the answer is no. Mexico’s bustling capital and economic powerhouse can be a fun and safe destination. With its Hip neighbourhoods, incredible architecture, lively street markets and diverse culture makes this lovable city a must stop destination. Mexico City’s energy is almost addictive and with flights coming down in price from the UK and Europe it can be the ultimate money saving holiday.


3. Seoul, South Korea

If you haven’t visited Asia’s mighty hub of pop culture, it’s about time you did. Beyond the billboard k-popper’s and the glass towers of Gangnam, Seoul has a vibrant culture that much of the world is just beginning to discover. Far more than just chic cafés and Korean craft brews, the city is home to graffiti-covered basement bars and hidden restaurants serving both traditional and fusion cuisines. With the 2018 Winter Olympics looming, now is the time to experience Korea’s capital before the crowds take over.

4. Ljubljana, Slovenia
Winning the well-deserved award of European Green Capital of 2016, the elegant Slovenian capital boasts a wealth of green spaces. If you’re feeling green yourself, the car-free centre is perfect to explore by bicycle, or else you can navigate a stand-up paddle-board along the gorgeously green Ljubljanica river that flows through the centre. Low prices mean you can find brilliant budget food and accommodation options without compromising on quality, plus it’s just a hop to the country’s stunning mountains, vineyards and beaches.

5. Wrocław, Poland
After a devastating flood in the 1990s Wroclaw hasn’t really been heard of, until now. Painstakingly rebuilt to its former glory explore the restored churches, Flemish-style mansions and rich palaces. Though Wroclaw has yet to attract the large crowds of other Polish hotspots such as Kraków or Warsaw, it’s all set to change with its title as European Capital of Culture. Join the lively student population and scores of Nobel Prize winners who call Wroclaw home, as plenty of special events run throughout the year alongside the many arts festivals that earned the city its reputation as a cultural hub.

6. Nashville, Tennessee, USA
As one of the fastest growing cities in the US, change is in the air for Nashville. This famously conservative place has experienced a huge surge in young professionals, who have brought new life to the city’s more liberal, artsy side. It’s an exciting time for the city, but culturally Nashville’s soul remains unchanged: a fierce love of southern cooking and deep passion for music still prevail. This year, take a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to go firefly watching, before kicking back with fried chicken and a night at a classic honky-tonk.


7. Amsterdam, Netherlands
With a new London to Amsterdam Eurostar service set to start in 2016, the Dutch capital is about to get a whole lot more accessible, if it wasn’t already by air. Amsterdam’s compact streets and winding canals make it a wondrous place to visit with its historical buildings and strong art galleries and museums. Amsterdam is ‘naughty but nice’, with a lax attitude towards all the guilty pleasures you could dream up. So stuff your face with delicious foods, wander the windows of the red light district and relax in an Amsterdam café.


8. Bangkok, Thailand
With an increase in tourism over the last year and with UK flights getting cheaper, Bangkok is becoming a popular destination for many Europeans alike. A larger-than-life city where magnificent temples, historic markets, skyscrapers and rooftop bars create an intoxicating vibe that’s hard to resist. A blend of the traditional and the modern, Bangkok's every street has a surprise in store.



9. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
New North American and transatlantic flight routes continue to roll out of Vancouver as airlines try to meet the world’s demand to visit this truly stunning city. Thought to be Canada’s most liveable city, with a temperate climate and wraparound views of snow-capped peaks, it’s also the country’s most expensive. But that hasn’t stopped a host of exciting independent attractions from popping up. Amidst the new microbreweries and restaurants making international waves. A gateway to the slopes of Whistler and the rainforests of Vancouver Island, this city is a must-visit all year-round.

10. Agra, India
India’s majestic former Mughal capital is too often experienced in brief as a traveller’s day trip from Delhi to the Taj Mahal. But there’s much more to enjoy here, extravagant monuments and tombs lining the Yamuna River bank, the Taj Mahotsav arts festival held in February and the crumbling Mughal gardens dotted across the city. Making this a must see destination when touring India.

 

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Best Places To Spend New Year's Eve

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Ringing in a new year in a new place
New Year’s comes but once a year, so it’s worth it to make the festivities memorable. But where’s the best place to be when the clock strikes midnight on December 31? myself and my partner have celebrated new years eve in a different country for the last 5 years now and we find that it’s the best way to ring in a New Year.

New York City
It may not be for everyone, but there’s no denying that New Year’s Eve in New York City has an atmosphere that few other cities can rival. Most popular, of course, is the annual gathering of a million people in Times Square to see the ball drop On Times Square. For a slightly less chaotic experience, book a reservation at one of the bars or restaurants overlooking Times Square. And for something completely different, consider a night-time boat ride on New York Harbour, which offers the best views of the midnight fireworks display on Liberty Island.


Rio de Janeiro
Known for its wild carnival festivals, Rio knows how to party and its New Year's Eve celebration is no different. The Yearly event known as 'Réveillon' is Held on the Iconic Copacabana Beach, Where two million people cram onto the two-and-a-half-mile stretch of sand for the worlds largest and arguably wildest New Year's party. Locals dress head to toe in white (believed to bring good luck) and toss handfuls of flowers into the ocean as gift to Yemanjá, goddess of the seas. The celebration also includes large oceanfront stages for live musical and dance performances, and a colourful fireworks display at midnight to complete the scene.


Sydney
Sydney is famous for two claims to fame on its New Year’s Eve celebrations: first, because of its location, it’s the first major city where the clock strikes midnight and second for the largest fireworks display in the world, with one at 9 pm and another at midnight, with the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House making for a striking setting. More than a million people attend the waterfront show, which also includes an air and water show featuring aerial acrobatics, an Aboriginal smoking ceremony and the Harbour of Light Parade; a mix of more than 50 illuminated boats in the harbour.


Edinburgh
The Edinburgh Hogmanay translates to “last day of the year,” but the annual New Years festivities in Edinburgh actually last three days. Things kick off on December 30th with a torchlight march through the city that finishes with a fireworks finale. While New Year’s Eve is all about massive street parties and outdoor concerts, including a open-air Kelidh (traditional Celtic party). At midnight, 4.5 tons of fireworks explode over Edinburgh Castle while the streets ring out with celebrators singing “Auld Lang Syne.” .


London
Join a crowd of more than 250,000 across the banks of the Thames and its numerous bridges to see the spectacular light and firework display or listen to the chiming of Big Ben at midnight. Then on New Years Day the streets of central London are meet with colourful parade floats, followed by the Queen of England’s horses.


Paris
The City of Light lives up to its nickname on New Year’s Eve, when the Eiffel Tower, arc de Triomphe and Disneyland Paris become the back drop of a spectacular light show. Live like a Parisian by popping a bottle of champagne and exchanging cheek kisses at the Champs-Elysées street party. Recently in the past couple of years the ‘official fireworks displays have been absent due to safety threats but that shouldn’t stop you from bringing in the nouvelles années.


Hong Kong
One of the world’s most dramatic skylines lights up every year with a display of fireworks that grows more impressive every year. The events kick off in Hong Kong’s Times Square shopping mall, where a replica ball drop takes place in homage to New York City’s famous festivities. Victoria Harbour is the center of the evening activity, though, so savvy locals party on boats, rooftop terraces, or at the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Tsa Shui for the best views of the dazzling lightshow.


Berlin
The German capital has a reputation for being a party city year-round, so you can imagine what New Year’s Eve (known as "Silvester") is like here. The centerpiece of the celebration is “Party Mile,” a two-kilometer stretch of bars, international food stalls, laser shows, video screens, party tents, music stages, and more between Brandenburg Gate and Victory Column. After the fireworks show at midnight, the crowds head to the city’s many dance floors, where they stay out until dawn or later.


Las Vegas
More than 300,000 revelers descend on this party capital for the big night, when the Las Vegas Strip becomes car-free and transforms into a giant street party with live bands, light displays, and laser shows. The city also hosts a mind-boggling number of concerts, shows, and parties in clubs, hotels, and casinos, meaning there’s no shortage of evening entertainment options. Come midnight, fireworks are launched from seven rooftops along the Strip, so chances are you’ll see them whether you’re on the street or a rooftop club.


Walt Disney World
New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World is a dream come true for families traveling over the holiday. The theme park stays open until 1 am, but it’s packed with fun activities all day long. Leading up to the midnight fireworks show, there are many performances, dance parties, live entertainers, and confetti explosions to keep visitors of all ages entertained. Disney’s Magic Kingdom is the most popular for New Years Eve, while Epcot puts on an impressive lights and laser show just before midnight. Be aware that you may need to arrive at the park early on New Years Eve as the parks will reach maximum capacity and they will close admission.


Vienna
This atmospheric city is famous for its New Year’s Eve Grand Ball, hosted at Hofburg Palace, but there’s more on offer than just throwback elegance. Vienna’s famous Christmas markets transform into New Year’s fairs, and hundreds of thousands of revelers crowd the Silvesterpfad (New Year’s Path) in the city center on New Year’s Eve. Fueled by mulled wine, the party starts at 2 pm and goes until well after midnight, with fireworks appearing over the Wiener Prater fair.


Amsterdam
A city that knows how to party and New Years Eve is no exception. The Oosterdok is the main place to celebrate NYE but throughout the city, especially Rembrandtplein, Nieuwmarkt, Leidseplein and Dam Square are famous for the fireworks that include numerous kinds of firecrackers and sparklers or even crackers and bangers. At Museumplein a big event is organised where the high fireworks strike the audience with awe. The most important factor that the city of Amsterdam offers to the crowds of the New Year’s Eve is that each and every person who desires to enjoy the night without spending money can hit the streets and enjoy with the crowd as a big friendly group. No matter where you decide to spend your New Years Eve in Amsterdam you will be sure to have a good time.


Reykjavik
With only four hours of daylight in late December, locals in the northernmost capital of the world are ready to party like no one else. New Year’s Eve kicks off with community bonfires around which people sing, dance, and play music. Meanwhile, fireworks light up from every corner of the city thanks to fairly relaxed government restrictions. As midnight approaches, crowds gather around local landmarks like Perlan and Landakotskirkja church for the best views of the official fireworks displays.


Cape Town
New Year’s celebrations span three days in this vibrant South African city. On New Year’s Eve, the Victoria & Albert Waterfront hosts a concert and midnight fireworks display. (check out Table Mountain for unobstructed views of the fireworks).


Bangkok
This bustling metropolis’s locals and expats come together for New Year’s Eve festivities, the centerpiece of which is a massive gathering in Central World Square. The crowd numbers hundreds of thousands, and entertainment includes a spectacular light show, live concert, and video screens projecting celebrations from around the world. At midnight, of course, a series of fireworks displays illuminate the riverside. Afterward, the party continues at nightclubs and the lively beer gardens lining the streets.

 



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Best Travel Money Options

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best travel money options

Spending the wrong way abroad could be costing you, when travelling you have many options for getting the best rate. If you don’t consider your options and go and get currency at the airport or off your high fee debit card it could be costing you up to £100's.
For example if we where to spend 1000 euro.
From a Speciality credit card repaid in Full- £781
Cash, via UK Cheapest exchange- £798
Cash from the post office – £802
Using a debit card with fees (Halifax) - £829
Change at airport (Heathrow not pre-ordered)- £864
As you can see being prepared for travelling could have saved just under £100 which could have went on a romantic meal or an attraction ticket, so planning the foreign currency prior to arrival is always key. 

The best option normally is a non-sterling transaction fee credit or debit card meaning that you don’t get charged to use your card abroad for card payment and in some cases ATM’s. When travelling regularly these cards are a must travel accessory. Although the currency conversation is very important as well as the fee, when you use a credit/debit card abroad you get a choice to either get it converted by the ATM’s bank or your own card provider. Always do the transaction in the countries currency and let your own card provider convert it as it is always a better rate regardless if you get charged by your bank/card provider or not. In our experience MasterCard and AMEX exchange rates seem to be a lot better than Visa and I would always consider this when getting a travel card.

Top pick credit cards.
Halifax Clarity MasterCard
-This card has no fees when using the card abroad for card-based transactions.
-No annual fee.
-No Cash withdrawal fees but you will get charged interest from the date of the cash withdrawal but it will only be charged at standard interest rate, but this can be dodged if you either use the card only for card based transactions or pay of the cash withdrawals every couple of days.

MBNA Everyday Plus
–This card has no fees when using the card abroad.
–There are no ATM withdrawal fees home or abroad.
–Very low interest of 7.4% APR for both Cash and card Transactions.
–This card has no fees when using the card abroad.
–There are no ATM withdrawal fees home or abroad.
–Very low interest of 7.4% APR for both Cash and card Transactions.

Aqua Reward MasterCard
–This card has no fees when using the card abroad on spend based transactions.
–Has high interest 34.9% APR but if paid off at full every month this shouldn’t matter
–APR is charged on Cash Withdrawals regardless of when it paid off though.
–Overall this card is a lot easier to get compared to other travel cards, as these may require a stronger Credit file.

Other top cards:

Post Office (MasterCard) 
–No fees when using the card abroad on spend based transactions.
–0% on all purchases for the first three months
–No cash fee to buy travel money from the post office Saga (Visa)
–No fees when using the card abroad on spend based transactions.
–0% on all purchases for the first nine months
–0% Cash interest for 55 days – but a 2% fee

Nationwide's Select (Visa - for Nationwide current account customers only).
–No fees when using the card abroad on spend based transactions.
–£25 reward on your first £25 transaction
–Earn 0.5% unlimited cash back on Sterling transactions

Top Tips
Always repay in full To make the saving of no fees you need to pay of in full every month, either via direct debit or by keeping on track of it as if you don’t you will not make much gain if you are paying interest on your spend.
Beware - Foreign ATM’s charge Cash fees as well Regardless of the card you have certain ATM machines will charge there own fee and this can slowly add up, if you are going to do a cash withdrawal I would plan your spend in advance and withdraw the maximum from the ATM so you only get one charge for one large cash withdrawal instead of a lot of smaller ones over the space of a week.
Avoid- Debit cards can be the worst way to spend abroad Eight debit cards (everyday bank cards) are the worst cards. Not only do they add a load and an ATM fee, they also charge up to £1.50 EVERY time you spend on them. These card providers are- Bank of Scotland, Halifax, IF, Lloyds, Santander, TSB, NatWest/RBS. check out our charges and fees table to find out what you are getting charged.

prepaid travel card
The next option you have is a prepaid travel card or ordering currency to be delivered online, which can work out cheaper than getting physical currency at the airport or from a high street bank. But be careful, as some companies don’t let you use credit/debit cards so you are less protected.
Revolut
Weswap
FAIRFX

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ESTA USA Visa

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United States of America Visa Waiver Program

Visa Waiver Program (VMP) enables most citizens or nationals of the participating countries below to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without having to obtain a visa. So if your wanting to travel under 90 days and are a national of the participating countries you must have a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) prior to travel.

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

**To be eligible to travel under the VWP, British citizens must have the unrestricted right of permanent abode in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man.

Apply online direct from US Department of Homeland Security at a fee of $14 if you are accepted and $4 if you are denied. https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/ Visa

Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015
Under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015, travellers in the following categories are no longer eligible to travel or be admitted to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP):
-Nationals of VWP countries who have traveled to or been present in Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria on or after March 1, 2011 (with limited exceptions for travel for diplomatic or military purposes in the service of a VWP country)
-Nationals of VWP countries who are also nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria.These individuals will still be able to apply for a visa using the regular appointment process at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
For those who require a U.S. visa for urgent business, medical, or humanitarian travel to the United States, U.S. Embassies and Consulates stand ready to handle applications on an expedited basis.

In addition, as of April 1, 2016, you must have an e-passport to use the VWP. An e-Passport is an enhanced secure passport with an embedded electronic chip. The chip can be scanned to match the identity of the traveler to the passport. You can readily identify an e-Passport, because it has a unique international symbol on the cover – see photo.


 

 

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USA Six Months Passport Validity Rule For Visitors

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USA Six Months Passport Validity Rule for Visitors

Visitors travelling to the United States are required to be in possession of passports that are valid for six months beyond the period of their intended stay in the United States. Citizens of the countries listed below are exempt the six-month rule and need only have a passport valid for their intended period of stay.
In any case, your passport must be valid for your entry into the U.S. If your passport expires during your stay in the U.S., you need to get it renewed or get a new one from the embassy or consulate of your country in the U.S. If you are on a short visit to the U.S. (such as on a tourist visa, business visa etc.), it would be best to get your passport renewed before arrival into the U.S., otherwise, you will be admitted into the U.S. until the expiration date of the passport.
Algeria
Andorra
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Australia
Austria
The Bahamas
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belgium
Bermuda
Bolivia
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Bulgaria
Canada
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Cote d'Ivoire
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Fiji
Finland
France
Georgia
Germany
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guyana
Hong Kong (Certificates of Identity and Passports)
Hungary
Iceland
India
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Korea
Kuwait
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Macau
Macedonia
Madagascar
Malaysia
Malta
Mauritius
Mexico
Monaco
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua (for all passports)
Nigeria
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Romania
Russia
San Marino
Senegal
Serbia and Montenegro
Singapore
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
Sri Lanka
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Vincent and The Grenadines
Suriname
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
Taiwan
Tanzania
Thailand
Togo
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Tuvalu
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vatican (Holy See)
Venezuela
Zimbabwe

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How Long Should My Passport Be Valid For?

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How long should my Passport be valid for?
There is nothing more stressful than booking a holiday then realising your passport is expiring soon and you can’t travel to the country you have booked. Or you have to wait for a replacement passport extremely close to your departure date, in today’s culture most countries outside of the EU require up to 6 months on your passport. Only the US, Canada, Australia and the UK will let you in with Passports valid for the duration of your stay. Here is a more in-depth list below;

Australia – valid for duration of stay
Belgium – 3 months
Canada – valid for duration of stay
Dubai – 6 months
Fiji – 6 months
France – 3 months
Germany –3 months
Greece –3 months
Hong Kong – 1 month
India – 6 months (actually they say 180 days) and two blank pages in your passport.
Indonesia – 6 months
Ireland- Valid for the duration of your stay
Italy –3 months
Japan – valid for duration of stay
Malaysia – 6 months
Mexico – 6 months is recommended, although you may be able to have shorter if you can prove your length of stay is over before your passport expires.
Netherlands –3 months
New Zealand – 3 months
Oman – 6 months
Philippines – 6 months
Rarotonga (Cook Islands) – 6 months
Singapore – 6 months
Samoa – 6 months
South Africa – 1 month
Spain3 months
Tahiti – 3 months
Thailand – 6 months
UK – valid for length of stay
USA – 6 months longer than your intended stay Unless your country of origin is exempt from this requirement.
Countries- Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (certificates of identity and passports), Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom. (See full list)
Vanuatu – 6 months
Vietnam – 6 months for visa exemption.

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