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APIS, ESTA and eTA

All who travel to the United States, Canada or the United Kingdom need to submit their Advance Passenger Information (API).

For many passengers headed to the USA, an ESTA is required. If you are heading to Canada, an eTA may be necessary. 

On this site, you can read more about API/APIS, ESTA and eTA, submit your APIS information, and apply for ESTA or eTA travel authorization via the official government application systems.

Apply for ESTA  Apply for eTA

API and APIS

Requirements for flights to and from Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States 

Three countries within the Icelandair route network require certain passenger information to be transmitted prior to departure for all flights to and from the country. These are the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

This information is generally referred to as Advance Passenger Information (API) or Travel Document Information (TDI). This is the information that is displayed on the biodata page of your passport. API is gathered at check-in for flights to Canada and the United Kingdom.

The U.S. requires more advance on certain data elements. Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) is API information required by U.S. authorities of all persons travelling to and from the country. All air carriers, including Icelandair, are bound by law to transmit API/APIS information prior to departure. Passengers must provide this information or risk being denied passage.

ATTENTION: We kindly ask passengers that are travelling to and from the United States to use the electronic APIS to update their API/APIS information, if it has not already been done during reservation. You can find provide and update your APIS information via Manage Your Booking.

For travel to and from Canada and the United Kingdom, the API information is completed at check-in.

 

Electronic System Travel Authorization (ESTA)

All passengers travelling to the USA under the Visa Waiver Program must obtain an Electronic System Travel Authorization (ESTA) in advance of departure. 

Apply for ESTA 

It is the responsibility of the passenger to secure an ESTA authorisation prior to departure.

Due to a directive from the US authorities, passengers from Visa Waiver Program countries can expect to be denied passage if they have neither a valid ESTA authorisation nor a visa presented prior to departure. Violations are subject to penalties and other by-laws.

Travellers should submit the application online at least 72 hours prior to departure. In most cases, the application is handled immediately, and you will receive an instant answer online.

All Visa Waiver Program travelers to the US will be required to pay a fee when submitting their ESTA application through the ESTA website. Credit card or debit card payment is required.

Once the application has been approved, it will be valid for two years. Thereafter, only the required travel information needs to be updated in the system prior to departure, that is:

  • city of departure
  • flight number
  • address in the United States

More detailed information can be found on your local U.S. embassy website or at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security site. There is also information at Welcome to ESTA.

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

Citizens of certain countries and territories need a visa to visit or transit Canada. Further information on visa requirements and visa exemptions can be found on http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas-all.asp.

For other passengers, Canada has introduced a mandatory entry requirement, known as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for visa-exempt foreign nationals traveling to or transiting through Canada by air. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid visa.

Travellers will need an eTA before they can board their flight to Canada. Eligible travellers can apply online. To find out more, visit Canada.ca/eTA.

Apply for eTA