Secure Flight

Under the ‘Secure Flight’ programme of the United States Transport Security Administration (TSA), passengers are required to provide additional personal information for flights to the USA. This regulation also applies to flyovers across US territory, i.e. flights to and from Canada, Mexico and other countries in Central America, for example, which are scheduled to enter American airspace.

Further information about Secure Flight


Regulations for visa-free entry to the USA

Online registration is required for travel to the USA. There is also a duty on airlines to verify ESTA travel information: the transport of passengers wishing to enter the USA without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program will be prohibited if passengers have not received an electronic entry permit in advance from the US authorities. Online registration is through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization - known as "ESTA" for short. Please note that without a visa or ESTA registration you will no longer be able to board your flight to the USA.

You will find detailed information about ESTA here


ESTA registration for visa-free entry to the USA

There is a fee of $ 14 for the ESTA registration. As it is valid for two years you should register as early as possible. Lufthansa further recommends that you take a print out of this entry permission with you on your journey. Registration can also be done by third parties, such as family members.

To ESTA registration


Online input of additional APIS data for entry to the USA

For flights to the USA, airlines are legally obliged to transmit passenger data to the US authorities via the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS). This rule does not apply to passengers with a permanent resident permit (‘green card’) or to transit passengers. Besides the passport data, the following information is required:

  • Country of Residence
  • Full first address during the stay in the USA:
    • Number
    • Street
    • City
    • State
    • Zip code

Lufthansa passengers booking online can enter the required additional APIS data directly at the end of the booking process. Passengers who have not booked online can also add the required information themselves using the link below. This is one of the ways in which Lufthansa is enhancing the check-in process and simplifying customers' travel preparations for flights to the USA.

If passengers do not have all the necessary information at the time of booking, the missing details can be added later. By entering their name and Filekey (booking reference) here or in the password-protected area under "My account", they can retrieve their booking and complete their data entries.

Entering additional APIS data online is basically possible for all Lufthansa flights to the USA.

Enter additional APIS data online


Form for entry to the USA

Travellers can, of course, also use our paper form, which is available here for downloading. To avoid prolonging check-in and boarding times and ensure punctual departure, please be sure to have the required data ready in writing for presenting when you check in.

Download the APIS form