Data collection and entry information for flights in the USA and flights over US territory

For flights to the USA, stopovers and flights over US territory, specific entry requirements apply. You will find helpful information on data collection and data transfer here.

Requirements for visa-free entry to the USA

Online registration is required for travel to the USA. Online registration is through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization - known as ‘ESTA’ for short.

To ESTA registration

There is 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.

Due to new regulations issued by the US authorities, any passenger traveling with an ESTA, that has traveled to Iran, Iraq, Syria or the Sudan in the past 5 years will not be eligible to travel to the US under the Visa Waiver Program. This will also affect passengers with dual citizenship of one of the above mentioned countries, intending to travel with an ESTA to the US. For those passengers all ESTAs on file may be revoked. They can only travel with a valid US Visa.

There is a fee of US$14 for 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.

You will find detailed information about ESTA here

Procedure for entry to the USA

Automated procedure for a quick entry

In the USA two automated procedures are currently used: Global Entry is by far the quickest and shortest procedure, though the Automated Passport Control (APC) procedure also reduces waiting time significantly.

Further information on the entry processes

Data collection and data transfer

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.

If passengers do not have all the necessary information at the time of booking, they can add the missing details 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.

Enter APIS data online