Advance passenger information
For security reasons, the US, most EU States and other countries now require airlines to provide details about their passengers before they travel. This is known as Advance Passenger Information (API).
API data requirements apply to certain countries such as Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Barbados, Bermuda, Canada, China (except Hong Kong), Cuba, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and USA. Adding Advance Passenger Information (where applicable) in advance will speed up check-in for flights. Please proceed to the your airline's website, you will be required to enter your airline reference number situated in the 'Airline Info' section at the top of your E-ticket receipt.
For 'Viewtrip' documents the reference is situated as the Airline Confirmation number in the 'Flight Information' section.
Many governments around the world require some passport and travel information from airlines about the people flying into their country. The Advance Passenger Information, sometimes called API or APIS, is collected by the airline before you check in online, or at an airport check-in desk or kiosk.
You will be required to supply some or all of the following details:
|Your full name (as it appears on your passport)
||Your date of birth
|Your passport number
||Your passport expiry date
|The country that issued your passport
||Your country of residence
Additionally, on US flights, you will be asked for:
|The destination address of your first night’s stay
|Alien Registration Number (Green Card) for those who have US residency
|Redress number if you have one (this enables travellers who have experienced problems entering the US to avoid future difficulties — learn more at dhs.gov/trip)
What happens to my information?
The information you provide is sent securely to the necessary government authorities.
Some governments require airlines to provide them with information from customer flight bookings, and these will contain additional passenger details as those listed above.
Legal statement for US flights
The Transportation Security Administration of the US Department of Homeland Security requires us to collect information from you for purposes of watch list screening, under the authority of 49 U.S.C. section 114, and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. Providing this information is voluntary; however, if it is not provided, you may be subject to additional screening or denied transport or authorization to enter a sterile area. TSA may share information you provide with law enforcement or intelligence agencies or others under its published system of records notice. For more on TSA Privacy policies, or to view the system of records notice and the privacy impact assessment, please see TSA's website at tsa.gov.
How to provide Advance Passenger Information
You can add Advance Passenger Information to your booking using the Manage My Booking section on the airlines website.
You can click here for a list of airlines with links to the Manage My Booking section.