Travel Advice

The current advice from the UK Contingent in regard to travel is provided below. Please check this page regularly for updates.

All Unit members (Unit Leader and young people) require appropriate documentation to enter the USA and Canada.

All IST members require appropriate documentation to enter the USA. Where IST members are undertaking Optional Additional tours, they are responsible for obtaining the appropriate documentation.

Passport and travel documentation on which you intend to travel will be required for the next phase of registration which has now opened. The deadline for this information to be uploaded to EventsAir will be the 22nd January 2019. You may need to take action NOW to ensure you have the correct travel documentation.

You may need to take action NOW to ensure you have the correct travel documentation.

Additional Advice for IST on eTAs

The UK Contingent has reconsidered its advice to members of the IST in relation to the need for eTA. The UK Contingent now consider that eTAs are not required for members of the IST, with the exception of those undertaking the Additional Option Tour in Canada.

Those members of the IST who had followed our original travel advice and had obtained an eTA, and are not considering travel to Canada, will be eligible for a refund on their eTA from the UK Contingent. More information about this process will be launched in due course.

It is the responsibility of individual IST members to obtain their own specific advice on the need for travel documentation for Additional Optional Tours, and Travel Places will advise on what is required.

British Passport Holders Only

This option is for those travelling on a British passport (with ‘British Citizen’) and do not have dual nationality with the USA or Canada.

Documentation

All members of the UK Contingent are responsible for holding a valid passport. It is recommended that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return travel date.

Requirements – USA

You will require prior authorisation to enter the United States through the Visa Waiver Programme (WVP). This means that you are required to purchase an ESTA; which allows travel to the USA for up to 90 days.

In order to be issued with an ESTA you will need to meet certain requirements. These are:

  • Your passport is an ‘ePassport’ with this internationally recognised symbol on the front cover;
  • You haven’t been arrested for certain crimes, even if a criminal conviction didn’t result;
  • You aren’t a dual national of Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria;
  • You haven’t travelled to Libya, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen since March 2011; and
  • You can show that you have enough funds available on arrival to support yourself during your stay, even if you’re staying with family and friends.

Certain exemptions apply on a case-by-case basis to those who have travelled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011. For more information, see the website of the US Customs and Border Protection Agency or contact the US Embassy.

The ESTA form will ask you for a US Point of Contact Address. Please use the following address:

Summit Bechtel Reserve
2550 Jack Furst Drive
Glen Jean
WV 25846
Tel: (304) 465-2800

Passport Validity and ESTA Validity

When you apply for your ESTA, it is tightly linked to a specific passport. This ‘linkage’ has a couple of implications. Firstly, if your passport expires during the standard two-year validity period of your ESTA, you will no longer be able to use that specific ESTA. This is still the case even if you renew your passport, as the details on the ESTA form correspond specifically with the passport that you had at the time of the application. Under such circumstances, you would need to apply for a new ESTA when you have your new passport – there’s no such thing as an ‘ESTA renewal’ but applying for an ESTA multiple times is perfectly fine.

Application Form
Please click here to apply for your ESTA. Please note that there are some unofficial sites that incur additional unnecessary costs.

Requirements – Canada

In order to transit through or travel to Canada, you will require an electronic travel authorisation (eTA). This authorisation is valid for up to five years or whenever your passport expires, whichever is sooner.

For help with applying for your eTA, please use the following document created by the Canadian authorities. It provides many helpful points to note when completing your application.

Passport Validity and eTA Validity

When you apply for your eTA, it is tightly linked to a specific passport. This ‘linkage’ has a couple of implications. Firstly, if your passport expires during the standard five-year validity period of your eTA, you will no longer be able to use that specific eTA. This is still the case even if you renew your passport, as the details on the eTA form correspond specifically with the passport that you had at the time of the application. Under such circumstances, you would need to apply for a new eTA when you have your new passport – there’s no such thing as an ‘aTA renewal’ but applying for an eTA multiple times is perfectly fine.

Application Form

Please click here to apply for your eTA.

 

PLEASE NOTE – IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE THE CORRECT DOCUMENTATION TO ENTER THE USA AND CANADA.

UK/US Dual National

This option is for those that hold a British Passport and an American passport.

Documentation

All members of the UK Contingent are responsible for holding a valid passport. It is advised that your passports are valid for 6 months after your return travel date.

Requirements – USA

As a US passport holder, you are unable to obtain an ESTA. You will need to take your US passport and your British passport to the Jamboree. This is because US law determines that you must enter the US on your US passport.

Requirements – Canada

As a US passport holder, you are not required to obtain an eTA for Canada. This is because, as a US citizen, you are able to travel to and via Canada on your US passport.

 

PLEASE NOTE – IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE THE CORRECT DOCUMENTATION TO ENTER THE USA AND CANADA.

UK/Canada Dual National

This option is for those that hold a British Passport and a Canadian passport.

Documentation

All members of the UK Contingent are responsible for holding a valid passport. It is advised that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return travel date.

Requirements – USA

As a Canadian passport holder, you do not need to obtain an ESTA. This is because you are able to enter the USA on your Canadian passport.

Requirements – Canada

As a Canadian passport holder, you are unable to obtain an eTA. You will need to take your Canadian passport and your British passport to the Jamboree.

 

PLEASE NOTE – IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE THE CORRECT DOCUMENTATION TO ENTER THE USA AND CANADA.

Passport Holder of Another Country

This option is for those who are not covered by the other options, and are intending to travel to the Jamboree on another Country’s passport.

Documentation

All members of the UK Contingent are responsible for holding a valid passport. It is generally recommended that you have 6 months additional validity after your return travel date. You will need to check with your government authority whether you require your passport to be valid for an additional period of time.

Requirements – USA

You will need to check with your government authority about what visa requirements you require to enter the USA. You may be able to obtain an ESTA through the US Customs and Border Protection Website.

Requirements – Canada

You will need to check with your government authority about what visa requirements you require to enter Canada. You may be able to obtain an eTA through the Canadian government website.

 

PLEASE NOTE – IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE THE CORRECT DOCUMENTATION TO ENTER THE USA AND CANADA.