Additional Passenger Information (API) – Why Do I Need it?
Making sure you've prepped for your holiday is key to enjoying your break. Sun cream, check, someone to water the plants, check, additional passenger information (API)
Apart from the essentials, API is not something you can go on holiday without
in most countries. But what is it, and how do you satisfy the criteria?
What is API?
Additional passenger information is data required by the government of the country you are visiting
for your holiday. This information is required before you enter the country, so you have to send it on prior to taking your flight
. You can submit the information online via your airline's website in most cases.
Some countries that require API are:
- United States
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
General information you need for all destinations includes: your name exactly as it appears on your passport, gender, date of birth, passport number, country of issues and expiry date, and your nationality.
For some countries, there is additional information that is required e.g. the US requires your country of residence and the address of where you will be saying for the first night – this is often completed via the Electronic Advance Passenger Information System (eAPIS)
Why Should I Give Over My Information?
Simply put, if you don’t supply this information before your holiday, you won't be able to board the flight
. Although it may seem like an extra cautious step to take, all countries want to be sure of those they are letting through their front doors.
The country which you are visiting will use the information you provided to them to conduct routine checks on your identity
before you arrive in their country. This is necessary for the safety and wellbeing of yourself and others travelling to that destination.