Advanced Passenger Information is also referred to as API or E-Borders.
The UK Home Office requires airlines to collect API from passengers before their date of travel on routes to and from the UK. Your airline is therefore legally required to collect and pass information concerning your travel documentation, date of birth and nationality to border control. It is therefore essential that you supply this information to your airline before your date of travel. Failure to do so could result in you being refused travel.
API information is required for the following airlines and can be submitted online:
Your airline reservation number is located on your ticket/s and you can submit API directly on your airline's website.
API information for the following flights will be collected at check-in for your flight:
Balkan Holidays Air (BH Air)
Enter Air (winter flights only)
Norwegian (winter flights only)
Jet2 Charter (winter flights only)
Bulgaria Air (winter flights only)
If you do not see your airline listed above please contact our Reservations team on 0207 543 5555.
The e-Borders Initiative
To help improve security at the UK borders, the UK Home Office has implemented the e-Borders programme. The function of e-Borders will be to collect specific data of every person that crosses our border controls. Your airlines are legally required to collect and pass this specific data to the UK Border Agency. For more information please visit the e-Borders website. Please supply this information for all passengers listed on your booking, including children and infants, from the travel documents that will be used for this journey 1 month before departure. If this information is incomplete, inaccurate or does not match the document presented on the day of travel, you may not be allowed to board your flight."
What is API?
Advance Passenger Information/API refers to specific passport information including:
• passport number
• passport issue date
• country which issued your passport
• passport expiry date
• given names (as they appear on the passport)
• last name
• date of birth
How Can I Submit My API?
This will be done directly with your airline (scheduled and low cost airlines) and can be submitted once you receive your tickets, for all other carriers API will be taken at check-in at the airport.
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