Passport and Visa

    Passport and visa on your trip

    We help you prepare your trip in the best possible manner. Please read through the information below describing what you need to keep in mind regarding passports and visas when you are traveling to different parts of the world. You can read more about passports and identity documentation at your local authorities. 

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT UNACCOMPANIED MINORS: If you are a parent or legal guardian for an unaccompanied minor, you must always produce a valid identity document at Check-in regardless of destination. 


    SAS keeps up with the entire US – from coast to coast. Here are a few things you need to be extra mindful of when you travel to the US – or via the US (in transit).

    • Important to remember before your trip to the US:
      • Your passport
      • Your booking and address on your first night in the US
      • Your travel authorization (ESTA)
      • Your check-in 
      • Your baggage
    • When arriving in the US: In accordance with the US VISIT Program, all passengers traveling to the US must be fingerprinted and photographed upon arrival. 

    Your passport

    • When you travel to or through the US, you need a machine-readable biometric passport which is valid throughout your visit in the US. A biometric passport has a special symbol on the front of the passport and is a more secure type of passport with an embedded electronic chip.

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires you to provide your full name, date of birth, and gender for the purpose of watch list screening, under the authority of 49 U.S.C. section 114, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 and 49 C.F.R parts 1540 and 1560. You may also provide your Redress Number, if available. Failure to provide your full name, date of birth, and gender may result in denial of transport or denial of authority to enter the boarding area. The TSA may share information you provide with law enforcement or intelligence agencies or others under its published system of record notice. For more information on TSA privacy policies, or to review the system of records notice and privacy impact assessment, visit the TSA website.


    • If you do not have a biometric passport, or if you plan on staying for more than 90 days, you must obtain an American visa before you depart.

    Your booking and address on your first night in the US

    • Information in your booking – name including middle name, as well as gender and date of birth – must agree with the information in your passport.

    • Your information must be included in your booking no later than 72 hours before departure, or you may be denied entry to the aircraft. Keep in mind that you are personally responsible for providing the information to SAS in time. 

    • For bookings made later than 72 hours before departure, you must provide the personal information described above when you make your booking.

    • You must provide your address for your first night in the US to SAS no later than at check-in. This applies even if you are traveling via the US (in transit). To save time at the airport, you can provide this information when you make your booking. If you are an American citizen or possess a green card you do not need to provide an address. 

    If you have applied to the American authorities for a Redress Number (for example if you have had repeated problems in obtaining approval for a boarding pass, you should provide this number together with your personal details.

    If you are an American citizen, flying with an American airline and have applied for and received a Known Traveler Number, you can enter it here

    Your travel authorization (ESTA)

    • Scandinavia is covered by the Visa Waiver Program. With this, you do not need a visa to travel to the US but you do require a travel authorization (ESTA). This applies even if you are traveling via the US (in transit). Application for travel authorization (ESTA)
    • If you have a visa you do not need to apply for ESTA. 

    Here is a list of the countries included in the Visa Waiver Program where you are required to have an approved ESTA travel authorization to enter.

    Andorra Ireland Monaco Slovenia
    Australia Iceland The Netherlands Spain
    Belgium Italy New Zealand Great Britain
    Brunei Japan Norway Sweden
    Denmark Latvia Portugal South Korea
    Estonia Lichtenstein San Marino Czech Republic
    Finland Lithuania Switzerland Germany
    France Luxemburg Singapore Hungary
    Greece Malta Slovakia Austria
    • The information in your booking – name including middle name, as well as gender and date of birth – must agree with the information in your passport. 

    • The application for a travel authorization must be made on the ESTA website at least 72 hours before departure. In most cases, your application is processed immediately and you will receive an answer online within a few seconds, although it can take longer.

    • As a passenger, you are responsible for submitting an application for ESTA and getting it approved. Be careful to ensure that you have completed the application so that all the passport information is correct.

    • At Check-in, a check will be performed to ensure that you have an approved ESTA based on the information that is electronically read from your passport. 

    • You may not board a flight to the US if you do not have a visa or an approved ESTA.

    • An approved ESTA is valid for 2 years and for several trips into the US. If you renew your passport, you must apply for a new ESTA. Each ESTA application costs USD 14.

    Your Check-in

    • You can check in online, on your mobile or at SAS Self Service kiosks

    • If you will be traveling from Stockholm to the US, you can check in and obtain your baggage tags at a SAS Self Service kiosk. You then drop your baggage off at the staffed counters marked SAS bag drop. 

    • Always carry a printout of the ticket you received by email. You also need to carry this printout if you are continuing to the US and on your return trip home. 

    Your baggage

    If you are traveling to, from or via the US, there are a few things you should keep in mind about your baggage.

    • Do not lock your bag. If your bag is locked and broken open by the authorities, you will receive no compensation for any damage. If you want to lock your bag, we recommend you use a TSA lock which is approved by the authorities in the US.

    • Avoid carrying hazardous substances in your baggage as this is a punishable offense under American law.

    According to American law, it is prohibited to carry hazardous substances in a carry-on or in the cabin. A violation may result in imprisonment of five years and fines of USD 250,000 or more (49 U.S.C. 5124).

    Hazardous substances include:  

    • explosives
    • compressed gases
    • flammable liquids and substances
    • oxidizing agents
    • poisons
    • corrosive and radioactive substances

    Examples: Paints, lighter fluid, fireworks, tear gas, oxygen canisters and radiopharmaceuticals. Exceptions are made for smaller quantities of medications and toiletry items (up to a total of 1,985 grams) in checked baggage and certain tobacco items in a carry-on. Read more at the Federal Aviation Administration's website


    Canada is introducing a new entry requirement, Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to or transiting through Canada by air. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travelers with a valid visa.

    Apply for your eTA no later than 72 hours before your flight. The eTA is valid for a maximum of 5 years, or until your passport expires. To make sure that you can board your flight to Canada, you will need to travel with the passport you used to apply for your ETA, as the ETA is electronically linked to it. All passengers are responsible for ensuring they have registered with eTA. Find out more and apply


    Prague, Paris, Barcelona. See the best of Europe – we will help you unravel the terminology related to passports and identity cards.

    Traveling in the Nordic countries

    • As a Nordic citizen you do not need to carry your passport for travel within the Nordic countries (Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway excluding Svalbard and Iceland). However, you must always be able to verify your identity upon request. 

    Schengen countries

    • Individual border security checks have now been eliminated for travel between Schengen countries. Nevertheless, you require a passport or the new national identity card since those are the only pieces of documentation verifying your citizenship. 

    Schengen countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

    • Exceptions within Schengen countries: Latvian and Estonian authorities require a passport or national identity card upon both arrival and departure. When you travel from France you must present a valid Identity card or passport when departing.

    • Travel outside of Schengen countries: If you are traveling to a Non-Schengen destination, you will always be asked to show your passport at check-in and before you board the aircraft. 

    Traveling children

    • Regardless of age, children must have their own passports confirming their nationality. This applies also if they are traveling with an adult. 

    • If you are a parent or legal guardian for an unaccompanied minor, you must always produce a valid identity document at Check-in regardless of destination. 

    Great Britain

    Experience the vibrancy of the big cities in Great Britain and picturesque villages amid lush, green countryside. We have assembled important reminders before your trip to Great Britain.

    • British authorities require that all airlines must submit APIS (Advanced Passenger Information) for passengers traveling between Scandinavia and Great Britain. 

    • Information from your passport must be provided at Check-in. Have your passport ready when you check in online, at a kiosk or at a counter.

    • If you are checking in on your phone, passport registration takes place when you check in your baggage. If you are traveling with only a carry-on instead, you need to register your passport information at an SAS Self Service kiosk at the airport.
    • If you are traveling to/from Great Britain or Ireland, you baggage may not weigh more than 32 kg/71 lbs. Baggage weighing more than 32 kg/71 lbs must be sent as air freight.

    • Travel with animals: Only guide dogs and service dogs are permitted in the cabin when you travel to/from Great Britain and Ireland. Other animals are not permitted either in the cabin or in the cargo hold. However, you can send your pet as air freight.


    Sense the tide of history in Russia. Before you travel from, within and across Russia, you need to undergo an extra passport and visa check. Please also be aware of the extra passenger information required when booking your ticket. 

    Passport and visa

    • You must have arranged for your visa before departing for Russia. You cannot apply for a visa when arriving in Russia. 

    • Before departing, you must ensure that you have the following items: 
      • Your must have a valid passport which is 100% intact and contains a passport photo 
      • Your visa must be valid on the day you travel to Russia and must be inserted in a valid passport
      • Gender, date of birth and passport number must be correctly stated on your visa
      • Your visa can be used more than one time 
      • You must have travel insurance (requirement for citizens from Schengen countries and Israel)
      • That you have undergone HIV testing (applies if you are applying for a visa for more than 3 months)
    • If you will be living privately in Russia, you must have an official private invitation, issued by the local passport and visa unit (OVIR).

    • If you will be staying at a hotel, the hotel can arrange for an invitation.

    • Visa requirements apply for trips to or through Russia. If a visa is issued with the incorrect travel date, you may be denied travel to Russia with SAS. 

    If you are traveling to Belarus via Moscow, generally you must have a Russian transit visa. Read more at the Russian embassy website

    Extra information in your booking

    • For trips to, from, within and across Russia, you must provide extra passenger information in your booking no later than 24 hours before departure. You need to provide:
      • Your full name: first name, middle name, last name
      • Gender
      • Date of birth
      • Type of identity document, such as passport 
      • Identity document number, such as passport number 
      • Nationality 
    • As a passenger you are responsible for supplying this information to SAS on time. If you have not provided this information when booking your ticket, contact your travel agency or register your information here

    • If you book your trip less than 24 hours before departure, you must provide this information when you book.

    Rest of the world

    Know no borders – discover the world with SAS. We would like to remind you that when traveling to countries outside of the Schengen area you must carry the documents required for entry into each respective country. 

    • Examples of the required documents: 
      • Passport
      • Visa
      • Electronic Travel Authority (when traveling to Australia)
      • Exit permit
      • Vaccination certificate 
    • Contact each respective country's embassy for more detailed information before your trip.

    Traveling to China

    For international flights, ensure that you have the documents required for entry to the countries where you are travelling to. They must prove your citizenship. These documents may include:

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