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Mandatory procedure: Secure Flight Program
In order to enhance the security of air travel, the Transportation Security Administration has implemented the Secure Flight Program. Secure Flight is a behind the scenes program that enhances the security of commercial air travel through the use of improved watch list matching. By collecting additional passenger data, it will improve the travel experience for all airline passengers, including those who have been misidentified in the past.
To comply with the TSA’s secure flight policy, all passengers flying to/from the U.S. or over U.S. airspace (examples: Canada, Mexico and Cuba), must provide the following information at the time of ticket issuance or no later then 72 hours prior to departure:
- Full name as it appears on passenger’s passport
- Date of birth
- Redress number (if available)
Failure to provide your personal information may result in denial of transport or denial of authority to enter the boarding area. For tickets booked on alitalia.com or through the Call Center, please provide this information to the Alitalia Call Center at 1800 223 5730. For tickets purchased through your travel agency, please contact your travel agent directly to provide the requested information.
Mandatory details can be sent or modified online, or via the call centre.
Alitalia will send the information you provide to the TSA where it will be matched against the No Fly and Selectee watch lists. Most passengers should not experience any differences when traveling.
For more information on the Secure Flight Program, visit www.tsa.gov.
Thanks to the Schengen agreement, the borders of nearly all member states of the European Union have no longer customs control and EU citizens may go around simply with their valid ID for travel abroad.
Full members of the Schengen agreement are:
Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweeden, plus Iceland and Norway (not belonging to EUc) Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hunghary, Malta, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Cyprus (foreseen entry in 2010), Bulgaria (foreseen entry in 2011), Rumania (foreseen entry in 2011). In EU countries who haven't joined the agreement (e.g. Ireland and United Kingdom), as in countries who aren't EU members, the passport is mandatory, unless there is a bilateral agreement.
Visa: citizens who aren't EU community members must obtain the entry visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the country where they're going to.
When organizing your trip, remember to double check if your passport is expired. An amendment to EU regulations requires US passports to be valid for at least 3 months beyond the period of intended stay.
You may also wish to check on other foreign entry requirements including travel visas by contacting your local embassy or consulate. To see what is required for your upcoming trip, visit the U.S. State Department travel website or visit the SkyTeam wesbsite