Entry Regulations and Customs

Entry Regulations for the USA and Canada

Here, you can find current security requirements as well as information about recording Secure Flight data and the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)

Current Security Measures for Flights to the USA and Canada

Current additional regulations apply to hand baggage carried on board on all flights to/from or via the USA and Canada.

We regret any inconvenience that these requirements issued by the authorities may cause our passengers. Condor advises its passengers to limit their hand baggage to the essential necessities and arrive at the airport in plenty of time.

Carrying Liquids, Aerosols and Gels on Board

The same regulations that apply to carrying liquids, aerosols and gels (LAG) in the EU apply to flights to the USA and Canada. For USA-bound flights, there are stricter security regulations, including those that apply to the passenger and hand baggage security checks. We therefore recommend that you allow more time than with for flights with departures to other countries.

Please take this into account during your planning.

As these special regulations may change at short notice, please check these pages again immediately prior to departure to get informed about any new or amended rules and regulations.

Do Not Carry Lighters

In addition, since 2005, the USA authorities prohibit lighters of any type from being carried in checked baggage, hand baggage and on the traveller’s person. Please make sure that you do not bring a lighter on flights to or connecting through the USA.

However, passengers on flights to destinations not within the USA are allowed to bring either a gas lighter or a pack of matches with them.

Electronic Devices at the Security Checkpoint

As of 08-07-2014, the following additional security regulations apply to all Condor flights to the USA. Among other measures, electronic devices may be subject to a functional check. Therefore, we kindly ask our passengers to make sure that their devices are charged and ready to present at the security checkpoint without any packaging or cases. Doing this will help keep the time at the security checkpoint to a minimum. Furthermore, we kindly ask our passengers with flights to the USA to give themselves plenty of time to pass through the security checkpoints.

As of: 08.07.2014

Elektronische Geräte in der Sicherheitskontrolle

Baggage Screening During Departure

As of 2003, U.S. law allows all checked baggage to be opened and searched, if necessary, before departing the country. The only notification you receive is a note in your suitcase. Please be aware that the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) will force open any bags it cannot open normally! The TSA accepts no liability for any property damage or loss as a result of this process.

We thus advise you not to lock your baggage items or place valuables in your checked baggage, since insurance companies will not pay for any damage, either. Specialised retailers offer locks that the TSA can open with a special key.



All passengers, including children, must be in possession of their own machine-readable passport. The burgundy European passport is permissible for German citizens.

Please note: Since 26 June 2012 it has been mandatory for children and toddlers to have their own machine-readable passport. Their inclusion in the passport of their parents is no longer allowed for entry into the USA. A child’s passport is permissible only in combination with a visa.

Travellers entering the USA will have their biometric data taken (digital fingerprint and photograph).

As of 26 October 2006, travellers need to have an "e-passport" with an integrated computer chip that can store biographical information from the personal data page, a digital photograph and other biographical information.


Passengers entering Canada need their own machine-readable passport. The burgundy European passport is permissible for German citizens.

Please note that as of 26 June 2012, every child – including infants – needs their own passport. Inclusion in the parents' passports is no longer permitted.

Please note that transit passengers have to comply with the same (strict) rules that U.S. visitors do. That includes, for example, passengers on return flights from Whitehorse with a stopover in Anchorage and Fairbanks.

These rules also apply to all passengers who have booked a combined Canada / USA trip and whose return flight originates in the USA.

In this case, also children (2 to 12 years) and infants (up to 2 years) need a machine-readable passport.

As of: 30 April 2012

Providing the first holiday address during check-in for travellers flying to the USA

The following information about your holiday destination must be presented at check-in by non-US citizens travelling to the USA:

  • Address (street and house number)
  • City
  • State
  • ZIP code (post code)

Please enter this information prior to departure in the online “API data form”, so that our passengers do not have wait longer at check-in.

The online form (API data form) for entering the 1st holiday address can be found here:

API Data Form
Data Protection Information for Flights to the USA

Additional information: The Canadian authorities also expect airlines to provide personal data.
Please note that these requirements also
apply to USA transit passengers.