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airoli Nov 12, 15 11:03 am

This is being answered here. I suggest continuing the discussion over there.

starflyergold Nov 12, 15 2:42 pm


Originally Posted by olko (Post 25702971)
Hello, I just booked a Turkish Airlines flight BUD -> IST -> JFK and I want to fill APIS information in my bookings menu, but there is only Visa Info option and I am going to USA on ESTA. I cant enter my ESTA number, it wont let me click on Next. What should I do? As far as I know, APIS is required while flying to US.

Thank you very much

Welcome to FT and the TK forum. You can enter all of this at check in. No need to do it in advance.

olko Dec 14, 15 11:50 pm

Thank you
 
Thank you for your responses, you helped me alot.

nacho Dec 15, 15 1:31 am


Originally Posted by starflyergold (Post 25704503)
Welcome to FT and the TK forum. You can enter all of this at check in. No need to do it in advance.

Do you mean OLCI? OR it's easier if I do that when I physically checking in at the airport?

We are 5 people travelling and I found entering that information 5 times is brutal (mostly due to TK's IT system).

starflyergold Dec 15, 15 1:47 am


Originally Posted by nacho (Post 25866027)
Do you mean OLCI? OR it's easier if I do that when I physically checking in at the airport?

We are 5 people travelling and I found entering that information 5 times is brutal (mostly due to TK's IT system).

It's easier at the airport, let the agent do the typing. :D

nacho Dec 16, 15 1:26 am


Originally Posted by starflyergold (Post 25866061)
It's easier at the airport, let the agent do the typing. :D

Last time we were scolded by an agent for not doing it online at CPH :td:

It's not my "duty" to do it before, right?

LH4116 Dec 16, 15 1:59 pm

When booking your ticket to the USA, you'll be asked to enter your passport information just before the payment stage.

nacho Dec 17, 15 1:26 am


Originally Posted by LH4116 (Post 25874819)
When booking your ticket to the USA, you'll be asked to enter your passport information just before the payment stage.

Booked through OTA so no one asked me for anything. 1 C award ticket is booked through TK online but again never ask for passport info - ticketed at TK HKG office, again nothing about passport info.

Ardecos Dec 19, 15 5:50 am

TK seem to have a bit of a problem with documentation for international arrivals. I arrived in Taipei this evening from Istanbul and during the flight the FAs handed out visa application forms for entry to Taiwan. Fortunately, I have been to Taiwan before and knew that this was nonsense for many people (I am from the UK and so I am visa-exempt) and the visa form also asked for two passport photos, as if many people boarding a flight have a stock of passport photos in their hand luggage. Anyway, at Taipei I collected a landing card (not handed out by TK on the flight) and had no problems with immigration. However, I noticed many less fortunate people handing over the visa form and being told to go away and fill in a landing card.

Palmer Oct 12, 16 2:12 pm

TK still don't appear to have sorted this issue. I am unable to proceed from this page because it requires details of my visa. I don't have a visa. My passport falls under the Visa Waiver Program. I don't have that information.

I don't particularly want to faff around at an airport check-in desk. I travel with hand baggage only and avoid any sort of transactions or queues etc. at desks, preferring to go directly to security. I'll be connecting to TK airside in any event.

Can this be done over the phone or the at the gate?

Palmer

nacho Oct 13, 16 2:12 am

Going to the US with TK hasn't been that easy for us - not sure because we travelled with kids.

When we got to IST - at the gate to IAH flight we were asked for our return tickets print out. I said I have it electronically and he could also call the PNRs to see the e-tickets. Then he said where's our ESTA approval print out - I said we don't print it out as you can also see if it's approved or not. I had a screenshot in my laptop and I told him that I can show him that if he needs to. He called someone and after a while he let us through.

Then of course we were subjected to extra screening - all the pax with kids were told to do secondary screening. I flew with SK ex-CPH and none of this ever happened to us.

miamiflyer8 Oct 20, 16 4:11 am


Originally Posted by nacho (Post 27339982)
Going to the US with TK hasn't been that easy for us - not sure because we travelled with kids.

When we got to IST - at the gate to IAH flight we were asked for our return tickets print out. I said I have it electronically and he could also call the PNRs to see the e-tickets. Then he said where's our ESTA approval print out - I said we don't print it out as you can also see if it's approved or not. I had a screenshot in my laptop and I told him that I can show him that if he needs to. He called someone and after a while he let us through.

Then of course we were subjected to extra screening - all the pax with kids were told to do secondary screening. I flew with SK ex-CPH and none of this ever happened to us.

I agree, transiting from the EU to the US is tiring. When we landed we were directed to transit security even if EU arrivals are clean and there was a Gözen rep. manning the airside passage, he asked where I was going and I said "Miami". He then told me to proceed thru the transit checkpoint "Because US flight".


Well security was breeze but what was going on at the gate pain in the a**. When I got there, both TK and Gözen security had to do the visa check and ended up with 4 stickers on my passport. And of course return tickets and esta printouts and blood samples were asked for.

After that came a counter you had to give your bp and passport and his job was to make sure you have all the stickers and direct you to secondary screening if you're SSSS or you look suspicious.

As luck would have it I got SSSS on my bp which also sent me to secondary at the gate and that took around 10 mins where they swabbed my hands for explosives and searched every crevice of my backpack.

Suffice to say from getting to the gate to the plane was an hour long process even if you had fast lane access.

nacho Oct 20, 16 12:22 pm


Originally Posted by miamiflyer8 (Post 27370313)
I agree, transiting from the EU to the US is tiring. When we landed we were directed to transit security even if EU arrivals are clean and there was a Gözen rep. manning the airside passage, he asked where I was going and I said "Miami". He then told me to proceed thru the transit checkpoint "Because US flight".


Well security was breeze but what was going on at the gate pain in the a**. When I got there, both TK and Gözen security had to do the visa check and ended up with 4 stickers on my passport. And of course return tickets and esta printouts and blood samples were asked for.

After that came a counter you had to give your bp and passport and his job was to make sure you have all the stickers and direct you to secondary screening if you're SSSS or you look suspicious.

As luck would have it I got SSSS on my bp which also sent me to secondary at the gate and that took around 10 mins where they swabbed my hands for explosives and searched every crevice of my backpack.

Suffice to say from getting to the gate to the plane was an hour long process even if you had fast lane access.

Really don't understand the ordeal about flying to the US from IST. Once those stupid Gozen forgot to put a sticker on one of our passports - we were stopped at the jetway after 3 various screenings. Fortunately we didn't have to go back and they just told us to wait and put back that stupid sticker on the back on one of the passports.

Flying SK ex-CPH was a breeze compared to this - really don't understand the reason behind this insane security.

miamiflyer8 Oct 20, 16 1:31 pm


Originally Posted by nacho (Post 27372058)
Really don't understand the ordeal about flying to the US from IST. Once those stupid Gozen forgot to put a sticker on one of our passports - we were stopped at the jetway after 3 various screenings. Fortunately we didn't have to go back and they just told us to wait and put back that stupid sticker on the back on one of the passports.

Flying SK ex-CPH was a breeze compared to this - really don't understand the reason behind this insane security.

Well for me it was the cheap fare and the lounge that attracted me.

danielonn Oct 21, 16 6:05 pm

Usually I can add the Advanced Passenger Information along with my passport# after booking my reservation and I do this via the airline's website when I go to select the seats and request special meals etc.

The machine readable passports store all the information and the Ticket Counter Agent swipes the passport which will populate the information on the screen confirming if its all correct. Then the Agent presses a key to spit out the boarding passes with an "API or DOCS OK" message so you will not need to present yourself at the gate.

The API information needs to be entered in advance of boarding the flight whether you do it yourself online after purchase, during online checkin or at the airport it just needs to be done before you board as the manifest is then sent to the proper authorities at US Customs, Department of Homeland Security, European authorities.

If you are on a no fly list the system will show an error message like"API Error" or Passenger Error" cannot proceed with cehckin or Enter Redress# with a supervisor needing to be called who will then in turn call the authorities to validate or deny your travel.

As for ESTA when you go online to get your ESTA its linked to your passport. This must be done at least 72 hours prior to travel. While you may be able to get it later than that I would not risk it. The agent will see that your ESTA has been approved. If you do not have an ESTA or if its not approved you will then be denied boarding and you may be switched to a later flight while you work out the issue.

I hope this helps.


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