Summary

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake occurred outside Anchorage, Alaska on 30 November 2018 and has been followed by a series of aftershocks, including a 5.8 magnitude earthquake. Some damage to local infrastructure has been reported, prompting road closures in some areas. If you’re in an affected area, you should follow the advice of the local authorities such as Anchorage Police Department and Alaska Division of the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

California has experienced a number of large wildfires this season. Exercise caution in areas which have been recently affected by wildfires as they are more susceptible to mudslides during heavy rainfall. For more information visit the National Interagency Fire Centre and US Geospatial Multi-Agency Coordination Group websites. For more detail about wild fires in California, visit the CAL FIRE website.

The Atlantic hurricane season normally runs from June to November and can affect US coastal regions. If you’re planning travel during this period, you should stay in close contact with your airline/tour operator and accommodation provider for the latest updates on services. Hurricane preparedness and having a plan is key. See Natural disasters

You’ll need prior authorisation to enter the United States using a British passport, either through a visa, a Permanent Resident Card, or the Visa Waiver Programme. Restrictions apply depending on the type of passport you hold, your nationality, criminal history, and countries you may have recently visited. Visa and other entry conditions can change at short notice. It’s your responsibility to know and understand the rules of entry before you travel. See Entry Requirements

Around 3.8 million British nationals visit the United States every year. Most visits are trouble free. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in the USA. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. You should monitor media reports and remain vigilant at all times. See Terrorism

UK health authorities have classified the United States as having a risk of Zika virus transmission in Florida, Texas (Cameron County and Hidalgo County only), Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. See Health

You should be alert to the dangers of car and street crime. See Safety and Security

Snow storms during winter can cause delays and cancellations throughout airports in the USA. See Natural disasters

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.