A friend from England with a 90-day passport was coming to see me. She was told she would need 700 pounds cash on hand before flying. True?
A good friend from England was coming to visit me. She has a 90-day British passport but was told at Heathrow Airport she could not fly to the U.S. without a minimum of 700 pounds cash on hand, i.e. sufficient travel allowance. Is this true or just a scam?
Sounds true. Most countries need you to show evidence that you can support yourself for the time you'll be there and have a ticket home, or the money with which to buy one. This is a method to show you are a bone fide visitor and not intending to enter the country to stay permanently.
If you're friend has a return ticket and a credit card, that should be enough proof they're a genuine visitor. almost 8 years ago
There are many possible flags or details about a traveler's ticketing or itinerary that can prompt asking for proof of sufficient funds. I think it can and does vary from person to person. I have crossed many borders where suficient funds/return ticket are clearly stipulated in the entry requirements information but was never asked to show proof.
Not sure about how something at Heathrow could be scamming-it's either the airline check in desk or immigration that would convey those details to your friend, so doubtful it's a scam. Best thing is to look at the State Department's website for more infromation:
http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1262.html#3 almost 8 years ago