I am planning to visit the US on an F1 visa and need to book tickets for the same. My passport (and all my other documents) only have a single name. My name on my (Indian) passport appears as follows:

  • Surname:______
  • Given Name: MYNAME

After some research, I found that for such a case, the F1 visa that is issued will have my name mentioned as:

  • Surname: MYNAME
  • Given Name: FNU

My question is, what would be the correct way to fill in my name when booking my ticket?


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Indeed, FNU is what you should put down.

Here's a tweet as an example from Westjet:

If you have no surname you would put all given names in the last name field and "FNU" in the first name field. Happy booking!

Etihad has this to say on booking policies:

Enter the given name in the last name field and enter the given name as FNU (First Name Unknown)

You will notice these two are the same guidance both matching the format in your question. It is indeed the same for every major airline you will encounter. Footnote for the persnickety: the technical term is "all airlines which use a GDS", exceptions are super rare, for example Allegiant Air in the US is one but they are domestic only.

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    Airlines that don't use a GDS are pretty common among the low cost market. Neither of the major European low costs airlines, Ryanair and Easyjet are on any GDS. May 9 at 19:33
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    @RoddyoftheFrozenPeas A Global Distribution System for tickets.
    – Matthew
    May 9 at 22:18
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    Not much happens. At worst you have a name collision but that's not worse than two John Smith flying on the same plane. Keep an eye on the goal: a human sees a passport and needs to find a record in a database.
    – chx
    May 10 at 1:25
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    @Criggie - are those as bad as using NULL? May 10 at 5:14

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