Travelling to the USA on a Visa Waiver – Travel information – New EPassport rules

From 1 April 2016, all travellers to the US using the Visa Waiver Program must have a biometric passport (sometimes called an “ePassport”) or they won’t be allowed into the United States of America by Homeland Security. This could mean millions of Brits hoping to travel to the USA – despite having a current valid passport – could still be refused entry after a change to the country’s entry requirements.

“All travellers wishing to enter the US under the Visa Waiver Program now need to hold a passport with an integrated chip (an ePassport). Your passport is an ePassport if it carries this internationally recognised symbol on the front cover.”


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