US Enforces New Visa And Passport Requirements

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Some travellers to the US have recently reported frustrations and denial of entry due to a new regulation that came into effect on 1 April 2016.

In addition to required documentation for visas issued to foreign nationals – including immigrant visas, non-immigrant visas, non-immigrant visa waiver programme (VWP) as well as transit visas – the official web portal of the US government states, ‘…you must have an e-Passport to use the VWP’.

It describes an e-Passport as follows: ‘An e-Passport is an enhanced secure passport with an embedded electronic chip. The chip can be scanned to match the identity of the traveller to the passport. E-Passports are issued by the proper passport-issuing authority and must be in compliance with standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation. You can readily identify an e-Passport because it has a unique international symbol on the cover. More about e-Passports is available on the DHS website.”

International travellers seeking to visit the US under the VWP must submit an application through the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA).

Compiled by: Melissa Jane Cook. Source: Travel and meetings. 

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Bewitched by the magic of France, Melissa Jane Cook is an intrepid explorer. A lover of traversing the globe, she eagerly absorbs different cultures and laps up the magnificent oceanic experiences. Wooed by words and writers alike, her penchant for facials, chocolate, owls and bugs, is surpassed only by her fascination with the stage aglow in lights or bookshelves that heave with stories, where characters invite her along on their marvellous journeys.

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