Have you seen the new passport changes for travel to the US?
20th May 2016
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The United States Government has introduced The Terrorist Travel Prevention Act 2015, the purpose of which is reduce the risk of people entering the US for that purpose. The Act came into force on April 1st 2016.

Travelers from the United Kingdom should be aware that this affects them. The requirement as of April 1st is that travellers to the United States must have a biometric passport, not having one will stop people from entering the US – you will not be allowed to travel.

The Biometric Passport, sometimes known as a e Passport, or digital passport, is a combined paper and electronic passport that contains information that can be used to authenticate the identity of the traveller. Using contactless smart card technology including a microchip embedded in the cover it will be ‘read’ by its counterpart reader. Document and chip characteristics are documented in the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Doc 9303. The currently standardized biometrics used for this type of identification system are facial recognition, fingerprint recognition, and iris recognition. These were adopted after assessment of several different kinds of biometrics including retinal scan. The ICAO defines the biometric file formats and communication protocols to be used in passports. The new “ePassport,” containing an electronic chip with personal data, was introduced in the spring of 2007. They are readily identifiable from the front cover - if it features a rectangle bisected by a horizontal line, with a circle in the middle, then it is biometric.

What does this mean to you?

Visitors to the US must have a Bio metric passport, from April 1st or they cannot travel. even if they have been granted an “Esta”, online permission to visit the US.


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