US Entry/Passport regulations come into effect 26 June 2005

Travel News Asia 21 June 2005

Those travelling to the US should be aware of new regulations that come into effect from Sunday June 26 2005. The new rules mean that every customer (including children) from the 27 countries who are eligible to enter the US under the visa waiver scheme must now have their own 'machine readable' passport.

These passports feature two lines of coded data at the bottom of the photo page that can be swiped at check-in.

If passengers do not have this type of passport then they must go through the time consuming visa application process in the weeks before they travel.

Under the visa waiver scheme, every child must have their own machine readable passport and can no longer be placed on their parents' passports.

Customers who do not have the correct documentation will most probably not be allowed to board their flight.

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