US Visa Information: e-passport

Britons and citizens of other countries who can travel to the United States for business or tourism for stays of up to 90 days without a visa have been warned to check they have an e-passport, or risk being turned away.

New rules requiring US visitors to have passports with a biometric trip came into force on 1 April.

Tour operators have urged customers to check their passports.

Biometric passports are identifiable on British passports by the camera logo at the bottom of the front cover, and have an embedded electronic chip holding the carrier's facial details, in a bid to combat fraud and forgery.

It is understood that British passports affected are those issued between April and October 2006 - before the introduction of the biometric passport.

As of April 1, 2016, one must have an e-passport to use the VWP (Visa Waiver Program). An e-Passport is an enhanced secure passport with an embedded electronic chip. One can readily identify an e-Passport, because it has a unique international symbol on the cover. More info here.