World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Machine-readable passports needed for USA travel

Machine-readable passports needed for USA travel

Every visitor to the USA will need a machine-readable passport from October under changes to the Visa Waiver Programme.

Anyone without their own machine-readable passport, including children, will need a visa to travel to the USA. An estimated 200,000 people currently hold non machine- readable passports.

All British Passports issued in the UK, and the vast majority of those issued at British Missions overseas, are machine-readable. By the end of 2003 all full British passports issued overseas will be machine- readable.

You can check if your passport is machine-readable by seeing if there are two lines of text printed on the white stripe at the bottom of the personal information page. If there is no white strip, or the white strip is blank, the passport cannot be read by a machine.

Foreign Office Minister for Consular Affairs Baroness Symons said travellers should check their passports, and make sure that children have their own.

"We have been issuing children with their own passports since 1998, but we estimate that up to four million under-16 year-olds are still travelling on a parent's passport. After 1 October they'll need their own passport to enter the States," she said.

"The key to having a trouble-free holiday is to know before you go. So take time to check you have the right and valid travel documents and, if necessary, apply in good time for a new passport. If you don't, your holiday could be over before it's even started."

Further details on entry requirements for the USA can be found on the Foreign Office website:

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>


Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>


Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>


  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC