VISA-FREE TRAVEL TO THE US FOR BRITISH VISITORS EXTENDED FOR A FURTHER YEAR

London, 16 June/GNN/ —

FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE News Release issued by the Government News
Network on 16 June 2005
The US Department of Homeland Security announced, on 15 June, a one-year
extension of its Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) to 26 October 2006. From that
date all new passports must contain a digital photo image to enable the
holder to travel to the USA visa free.

This means that:

British citizens with machine-readable passports containing a digital photo image will not require a visa to visit the USA because they meet the criteria of the 26 October 2005 VWP deadline.

British citizens with machine-readable passports but without a digital photowill still be able to visit the USA visa free until the 26 October 2006 as their passport was issued before the 26 October 2005 deadline.

British citizens without a machine-readable passport must obtain a
machine-readable passport or apply for a US visa before visiting the USA.

VWP countries, including the UK, are required to have a biometric passport issuing system in place by 26 October 2006 in order to continue as members of the Programme and benefit from visa free travel to the US after that date.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and UK Passport Service (UKPS) welcome the US decision. It will now enable the UK to finalise the developments of our biometric programme and allows British visitors to continue to visit the US visa free.

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