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snaw
10th June 2005, 16:01
You might want to make sure you'll be able to get in.

Travel to the US - Machine-Readable Passport Deadline Alert
It is critical that you are aware that an important U.S. government deadline for Visa Waiver travellers takes effect June 26th.
The Immigration and Nationality Act originally set October 1, 2003 asthe date by which VWP travellers needed to present a machine-readable passport. At the request of 23 of the 27 VWP countries, the United States postponed that requirement until October 26, 2004, for those requesting countries. For a limited period, DHS has been authorising a one-time waiver for entry into the country for VWP travellers without a machine-readable passport, at no charge to the traveller. This limited period will end on June 26, 2005. Beginning June 26, 2005, transportation carriers will be fined $3,300, per violation, for transporting any VWP traveller to the United States without a machine-readable passport. Similarly, VWP travellers arriving in the United States on that date without a machine-readable passport should not anticipate being granted one-time entry into the country.
The 27 countries participating in the VWP include: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Any traveller from these 27 countries will need a machine-readable passport on June 26, 2005 to enter the United States.
To summarise:-
1. This policy affects only citizens visiting the U.S. from the 27 Visa Waiver Program countries.
2. Our greatest concern is for travellers from some of these nations who have valid passports that have not been renewed and do not include a machine-readable bar code. Beginning June 26th, they will need to acquire a new, machine-readable passport.

ASB
10th June 2005, 19:55
And if your machine readable passport can't be read??

snaw
13th June 2005, 14:03
This limited period will end on June 26, 2005. Beginning June 26, 2005, transportation carriers will be fined $3,300, per violation, for transporting any VWP traveller to the United States without a machine-readable passport.

IE. They're not letting you on the plane.

cooperinliverp00l
13th June 2005, 15:00
i Love all of this talk about passports and america and not being able to enter if you haven't got the right type. Especially when i'm due to fly in 3 weeks to said country.

Already on 2 changes of undies a day just thinking about the flight and avoiding plane crash films on TV.

Mr "scared of flying" Cooper

Lucifer Box
13th June 2005, 15:04
Recommend you watch that Twilight Zone episode, "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet", about the bloke who's scared of flying (played by William Shatner if memory serves).

AtW
13th June 2005, 15:43
> Mr "scared of flying" Cooper

Watch "Airplane" (1 and 2). :eek

SupremeSpod
13th June 2005, 15:54
That famous line from the emergency briefing....


"In the event of a landing on water..."

PMSL!

BobTheCrate
13th June 2005, 17:15
"In the event of ...... ladies please remove any high heels and everybody to remove any sharp metal objects from their person; such as fragments of red hot engine casing."

Darren at 1st Accountancy Serv Ltd
14th June 2005, 09:43
Do you know if this includes travelling to the states en-route to somewhere else...i.e. flying to Miami and transfering to another flight out of US? :\

SupremeSpod
14th June 2005, 10:29
When they say "Machine Readable Passports" do they mean the one's with the printing on the bottom lines of the back(or sometimes next to back) page?

I flew into Malaysia a few years ago and they had passport scanners that read the page and populated the immigration record automatically.

But then again, flew into Belize about 10 years ago and didn't even need a passport.... But that's a different story.

sasguru
14th June 2005, 10:36
>> But then again, flew into Belize about 10 years ago and didn't even need a passport.... But that's a different story.

Spod you secret agent, you...Were you licenced to kill? Did you have an Aston Martin and was there a hot babe in Belize. Or were you peeling potatoes in the cook house?

SupremeSpod
14th June 2005, 10:45
Or were you peeling potatoes in the cook house?

Pretty close, and trudging through hot steamy mountains of shite - not a nice place!

TonyEnglish
14th June 2005, 10:55
"Did you have an Aston Martin "

I was working in North Carolina a few years back and was in a super market when the kid on the checkout asked if I owned an Aston Martin because he sussed I was English. I told him that only poor people drove Aston Martins in England.

I also trained this Mexican guy in our office to shout 'Oi Wankaah' in preparation for his forthcomming trip to London. I told him it was the insiders way to getting served quickly in all English pubs.

Maximus
14th June 2005, 16:29
WASHINGTON - Acknowledging international concerns, the United States will revamp its biometric passport requirements to make it easier for foreign travelers from friendly nations to enter the country without a visa, The Associated Press has learned.


The new passport standards — requiring digital photographs to match with a person's unique physical characteristics by October and an embedded identification chip later — would be similar to international biometric guidelines already in place.

The standards take a step back from what the U.S. initially envisioned for biometric passports, but a Homeland Security Department official said Tuesday they represent an "acceptable milestone for now."

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the standards have not yet been announced, said Homeland Security still plans to require expanded biometric data in passports in the future.

But without the revision, visitors from so-called visa-waiver nations that could not meet the stricter standards potentially faced being barred from entering the United States this fall. The Homeland Security official said the department was expected to unveil the new standards soon

OwlHoot
14th June 2005, 16:43
> Already on 2 changes of undies a day just thinking about the flight and avoiding plane crash films

Just remember the first law of aeronautics: Take off is optional - landing is compulsory :b

Lucifer Box
14th June 2005, 16:57
Take off is optional - landing is compulsory
And any landing you can walk away from is a good one. ;)