Machine-Readable Passport Requirements

All Visa Waiver Pilot Program (VWP) travelers, regardless of age or type of passport used, must present machine-readable passports.

What do I need to know about VWP machine-readable passport (MRP) and e-passport requirements?

The USA-PATRIOT Act legislated that each Visa Waiver Program traveler must have a machine-readable passport. As of October 26, 2004, if a visa waiver traveler does not have a machine-readable passport (MRP), he/she cannot travel on the Visa Waiver Program and would be required to present a U.S. visa at the port of entry to enter the U.S. The Department of Homeland Security’s, Customs and Border Protection began full enforcement of this policy on June 26, 2005.

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