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DHS to Implement Additional Security Measures to the Visa Waiver Program

DHS will be introducing a number of additional or revised security criteria for all participants in the Visa Waiver Program. These criteria will apply to both new and current members of the program:

  • requiring use of e-passports (passports containing an electronic chip that holds the same information that is printed on the passport’s data page as well as biometric identifier) for all VWP travelers coming to the United States.
  • requiring use of the INTERPOL Lost and Stolen Database to screen travelers crossing a visa waiver country’s borders.
  • seeking permission to expand the use of U.S. federal air marshals on international flights from visa waiver countries to the United States.

ESTA travelers are encouraged to make sure that their visa waiver passports are compliant.