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Passport help for UK traveller going to US.

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1. Posted by Leeroy_sw (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

I am travelling to America in 3 weeks and the other day heard about these little chips that UK passports have for getting into the states.

Can anyone tell me the deal with them? I dont have one in my passport and am basically wondering if I need to sort this out or not.

Thankyou.

2. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 9y

No it's not a problem. Eventually though, everyone who holds a passport from participating nations will have small computer chip implanted in their passport (Or some sort of barcode). It's part of a security upgrade. Your current passport is fine till expiration. It's a gradual replacement thing.

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4810 posts) 9y

Quoting NantesFC

It's part of a security upgrade.

Note that these new passports have absolutely nothing to do with security - only with identity (and that they suck for that purpose, too). They were pushed through under the guise of 'fighting terrorism' (aren't bogeymen just great? so useful!), but all they do is put in place another part of the big brother police state, with your biometric information stored in a central database that'll be shared with police and intelligence organizations the world over. The UK probably has it worst, as its government's plans for a central database are most farfetching. For more, see no2id.

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 16, 2007, at 12:11 PM by Sander ]

4. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 9y

Quoting Sander

Quoting NantesFC

It's part of a security upgrade.

Note that these new passports have absolutely nothing to do with security - only with identity (and that they suck for that purpose, too). They were pushed through under the guise of 'fighting terrorism' (aren't bogeymen just great? so useful!), but all they do is put in place another part of the big brother police state, with your biometric information stored in a central database that'll be shared with police and intelligence organizations the world over. The UK probably has it worst, as its government's plans for a central database are most farfetching. For more, see [/url.

Well with all the issues since Sept 11 it's always been inevitable that this course would occur. IOs see it as a "security upgrade". Either way, at least here in the US eventually everyone will have to get one as soon as their current passport expires. I suppose I do agree with you on your stance (If you're pretaining to the UK). I was simply stating from an official point of view that this is a so called "security upgrade".

5. Posted by Leeroy_sw (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

Thanks for the help. I did look on websites but they just didnt make any sense to me.

Again.. Thankyou.

6. Posted by kevandshan (Full Member 142 posts) 9y

The UK have terrible passports, that is, they are easily forged and have few security features (compared with countries such as U.S and Australia). But yes, passports everywhere are having added security features implemented. By security feature, they are talking about security against forgery....not 'terrorism'...[although terrorism is one way for a forged document to get into the wrong hands]
Absolutely nothing wrong with your current passport so long as it is current and has at least 6mths left before expiration.
Next time you are bored( on the plane), try looking closely at your passport for the security features...there are heaps. Some fine lines are actually words of significance, watermarks that show up under black light etc....