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Travel Forums North America DO I NEED A VISA?????

1. Posted by moxxo (Full Member 32 posts) 12y

moxxo has indicated that this thread is about USA

I there i have a flight to LA next week and i wanted to know if i need a VISA to enter USA??? I have the ticket buyed come and go dates and i live in EUROPE, PORTUGAL...

DO i have to get a VISA to went?????

Regards MOXXO

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 12y

Well, from the Netherlands and Norway there is no visa required so most likely this is the same for Portugal. You'll most likely get a short term visit permit at the airport when you arrive.

Of course don't quote me on it if it turns out you do need a visa. Why not call the travel agent you booked the ticket with?



3. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 12y

Unfortunately, bl00dy annoying American paranoia & sheer laziness means that depending on your passport & if your travelling before or after Oct 26th.

In light of the confusion regarding the new visa requirements for travellers visiting the United States, the following information applies to passport holders of the following countries, participating in the US Visa Waiver Program:

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.
- Travellers should be in possession of machine readable (MRP) passport for travel to the USA from 26th October 2004;
- Anyone not holding a machine (MRP) readable passport for travel from this date will require a US visa;
- Machine Readable Passports (e.g. the current type of British passports) issued up to and including 25 October 2004 are valid for visa-free travel to the US until the passport expires.
- Machine Readable Passports, issued from 26 October 2004 onwards will need a visa attached by a US Embassy in the traveller's country of residence.
- Biometric Machine Readable Passports, available from mid 2005, are valid for visa-free travel to the US.

Many not happy people around.

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 12y

Wow, is it just me or does that not seem to make sense....

"- Machine Readable Passports, issued from 26 October 2004 onwards will need a visa attached by a US Embassy in the traveller's country of residence."

So, if I get that right, basically you need a machine readable passport to travel to the US after the 26th of October. That is unless you have one of the newer machine readable passport types issued after 26 October in which case you still need a visa...???

5. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 12y

Basically, they want everybody to have Biometric passports. Unfortuantely, the technology (in the US) won't be in place in time for October.

So people with existing machine readable passports in October are ok, but anybody getting new ones from that date needs to get Biometric ones - if they are just normal machine readable ones issued after that date, they count as being non readable.

Basically, if you are from a waive country, and your passport will run out in the gap between about 1 Oct and July 2005 and may want to go to the US, make sure you renew your passport BEFORE October. providng it's machine readable, you'll then be fine.

The key issue there is that the Visa HAS to be got in the country of residence. I've been reliably informed that they will refuse point blank to issue them anywhere else. That even works across the EU, and means that technically, for example, i couldn't even get a US visa with my British passport in the UK, although in that case you may get away with it.

Whilst i have no plans to go to the US (and without flying, it's unlikely i'd go anyway) it means that even though i'm British (the big ally), do some work on projects for the US govt, and have even been sent to US run airbases, beacsue i have one of the few British passports which isn't machine readible, i need a visa. I could even be head of the allied forces in Iraq, and would still need a visa!

6. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 12y

On this note, I just read the following on the US visa situation. It looks like about the same as communicated by our own visa expert Gelli, except that the biometric passports won't be needed untill next October. The visa requirements still apply if you don't have the MRP one by October 25.

An interesting addition to the existing thread is this paragraph:

"Also, children will have to have their own machine-readable passport (MRP) by 26 October or they will be refused entry into the US."

That's to stop all those 12 year olds and the threats they pose.....