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e-Passport requirements Notice

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands, May 16, 2016 – Please note that effective April 1, 2016, the United States Department of Homeland Security requires all travelers entering the United States (for interCaribbean into San Juan) under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) must have an e-Passport.

Travelers with a passport from a VWP country who hold a valid Machine Readable Passport (MRP) will not be permitted to travel to the US after April 1, 2016.

Citizens of the new countries of Curacao, Bonaire, St Eustatius, Saba and St Maarten (the former Netherlands Antilles) are not eligible to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program if they are applying for admission with passports from these countries.

Passports issued by Visa Waiver Program countries on or after October 26, 2006 must be e-Passports, which include an integrated computer chip capable of storing your biographic information from the data page as well as biometric information, such as a required digital photograph of the holder. You can identify an e-Passport by the symbol on the front cover of the passport booklet

For full details on this please visit the Department of Home Land Security website as follows:-

https://www.dhs.gov/visa-waiver-program-requirements