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Can you enter the US with a passport that...

Post by Wuppertal » Tue Apr 01, 2008 10:36 pm

...was issued in 2004 and therefore with no biometric chip?

I'm going to be in Niagara (Canadian side) in June and I'd love to go across to upstate NY as I've never been to the USA before. But my passport was issued before they went biometric. Do you have to have a biometric-style passport to enter the US or can you use a non-biometric one if it was issued before the biometric chip was introduced?

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Re: Can you enter the US with a passport that...

Post by Jo » Wed Apr 02, 2008 12:24 am

http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/temp_1305.html should tell you what you need to know.

There is similar information from travel agents, wikipedia etc, but the US Dept of State should be the horse's mouth!

A few years ago, in exactly the same situation, we actually had to pay to get into the US from Canadian Niagara. Cheek :roll: Only about $10, but even so....
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Post by Great Plum » Wed Apr 02, 2008 12:59 pm

I believe you should be OK but you may need to fill in numerous forms at the border...
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Post by cstegerlewis » Thu Apr 03, 2008 1:31 pm

You will be fine, I have been through twice this year already on a Green Visa Waiver form with a 2001 passport, and I haven't been stopped before although I go to the US at least 4 times a year on business.
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Post by Wuppertal » Thu Apr 03, 2008 6:02 pm

Thanks for the answers :)

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Post by matthew » Sat Apr 05, 2008 11:33 pm

Just saw this topic.

You'll be fine with a 2004 passport so long as it's machine-readable. The vast majority of British passports are.

As Jo pointed out, there's a small fee ($6, last time I looked) for using the Visa Waiver Program at a land border. It's payable in American currency. I believe you can use a credit card, but double check if you're planning to rely on that.

You can check on any delays at the border at http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/general/times/menu-e.html, or just listen to traffic reports. You'll need to stop at the border so the Americans can process your visa waiver and take your $6. That can take anything from ten minutes to a couple of hours.

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