Visa Waiver Program/ESTA and Travel to the U.S.

Hamilton, Bermuda

For Immediate Release
March 28, 2016

Important Reminder on the Visa Waiver Program/ESTA and Travel to the U.S.

The U.S. Consulate General in Hamilton wishes to remind those who are able to travel to the United States via the Visa Waiver Program that as of April 1, 2016, they must have a valid electronic passport.  This rule applies even to those who possess a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).

The U.S. Consulate General strongly recommends that all travelers check to ensure their passports are valid electronic passports before they make arrangements to travel to the United States on the Visa Waiver Program.

Electronic passports have this symbol on their cover:

ePassport

You can check if your passport is valid for travel under the VWP by carefully reading the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/visit/visa-waiver-program.html.

Any traveler who does not have a valid electronic passport is still eligible to travel to the United States with a valid nonimmigrant visa issued by a U.S. embassy or consulate. Such travelers will be required to appear for an interview and obtain a visa in their passports at a U.S. embassy or consulate before traveling to the United States.  Information on visa applications can be found at:

http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html.