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Important Notice for New Zealand passport holders planning travel to the United States
New Zealanders visiting the USA are now required to hold a machine readable passport in order to qualify for the US visa waiver.
The visa waiver arrangement covers 27 countries, including New Zealand, that do not require their citizens to obtain a visa if entering or travelling through the USA on a machine readable passport, for a period of up to 90 days for business or holiday purposes.
New Zealanders who do not have a machine readable passport will be required to obtain a machine readable passport or a USA entry visa prior to travelling (for further information see important information about machine readable passports).
Please note nearly all New Zealand passports are machine readable - less than four per cent are non-machine readable.
The USA authorities require that all new passports issued from 26 October 2006 will need a biometric identifier to continue to meet the visa waiver requirements. The identifier will be a personalised digitised photograph of the passport holder contained on a microchip embedded in the passport.
You should note that this new requirement:
These new requirements apply only to travellers entering under the conditions of the USA visa waiver programme. Your passport must be machine-readable.
For further information see the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) or contact us.
Last updated: 27/02/2006