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Traveling to the US without biometrical date

I have a British passport that was i issued on the 28 of October 2013.
The passport is electric readable and has the photo icon on the front page. But the Passport doesn't have my biometrical date in it.

Am I aloud to travel to the US with this passport?
Do I only need to fill out the ESTA Form https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/?
Is there something else to look at?

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Old 05.02.2015, 12:54
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Re: Traveling to the US without biometrical date

Hi bifi,

Have a look at this page: http://www.dhs.gov/visa-waiver-progr...ments-timeline

It seems that depending on when your passport has been issued you either only have to do the ESTA or to apply for a Visa.
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Re: Traveling to the US without biometrical date

You need biometrical data. Sorry.
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Re: Traveling to the US without biometrical date

Where was the UK passport issued, and why do you think there is no bio metric data on it?

On the reverse side of the photo page is the antenna and the biometric chip, can you see that?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biometric_passport

Call the British Embassy, I am almost certain your passport has biometric data & is good for the USA.

Staying more than 90 days still requires a visa. http://www.dhs.gov/visa-waiver-progr...ments-timeline
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Re: Traveling to the US without biometrical date

All British passports issued after 26th October 2006 are biometric ones. There is no other kind you can get. That's quite clear from emmeti's link. You're fine.
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Re: Traveling to the US without biometrical date

Thanks to all the quick answers.

I to have the Camera Icon on the front of the Passport. LIke this one:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biometric_passport

The passport was requested from Bern via England. But i have never gave a fingerprint or a iris Scan. Maybe that is not on the chip.

So I think I'm Fine. Thanks again.
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Re: Traveling to the US without biometrical date

I have exactly the same version: EU passport with the camera icon but without fingerprints stored. I went several times to the US and I only needed to do the ESTA.
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Re: Traveling to the US without biometrical date

Great. Thanks a lot... So looking forward to my Travel.
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Thanks to all the quick answers.

I to have the Camera Icon on the front of the Passport. LIke this one:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biometric_passport

The passport was requested from Bern via England. But i have never gave a fingerprint or a iris Scan. Maybe that is not on the chip.

So I think I'm Fine. Thanks again.
That's because UK passports don't use fingerprints. From your link:

European passports planned to have digital imaging and fingerprint scan biometrics placed on the RFID chip.[25] This combination of the biometrics aims to create an unrivaled level of security and protection against fraudulent identification papers. Technical specifications for the new passports has been established by the European Commission.[26] The specifications are binding for the Schengen agreement parties, i.e. the EU countries, except Ireland and UK, and three of the four European Free Trade Association countries – Iceland, Norway and Switzerland.[27] These countries are obliged to implement machine readable facial images in the passports by 28 August 2006, and fingerprints by 29 June 2009.[citation needed] The European Data Protection Supervisor has stated that the current legal framework fails to "address all the possible and relevant issues triggered by the inherent imperfections of biometric systems".[28] Currently, the British biometric passport only uses a digital image and not fingerprinting
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Re: Traveling to the US without biometrical date

For the record, I just went to the US with a CH passport (containing biometric data) and ESTA. At US controls, they were taking everyone's (all non-US travelers') biometric data (photo and fingerprints) on entry regardless.
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For the record, I just went to the US with a CH passport (containing biometric data) and ESTA. At US controls, they were taking everyone's (all non-US travelers') biometric data (photo and fingerprints) on entry regardless.
What a waste of everyone's time. If they insist on biometric passports then they should use them and not double up on the info. Typical paranoia from the US.

Don't know if they've changed Texaner, but when the OH was travelling there a few years ago he said it was stupid in that they log everyone in, but never check that they left again.

He always has trouble with the US system too because it can't cope with the fact that he's a British citizen living in Switzerland.
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What a waste of everyone's time. If they insist on biometric passports then they should use them and not double up on the info. Typical paranoia from the US. :roll eyes: ...
Remember, it's a typical US government bureaucracy we're talking about. I was also allowed to travel from Zürich/Frankfurt to the US with a tiny Victorinox pen-knife on my key ring, but as I was LEAVING the US, the self-important American bureaucrats confiscated it. Not sure whether I'll ever go there again.
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