11.29.2005

a portuguese entering the usa

Given that I have never entered the US, other than on a trip to Niagara Falls, I have always wondered what documentation is required to enter the country. As a Canadian citizen, all you need is a passport, and I found out that this is also the case for Portuguese citizens.

As of October 26, 2004, Portugal is on the list of the US Visa Waiver Program thus only requiring that its citizens have a machine readable passport in order to enter the US. A machine readable passport is identified as follows (source):

A machine readable passport can generally be identified by the presence of two typeface lines printed at the bottom of the photograph page that can be read by machine. If you are in any doubt please contact Trailfinders Visa & Passport service.

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