State extends deadline for new passports
- By Wilson P. Dizard III
- Sep 22, 2003
The State Department has given countries whose citizens can cross the borders without visas the opportunity to extend an Oct. 1 deadline to furnish travelers with machine-readable passports.
Earlier this month, the department told its embassies in so-called visa waiver countries to advise their host nations that they could delay their conversion to machine-readable passports.
Governments must request a postponement and certify that they are actively engaged in moving to the use of machine-readable passports, said Consular Affairs Bureau spokesman Stuart Patt.
It's unclear now whether there will be any postponements, Patt said. There are 27 visa waiver countries.