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Do we need our visas to travel through the US-Canadian border for a =
visit?  If so, which kind of a visa do we need?
david ingram replies:
Unless you are from an exempt country as shown below, you will have to =
get a visa.  Even if you are from one of the visa exempt countries, you =
may have to get a visa if you do not have a machine readable passport.
As well as Canada and Mexico whose citizens can enter without a paper =
visa for business or pleasure (but not to work), There are 27 countries =
participating in the Visa Waiver Program, as shown below:
Visa Waiver Program - Participating Countries
        Andorra (MRP)  Iceland Norway=20
        Australia Ireland Portugal=20
        Austria Italy San Marino=20
        Belgium (MRP) Japan Singapore=20
        Brunei (MRP) Liechtenstein (MRP) Slovenia (MRP)=20
        Denmark Luxembourg  Spain=20
        Finland Monaco Sweden=20
        France the Netherlands Switzerland=20
        Germany New Zealand United Kingdom=20
  Note: Countries in bold above with the (MRP) designation are required =
to have machine-readable passports (MRP) as of October 1, 2003 for =
travelers to enter the U.S on the visa waiver program. All other =
countries visa waiver program travelers above must have a MRP as of =
October 26, 2004 except Belgium, which has had an MRP requirement for =
VWP travelers since May 15, 2003.
  The Secretary of State, working with the Department of Homeland =
Security, granted a postponement until October 26, 2004, as the date by =
which visa waiver program travelers from 21 countries must present a =
machine-readable passport at a U.S. port of entry to be admitted to the =
United States without a visa. Four countries will continue with the =
October 1, 2003 deadline. The Patriot Act legislated the =
machine-readable passport requirement for visa waiver program travelers =
and additionally gave the Secretary of State authority to postpone the =
effective date.
    a.. Countries With an October 1, 2003 MRP Date - Four visa waiver =
program countries, specifically Andorra, Brunei, Liechtenstein, and =
Slovenia, did not request a postponement of the machine-readable =
passport effective date, because all or virtually all of their citizens =
already have machine-readable passports.
    As of October 1, 2003, visa waiver travelers from Andorra, Brunei, =
Liechtenstein, and Slovenia must present either a machine-readable =
passport (MRP) or a U.S. visa at the port of entry to enter the U.S. =
This includes all categories of passports -- regular, diplomatic, and =
official, when the traveler is seeking to enter the U.S. for business or =
tourist purposes, for a maximum of 90 days without needing a visa.=20
    b.. =20
    c.. Countries With an October 26, 2004 MRP Date - Travelers from =
countries granted the postponement can travel, as they have in the past, =
without a machine-readable passport until Oct 26, 2004.  On That date, a =
machine-readable passport or U.S. visa will be required at the port of =
entry, to enter the U.S. without a visa. Countries with the =
machine-readable passport postponement until October 26, 2004 are:
    Australia, Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, =
Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, =
Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and =
the United Kingdom.=20
    e.. Belgium, which is also a visa waiver country, was not eligible =
to receive this extension. Belgian nationals who wish to travel under =
the visa waiver program have been required to present a machine-readable =
passport since May 15, 2003.=20
  A machine readable passport has biographical data entered on the data =
page according to international specifications. The size of the passport =
and photograph, and arrangement of data fields, especially the two lines =
of printed OCR-B machine readable data, meet the standards of the =
International Civil Aviation Organization, Doc 9303, Part 1 Machine =
Readable Passports.=20
  OCR-B means the type is Optical Character Reader size B.=20
  If there are questions about your passport, after carefully reviewing =
this information, and any information which may be available to you from =
your country, you may want to contact the passport issuing agency or =
authority in your country of citizenship.
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