International Update
Visa Waiver Program

Important Notice to Visa Waiver Program (VWP) Travelers

A number of international visitors come to Yale under the provisions of the Visa Waiver Program.  (Individuals from 25+ countries can use this as an alternative to a B1/B2 tourist visa.) As Yale departments are more likely than OISS to be in contact with these short term visitors, the information below is worth noting. 

Visa Waiver Program travelers with machine readable passports (MRP) issued, renewed or extended between October 26, 2005 and October 25, 2006 must now have a digital photograph printed on the data page or integrated chip containing information from the data page.  MRPs issued, renewed or extended on or after October 26, 2006 must have the integrated chip containing information from the data page of the passport (e-passport).  E-passports contain information (via the integrated chip) that provides data related to the individual’s identity i.e., facial comparison data.  Machine readable passports issued, renewed or extended before October 26, 2005 are not required to have the digital photograph or integrated chip.  Those individuals will not be required to obtain a new passport until their current MRP expires. 

For complete and detail information about the VWP passport requirements and a list of the VWP countries, please go to the following Department of State web site: http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/without/without_1990.html