US backs down on biometric passport demand

The US is planning to ditch its demand that EU citizens visiting the country must carry biometric details in their passports from this October

The US is planning to ditch its demand that EU citizens visiting the country must carry biometric details in their passports from this October.

The European Commission has been lobbying hard for the deadline to be put back as the majority of EU countries are not ready to issue such passports, including the UK.

According to a report in the Financial Times, US officials have conceded to the European Commission’s request to put back the deadline, after concerns that the passport demand would cause disruption to transatlantic travel and put off people from visiting the US.

The Commission had been lobbying for a 12-month extension. The UK won’t be ready to issue biometric passports until next year.

If the US went ahead with its October deadline, many EU citizens would have to apply for costly US visas to carry with their passports.

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