DHS Announces Enhanced Security Measures for Visa Waiver Program

Today, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh C. Johnson announced the implementation of new security enhancements to the visa waiver program. These changes will apply to both new and current members (38 countries) of the program. Some of these new measures include:

  • Required use of e-passports for all Visa Waiver Program travelers coming to the United States,
  • Required use of the INTERPOL Lost and Stolen Passport Database to screen travelers crossing a Visa Waiver country’s borders,
  • Permission for the expanded use of U.S. federal air marshals on international flights from Visa Waiver countries to the United States.