Trump administration issues new rules on U.S. visa waivers

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President Donald Trump

The Trump administration put new requirements in place on Friday for the 38 countries participating in the U.S. Visa Waiver Programme, including that they use U.S. counter terrorism data to screen travelers, officials said.

The programme allows citizens of mainly European countries to travel to the U.S. for up to 90 days without a visa.

Citizens from the 38 countries are required to obtain a so-called travel authorisation to enter the U.S.

President Donald Trump has sought to tighten the rules for those seeking to visit or live in the U.S. in several ways, saying restrictions are necessary for security reasons.

The changes will apply to all countries in the programme. One change is that they will be required to use U.S. information to screen travelers crossing their borders from third countries.

Many countries in the programme already do that, one…

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