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Postby It » Sun Nov 13, 2005 6:23 am

Hello,

Do I need a visa to travel to the USA now that Cyprus is an EU member?
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Postby sk » Sun Nov 13, 2005 10:22 am

yes
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Postby Svetlana » Sun Nov 13, 2005 1:28 pm

Your Passport may be acceptable, depending upon your nationality, if it is one of the Machine Readable (MR) type; check with the US Embassy website. Many people do not require visas.

When you arrive now they take 'thumbprints' as well as pictures at Immigration; do not joke with the Immigration Officers, they have little humour and can just turn you away, without any appeal against their decision.

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Postby Sotos » Tue Nov 15, 2005 5:26 am

if it is one of the Machine Readable (MR) type

Is the passports we have in Cyprus of this type? My passport is 3-4 years old.
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Postby Svetlana » Tue Nov 15, 2005 9:17 am

Hi Sotos

If you look at the last page on your Passport, you know, the one with the picture of that handsome man on it :-), at the bottom there are two lines of print, which contain, amongst other stuff: the country that issued your passport, your Initial/name, then your first name(s) then on the second line your passport number, your DOB (back to front!) and a code. The first line looks something like this:

P<RUSILLINKA<<SVETLANA<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<


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Postby It » Wed Nov 16, 2005 1:32 am

Thank you guys. My passport is the MR type.

To get a visa do I have to arrange an appointment with the embassy?
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Postby Svetlana » Wed Nov 16, 2005 9:11 am

Check for full details on the US Embassy website, but my opinion is that if you have a MR passport you do NOT need a Visa, depending upon your nationality - but please check what I ma saying!

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