Another thing for Europeans to think about before flying to the USA: Washington wants everyone to fill in a form electronically – on the Internet or through their travel agents – at least three days ahead of boarding the plane. This applies to travellers from the 12 EU countries not covered by the transatlantic visa-waiver programme AND those from the 15 older members that are. The online travel authorisation procedure is expected to come into force in January next year. The European Commission has requested further information. In the past, Brussels has raised the possibility of imposing similar border security rules on Americans entering the EU. The US Homeland Security Department first broached the online registration idea last year.
Washington says the information that will be required electronically is the same as is being asked for under current anti-terrorism measures.