US to suspend stricter visa rules

PT       2003-09-11 
Washington is set to postpone anti-terror regulations that had threatened to block visitors from Western nations from travelling to the United States unless they had the right kind of passport.
With effect from 1 October 2003, nationals from countries on the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) - whose nationals do not normally require a US visa - would have had to travel with machine-readable passports (MRPs) or get a US visa.