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Beginning next month, U.S. officials will no longer accept German temporary passports for travel to the United States, a move that could affect some U.S. military and civilian spouses of German origin, the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt announced Tuesday.

Those people holding the temporary — or emergency — passports must obtain either a regular German passport or a visa, according to Thomas Schaller, a spokesman for the consulate.

The adjustment represents a change in the Visa Waiver Program as it applies to Germany, one of 27 participating countries. The program permits visa-free travel to the United States for up to 90 days, providing certain conditions are met.

Currently, German citizens with green, temporary passports also come under this program, though that is about to change.

“Too many [of the temporary passports] have gone missing or have been stolen,” Schaller said.

He recommends that holders of temporary German passports obtain the regular burgundy-color one, instead. The newer versions are “machine-readable” with an integrated chip that contains information about the holder, Schaller said.

For more information, follow this link to the page on the U.S. Embassy Web site that addresses this issue.


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