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US travel rules change for those not needing visa

  US officials say people from countries that do not need visas to enter the United States must begin registering under a new travel authorization program before making their journey.

Travelers from the 35 countries are asked to obtain an authorization from the US Department of Homeland Security at least 72 hours before their flight departs to the US. The program has been voluntary since August and becomes mandatory on Monday.

US Embassy spokesman Dick Custin in Britain said Thursday that approval has been granted in nearly all of the cases involving voluntary participants. The online application form asks tourists to say if they are drug users and divulge certain criminals convictions or past terror activities. (The Economic Times)