The Intelligence Bill passed in December contains several provisions that affect travel and meetings:

  • A section directing the Secretary of State to implement a registered-travelers program. Intended to prevent terrorists from crossing U.S. borders, this could also help previously screened travelers to enter the United States.
  • A directive to the Director of Homeland Security and the Secretary of State to increase from five to 25 the number of pre-inspection stations in airports abroad. These would facilitate the travel of admissible visitors while reducing the number of inadmissible visitors.
  • The extension of a section of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act that requires airlines operating on the same routes to fly passengers with tickets on defunct airlines for a fee of up to $50, if space is available.
  • A requirement for all U.S. visa applicants between the ages of 14 and 79 to have face-to-face interviews.
  • A provision calling for an increase in the number of consular officers, which could shorten the time visitors must wait for visas.